Some Buddhism for the Holiday — 3

Requiem for a Faith.‘Requiem for a Faith’
Narrated by Dr. Huston Smith.

Film: Requiem for a Faith, shot in the late 1960s examines the customs and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Though dated, it stands the test of time.

Huston Smith the religious philosopher and author (The World’s Religions), provides a very moving and insightful narration.

He explains the tenets of Tibets unique brand of Buddhism, while noted spiritual filmmaker Elda Hartley provides astonishing footage.

Buddhist film about Tibetan Buddhism. (27 minutes) Click here to watch.

Zen Master with Meditation Staff, and Chinese-Style Landscapes, probably late 1620s–1644, Japan. Painting by Unkoku Tōeki. © Metropolitan Museum of Art

‘Sudden and Gradual’ by Maezumi Roshi

Kensho means ‘to see the nature,’ the Buddha nature. To experience kensho is to see that this life, as it is, is the very life of the Buddha.

Even though our life is the enlightened way itself, because our understanding is not quite right, we somehow don’t see that this is so.

The Rinzai school especially emphasises the importance of having this sudden opening.

To read it click here.

2 min read.

[Image: Zen Master with Meditation Staff
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Categories: Buddhism, Chan / Seon / Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Video

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