1. Spiritual Astrology - The Three High Moons of the Northern Hemisphere Spring
As you know from the Buddha Birthday article, this Full Moon is the second "High Moon" of Spring, aka "the Wesak Festival." What are the "High Moons," and why are they important? Let me begin today by stating that this tradition came about from Buddhism, which developed in the Northern Hemisphere, since that's where the Buddha walked and taught.
2. Narendra Modi joins China's Weibo
India's PM Narendra Modi has joined China's main microblogging service Weibo, gaining thousands of followers by the hour and plenty of comments too. Mr Modi, set to visit China this month, got mostly welcoming responses.
3. Pilgrims trek around NW China's Qinghai Lake
A pilgrim is seen by the Qinghai Lake, China's largest lake and also a holy lake for Tibetan Buddhism faithfuls, in northwest China's Qinghai Province, April 28, 2015. Pilgrims trek over 340 kilometer around Qinghai Lake, just to pray and worship.
4. Staten Island Buddhist Vihara planning Vesak celebration
Vesak is the holiest day of the Buddhist calendar and is celebrated by Buddhists worldwide to pay homage to the birth, enlightenment and passing into Nirvana of the Buddha, or "The Enlightened One." Vesak is named for the month of the Indian calendar in which the day falls, always a full moon day in May or early June.
5. Thai Buddhist monk wants to clean up his country's religious institutions
Think Buddhist monk, and bodyguards and bomb threats probably don't spring to mind. But that's exactly what Phra Buddha Issara is dealing with as he mounts a campaign to overhaul Thailand's religious institutions.
6. Glittering year for Myanmar's golden pagoda
The Shwedagon pagoda, which rises in a stately conical tower above downtown Yangon, has been at the heart of Buddhism in Myanmar for hundreds of years, as well as providing a luminous arena for political resistance in the former junta-run nation's more recent turbulent history. Authorities managing the monument are now cladding the structure with a fresh layer of gold -- a five-yearly exercise to replace the older, weather-worn coating.
7. Impotents shoots for the heavens with Kickstarter campaign
When launching a cartoon series about a bunch of gods from different major religions hanging out together in the modern world, it was probably a wise move by its creators to not include the prophet Mohammed in their makeshift pantheon of dieties. Instead, Smoking Doors Productions founders Jeff Cooper and Grahaeme Cowie opted to go with some of the top dogs of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Greek mythology for their new show Impotents and imagining them in their early days before they grew into their respective powers.
8. Intro To Buddhism Professor Doesn't Seem Very Zen
Finals haven't started yet, but this week we bring you an Intro to Buddhism professor who just isn't taking your crap. 1:49pm 04/25/2015 127.0.0.1 This final exam for Intro to Buddhism: Section III Way of Discipline: Memorize the following passage and reproduce it for the examination.
9. When the ascetic overpowered the nymph
The earliest commentary on the Bhagavad Gita that we have is that of the great scholar, Shankara, who lived in the 9th century CE, 1300 years after the Buddha, at least 500 years after the final composition of the Gita. We must keep in mind that this is the view of historians.
10. Exhibition examines an 800-year-old artistic practice from the Drigung Kagyu School
Across all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism is the notion that a work of art has the power to transform and bestow a variety of benefits upon the beholder. Depending on the particular subject depicted in a painting, sculpture, or relic, the viewer gains such advantages as removing obstacles, acquiring merit, and purifying all sins, bringing benefits for this life and the next, simply by seeing it.
11. Buddhist teacher to visit Erie
LEARN ABOUT BUDDHISM Lama Kathy Wesley's talk, "Compassion in Tough Times," will be held May 8 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Erie Art Museum Annex, 411 State St. It is free and open to the public. Lama Kathy Wesley teaches "The Path of Tibetan Buddhism" at the Erie Karma Thegsum Choling in Erie on April 29. GREG WOHLFORD/ERIE TIMES-NEWS Wesley, a former newspaper reporter who is now a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, comes to town each year to visit the Erie Karma Thegsum Choling Center, and speak to its members and the public.
12. Tibetan Buddhist leader to speak, host r...
Buddhist leader the Sakya Trizin will visit Korea in early May to give a talk and lead a religious retreat. The Sakya Trizin, who is the head of the Sakya Order, one of the four major orders in Tibetan Buddhism, will arrive in Korea on May 5. The visit is being organized by Shechen Korea, a Tibetan Buddhist group, which has brought several high-level Buddhists to Korea over the last few years.
13. In annual message to world's Buddhists, Vatican suggests joint effort against slavery
Buddhists and Christians should work together to combat slavery and human trafficking, the Vatican said in an annual message to the world's Buddhists. The message, issued by the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue for the Buddhist feast of Vesakh, draws its theme from this year's papal message for the World Day of Peace.
14. Inside the largest Buddhist settlement in the world
The largest Buddhist settlement in the world: Inside the village where 40,000 monks and nuns are segregated and televisions are banned... but iPhones are allowed The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in China has basic amenities for the 40,000 monks and nuns who stay there Among the green rolling hills in the Larung Gar Valley in China, the last thing you would expect to see in the countryside are thousands of red wooden huts that have been built in a massive cluster. A vibrant splash of red, this colourful settlement has sprung up in the 1980s and is now a haven for over 40,000 monks and nuns.
15. Ambedkarite empowerment will emancipate our languishing millions
At 125, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar enters the domain of immortality. He has more statues than all our leaders put together - candles are lit, he's revered, he's garlanded, consecrated on every occasion, whether it be a protest or a celebration.
16. Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery bring ancient art of mandalas to the Central Coast
About 15 minutes into Werner Herzog's 2003 documentary Wheel of Time , you see a flat, blue surface surrounded by 20 to 30 people in orange and red robes. They're Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting in unison, ringing bells, and reciting mantras around a table festooned in flowing drapes.