Buddhism

  • 'Lama, Patron, Artist' at the Smithsonian Paid Member

    As reported by the Washington Post, There are two things most Westerners think they know about Buddhism: It's the one religion that can accommodate atheists, and one of its goals is to escape the material cycles of this world in favor of an immaterial enlightenment. That's why "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen," newly opened at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, may come as a surprise. This landmark show, which was organized by the Rubin Museum for Himalayan art in New York, seems to have a fully religious, god-filled sensibility -- no atheistic doubt in sight -- as expressed through the most deluxe of material goods. More »
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    Stephen Batchelor on ABC Paid Member

    Stephen Batchelor, who—as you can see from the comments thread on the last post—clearly hasn't lost his touch at provoking angry and immoderate responses from partisans, appeared on the ABC News program "Beliefs" with Dan Harris to discuss his new book, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist. Click the image to view. More »
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    Batchelor’s "Confession of a Buddhist Atheist" examined by Mark Vernon Paid Member

    Here’s a review of Stephen Batchelor’s Confession of a Buddhist Atheist from The Guardian's Mark Vernon. Since publishing his best-selling Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen has become somewhat controversial in Buddhist circles for his Western approach to the Buddha’s teachings. More »
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    On uprising anniversary, Dalai Lama says China wants to "annihilate Buddhism" Paid Member

    Using stronger words than he usually does, the Dalai Lama accused Beijing of persecuting monastics in Chinese-occupied Tibet: "They are putting the monks and nuns in prison-like conditions, depriving them the opportunity to study and practice in peace," he said, accusing Chinese of working to "deliberately annihilate Buddhism." The Dalai Lama's remarks reflect frequent complaints by Tibetan monks that required political study sessions and visitor demands are depriving them of time for religious study. More »
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    Buddhist Geeks online magazine Paid Member

    The excellent podcast outfit known as Buddhist Geeks has been reborn with a new website and online magazine! Check it out here. Best of luck to Vince and Emily! More »
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    A Flower Blooms in China Paid Member

    A very rare and very small flower grew under a nun's washing machine in China. More »