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    800 years later, Nalanda University is Back Paid Member

    Nalanda University was big time. Right outside Rajgir, or Vulture’s Peak in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, in its prime it had over 10,000 students, 2,000 staff, and denied 80% of its applicants. It would be hard to overstate how big time it was, and not just in Buddhist history. Dating back to the fifth century, it was one of the first institutions of higher learning in the world. Scholars came from all over the world to study philosophy, medicine, astronomy, and other subjects. Today it lies in ruins. There are plans, however, to revive the ruins and return Nalanda to its former glory as an active center of learning. Well, actually, the plan is to build a new Nalanda—while retaining the spirit of the original—next to the physical ruins. Andrew Buncombe, reporting for the Independent, writes: More »
  • The Teacher-Student Relationship Paid Member

    I recently picked up Alexander Berzin's book Wise Teacher, Wise Student: Tibetan Approaches to a Healthy Relationship. The topic is a crucial one for Buddhism and one that has been much on my mind lately. I was familiar with Berzin's writing, and I knew this was one of his themes (he wrote a Tricycle article called "Practical Advice Regarding Spiritual Teachers" some time ago) but the new book seemed very familiar. More »
  • Khmer Rouge prison warden found guilty of war crimes Paid Member

    The eight-month trial of former Khmer Rouge prison warden Kaing Guek Eav came to a close today in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Extraodinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a UN-backed tribunal, sentenced Kaing Guek Eav, commonly known as Duch, to 19 years in prison for crimes against humanity and war crimes for overseeing the torture and killing of more than 14,000 prisoners at the S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979. During the trial, Duch's testimonies wavered from admissions of guilt to claims that he was a small part of a greater mechanism. From a New York Times report: More »
  • Buddhism and the Supernatural Paid Member

    Today's Daily Dharma: There is a widely held misconception in the West that Buddhism was originally a humanistic movement that made no place for gods, goddesses, and spirit beings. This, however, is not the case. Buddhist cosmology from the outset envisioned the Buddha with a host of spirits and divinities who participated in his career and offered support to those on the Buddhist path. While the Buddha transmitted the wisdom and methods whereby his followers could attain enlightenment, he commissioned his supernatural aides to attend to his congregation's immediate needs for well-being and relief from suffering. -Miranda Shaw, "Mothers of Liberation" (Summer 2007) Read the complete article here. More »