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‘The Borderland’ by Rabindranath Tagore

8 One by one the lamps on the stage blow out, The meeting place empties, and a dark stain Blots out my dream-images like deep sleep, Hushes my mind like a raised forefinger.  The guise In which I have all … Continue reading

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Top Buddhist Documentaries

Here’s a list of some of the more prominent documentaries that I’ve come across that are related to Buddhism.  I have to say that there aren’t very many out there and, besides the top ones, the quality isn’t always that … Continue reading

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Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trunpa (2011)

If you watch the trailer, you get hyped about the fascinating controversy that was Chogyam Trungpa.  He was founder of several monasteries, the now thriving Shambala press and Naropa University, as well as an endlessly creative and charismatic individual.  He … Continue reading

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Imagining the Course of Life: Self-Transformation in a Shan Buddhist Community by Nancy Eberhardt

“The Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, a dynamic center of awareness, emotion, judgement, and action organized into a distinctive whole and set contrastively both against other such wholes … Continue reading

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Top Buddhist Movies (Fiction)

There are several good lists of Buddhist movies already available on the net, such as this http://suite101.com/article/best-buddhist-movies-a95083  I’ve used these lists myself quite a bit, but hopefully this list will be different enough to be useful to somebody else.  What is … Continue reading

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Some poems by Wang Wei

This poem is by Saigyo, the Japanese medieval poet extraordinaire:  michinobe ni shimizu nagaruru yanagi kage shibashi tate koso tachidomaritsu Stopping off, Next to a quietly flowing stream In the willow’s shade. I said, ‘Just a while’ Stopping, standing there … Continue reading

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Top Non-Buddhist Books For Contemplation

Reading Dharma books can get boring pretty quickly – they all say pretty much the same things.  But there are plenty of other books that give one the sense of transformation, of being introduced to a new and uncommon perspective. … Continue reading

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Findhorn

Findhorn is not a place of Buddhist practice per se, but it is a place of practice.  The main campus of the organization is based in two locations around the quaint Highland town of Forres (about thirty miles from Inverness).  … Continue reading

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‘Teach Us to Sit Still’ by Tim Parks

This is a fun book.  Tim Parks is an over-anxious, over-achieving man in his early fifties living in Italy.  He suffers from a bladder problem.  The book begins with descriptions of his various disastrous encounters with Western medicine’s attempts to … Continue reading

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Robert Thurman Lecture

  Amongst so many Buddhist lectures now available, this is one of the best. ‘The Gifts of the Tibetans: Sparking New Directions in the Arts and Sciences‘ Professor Thurman (father of Uma Thurman of Pulp Fiction fame and Killbill) was … Continue reading

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