1. Buddhism has 8 "Auspicious Symbols."
Buddhism has many numbered lists-the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths-which is surprising to me, given Buddhism's emphasis on gateless gates and transcending the bounds of rational thinking. There's a koan to be written about that paradox, for sure.
2. Grokking Republicans: The Varieties of Religious Delusion
Whatever you think of the question of God or Gods, religion is a real thing, for good or ill. In the quest for More and Better Democrats the question of fewer and less evil religious nutters has a prominent place.
3. Spiritual scholar (and Uma's father) explains how to love your enemies and vote for Wendy Davis
In a world of war, disease and really nasty Internet comments on just about everything, it's getting harder and harder to love your enemies. But that's what we should so, according to noted Buddhist scholars Robert Thurman and Sharon Salzberg , who have co-authored a book, Love Your Enemies: How to Break the Anger Habit.
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Almost 200 people turned out to hear Buddhist teacher Lama Jampa Thaye give a public talk entitled Arriving at Inner Freedom at Bath's Assembly Rooms. One of the leading lights of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, British-born Lama Jampa is the spiritual director of the network of international Buddhist centres and groups known as Dechen.
5. Visible discrimination
Of the members of Saarc, India is the largest in terms of size, population and gross national product. It also enjoys a qualitative distinction, which may be as significant.
6. World Buddhist conference opens in Shaanxi
Hundreds of the world's Buddhists gathered at an ancient temple in northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Thursday to open the World Fellowship of Buddhists' 27th general conference. Congregating around a relic said to contain one of the Buddha's finger bones at the Famen Temple in Baoji City, more than 600 representatives from 30 nations and regions were in attendance.
7. Talking with a A man whose bags are always packed
Jeff Greenwald: I grew up in the Bronx and on Long Island, in a Conservative Jewish family. One of my grandfathers was a kosher butcher, and my mother still keeps a kosher home.
8. The Buddhist Roots of Reiki
Reiki is an increasingly popular form of energy healing, in which a practitioner channels healing energy through his/her hands into his own body, or the body of a client. Although not officially a Buddhist practice or form of healing, historically Reiki does have Buddhist roots, through its creator, Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui.
9. Neuroscience Reveals the Secrets of Meditation's Benefits
When the Society for Neuroscience asked Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama , to address its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2005, a few hundred members among the nearly 35,000 or so attending the meeting petitioned to have the invitation rescinded. A religious leader, they felt, had no place at a scientific meeting.
10. Serentity Through a Mantra
A MANTRA is a word, a sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation used since ancient times. This mantra "OM MA NI PAD ME HUM" is the most important mantra in Buddhism .
11. Robe ceremony heralds tourist season
Vishnupad temple and devotees from Thailand take part in a robe offering ceremony at Mahabodhi Mahavihara in Bodhgaya on Sunday. The tourist season started in Bodhgaya on Sunday with the robe offering ceremony organised by Bodhgaya Temple Management Committee .
12. Discovery may actually be re-discovery
This is how we are taught Buddhism. There was once a prince of the Sakya clan, who was so unhappy with the world that on the night following the birth of his first child, a son, he left the palace and went to the forest in search of wisdom that would liberate him from suffering.
13. Bodh Gaya temple gets IT notice
The Income Tax Department has issued notice to Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, for not filing annual return of its income of over Rs.100 crore through donations, an official said Saturday. Deputy Commissioner of IT department Saurav Roy said notice was issued to the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee for not filing returns.
14. 14 Things You Need to Know to Talk About Transcendental Meditation
Transcendental Meditation is having a moment. After making a big splash in the peace 'n' love era, it largely faded from view, but now everyone from Lena Dunham and Lykke Li to Oprah and Dr. Oz is into it.
15. Tourism on the rocks: Cave trail around Maharashtra
Recently, in a bid to boost India's tourism, the Union Ministry of Tourism announced plans to focus on 50 tourist circuits. With the upcoming holiday season, the guide chalked out a cave trail that celebrates our home state's finest sites Of the several ancient caves that Mumbai is home to Kanheri Caves still attracts a batch of nature lovers.
16. 16 things to do today, Oct. 8, in Boulder County
The exhibit "Opening the Tibetan Treasury of Knowledge: Textual Transmission and Cultural Preservation" is on display in the Norlin Library 3rd floor NW Triptych gallery. The exhibit "Opening the Tibetan Treasury of Knowledge: Textual Transmission and Cultural Preservation" highlights key transformations in the production of Tibetan texts - from woodblock prints to digital searchable text.