I saw a news broadcast the other day which interested me. There was a large festival in the UK which was organised by the HAre Krishna movement. Thousands of people attended from all over the world. They interviewed one of the priests, a white englishman. He explained Hinduism and the basic tenets of it - very well for a 3 minute interview.
Waht interested me most was his response to a question about the many gods and deities. The priest explained that these were the many faces of the…Continue
I waked up with the idea to write what follows, a bit with fear, shame, doubt...but after practice the pressure to do it remains. Opening Ning, I saw the message of Shantakara about his chanting alone in the temple and a big 'YES' came up, as it is that, what I wanted to write about!
A lot of us live alone as Amidabuddhist. Even the people who live together, as the Orderpeople, often have their own full life, scattered all over the earth. We're all different and unique in how we live…Continue
(« Photo of the magnetic field of two bar magnets with like poles close together » by Alexander Wilmer Duff)
In Buddhist culture, there exists the core notion of the three poisons, which are considered to be the cause of all sufferings.
In English, the poisons are generally…Continue
I have just read Stephen Batchelor’s memoir Confession of a Buddhist Atheist and I recommend it highly. Batchelor has made a name for himself for almost twenty years now advancing his unique, perhaps even idiosyncratic approach to Buddhism. While that approach has won many admirers, for me there has always been a problem with it. Batchelor does not believe in either karma or rebirth as they are usually expressed in various Buddhist doctrines. Indeed, his eschatological views are…Continue
Added by Dr. Milind Jiwane on August 13, 2011 at 10:30 — No Comments
(« Dance Of Fire » by SarThePhotographer)
« Purposefulness » is the first of a series of short segues that I have put together in the hopes of joining existing compositions into one continuous piece of music.
In order to preserve the surprise, I won't…Continue
Lectio Divina (divine reading) is a traditional Catholic practice of reading the holy scriptures, particularly by monastics, and intended to promote communion with God and knowledge of His word. It was originally developed by Saint Benedict and Pope Gregory I, however the methods employed most probably had earlier antecedents. Typically a period for Lectio Divina is around an hour each day. Reflecting on this method of reading and prayer I began to…Continue
Can anyone know the reasons behinds all the riots and looting, violence and unrest that have spread across the Uk for the 4th day in a row? Does anyone care to delve deep and look at how our society has become rife with violence and greed?
Is it really the youths that are responsible for this level of destruction and mahem that have taken root in many large and medium size cities across the UK? In many of the stories and images captured by the public and media it…Continue
Hi to all friends
I have been thinking and feeling very confused and distressed by the latest unrest in the capital and other cities in the UK.
One minute young people are mindless criminals and thugs, then they are disenfranchised voicelss youth, alienated from society, then its the parents, then its the system, then its capitalism and a loss of family values.
I don't hear the youth speak perhaps we should ask them, would it help I dont know?
Dear Lee Young, take my best regards & take my blessings. I'm Sumonopriyo Bhikkhu (Subak Barua) from India. I'm a Barua Buddhist Monk staying in Buddhagaya, India. But seeing ur comments about Baruas I became very upset. Why did u give a dirty comments about us? That's a very negative side & I'm very ashamed of it. I never expect it from u as u r a Buddhist & u r also a member of Amida Trust. So I'm requesting u heartily as a Barua Buddhist monk plz plz plz withdraw ur words.
It is with pleasure that Candle4Tibet announces its Monthly Candle Ritual for August !
We invite you to light a candle at anytime between Sunday August 7 at 6PM and Wednesday August 10 at 6PM to express your support for Tibet and voice your wish to see its people freed from its…
Added by Christopher Stewart on August 7, 2011 at 19:27 — No Comments
Early this morning the phone rang. BBc radio London asking me to go on a programme to speak about last nights riots over the police shooting of a local man. I live just a few miles away and through my work with Islington interfaith know the troubles that our communities face. Next month in Islington is Peace Month where I am part of a team organising visits to school assemblies mediated by some of our faith leaders. This year we will linking up the work of "Arsenal in the community" facing…Continue
The third part of « Juggernaut, » entitled « Procession, » evokes the arrival of the crushing force before it unleashes into a frenzy of…Continue
Added by Christopher Stewart on August 4, 2011 at 17:39 — No Comments