The Buddhist Film Foundation, which presents, preserves and promotes Buddhist films from around the world, will launch the Buddhist Film Channel (BFC), a streaming platform devoted exclusively to Buddhist and mindfulness cinema later this year. Already the organization has obtained licenses for 100 titles and will continue to add new films monthly, including feature films, shorts, television shows, video talks, and interviews. The content will be available on a pay-per-view basis as rentals or download-to-own. Everything will be in English or with English subtitles at first; a special fund has been established to cover the costs of adding subtitles in the most common Asian and European languages.
As revered Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh approaches his 94th birthday (October 11th), his Plum Village Community released an update on him. (He is affectionately known as 'Thay" by his community)
“Thay’s health is still very variable, with times when he is weak and other times when he is stronger. Although his spirit remains bright and strong, in the last month or so, Thay’s body has been notably weaker and he has lost his appetite.”
Thich Nhat Hanh returned to his homeland in October 2018 from Thailand, where he had been convalescing since late December 2016, following a severe stroke in 2014. The celebrated Zen master said in a letter to his disciples at the time that he had decided to live the remainder of his life at his root monastery, Tu Hieu Temple, in the central Vietnamese city of Hue, where he was ordained as a novice monk at the age of 16.
Plum Village said that since retiring to Tu Hieu, Thay had been able to spend time visiting the temple grounds and joining the monastic community there for walking meditation, attending ceremonies and festivals, and interacting with visiting students and well-wishers from all over the world. Since the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tu Hieu has been closed to the public, with precautions in place to protect the health of the celebrated Dharma teacher.
“As Thay’s disciples, we are responsible for ensuring [that] Thay has every support he needs for body and spirit, and ensuring that all provisions for his care are adapted to the current COVID situation,” said Plum Village. “At present, there is a quarantine in place before anyone can enter Vietnam, and another quarantine upon arrival in Hue. Since many of Thay’s senior disciples have been serving and teaching in other countries over the last two years, it is our wish that some of those close to him can be present with Thay for his upcoming birthday on 11 October. We are grateful that they have been given permission to enter the country during the pandemic.”
(sources: www.plumvillage.org and www.buddhistdoor.net)
I am no stranger to failures, I just never let them defeat me. - Master Jih-Chang
I enjoyed reading older yoga books, those published before yoga was popular. The book pictured is by Joan Cooper and was written in the early 70s. Here's something she writes which I'm reflecting on today: "Holy men were 'holy' because they were 'whole' human beings and more highly evolved ment hat were those who formed the majority of people in the societies in which they lived; they were also 'holy' through the simple and single-minded desire which motivated them to serve God and man without wanting power for themselves."
There are three words in her observation which specifically interest me: simple, singleminded, serve. So, I'm reflecting on how those contribute to a 'whole' or 'holy' life.
Another reason I picked up this book is the author herself. This is the biographical description of her on the back cover: "Joan Cooper has been a student of yoga for nearly thirty years (back to the 1940s). She has a degree in international Law (Pomona College, California), and read psychology for her doctorate (Berlin). She works part-time as a freelance psychologist. She is married toa potter and lives in an isolated hamlet on Exmoore. She is also a spiritual healer."
The simple act of awareness alone is enough to affect one's behavior. Awareness is the starting point for change and transformation. - Victor M. Parachin
"The one indispensable tool required for the path to enlightenment is mindfulness. it is this mental factor of acutely focussed presence that makes possible the application of all the other diverse spiritual methods. Its opposite - mindlessness, or lack of focussed awareness, is the one weakness that can allow all that we havg accomplished to slip away." - Glenn H. Mullin
If we can remember that impermanence doesn’t only impact the good circumstances we’re attached to but also the unfavorable circumstances we struggle with, whatever we’re going through becomes much more bearable. - Anam Thubten
One of the reasons why Buddhists call the present era the kaliyuga or 'dark age' is that the aberration of greed is so pervasive that it is taken as normal. - Glenn Mullin
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Recycle your fireplace ashes. Use them as a fertilizer amendment for the soil surrounding your trees. Wood ash is actually full of potassium and, like lime, raises the pH of your soil. Some hardware stores even sell bags of ashes for this very purpose.
Just reflecting on your actions - even without committing yourself to change - will start to affect your conduct. - Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
Victor M. Parachin ...is a
Vedic educator, yoga instructor, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of a dozen books. Buy his books at amazon or your local bookstore.