Buddha

  • Daily Dharma: Let go of your assumptions Paid Member

    Many years ago when I was a young Zen student living at Green Gulch Farm in California, a problem arose among the residents: a sliding wooden door at the entrance of the student living area was regularly being left open. As a result, cold Pacific Ocean winds would sweep in and chill our shared living space. Announcements were made at least a half dozen times at community work meetings reminding people to keep this door shut. But it was continually found open, and over time this became a remarkably divisive issue. People grew emotional, blaming and pointing fingers. In the midst of one tense meeting, Sierra, the farm’s pet golden retriever, opened the door from the outside and joined the group. Of course, Sierra didn’t close the door behind her. Everyone laughed. No one knew that Sierra had the dexterity to open a sliding wooden door. More »
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    Buddhawatch Paid Member

    Not quite a Buddha but a Tara in Ensenada, Mexico, which, according to Leslie, "was a gift of peace and friendship from a Nepalese international cultural organization in 1993." Leslie laments the graffiti, which was not there when she visited. You can see it and read about it here. More »
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    Atop Corocovado mountain, in Rio de Janeiro's Sao Cristovão district, stands the famous open-armed Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), welcoming visitors to the "Marvelous City." Not quite so high but perhaps no less impressive (in spirit, at least) is Wat Phra That Khao Noi, a temple in northern Thailand, with its towering Buddha  keeping watch over the Nan valley. Its hilltop perch rises 800 feet above the town below. Add a comment with a link to your favorite Buddha and we'll pick one to include in our next Buddhawatch post. More »
  • Crazy for mandalas Paid Member

    Art critic Holland Cotter of the New York Times loves the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City. And he's positively exuberant about the museum's current mandala exhibit ("The Mandala: The Perfect Circle" is the first of a series of three), even threatening to camp out at the Chelsea sanctuary for Himalayan art for the rest of the summer and into fall. You'll see what he means if you get a chance to visit for yourself. To read Cotter's review, click here. More »
  • You can't "think out" your life Paid Member

    Most are under the impression that they can think out their lives. But that's a misconception. We are subject to our emotions and think in ways based on our emotions. So it's extremely important to do something about our emotions. –Aya Khema Read the rest here. More »
  • Sri Lanka's "blend of faiths" a cause for hope Paid Member

    In the September issue of the Atlantic, Robert Kaplan writes that any hope for a lasting peace in Sri Lanka will depend on its ability to reconnect to the "blend of faiths" that lay at the very foundation of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy, from which the famous city in the island's heartland takes its name: More »