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    Stephen Batchelor Week 3: Letting Go Paid Member

    Here's a clip from Stephen Batchelor's Week 3 teaching entitled "Letting Go." It's from his online retreat, "Buddhism for This One and Only Life." More »
  • Tibet Earthquake Emergency Relief Paid Member

    From Tibetfund.org, We are very sad to report that hundreds have died and an estimated 10,000 mostly ethnic Tibetans were injured and left homeless in near-freezing temperatures in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck a sparsely populated region of Tibet in the early hours of April 14. More than 85 percent of the houses in Jiegu, a town of 100,000 people nearest the epicenter, were destroyed. Because solid information is still emerging from officials working in the area, it is difficult to know how many remain buried in the rubble. Most of the people in the region are Tibetan herders and farmers who are in immediate need of shelter, medicine, clothing and other necessities. More »
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    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche: The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist Paid Member

    If you haven't seen Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's guest post, "The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist," on the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, it is definitely worth checking out. He touches on the question of what it means to be "religious," and goes on to give advice to those of us on "our search for truth." Rinpoche writes: The journey to genuine truth begins when you discover a true question -- one that comes from the heart -- from your own life and experience. That question will lead to an answer that will lead to another question, and so on. That's how it goes on the spiritual path. Read the full article here. More »
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    Clark Strand: Can You Be a Buddhist in America? Paid Member

    At the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, Clark Strand writes about his friend Mark, whose "Om stones" and remarkable life featured prominently in Clark's recent Green Meditation Tricycle retreat. (He also writes critically of the recent PBS documentary,"The Buddha." Clark begins: 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 »
  • Want to go to China for free? Paid Member

    ...Then follow Himalayan Art Resource's director Jeff Watt as he blogs his way through the Middle Kingdom! Read his daily reports from China's museums, universities and Buddhist temples. From his April 3rd blog post, Yesterday morning we left early to travel to the Dazu Grotto. The Sichuan University provided a car and driver for our use. The grottoes are about 300 kilometers north of Chengdu. Dazu is the name of the city/town closest to the different stone carving grotto sites. Dazu means big foot, or big feet. The plural is not made clear in Chinese for this place name. We ate lunch in the town prior to going to the site which I later learned was actually multiple sites. More »