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    Udder Compassion Paid Member

    When Geshe Rabten was explaining the difference between boundless compassion and great compassion to a small group of students in a monastery in Switzerland, he gave the analogy of different ways of responding to a cow that has gotten bogged down in a sewage pit. A person who had cultivated boundless compassion would view the cow as if it were his dear friend, and he would try and free it with ropes and the assistance of other people helping out from the firm ground outside the pit. More »
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    A Flock of Fools Paid Member

    A Man Whose Head Was Hit by a Pear A long time ago, there was a bald-headed fool. Another fool came along and, just for the fun of it, struck the first fool on the head with a pear. After several more blows, the poor fool’s head was entirely covered with bruises. He had allowed himself to receive the blows in silence and did not even consider running away. When the beating was over, a man who had witnessed the episode said, “Why don’t you run away and avoid being hit instead of taking the blows and getting hurt?” The fool answered, “I stayed because that man is ignorant. He boasts constantly and tries to prove how strong he is in any way he can. He saw that I was bald, but he was stupid enough to mistake my head for a stone. That’s why he struck it with a pear.” The other man answered. “How could you call him stupid? You’re the ignorant one. Only a fool would take such a beating and not even consider running away!” More »
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    Forbidden Mystery Paid Member

    Each time my friend from the Buddhist temple visits me, I offer him a painting and a poem. I have them waiting on my silk pillow. I have been painting a series of onions in different shades of wash and light. I peel them layer by layer, and paint the skins as they curl around geraniums. I know this is unusual, but I have to paint what is inside me. My poems are images of whatever I dreamed last night. More »
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    Buddha Buzz Winter 2004 Paid Member

    Hi-Tech MantraBuddhism may be 2,500 years old, but in some ways it's downright futuristic. In New Zealand, the Dorje Chang Institute has miniaturized a mantra written by the Dalai Lama and copied it onto microfilm 18 billion times. The film has now been placed inside an eight-foot-high prayer wheel, so that with every turn of the wheel, 18 billion mantras are offered for peace and goodwill. The institute eventually hopes to cram the wheel with 2.5 trillion copies of the mantra. More »
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    Hollywood Hullabaloo Paid Member

    Philippe Caland, best known as the writer of the decidedly unusual film Boxing Helena, never expected to become the target of millions of angry Buddhists. But that’s exactly what happened when he released an unfortunate promotional poster for his new film Hollywood Buddha. The poster showed Caland, who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, sitting casually on a large Buddha head. Plastered on thirty billboards around the Los Angeles area, it wasn’t long before local Thai Americans noticed the poster. And that’s when the trouble began. More »
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    Pretty in Pink Paid Member

    From the moment the rusty razor first scraped across my scalp, the experience of nunhood was surprising. I hadn’t expected to look good bald, but I thought I did. Once I learned how to keep its skirt from slipping off, the carnation-pink nun’s robe made me feel as glamorous as a ballerina. My teacher gave me the name Khemanandi (pronounced K-hay-mah-nahn-dee), meaning “Bliss without Fear.” In my fabulous pink robes, with my beautiful new name, More »