Buddha

  • The buddhas of Brooklyn Paid Member

    From our friend and founding art director Frank Olinsky, provider of the discount buddha. More »
  • Beautiful Buddhas at The Art Institute of Chicago Paid Member

    Earlier this week I had the good fortune to be able to visit The Art Institute of Chicago. While it was fantastic viewing some of the most famous American iconic paintings—like Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic—I was most impressed by some of the beautiful Buddha sculptures. I just didn't expect to find them there, I guess. It was a pleasant surprise. Above is a picture of a 12th century granite Buddha from Tamil Nadu, India. Below is an 8th century Buddha from China. Enjoy! More »
  • On What is Heard Paid Member

    This weekend there was a little too much honesty or plainspokenness going on in my family and feelings were hurt and there are negative reverberations still coming down the rails. It was all avoidable, and it was all done with the best of intentions. I saw it coming and reverted to my usual, cowardly strategy of keeping quiet if in doubt. My reasons for not speaking up were not noble. The following is from—or rather, is—the brief and confusingly named Suta Sutta in the Anguttara Nikaya (AN 4.183) as presented on Access to Insight, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: More »
  • "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 »