Posted on 17 February 2017 by Buddhism Now
As Buddhism spread out from north India, the place of its origin in the sixth century BC, the core ideas of this great religious tradition were often expressed through images. This Bulletin and the exhibition it accompanies, “Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations,” focus on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, a period that witnessed both the end of the rich north Indian Buddhist tradition and the beginning of popular Buddhist practice in Tibet. At this critical juncture in Buddhist history, a number of Tibetan monks traveled down out of the Himalayas to study at the famed monasteries of north India, where many also set about translating the vast corpus of Buddhist texts. Continue reading
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Posted on 21 January 2017 by Buddhism Now
It is beneficial to recite the mantra om mani padme hum, but while you are doing it, you should be thinking of its meaning, for the meaning of the six syllables is great and vast. The first, om, is composed of three letters, a, u, and m. These symbolise the practitioner’s impure body, speech, and mind; they also symbolise the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.
Can impure body, speech, and mind be transformed into the pure, or are they entirely separate? All Buddhas are cases of beings who were like ourselves and then in dependence on the path became enlightened; Buddhism does not assert that there is anyone who from the beginning is free from faults and possesses all good qualities. The development of pure body, speech, and mind comes from gradually leaving impure states and their being transformed into the pure. Continue reading
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Posted on 4 January 2017 by Buddhism Now
The Gathering of Intentions reads a single Tibetan Buddhist ritual system through the movements of Tibetan history, revealing the social and material dimensions of an ostensibly timeless tradition. By subjecting tantric practice to historical analysis, the book offers new insight into the origins of Tibetan Buddhism, the formation of its canons, the emergence of new lineages and ceremonies, and modern efforts to revitalize the religion by returning to its mythic origins. Continue reading
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Posted on 20 November 2016 by Buddhism Now
Mandala. At the centre, a tutelary deity, Yi-dam, of buddha rank, locked in embrace with his prajna, or wisdom party. Twenty lesser divinities surround them, two or three on each petal, before circular drums or altars. Continue reading
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Posted on 10 July 2016 by Buddhism Now
Short talk by the Dalai Lama on the ‘law of causality and dependent origination’. About 25 minutes.
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Posted on 14 March 2016 by Buddhism Now
The “Eye-opener”: Sonam Sherpa.
A film by François Schick.
A short video (around 6 minutes) of a Nepalese sacred-art master and his journey of patience and time.
Shot in a monastery of a Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the southern part of France, it shows the final steps in completing statues of followers of the historical Buddha, and especially reveals the crucial point and rarely seen of opening the eyes…
Shot in Nalanda Monastery in 2015. For further information about this place:
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Music composed by Benoit Schick.
Piano: Benoit Schick.
Cello: Georges Denoix.
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