Buddha

  • Great Pix for the Buddha's Birthday Paid Member

    Nice lanterns in preparation for the Buddha's birthday on May 21 in Korea, by Gregory Curley of CNNGo (© 2010 Gregory Gurley): More »
  • Mark Epstein on Maya Devi Paid Member

    After writing a Mother’s Day blog post about Maya Devi, I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that she dies so shortly after giving birth to the Buddha. Isn’t this sad? We usually think about the Buddha’s early life as being protected from suffering, that he “would not be troubled by cold or heat, dust or grit or dew…” (Rupert Gethin, The Foundations of Buddhism, translated from the Anguttara Nikaya), and yet he suffers a profound loss when he’s just a week old. Mark Epstein has been doing some deep thinking on the Buddha’s mother and touched on her death in the recent PBS documentary The Buddha. Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to chat a little with Mark about Maya Devi. Interview with Mark Epstein More »
  • The Buddha's Mother Paid Member

    Happy Mothers Day! The story goes like this: At the time of the Buddha's birth more than 2,500 years ago, Lumbini was a grove of natural grandeur, bursting with rare and beautiful flowers, where bees of five different colors hummed. Queen Maya Devi was passing through this earthly paradise on the way to her parent's house in Devadaha, capital of the Koliya kingdom, from Kapilavastu when the pangs of labor hit. After bathing in a nearby pond the queen walked 25 paces, took support of a Saal tree branch and gave birth standing up. She died a week later. More »
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    Discount Buddha Paid Member

    Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free. (c) Frank Olinsky 2010 Here's a picture contributing editor and founding art director Frank Olinsky took on the streets of Brooklyn. I can't think of a better deal. But if you wait a few days it'll probably be free. (c) Frank Olinsky 2010 More »
  • Earth-touching articles from Tricycle Paid Member

    Mara is tired and cranky. The demon tempter has tried everything in his power to prevent this sitting man from attaining his goal, and now he’s finally out of tricks. In a desperate last hurrah to stop Siddhartha he sputters: So you think you’re going to wake up, do you? Go on then, become a Buddha. Who cares? Who is here to vouch for your achievement? I demand to know, wise guy: who will be your witness? Siddhartha—under the Bodhi tree, who at this very moment is becoming the Buddha—says nothing. In what has got to be the best possible response to Mara’s harassment (it gives me gooseflesh!), the Buddha silently reaches down and touches the earth with his fingertips. Boom. Rivers roar, flowers bloom, and the mountains walk. The earth bears witness. More »
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    'The Buddha' on PBS Paid Member

    PBS's Buddha biopic premieres tonight, a day before the Buddha's birthday in Japan (or one of them anyway.) You can watch the trailer here. David Grubin directs the documentary and Richard Gere narrates. The two-hour show will cover the Buddha's life and some fundamental points of his teachings. On the PBS site you can buy a DVD of the show, and play mahjong. More »