Friday, December 27, 2013

Buddhist organisations

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an organization which was founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, who began teaching Buddhism to Western students in Nepal. The FPMT has grown to encompass 165 Dharma centers, projects, and social services in 37 countries.

Buddhist Geeks is born out of a conversation between two friends and Naropa University students, Vincent Horn and Ryan Oelke, at a coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado. They see an opportunity to combine their geeky skills together with their passion for Buddhist practice.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet's Buddhist culture.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.

Buddhist Books

Tao te Ching -Lao Tzu

The Tao Te Ching, Daodejing, or Dao De Jing (道德經: 道 dào "way"; 德 dé "virtue"; 經 jīng "classic" or "text"), also simply referred to as the Laozi,[1][2] is a Chinese classic text.
.........The text is fundamental to both philosophical and religious Taoism (Daojia, Chinese: 道家, Pinyin: Dàojiā; Daojiao, Chinese: 道教, Pinyin: Dàojiào) and strongly influenced other schools, such as Legalism, Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism, which when first introduced into China was largely interpreted through the use of Daoist words and concepts. Many Chinese artists, including poets, painters, calligraphers, and even gardeners have used the Daodejing as a source of inspiration. Its influence has also spread widely outside East Asia, and is amongst the most translated works in world literature.

Guide to the bodhisattva's way of life

is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India.āvatāra

Siddharta by Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel (1922), was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style.

Mind beyond death - Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

An indispensable guidebook through the journey of life and death, Mind Beyond Death weaves a synthesis of wisdom remarkable in its scope. With warm informality and profound understanding of the Western mind, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings on the bardos--the intervals of life, death, and beyond--completely available to the modern reader.

The Universe in a Single Atom
-The Dalai Lama

The universe in a single atom
In the book, The Dalai Lama creates exigency for the peaceful relationship between Buddhism and science. The goal is to mitigate human suffering from both Buddhist Philosophy and Science.[3] Scientists and Buddhists acknowledge that Buddhists use sensory perceptions and introspective thinking requiring cooperation of the body.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Great Buddhist Films

Here is a collection of films I find very inspiring:

Unmistaken Child (Documentary 2008)

In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa, searches for his master's reincarnation. The film follows his search to the Tsum Valley where he finds a young boy of the right age who uncannily responds to Konchog's possessions. Is this the reincarnation of the master? After the boy passes several tests, Tenzin takes him to meet the Dalai Lama. Will the parents agree to let the boy go to the monastery, and, if so, how will the child respond? Central to the film is the relationship the child develops with Tenzin.

The Yogis of Tibet (2002)

For the first time, the reclusive and secretive Tibetan monks agree to discuss aspects of their philosophy and allow themselves to be filmed while performing their ancient practices. -- IMDb Plot: The Yogis of Tibet (2002)
Kundun (1997)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

"Is Consciousness Produced by the
Brain?" by Bruce Greyson

"Many of the cases that we have are unexplainable with the help of Western Medicine, but they are also unexplainable in terms of the reincarnation hypothesis. Sometimes you will see two children who seem to remember the same past life. Sometimes you will see a child that remembers the life of someone who died when the child was 6 months old. So the experiences overlap and there is no clear model that we can follow.
When I talk to near death experiences they will always start first with : "Words cannot explain my experience. I cannot describe it for you." Than I say:"That's great, tell me all about it!"
So we force them to tell us what they experience while we know they can't tell us what they experienced. They're fitting into words what they can't fit into words. The same is true for these rebirth memories: what actually happens us something that we, our brain can't understand.
So the models we can come up with do not really approach the reality. So if you ask me what I believe is after death, is something I can't possibly understand while I am in this brain."

Wheel of Time (2003)

1 h 21 min - Documentary

Wheel of Time is Werner
Herzog's photographed look
at the largest Buddhist ritual in
Bodh Gaya, India.

Carl Sagan interviews the Dalai Lama on the subject of science (video is a bit poor quality, but audio is clear)

(Oscar winning short)

It tells the story of one shepherd's long and successful singlehanded effort to re-forest a desolate valley in the foothills of the Alps in Provence throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Merry Christmas !

Thought I draw my own Santa for my Christmas card this year, here's the result: