Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Losar Tashi Delek!

(A bit late, but never mind...)

Another year has passed.
Many changes took place
Many dreams got crushed
Loved ones we have lost
Great beings passed away
Sufferings we have seen all around.

We have faced those challenges
Great things have happened
New hopes have arisen
Many things we have learnt
What a year it has been!
There was not a moment of dullness.

Another year is about to start
With the same vigour and excitement
What a challenge it will be
To keep the love in our hearts
And the will to work for our vision
'To bring love and joy in every heart.'

Wishing you a great year in Fire Pig Year.
From Ringu Tulku and Bodhicharya Community.
Thanks to Ngawang Guendun from OKC Lisbon for posting this.

Who Are The FWBO?

Monday, February 19, 2007

Right Speech

Marshall Rosenberg Nonviolent Communication Part 1

Marshall Rosenberg Nonviolent Communication Part 2

Marshall Rosenberg Nonviolent Communication Part 3

Precious Human Life

Social Change

Thich Nhat Hanh - Social Change at the Base

Witness For The World

The Dalai Lama

Friday, February 16, 2007

Precious life

Venerable Chodron reminds us how precious our human life is.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Life of Buddha


Krishnamurti with Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche

Extract which focuses on the nature of meditation and the problem of authority. From the video: "Is meditation a way of escaping, avoiding what actually is... or is meditation the understanding of the problem of living?"

On The Threshold

Taking Buddhist practice out into the world - fundraising door-to-door with Karuna Trust appeals.

The flying notebook

Tashi Delek! The flying notebook

Tashi Delek! The flying notebook is one of the films for the 2004 diploma in camera and editing of the Zelig School for Documentary, Television and New Media, Bolzano. The film stemmed from a twinning project between the elementary school Manzoni in Bolzano Italy and the Serkong Primary School in Tabo and tells the story of how the children of the two schools got in touch with a distant culture through the comparison of universal features and needs such as playing, studying, eating, sleeping, etc Tabo is a small village situated in the valley of the Spiti in the north of India. It is famous for an important monastery which was restored towards the end of the year 1000 and which houses precious treasures of Buddhist art. This region, in fact, has always been inhabited by populations of Tibetan origin as the Spiti was a Tibetan principality up to the middle of the 19th century and has become part of India only since Tibet, China and India divided up the borders. The Spiti is a dry desolate valley in the Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 3000-4000 metre. Its location has always kept it isolated from external influences and tourism has reached the area only in the early 1990s. However, if the isolation has allowed its population to preserve their thousand-year-old culture almost intact, at the same time it has made them very poor, and they are now at risk of extinction.

Lotus in the City

"The London Buddhist Centre is one of the largest urban Buddhist Centres in the West. It opened in 1978 and has quickly become the heart of a thriving Buddhist community in the East End of London. ‘Lotus in the City’ is an entertaining and moving film celebrating the life of the LBC and the surrounding ‘Buddhist Village’ through the impressions of some of huge range of people who benefit from it."

The Mindful Way

A British television program on Buddhism, featuring an interview with Ajahn Chah, a highly revered Thai monk.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Cultivating Happiness, Relieving Pain

In the first part of this talk, Thich Nhat Hanh addresses families, offering concrete methods from Buddhism to develop and sustain a family practice that includes children and adults. Beginning Anew – a community meeting of appreciation, deep listening and understanding that is practiced weekly at Plum Village – is explained for family use. Bell practice is described so that all members of the family can take part in it. He gives suggestions for establishing a breathing room in the home and a weekly family meditation time. But most importantly, he reminds us to eat a meal together each day, listen deeply to each others’ words, and speak to each other with love and from our hearts. This is true family practice.

In the 2nd part (58m), Thich Nhat Hanh describes exercises of mindful breathing that were developed by the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. When you practice mindful breathing, you create the energy of awareness – that awareness can be used to go home to the body and lessen pain and suffering. The breath exercises given here bring joy and happiness into the body and give you the tools to recognize painful feelings and bring relief to them.

Thich Nhat Hanh

To Touch Life, Come Home to Yourself

It is by going back to ourselves that we can reach out to others and to the wonders of life, explains Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness can intervene in every situation. If we feel lonely or empty, we often find ways to avoid touching that feeling by reading, watching TV or talking on the phone. But this contact is artificial, because we have not gone back to ourselves. Buddhism teaches that is possible to come home to yourself and perform small miracles every day – in breathing, stepping, brushing our teeth or drinking tea with awareness. With each breath and step, you can touch the ultimate dimension. You can live deeply each moment of your life.

Tantric Methods

Practical Tantric Buddhist Methods Part 1

GLENN MULLIN is a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and author of over a dozen books on Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. For 12 years he lived in the Himalayas, studying under many of Tibet’s greatest spiritual masters including the present Dalai Lama.

Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead: A Way Of Life - Part 1

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead: A Way Of Life - Part 2

Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead

Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain: A Gathering of Shamans

A documentary about the connection between consciousness and nature, as embodied in the spiritual traditions of Indigenous Peoples, whose ecological metaphors of the sacred are so relevant to the modern world. Done in 1997 at an historic 10-day gathering of shamans from 5 continents, who travelled to Karma Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre in the French Alps, to discuss their concerns with H.H. the Dalai Lama and high-level representatives of the world's religions. This documentary embodies the wish of these Indigenous People - all traditional wisdom-keepers, shamans and medicine-women - who requested us to communicate their message to the world.

Tibet: Does History Matter?

Tsering Shakya teaches in the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. His primary research interests are the political, cultural, and literary histories of twentieth-century Tibet. His publications include Fire Under the Snow: The Testimony of a Tibetan Prisoner (1997) and The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet Since 1947 (1999). Sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley and the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Inner Heat Science

Monks performing meditation under scientific test conditions.

The Dalai Lama

Charlie Rose - The Dalai Lama