India

  • A Day for Bodhidharma Paid Member

    You can learn a lot of things perusing the Treeleaf Zendo message boards, including that today is Bodhidharma Day. What do we do on Bodhidharma Day? We sit, in order to honor the Zen ancestor who brought Zen from India to China. Bodhidharma is usually presented a bad-tempered barbarian who sat facing a wall meditating for nine years. In order to always stay awake, he cut off his eyelids, and tea plants sprang from them where they landed. Yum! Here are some Bodhidharma Day recipes. If you're in China, you could visit the recently unearthed Bodhidharma Stupa. More »
  • Massive Rally in Support of Karmapa to Take Place Sunday Paid Member

    When Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the two lamas recognized as the 17th Karmapa, escaped from the Chinese in 2000 he was granted asylum in India.  However, due to pressure from the Chinese government, the Indian government quickly put him under close watch and put heavy restrictions on his ability to travel.  This week, as the Karmapa is giving teachings in Dharamsala, a huge rally in Sikkim is being organized by his supporters to put pressure on the Indian government to lift these travel restrictions so that he can return to his home monastery Rumtek, which is in Sikkim.  For more information on the rally, please visit www.karmapatorumtek.org More »
  • A Wild Love for the World: Joanna Macy on Being Paid Member

    Joanna Macy is interviewed by Krista Tippett this week on Being (formerly Speaking of Faith). Macy is a Buddhist scholar, philosopher of ecology, and a translator of Rilke. During the interview they use Rilke’s poetry to frame the conversation about Macy’s work and world paradigm. Listen to “A Wild Love for the World.” Here is the Rilke poem that Macy credits with eliminating the "constrictions that my culture had made around the sacred": I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I have been circling around God, around the primordial tower. I've been circling for thousands of years and I still don't know: am I a falcon, More »
  • Buddhism and Ecology Paid Member

    Tricycle contributing editor Martine Batchelor, and Kerry Brown, via The Times of India, Dharma, for Buddhists, is the sacred law, morality and the teachings of the Buddha. It is also all things in nature. Cats, dogs, penguins, trees, humans, mosquitoes, sunlight, leaf dew are all dharmas. So at its very essence, Buddhism  can be described as an ecological religion or a religious ecology. More »
  • Nalanda to rise from the ashes Paid Member

    It's looking more and more likely nowadays that the legendary Indian university of Nalanda, which at its peak  taught 10,000 students and employed 2,000 faculty, will rise again, according to AFP. The site is more than the heap of bricks that so many other Buddhist historical ruins have become over the centuries. You can still see the general plan, some monks' cells, and you can even get a pretty good idea of what it must have looked like. Maybe that's one of the reasons it's such an attractive candidate for rebuilding. Nalanda was founded in the 3rd century, in what today is the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, and later became one of the world's most well-known learning centers of its time. More »