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    Return of the Kung-fu Nuns! Paid Member

  • An evening with Ven. Metteyya at New York Insight Paid Member

    From left: Bodhi (Ven. Metteyya's attendant), Sharon Salzberg, Ven. Metteyya More »
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    Kung-fu Nuns: Empowering Women in Nepal Paid Member

    Nuns at the Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey in Kathmandu have begun kung-fu classes. The BBC reports: Rupa Lama, a 16-year-old nun from India, says kung fu helps her concentrate. "It's good for our health. Meditation is very difficult and if we do kung fu, then afterwards meditation becomes much easier," she says. Another nun, Konchok, also from India, says she likes kung fu because it gives her strength. "It's very helpful for our safety. If somebody teases us or something, then we can hit them and be more powerful," she says. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo is also quoted in the article: More »
  • Notable Documentary: The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas Paid Member

    I recently had the chance to see the documentary movie The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas: A Pilgrimage to the Oracle Lake. Directed by Michael Wiese, Sacred Sites follows a group of pilgrims on their journey to Lhamo Lhatso, the Tibetan lake of visions. The voyage is told from the point of view of Steve Dancz, a film score composer, who incidentally is also the narrator, cameraman, and music composer for the documentary. He is joined by his teacher and guide Glenn Mullin, and Bhutanese monk Khenpo Tashi. With Dancz providing the voice of the awe-inspired traveler, and Mullin and Khenpo Tashi offering insight, they make their way through Nepal and Tibet, visiting a variety of temples, stupas, monastaries, and caves along the way. More »
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    Nepal and China; 21awake Paid Member

    Mikel Dunham has a good piece on Nepal's brutal protest crackdowns, not suprisingly done at the request of China. And check out the cool new blog 21awake, with its awesome opening image of a security camera. The more security cameras we have, the safer we'll all feel. More »
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    Democracy in Nepal, Activists in Burma Paid Member

    Mikel Dunham has an excellent and heartening post on Nepal and it's newborn democracy. You really can't beat Mikel's blog for news on Nepal. And the estimable Danny Fisher has an update (from the Washington Post) about the new generation of activists in Burma. More »