Buddha

  • Enlightenment is the Three Poisons Paid Member

    James Shaheen and I got to spend some time with Bernie Glassman this weekend at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe. He is extremely charismatic, bursting with warm-hearted humor, and fond of jokes. I had recently been glancing through the book The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment and wondered if the sterner "Tetsugen Glassman Sensei" of the 1970s felt like another life to him now. His answer was yes and no, but mostly no. More »
  • Jade Buddha update Paid Member

    The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is still on the move. The statue is currently in a warehouse in San Jose, CA where it has received tens of thousands of visitors. The Oakland Tribune has the story: At least 113,000 people have visited the statue since the exhibition opened Sept. 19, according to the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace Organizing Committee in Northern California. Almost 29,000 showed up Sept. 20, prompting at least one complaint from a resident of an apartment complex next door about crowds, illegal parking and noise. By this past weekend, however, the mood was relaxed, even festive, as the free exhibit headed toward its last day in San Jose—Friday. It will then continue on its five-year worldwide tour. More »
  • Buddha anime film trailer Paid Member

    Here is a trailer for the first part of the anime film trilogy Buddha. The movies are based on Osamu Tezuka's manga about the life of prince Siddhartha (serialized in the 1970s and '80s). Toei Animation and Tezuka Productions have adapted Tezuka’s Buddha, and Warner Bros. plans to premiere the first part in May, 2011 in Japan. Watch it here. Read a review of volumes 7 & 8 of Tezuka's Buddha (Dan Zigmond, Spring 2006) here. More »
  • How much is that Buddha worth? Paid Member

    The spiraling price of gold has placed a whole new value on Taoist and Buddhist statuary in Taiwan. Gold, selling at $300 an ounce in 2002, is now pushing $1,300 an ounce. Temples are finding themselves in possession of golden Buddhas whose market values have significantly improved their fortunes. While many Taiwanese are building security systems to safeguard their treasures, not so the Nantien Temple in Ilan, in northeastern Taiwan, which built a 588-lb sea goddess (Matsu) in the mid 1990s. Canadian Business (CB) Online reports: "One would have difficulty hoisting the heavy statue even with a crane," said temple official Chen Cheng-nan. So far, I haven't heard of a temple that wants to sell. I just hope you can't borrow against the statues. More »