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Koan: Gisho’s Work

Gisho’s Work

Gisho was ordained as a nun when she was just ten years old. She received training just as the little boys did. When she reached the age of sixteen she traveled from one Zen master to another, studying with them all.

She remained three years with Unzan, six years with . . . → Read More: Koan: Gisho’s Work

Book: The Moon In the Water, Reflections on an Aging Parent

Book: The Moon In the Water, Reflections on an Aging Parent
By Kathy J. Phillips
Reviewed by Brian Schell
Vanderbilt University Press, 140 Pages, ISBN 978-0-8265-1586-5
Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/082651586X/?tag=askdrarca-20

Yesterday, we talked about Kwan Yin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. I mentioned that there was a vast assortment of artwork based on her; one style of painting involves Kwan . . . → Read More: Book: The Moon In the Water, Reflections on an Aging Parent

Women in Buddhism Part 3: Kwan Yin

Women in Buddhism Part 3: Kwan Yin

Previously we talked about two very respected historical women. Now let’s talk about a full-fledged bodhisattva, or depending on your point of view, a goddess. Kwan Yin is also known as Kwannon, Guanyin, Guanshi’yin, Kannon, and many other names throughout the East. She’s the bodhisattva of Compassion and Mercy. . . . → Read More: Women in Buddhism Part 3: Kwan Yin

Women in Buddhism Part 2: Pajapati

Mahapajapati

Women in Buddhism Part 2: Pajapati / Mahapajapati

As mentioned yesterday, (Maha)Pajapati was Queen Maya’s sister, and also a wife to King Suddhodana. When Maya died, Mahapajapati raised young Prince Siddharta Gotama. She raised the boy as her own, but did have two children who became the step-brother and step-sister of Buddha, Nanda and Sundari Nanda.

After . . . → Read More: Women in Buddhism Part 2: Pajapati

Women In Buddhism Part 1: Maya

Maya Dreams of the White Elephant

Women in Buddhism Part 1: Maya

Last week a reader posted a question on the blog beneath the ‚ÄúBuddha Boy‚Äù post. She asked whether or not it was possible for a Bodhisattva to be a woman. It was an innocent enough question, but ended up with me explaining how sexist the . . . → Read More: Women In Buddhism Part 1: Maya

Weekly Buddhism Issue 6

Issue #6 ($1.25)

Weekly Buddhism PDF Magazine Issue #6
21 Pages, $1.25

1-2. Cover: The Return of “Buddha Boy”
3-4. The Sangha Situation: Nowhere To Go
4. Koan: Zuigan Calls His Own Master
5. Jataka Tales V: The Ox who Won The Forfeitv
6. CD Review: Koyasan: Reiki Sound Healing
7. Book Review: The Kindness Handbook a Practical Companion
8. . . . → Read More: Weekly Buddhism Issue 6

Podcast Episode 31: Mindfulness, Kindness, Buddha-Boy and the Sangha

Podcast Episode 31: Mindfulness, Kindness, Buddha-Boy and the Sangha

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number thirty-one. I’m Brian Schell, your host for the show. You can find the text for everything in this show and all past episodes on our website at www.dailybuddhism.com .

A few brief . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 31: Mindfulness, Kindness, Buddha-Boy and the Sangha

Book: The Kindness Handbook a Practical Companion

Book: The Kindness Handbook a Practical Companion

By Sharon Salzberg
Reviewed by Brian Schell
Publisher: Sounds True, 175 Pages, ISBN 9781591796558
Buy from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1591796555/?tag=askdrarca-20

‚ÄúFor kindness to be more fully realized, it needs to be distinguished from being ineffectual or meek. It also needs to be infused with wisdom, supported by courage, and threaded with balance‚Äù . . . → Read More: Book: The Kindness Handbook a Practical Companion

Four Foundations of Mindfulness

Four Foundations of Mindfulness

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A Reader recently wrote:
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I was recently reading something and the author mentioned the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness.” What are these? The same as the Noble Truths?

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My Answer:
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No, the four foundations are not the Noble Truths, but they may look familiar to something we’ve seen before.

Theravada Buddhists use an ancient text called the . . . → Read More: Four Foundations of Mindfulness

The Return Of Buddha Boy

This one wasn’t really on the schedule for today, but it’s worth a look:

Ram Bomjan's followers are convinced he is the reincarnation of Buddha

A reader pointed this out to me yesterday:

“Buddha boy in Nepal re-emerges after a year”

http://www.nj.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/international-32/122641285714400.xml&storylist=topstories

‘Buddha boy’ reappears in Nepal”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7722011.stm

At first, I was going to make a snarky comment about seeing the Virgin . . . → Read More: The Return Of Buddha Boy