Friday 31 October 2014

BBCorner: 10-30-14 Traditional and Secular Buddhism - BBCorner

10-30-14 Traditional and Secular Buddhism - BBCorner

Published on Oct 30, 2014
A comparison of the differences between the traditionalist approach to Buddhism, and what is now regarded as secular Buddhism in the West.

Wednesday 29 October 2014

The Alchemist, by Paulo Cuelho, Audiobook

The Alchemist, by Paulo Cuelho, Audiobook


Published on Oct 29, 2014
This is an inspiring book and I think all should have a listen.

The Alchemist is a novel by Paulo Coelho first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese by its Brazilian-born author, it has been translated into at least 56 languages as of September 2012.

Monday 27 October 2014

Asian Classics Institute Course One - Class 1-6 September 7, 2014

ACI Course One - Class 1-6 September 7, 2014 

Published on Sep 11, 2014
TELSI ( and Dorena Rode present Class One of the Asian Classics Institute Course 

1. The Principal Teaching of Buddhism:

2: Mu-shi and Mu-sun, and what is Buddha Nature:

3. What is a Qualified Teacher ? :

4. What is an Authentic Student, and Dharma ?:

5. What is Samsara and Renunciation:

6. Stopping Desire for Future Lives:

Japan Spirit and Form #3

Japan Spirit and Form #3

Published on Oct 26, 2014
#3: Discovery of the “Pure Land” This episode looks at the Kamakura Period of Japanese history (12th-14th centuries) and the ways Buddhism of the time influenced so much of the art of the period, particularly statues of Buddha, statues of prominent monks, painted scenes reflecting Buddhist beliefs, and a new kind of portrait painting that emerged during that period. Temples in Japan that are visited include: Todaiji, Jingoji, Higashi Honganji and Sanjusangendo, with its rows of statues of Kannon. Monks referenced include Chogen, Zendo Daishi, Ikkyu Sojun and Shinran. We see contemporary artists at work, including Shiko Munakata, a woodblock artist. Shuichi Kato comments from time to time and points out the influence of Japanese monk portraits on a much later school of European artists, most notably Vincent Van Gogh. Ashley Thom provides the English narration. Akira Mitake composed the music. This series is an NHK production from 1989.

Saturday 25 October 2014

BEGIN Japanology - Japanese Tea Ceremony 茶道

BEGIN Japanology - Japanese Tea Ceremony 茶道 

Published on Oct 25, 2014
The Japanese tea ceremony is a special way of making green tea (matcha 抹茶). It is called the Way of Tea. It is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered tea. People who study the tea ceremony have to learn about different kinds of tea. They also have to learn about kimono (Japanese clothes), flowers, and many other things. It takes much practice to learn the tea ceremony. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony.

- Wikipedia

On this edition of BEGIN Japanology our theme is Tea Ceremony.

For more please visit NHK World.


Friday 24 October 2014



Published on Oct 17, 2014
A film by Dharma Voices for Animals

Featuring interviews with world-renowned monastics and lay teachers including Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, Jetsuma (Ven. Master) Tenzin Palmo, Ven. Bhante Gunaratana (Bhante G), Christopher Titmuss, Ven. Geshe Phelgye, teachers from Spirit Rock Meditation Center and many others.

When the Iron Bird Flies 2012

When the Iron Bird Flies 2012

Published on Oct 20, 2014

Fazia algum tempo que eu procurava pelo documentário, já que o que havia sido anunciado no canal BUDA VIRTUAL estava offline.
Estou compartilhando-o para que as pessoas que procuraram pelo vídeo e ainda não tiveram a oportunidade de vê-lo, enfim, aproveitem.
Vocês podem encontrar diversos estudos, vídeos, mensagens de pura luz no site:

OBS: Ativem a legenda.

---------------------- Obrigado, espero que aproveitem! ----------------------

Quando o Dalai Lama fugiu do Tibete em 1959, após a revolta de Lhasa sem sucesso, a dispersão do povo tibetano começou em massa. Em seu novo documentário, When the Iron Bird Flies, Victress Hitchcock, um antigo praticante budista, traça talvez o resultado mais inesperado desta trágica historia, a chegada do budismo Tibetano no Ocidente. “Tudo tem dois lados”, disse o professor tibetano Rinpoche Tsoknyi sem muita emoção em uma cena. “Lado triste é que perdemos país. Lado da sorte é que o dharma percorreu todo o mundo. “

When the Iron Bird Flies é um retrato convincente do moderno budismo tibetano fora do Tibete. Nós assistimos monges e monjas vestidos de carmesim usando telefones celulares e andando em carros de golfe, e inúmeros convertidos ocidentais em vestes – alguns em mantos de monges e outros em jeans – praticando o dharma em casas, templos, escolas e prisões da Índia para a Grã-Bretanha ou para a América ou para o México.

The Meaning of life by Dalai Lama Audiobook

The Meaning of life by Dalai Lama Audiobook 

 Published on Oct 20, 2014
In The Meaning of Life the Dalai Lama presents the basic worldview of Buddhism while answering some of life's most profound and challenging questions: Why are we in this situation? Where are we going? How should we live our lives? Do our lives have any meaning? Basing his explanation on the twelve links of dependent-arising as depicted in the Buddhist image of the Wheel of Life, His Holiness vividly describes how human beings become trapped in a counterproductive prison of selfishness and suffering, and shows how to reverse the process, changing the limiting prison into a source of help and happiness for others. Suffused with the Dalai Lama's intelligence, wit, and kindness, these teachings address such issues as how to deal with aggression from within and without; how to reconcile personal responsibility with the doctrine of selflessness; how to face a terminal illness; how to help someone who is dying; how to reconcile love for family with love for all beings; and how to integrate this practice into everyday life.

NHK: Japanese Buddhist Statues - Japanology Plus ( 仏教 )

Japanese Buddhist Statues - Japanology Plus ( 仏教 )  

Published on Oct 19, 2014
Japanese Buddhist statues come in countless shapes and forms, and they are not just objects of prayer but also meticulously crafted works of art in their own right. When Buddhism reached Japan in the mid-6th century, religious statuary came with it, and in thickly forested Japan, the statues began to be made mostly in wood. This time on Japanology Plus, we explore the deep appeal of Buddhist statues with our expert guest Yasumi Miyazawa. And in Plus One, keeping the Buddhas in your own home.

For more please visit NHK World.

Logic of Thinking, Logic of Engagement: Chan/Sŏn Buddhism in the Life-World

Logic of Thinking, Logic of Engagement: Chan/Sŏn Buddhism in the Life-World
Harvard Divinity School

Published on Oct 20, 2014

Professor Jin Y. Park delivers the 2014 Ahnkook Lecture on Korean Buddhism.

Chan/Sŏn Buddhism has been criticized for its seeming lack of social engagement. In this talk, Professor Jin Y. Park examines potential social dimensions of the Korean Sŏn Buddhist tradition known as hwadu meditation. Professor Park asks: what forms of social theory does Sŏn Buddhism offer and what are their potentials and limitations as a social theory in our secular world?

00:00 Welcome and introduction by Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School

07:40 Jin Y. Park, Associate Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Program, American University

1:00:00 Q&A

This lecture is part of the series "Religious Identities in Asia," co-sponsored by Center for the Study of World Religions, the Korea Institute, and the Asia Center.

Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at

Thursday 23 October 2014

About:Buddhism: Do Buddhist pray ?

The devotional side of Buddhism

From Barbara O'Brien, your Guide to Buddhism
This issue looks at some basic practices -- chanting, bowing, and whether Buddhists pray, or not.  
Do Buddhists Pray?
Is there prayer in Buddhism? No, and yes, depending on what you mean by prayer. Here is a brief explanation.
Search Related Topics:  liturgy  buddha  bodhisattvas
Introduction to Buddhist Chanting
 Chanting is a standard part of Buddhist liturgies that newcomers sometimes resist. Why is there chanting in Buddhism, and how do you do it correctly?
Search Related Topics:  buddhist practice  ritual  sutra
Gods in Buddhism
Are there or are there not gods in Buddhism? It depends on what you mean by "gods."

Search Related Topics:  tantra  bodhisattvas  buddha
Bowing as Buddhist Practice
This article addresses two basic questions about bowing as a Buddhist practice -- why and how

Sunday 5 October 2014

How to cope with stress

The Dalai Lama on Countering Stress and Depression

At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer. This is why, whenever I have the opportunity, I try to draw people's attention to what as members of the human family we have in common and the deeply interconnected nature of our existence and welfare.

Buddhist strategies for coping with stress

 We all know that mindfulness and meditation are increasingly taught as ways of coping with stressful situations. But what about other forms of Buddhist practice? A research study led by Dr. Russ Phillips, a Buddhist and professor of psychology at Missouri Western State University, identified 14 Buddhist coping strategies by asking Buddhist practitioners what coping mechanisms they used and by examining the outcomes.

De-stress the Buddhist Way

  Why are so many people stressed out... people who work normal job hours and have normal-sized families? Most people assume that chronic stress is due to having too much work and too little time. In my experience the answer is not quite as straightforward. Yes, people who are stressed often have a diary bulging with urgent appointments and their personal life is also chock-a-block with a massive amount of things which do not allow for a minute’s rest. But that alone does not explain why people are so stressed. In order to find the answer to chronic stress we have to look a little deeper than time management and organisation tools.

Can Buddhist Training De-stress Teachers ?

 BOULDER – What Angie Mays remembers most about last Thursday’s lunch was not so much how it tasted, but how it sounded.
She and her fellow students in her “Mindful Teacher” class at Naropa University were honing their sensory awareness skills by having a “mindful” lunch together. They ate in silence, carefully chewing and chewing and chewing each bite, noticing the subtle flavors and textures of their foods.

Thursday 2 October 2014

How to set up altar, make offerings, prostrate to the Buddha, meditate etc.

How to set up altar, make offerings, prostrate to the Buddha, meditate etc.  

Published on Sep 27, 2014
It is a universal truth that all beings seek fulfillment and happiness in their lives. The Buddha taught and embodied this truth and hence many find solace in his teachings and his image. That is why for Buddhists, setting up an altar to the Buddha is of paramount importance for their spiritual practice. An altar to the Buddha is the focal point from which one ushers in fulfillment, happiness and wealth into their homes and lives.

This video guide explains in a clear and modern way how to set up an altar to a holy Buddha image. It also explains how we can make offerings on the altar, how to prostrate to the Buddha and the basic meditation posture. All these practices are essential towards a fulfilling and successful spiritual practice.

John Lobell Buddhist Architecture

John Lobell Buddhist Architecture  

Published on Sep 25, 2014 Lecture for Non-Western Architecture course at Pratt Institute, Fall 2014

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The Women's Meditation Tradition in Tibet

The Women's Meditation Tradition in Tibet  

Uploaded on Jun 14, 2010
Google Tech Talk
June 11, 2010


Presented by The Venerable Wangdrak Rinpoche.

The Venerable Wangdrak Rinpoche is a native Tibetan and overseer of Gebchak Gonpa, which is the largest Buddhist nunnery in Tibet. Rinpoche will be speaking about the cultural and spiritual role of women meditators in a tradition that is typically very male-identified. His talk will reveal the rich cultural heritage and important role women play in Tibetan Buddhism and culture.

Wangdrak Rinpoche the third is the reincarnation of Wangdrak Dorje. Along with the Gonpa's founder, Tsangyang Gyamtso, Wangdrak Dorje was instrumental in building Gebchak and was renowned for his total mastery of profound yogas and meditation. The present incarnation holds the Khenpo degree in Buddhist philosophy, and has received a remarkably broad training in the almost all of the traditions.

His Holiness Sakya Trizin formally recognized Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Gebchak Gonpa’s Wangdrak Dorje, with an extraordinarily clear prediction letter describing his name, his parents' names, the place and year of his birth, and a unique birthmark on his back. This prediction letter was issued in accordance with the signs he received in meditation. Every detail in the letter proved to be correct. This recognition was also verified by His Holiness Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of The Drukpa Lineage, and His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche.At the age of nine he entered Chodrak Gonpa, a monastery of the Karma Kagyu and Barom Kagyu traditions, where he received the traditional training in all ritual practices. At the remote hilltop retreat place of Trachok Gon, he received the experiential instructions from Trachok Karma Tseten, the most renowned Karma Kagyu Dzogchen and Mahamudra lama in the vast provinces of Eastern Tibet. There Rinpoche spent three years in isolated meditation retreat, gaining experience and realization of the instructions he'd received.

Dzongsar College in Derge is where Rinpoche undertook his formal studies in Buddhist philosophy and scripture, and is well-known as the best college in all of Tibet for non-sectarian scriptural study. Rinpoche undertook the entire nine-year course, consistently placing first to third in his class and graduating with the Khenpo degree. From the highly respected Drukpa Kagyu lama Adeu Rinpoche, Wangdrak Rinpoche received all the transmissions of the Gebchak lineage. Rinpoche has been fortunate to receive many great empowerments, from many great lamas. His teachers include Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, the late Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse, and others.

When he had completed his studies, Rinpoche returned to Chodrak Gonpa to teach Buddhist philosophy for three years. After moving to teach at a branch gonpa in Nepal, Rinpoche was repeatedly requested by Tsoknyi Rinpoche and the Gebchak nuns to accept formal responsibility for the spiritual and material well-being of Gebchak Gonpa. Along with caring for his students from all over the globe, this is the end to which he continually works.

For more information about Wangdrak Rinpoche and his activities, please visit Rinpoche's official website: