Superscholar.org introduces an Infographic on Eastern Philosophy

history of eastern philosophy

Hmm... I almost put up scare quotes around 'Eastern Philosophy' - but then I thought I'd just put them up around 'Eastern' - and then just around 'Philosophy' - but perhaps each, separately, needed its own scare quotes. Then again, what exactly is an 'infographic'?Scare quotes and worries about definitions aside (do some research and decide for yourself what these words mean), I was sent this the other day and found it interesting and useful enough to warrant sharing. As an educator I think … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh: still stable but “sleeping more deeply and communicating less”

Thich Nhat Hanh - Avalokita chant

Plum Village has put out another update on Thay's health today. It is brief and reproduced in full here: Official AnnouncementRe: Thay’s current conditionPlum Village, 22 November, 2014To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,The doctors have expressed surprise at Thay’s resilience and stability over the last week, as the intensive treatment continues. Thay’s blood pressure and pulse are stable, he is stil … [Read more...]

Another Lhabab Düchen in Bodhgaya

12 redressing the Buddha inside the stupa

The temperatures have cooled and life has slowed down significantly here in Bodhgaya over the last week or two. Last Friday was the last day for teaching I've since enjoyed a few days of grading, paperwork, catching up with people, and a general, relieved sense of laziness. On Thursday I went out for Lhabab Düchen, one of the most important days of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, and made my way to the Mahabodhi Temple.On that day it is said that one's good or bad deeds are multiplied by 10 mil … [Read more...]

Thich Nhat Hanh is in hospital and “full recovery may be possible”

Thich Nhat Hanh

See updates at bottom - or, for those who won't make it that far, Plum Village has posted a second official update including the following:In the early morning, Saturday, November 15, Thầy opened his eyes for the first time since his cerebral hemorrhage, to look at his attendants for a brief moment. He was very conscious and attentive to what was happening around him, lifting his left hand to touch the attendant next to him. Since then, he has also opened his eyes several times and his gest … [Read more...]

World Compassion and Vegan day – via the Jain eLibrary

Bodhgaya cow 2010

One of my favorite non-Buddhist religions to teach and to study is Jainism, which is a bit like Buddhist asceticism on steroids. Jains also share a deep respect for non-human animals and generally act on that in compassionate ways that put most other religions to shame. The religion is small, limited mostly to India, though there are Jains all over the world, so they rarely get much press. Yesterday I received the following newsletter from a Jain list I am on and I thought I'd pass it on to you … [Read more...]

Buddhism and the Environment in China: PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

Tashi Sangye2

PBS takes us to China this week, where the increasing signs of environmental degradation are leading many in this officially 'atheist' nation to embrace Buddhism. Buddhism is on the rise in China, currently estimated to have about 200-300 million adherents, for a variety of reasons. After the extreme persecution of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, the nation slowly and quietly allowed some cracks to form in its atheist and socialist facade. Over the last twenty years especially, the … [Read more...]

Happy Pavarana from Bodhgaya

full moon in Bodhgaya

This full moon is an especially significant one in Buddhism, and we spent the late afternoon and moon-rise (around 5:15pm) at the Japanese Temple practicing Soto Zen. After the practice we emerged to see this:It must have been just the last moments of the eclipse.These are busy times, I'm afraid, so I'll offer you just this image and a couple clippings from around the web to tell you more about Pavarana: Pavarana is a Buddhist holy day celebrated on Aashvin full moon of the lunar month. … [Read more...]

BREAKING: World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates canceled after the Dalai Lama’s visa refusal

dalai lama - devil horns

Speaking from Dharamsala, India, American Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams told reporters that the event in South Africa had been cancelled and shifted to another venue, to be announced. Williams is in Dharamsala with Shirin Ebadi of Iran, a fellow laureate, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his 1989 award (live stream available here) on October 2nd."We feel proud that the summit has been cancelled after we lodged a protest over denial of visa to the Dalai Lama," she said. "Even other … [Read more...]


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