Arts & Culture

The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
  • Walking on Sacred Ground Paid Member

    The insert for Kesang Marstrand’s latest album, Karma Khyeno, could easily be mistaken for a chant book. Replete with full-length Tibetan prayers in both their original and translation, the booklet includes a dedication not to Marstrand’s parents or musical influences, but to the leader of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. An inscription wishes for His Holiness’s “health and long life, and the fulfillment of all his great aspirations and noble activities.” This is not, to say the least, your standard name drop. Careful readers will also descry a short metta prayer directly above the track listings: “May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.” More »
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    Buddha Book Paid Member

    Buddha Book presents full-color depictions of the Buddha both East and West, classic and contemporary, with an introduction by Robert A. F. Thurman. Newly released from Chronicle Books, in association with Tricycle, the Buddha Book is an invitation to contemplate the changing face of enlightenment. More »
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    Who is About to Die? Paid Member

    DOKYO ETANDied on the sixth day of the tenth month, 1721, at the age of eighty Here in the shadow ofdeath it is hardTo utter the final word.I'll only say, then,"Without saying."Nothing more,Nothing more. More »
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    Buddha On The Rio Grande Paid Member

    For centuries, the northern stretch of the Rio Grande has lured religious seekers to its stark, awesome landscape. And as the people—among them Pueblo Indians, Spanish Catholics, and now a growing population of American and Asian Buddhists—have settled in, the region has marked their practices with its indelible stamp. Guest editor: Michael HaederleImage: The canyon of the Rio Grande near Toas, circa 1911. Photo by H. F. Robinson, courtesy of the Museum of New Mexico.  More »
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    The Voyage: An Opera by Philip Glass Paid Member

    The Voyage begins when the Scientist in a wheel-chair with a computerized voice-box sings: Quarks, kooksHeretics, lunaticsLovers and defilers of GodSet off in leaky vesselsTowards the holes on the horizonWith fautly fuel linesAnd failing eyesightAnd limbs quite inadequateAnd minds finally limitedTo the certaintyThat the inadequate body can followWhere the inadequate mind has been When my daughter was born, I smiled like a hyenaAnd for a moment I felt my legs and my limbsFor a moment I knewNo boundaries A body, a planet, a universe, a mindFor whom the limits do not apply The voyage lies whereThe vision liesThere More »
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    In the News Paid Member

    PRETENDER TO THE THRONE In our last issue we reported on the outrage of Chinese officials when the Dalai Lama announced that a six-year­ old Tibetan boy, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, had been determined to be the reincarnation of the tenth Panchen Lama, who died in January 1989. The Chinese government claimed that, under the terms ofa 1792 Qing Dynasty agreement, they had the right to approve the selection of all important lamas found in Tibet. Now the Chinese government has installed its own selection, six-year­ old Gyaincain Norbu, thus effectively creating a rival Panchen Lama. More »