Buddha

  • "Oldest man in Tokyo" has been dead for 30 years Paid Member

    When Japanese officials arrived at Sogen Kato's house to congratulate the elderly man on his 111th birthday, they were in for a big shock. After family members chased officials away claiming that Kato did not want to see them, police were able to break into the house where they found Kato's remains covered in his bed. According to his family, Kato shut himself up in his room three decades ago to "become a living Buddha." Japanese authorities speculate that Kato---thought to be the oldest man living in Tokyo---may actually have been dead for 30 years. Police are now investigating the family for possible fraud charges. Read more about this story here. Image: chestofbooks.com More »
  • Stumbling into the Buddha in Brooklyn Paid Member

    I have always found it interesting when books seem to randomly, perhaps auspiciously, find their way into my life. I find it particularly interesting when these books are dharma books. I am sure many of you out there have experienced this as well, but occasionally it is as if we do not find certain teachings, but they find us. More »
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    Shady Buddha Paid Member

    I took this picture in the office of my boss, James Shaheen. (There was probably an important meeting going on and my thumbs were too tired to keep playing Trenches.) He has a lovely Buddha on his windowsill that caught the light nicely beneath this shady tree, er, plant. More »
  • Termite "Buddha" draws thousands Paid Member

    Thousands of Vietnamese have flocked to a rubber farm in the southern Binh Duong province of Vietnam to see the work of a group of very unusual sculptors---termites. The insects have created a nest that vaguely resembles the Buddha sitting in meditation posture. Via bigpondnews.com: 'Police and local authorities asked them to leave but others keep coming,' Vo Van Cuong, of the Rubber Company of Ben Cat, said. He said thousands of people from southern Binh Duong province and neighbouring areas had rushed to the forest site. The 40cm tall nest resembles Buddha sitting in meditation, Dantri International news website reported. More »
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    Waking Up Paid Member

    Buddhism is founded and has its raison d’etre in terms of this experience that the Buddha, or at that time he was simply Siddhartha Gotama had beneath the bodhi tree in what is now called Bodhgaya.  This experience is often referred to as enlightenment but strictly speaking I think it’s more useful to and more correct to think of it as awakening.  Now what is the difference?  Both terms, Enlightenment and Awakening, are metaphoric.  Enlightenment is based on the metaphor of light and awakening on the metaphor of waking up.  The word in Pali and in Sanskrit is Bodhi.  Bodhi has it’s roots in the idea of waking up, it doesn’t suggest at all the idea of illumination, or enlightening, or light.  The Buddha does in other contexts use that metaphor—he says that what he’s experienced has shed light on things but the key term is about waking up.  Now what this means is that what happened to the Buddha beneath this tree is comparable, or is similar to, the experience that each of More »