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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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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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‘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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The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk

This an academic book on Thai Buddhism, but one with a quite a new and creative approach.  Justin Thomas McDaniel starts with the popular folk story of Mae Nak and Somdet To.  Mae Nak and her husband were separated when … Continue reading

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Spicy Tales from the Vinyana

This is essentially a review of ‘The Buddhist Monastic Code’ by Thanissaro Bhikku.  The book covers all 227 of the rules for monastic discipline that are attributed to the Buddha.  It cites their origin stories and goes over some discussion … Continue reading

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Review of ‘Zen’

This is a biopic of Dogen, probably the most influential master ever to have graced Japan.  Dogen travels to China and encounters a severe Zen master and an eccentric kitchen master.  There he reaches Nirvana, shown as him being whisked … Continue reading

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