Arts & Culture

The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
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    Taking Chances Paid Member

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    Jataka Mind Paid Member

    In a former life, many aeons ago, the Buddha took up residence in a forest hermitage, living the life of a recluse and studying with a resolute mind. Sauntering through the woods one day, admiring the springtime foliage, he rounded a bend near a mountain crevasse and saw a cave. There at the mouth of the cave, but a few feet from him, lay a starving tigress who had just given birth. This tigress was so overcome by her labors, so weak with hunger, that she could scarcely move. The future Buddha noticed her dark and hollowed eyes. He could see each rib distending her hide. Starved and confused, she was turning on her whelps, on her own tiger pups, seeing them only as meat to satisfy her belly. The pups, not comprehending the danger, were sidling up, pawing for her teats. More »
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    Hags, Nuns, and Magpie Scholars Paid Member

    THERIGATHA POEMS OF THE SISTERSPoets are magpie scholars. More »
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    if you could imagine,or visualize the entire Wheel of Time mandala in the drop the size of amustard seed at the tip on one’s nose & see the whites of the eyes of 722deities all rooting for the enlightened you the wide-awake youif you could imagine an enemy who would it be?visualize the whites of their eyesdon’t shoot!would it not be the proverbial enemy within (why did my brain incubate all those long years . . . ) plotting its great overthrow & thrust of all that stuff toward its own sweetentropyguarded in the night why would you not travel in this kind of visualization what not accomplish with 24 arms as you shift the ecliptic . . . . .From Manatee/Humanity, © 2009 by Anne Waldman. Reprinted with permission from Penguin. More »
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    Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate. Born to a peasant family in 1935, in the northeastern province of Amdo, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, and a manifestation of Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. In 1959, he escaped the Chinese invasion of Tibet and lives now in Dharamsala, India. More »
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    Zen and the Art of Dance Paid Member