“The Buddha” on PBS

From the PBS website on the two-hour special, "The Buddha" (which aired on April 7):"This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear in … [Read more...]

Weekly Discussion of the Bhagavad Gita

Over at Elephant Journal, Bob Weisenberg is leading a weekly online discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, using Stephen Mitchell's highly-praised translation.Join the discussion here! … [Read more...]

Gifts for Dharma

Like many of you, I'm a regular reader of Danny Fisher's blog. His "Gift for Dharma" series is well worth your time.The most recent gift comes from His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the leader of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism: "World, we live and die on your lap.On you we experience all our woes and joys.You are Our ancestral home of old.Forever we cherish and adore you. We wish to transform you into the pure realm of our dreams.We wish to transform you … [Read more...]

Thanissaro Bhikku on “The Joy of Effort”

A wise new essay at Access to Insight from Thanissaro Bhikku on "The Joy of Effort.""When explaining meditation, the Buddha often drew analogies with the skills of artists, carpenters, musicians, archers, and cooks. Finding the right level of effort, he said, is like a musician's tuning of a lute. Reading the mind's needs in the moment — to be gladdened, steadied, or inspired — is like a palace cook's ability to read and please the tastes of a prince. Collectively, these analogies make an imp … [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere: Exploring Life as a Father, Buddhist, and Japanophile

From time to time, we'll highlight other blogs of interest to our readers here on As the Wheel Turns.Today:  Japan: Life and Religion.The blog, in the author's words, is a "reflection of my efforts to explore fatherhood, Buddhism and my love of Japanese culture."Recent posts include:Ashura 360: a new Buddhist iPhone app(review of a new app showcasing the impressive art collection from a Japanese Buddhist temple)Do it or quit complaining "If you don’t try, you cannot accomplish so … [Read more...]


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