Monthly Archives: October 2010

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche DVD released

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche has been released on DVD. The film chronicles the life of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet’s most revered 20th-century teachers.  It features narrations by Richard Gere and Lou Reed, as well as interviews with the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, and Rabjam Rinpoche, among others. The film was an Official Selection for the 2010 Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival and the 2010 International Buddhist Film Festival.
To watch the trailer and get more information on the film, visit Kino International.

Bearing Witness Retreat at Auschwitz/Birkenau

For the 15th year, Bernie Glassman and the Zen Peacemakers are returning to the site of the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland, for the Bearing Witness Retreat. It’s a  multination and multifaith retreat. This year, the retreat will include young adults from Israel, Palestine, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States.

During the retreat, participants spend most of their time sitting by the train tracks at Birkenau, either in silence or  chanting the names of the dead. Also, prayer services from various religious traditions are offered each day. Read More »

Notes from the World Buddhist Conference 2010

Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh was the keynote speaker at this year’s World Buddhist Conference, held  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A recent article from The Buddhist Channel brings us notes from Thich Nhat Hanh’s keynote address, “Living in Harmony: When Things Fall Apart.”  To see pictures and read the full article, click here.

Check out Norman Fischer’s story on Huffington Post

Soto Zen Buddhist priest Norman Fischer posted an essay on The Huffington Post discussing the recent approval of a document honoring the women ancestors of the Zen tradition by the Soto Zen Buddhist Association. He tells the interesting back story to how the initiative began. Click here to read the full article.

The Mandala Project at the Hammer Museum: One to see, and a first at that

Ari Bhöd, in partnership with UCLA’s Hammer Museum, is pleased to present The Mandala Project. This two-week program, starting Oct 26, will feature the first public viewing of the three-dimensional Zangdok Palri Mandala. Details after the jump.
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The Blogisattvas: Recognizing excellence in Buddhist blogging

Contributed by Emily Breder, Buddhism Examiner

It seems that blogging is a natural progression for many modern practitioners around the world. Self-examination lends itself well to documentation. This is why it’s no surprise that Buddhist bloggers have their own groups and are recognized by their peers with badges and awards, just like in other blogging spheres.

One of these is the Blogisattva Awards, which involves a peer review of nominated blogs. Read More »

The Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on the recent meeting of the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty

Posted by Danny Fisher

I’ve spoken to the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi twice before for Shambhala SunSpace—once about how to help Haiti, and once about his visit to the White House.  A well-known and prodigious translator of Pali Buddhist texts into English, he is also the founder of Buddhist Global Relief – a visionary, Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization contributing to relief and justice efforts all over the world.  Bhikkhu Bodhi recently attended a meeting following-up on what began at the White House, and he shares that experience with us.    Read More »

Tour Tibet House’s “Buddha Image” exhibition — online and in person

“The Buddha Image: Out of Uddiyana,” a current exhibition at New York’s Tibet House, has been extended through November 16. Tibet House describes it as “a one-of-a-kind collection featuring precious materials and rare artifacts, including 12 large Tantric sculptures available for public viewing for the first time at Tibet House US.” And now you can even take a smart, virtual mini-tour of the exhibit; just click here to do so.

New Buddhist e-book series for children

The recently launched Now I Know e-book series by Sally Devorsine is a series of children’s books based on the 1,000-year-old teachings of Geshe Langri Thangpa.

Devorsine says that series began “by accident” a number of years ago, when she was teaching English to a then-7-year-old Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche in Bhutan. Devorsine had devised a plan to illustrate the conversations she was having with him in hopes that it would make it easier for him to learn and understand.

This illustration exercise eventually inspired Read More »

International conference on Tibetan Buddhism at Emory

From Tynette Deveaux, Editor of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly

The international conference on Tibetan Buddhism wrapped up Wednesday after two days of talks with hundreds of participants from across North America, as well as Mexico, India, Tibet, and Mongolia. Hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, the conference coincided with the Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to the university, where he gave several sold-old public talks. The conference brought together teachers, scholars, translators, supporters, and students of Tibetan Buddhism who discussed how the tradition is unfolding in the West and the challenges that need to be addressed.

The Dalai Lama  opened the conference with words of caution, explaining that there is a danger of corruption and degeneration of the buddhadharma, both in the West and in the East. “Let others do the praising,” he advised. “Let us seek out the faults Read More »

His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche comes to Lincoln, VT, for the consecration of Vajra Dakini Nunnery, the first Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in the US

Posted by Sandy Sheridan

Our hearts are filled with joy following the visit of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche in September. About 250 people gathered from all over the world to attend the consecration of Vajra Dakini Nunnery and many other teachings and celebrations with His Holiness. It was inspiring to see the fruition of so many prayers and thousands of volunteer hours. On September 11, His Holiness started the day by performing cleansing and consecration ceremonies, including opening the eyes, for a statue of the White Tara crafted for the nunnery by Maurice Lowe. Read More »

Dalai Lama honored with new Freedom award; Emory U posts highlights from visit

The Dalai Lama went to Cincinnati, OH, today to join the likes of Rosa Parks, Desmond Tutu, and US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in receiving the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s International Freedom Conductor Award. Click here to read and see video of local coverage from the lead-up to the event. (Links open in new windows.) He refused the $25,000 cash award that would normally accompany the honor, saying it should be used for the city’s museum.

The honor of course follows His Holiness’s visit to Emory University — photographic highlights of which are now online; you’ll find additional links to Emory’s coverage of the visit on that page.

International ordination of bhikkhunis held in LA

An international ordination of bhikkunis took place at  Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, Los Angeles, CA, on October 10, under the aegis of Ven. Walpola Piyananda Nayaka Thera. Three ceremonies, involving a total of eight women who represented five different nations, were all held on the same day.

The first ceremony was for Canadian-born Brenda Batke-Hirschmann, who became an Anagarika by taking Eight Precepts. The second ceremony was for two American-born Anagarikas, Santussika and Dhammapali, who received ordination as Samaneris.  Read More »