Buddhism

  • 2,600-year-old Buddhist Monastery Unearthed in Afghanistan Paid Member

    Jeff Watt, the director of Himalayan Art Resources, just brought this story to our attention.  A Chinese copper mining company in Afghanistan, the China Metallurgical Group Corp, recently unearthed an ancient Buddhist monastery that is believed to be 2,600 years old.  As Watt states on his site, "The dating may be a little off but the find is certainly sensational."  More »
  • The Power of an Open Question - The Big Bang Paid Member

    From within the fluid and ineffable state of boundarylessness, the knowing mind experiences a stirring . . . a discomfort of sorts.  Somehow it's not enough to just rest in the boundaryless nature of this discomfort.  The knower of this discomfort then acts, and leaves the open state to become the doer, or "subject."  And what do subjects do? They define, seduce, wrestle with, and push away objects.  And this dynamic exchange between subject and object creates a whole lot of friction and heat, which activates a big bang of sorts . . . And the whole world of objectification bursts into action. More »
  • Beautiful Photos from the Ajanta Caves Paid Member

    The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, India, are rock-cut cave monuments that were crafted in between the second century BCE and the eighth century CE containing paintings and sculptures that are true masterpieces of Buddhist art. After being abandoned sometime around the 8th or 9th century CE, the caves were long forgotten until they were rediscovered in 1819 when a man accidentally stumbled upon an entrance while trying to navigate his way through the tangled brush. Today, a piece was published on the Washington Bangla Radio website containing beautiful photographs from a recent visit to the caves. More »
  • Natural Creativity Paid Member

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  • A Visit to the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya Paid Member

    Last week I took a trip to Colorado and while I was there I was able to visit the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center, the largest stupa in North America.  Below are some pictures I took during my visit. To learn more about the the Great Stupa, click here. More »
  • To Be Born Human Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: To be born as a human being is a glorious privilege. Man’s dignity consists in his capability to reason and think and to live up to the highest ideal of pure life, of calm thought, of wisdom without extraneous intervention. In the “Saimanna phala Sutta” Buddha says that man can enjoy in this life a glorious existence, a life of individual freedom, of fearlessness and compassionateness. This dignified ideal of manhood may be attained by the humblest, and this consummation raises him above wealth and royalty. Anagarika Dharmapala (Spring 1995) Read the complete article here. More »