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Podcast Episode 42: Re-Introductions, Buddhist Temples and Idols

Podcast Episode 42: Re-Introductions, Buddhist Temples and Idols

This upcoming week marks the first anniversary for the show, and I think over the next few weeks, we’ll be re-visiting some of the basics. Over the past year I have revised my way of thinking on some topics, and better . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 42: Re-Introductions, Buddhist Temples and Idols

Daily Buddhism Promo MP3

Hello everyone;

This is just a little audio promo spot I made a while back. I figured now was as good a time as any to slip it into the podcast stream. If you do a podcast yourself or know someone who does, you have full permission to include this in your show or feed. If . . . → Read More: Daily Buddhism Promo MP3

Just Sitting or Just Goofing Off?

Phoned in question:

In Buddhism you are supposed to avoid clinging. I want to meditate right now, but I have work to do. Is it better to meditate now and let the work go, or do the work and let meditation slide for now? Is wanting to meditate instead of working a form of clinging?

Answer:

I would . . . → Read More: Just Sitting or Just Goofing Off?

Koan: Eshun’s Departure

Koan: Eshun’s Departure

When Eshun, the Zen nun, was past sixty and about to leave this world, she asked some monks to pile up wood in the yard.

Seating herself firmly in the center of the funeral pyre, she had it set fire around the edges.

“O nun!” shouted one monk, “is it hot in there?”

“Such a matter would . . . → Read More: Koan: Eshun’s Departure

CD Review: Sitar Secrets by Al Gromer Khan

CD: Sitar Secrets
Artist: Al Gromer Khan
Publisher: New Earth Records
Run time: 9 tracks, 47:42 Minutes
Amazon CD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001O4C6JO/?tag=askdrarca-20
Amazon MP3: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q1KM9Q/?tag=askdrarca-20
Or buy it through the Apple iTunes store

A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed a CD by Chinmaya Dunster, which I said was a bit “whangy-twangy” due to the style and the instruments he used, which included the . . . → Read More: CD Review: Sitar Secrets by Al Gromer Khan

Why Do Buddhists Pray To Idols?

Question:

I was rared in the Monotheistic traditions and my question is basic. It concerns iconography and the reason why Buddhist pray to idols.

Arguably, Buddha himself was suspicious of being venerated. And it would be nice to know how contemporary Buddhist rationalise the practice.

It is intriguing to see the Tibetans do their prostrations and in manner not . . . → Read More: Why Do Buddhists Pray To Idols?

Buddhist Temples

Question:

Hello, I am a teenager who was raised a Catholic and now looks towards Buddhism. My question is, is there a specific day to go to temple? Much like the Christian Sunday masses? Also, can you please tell me what goes on at a temple? If I visit one, what goes on during a ceremony? . . . → Read More: Buddhist Temples

Weekly Buddhism Issue 16

Issue #16 ($1.25)

Contents of This Issue:

Great Expectations w/Responses
Q&A: Insults & Quips w/Responses
The Man on the Subway w/Responses
My Heart Burns Like Fire
Koan: A Mother’s Advice w/Responses
Jataka Tales XVI: Granny’s Blackie
Koan: Do Not Think Good, Do Not Think Not-Good

10 Pages. Buy it now for $1.25

Like . . . → Read More: Weekly Buddhism Issue 16

Podcast Episode 41: Great Expectations

Podcast Episode 41: Great Expectations

Welcome back, this is Daily Buddhism audio show number forty-one. My name is Brian Schell, and I am the your host for the show. You can find the text as well as all links mentioned in this program and all past episodes on the . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 41: Great Expectations

My Heart Burns Like Fire

My Heart Burns Like Fire

Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.

In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.

Retire at a . . . → Read More: My Heart Burns Like Fire