• Zen Teacher Kyogen Carlson Passes Away at 65

    Zen Teacher Kyogen Carlson Passes Away at 65

    On 18 September, noted Zen teacher Kyogen Carlson suffered a heart attack, resulting in his untimely passing. Carlson was on his way to participate in an oryoki ritual (a meditative form of eating originating in Japan), when he suddenly collapsed.
  • A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India - Second Day

    A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India - Second Day

    New Delhi, India, 21 September 2014 - The second day of the Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India opened with the second plenary session on the theme ‘Environment, Education and Society’. Moderator Arun Kapur opened discussions with the suggestion that we seem to live in competition with nature. People and nature are not distinct from each other, he said, therefore it is a mistake to try to compete with or conquer nature.
  • A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India - First Day

    A Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India - First Day

    New Delhi, India, 20 September 2014 - This morning, well before the announced starting time for the ‘Meeting of Diverse Spiritual Traditions in India’, of which he was host, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was at the door of the hall to greet each of the delegates as they arrived.
  • Buddhacare: An Example of Engaged Buddhism

    Buddhacare: An Example of Engaged Buddhism

    Earlier this year, a new lay organization called Buddhacare was formed in Australia, to fulfill two main objectives: firstly, to act as an umbrella for Australian lay Buddhists, and secondly, to promote Engaged Buddhism as an integral part of Australian daily life. Buddhacare draws inspiration from the belief that Buddhist practice cannot be divorced from social engagement, as exemplified by the Buddha's life.
  • Explaining Secular Ethics to the Indian Merchants’ Chamber and Its Ladies Wing

    Explaining Secular Ethics to the Indian Merchants’ Chamber and Its Ladies Wing

    Mumbai, India, 18 September 2014 - The Indian Merchants’ Chamber was established in the early 20th century to promote trade, commerce, and industry by Indian entrepreneurs. Due to its dedication to making the Indian economy self-reliant, Mahatma Gandhi accepted an honorary membership in 1931. It includes a Ladies’ Wing concerned with inspiring, motivating and encouraging women to participate in entrepreneurial activities. The Managing Committee invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be Chief Guest at their 108th Foundation Day Celebrations and to address them on ‘Secular Ethics’.
  • Fifth Caring for Life Awards Announced

    Fifth Caring for Life Awards Announced

    Buddhist spiritual and educational foundation Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM) has announced the winners of the fifth Caring for Life Awards. The Caring for Life Awards were established by DDM’s founder, Master Sheng Yen, in 2007, and are given in recognition of the struggle against disease and disability. The ceremony was held on 14 September in Taipei, Taiwan, which is also the birthplace of DDM.
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Convocation

    Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Convocation

    Mumbai, India, 17 September 2014 - The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), whose motto is “Re-imagining Futures”, is one of India’s most reputed post-graduate social science institutions. Today, TISS invited His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a Special Convocation at its main campus in Deonar, Mumbai as the Chief Guest. He was received at the door by Director, Prof S Parasuraman who escorted him to the auditorium. Everyone stood for the Institute Song.
  • Revival of Ancient Vikramashila University

    Revival of Ancient Vikramashila University

    The two ancient Buddhist universities of Nalanda and Vikramashila in India are presently undergoing a renaissance. The new Nalanda University, in Rajgir in Bihar State, began offering courses on 1 September, while the government of India is currently in the process of reviving Vikramashila, in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district. According to a report on the Indian website Outlook, Bihar’s chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi disclosed the initiative for Vikramashila to reporters in Bhagalpur while reviewing development schemes in the region. “We will reinstate the Vikramashila University to its lost glory. It will be on the  lines of Nalanda University,” he stated.
  • 9 Foods For Weight Loss

    9 Foods For Weight Loss

    Of all the losing weight methods out there this one is by far the most appealing! Do not be afraid to eat a cookie for your breakfast. It is not a joke. Check out this list of foods that practically melt away calories.
  • Tabo Monastery to Get New Institute

    Tabo Monastery to Get New Institute

    A project to build an Indian Institute of Bodh Darshan (IIBD) at Tabo Monastery in India has been announced by Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. Located in the Lahaul and Spiti district, the ancient monastery will be receiving Rs. 45 crore (approximately US$7.5 million) to build the international Buddhist learning institute.
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Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony
Feb 08 -- THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS)  — Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Huong Van Zen Monastery in central Thua Thien - Hue Province to pray to King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) for peace and prosperity.
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Secret Tibetan Book of the Dead | History Channel Documentary
Bardo Thodol: The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, it is often referred to in the West by the more casual title, Tibetan Book of the Dead, a name which draws a parallel with the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, another funerary text. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, during the interval between death and the next rebirth. This interval is known in Tibetan as the bardo. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death, and rituals to undertake when death is closing in, or has taken place. It is the most internationally famous and widespread work of Tibetan Nyingma literature. According to Tibetan tradition, the Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State was composed in the 8th century by Padmasambhava, written down by his primary student, Yeshe Tsogyal, buried in the Gampo hills in central Tibet and subsequently discovered by a Tibetan terton, Karma Lingpa, in the 14th century.[7][8] There were variants of the book among different sects.[9] The Tibetan Book of the Dead was first published in 1927 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz chose this title because of the parallels he found with the Egyptian Book of the Dead.[10] The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State is recited by Tibetan Buddhist lamas over a dying or recently deceased person, or sometimes over an effigy of the deceased. The name means literally "liberation through hearing in the intermediate state".
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