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Month: March 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

“Saving Mes Aynak” Hong Kong Film Screening on Saturday 23 April

Please register through the HKU portal here

Buddhistdoor Global and The University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Centre of Buddhist Studies (CBS) will co-host a film screening of director Brent Huffman’s award-winning documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, at HKU’s Rayson Huang Theatre on Saturday 23 April from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. The screening will also feature a live Q&A by Skype with the director.

Saving Mes Aynak centers on Afghan archaeologist Qadir Temori and his project to save and preserve the 5,000-year-old archaeological site, Mes Aynak. The film has won various awards, including the Abu Rayhan Biruni Award at the Ahvaz International Science Film Festival, Iran and Best Film at The Archaeology Channel International Film & Video Festival.

The film screening is open to the public and free of charge.


Date: Saturday 23 April 2016
Time: 7.00 p.m.—9.00 p.m.
Location: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Registration: Free booking with HKU here

On Killing People

Graham Lock

By Chris Lockhart, from limeadestudio.com

Syrian Civil War (2012) by Chris Lockhart, 36 inches x 52 inches, oil on canvas. From limeadestudio.com

Watching scenes of barbarity on the news or reading about them in the newspaper, I have sometimes wondered whether there are any circumstances in which I would be willing to kill someone, or more realistically in my case (if I had a gun in my hand I would probably shoot myself in the foot, or if I had a sword I would undoubtedly manage to cut off my own fingers), whether I would support a government’s military or law enforcement agency killing people in my name or on my behalf.

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Buddha’s Mirror

Steve Braff

Life is joy.
There is a cause of joy.
The cause of joy is love.
The path to love is awareness.

From pixabay.com

From pixabay.com


Turning Inward in the Present Moment, Finding Peace – An Evening with Dr. Barry Kerzin

From altruismmedicine.org

From altruismmedicine.org

Buddhist monk, teacher, and medical doctor Dr. Barry Kerzin will give a talk and lead a meditation session on the theme of “Turning Inward in the Present Moment, Finding Peace” in Hong Kong on Wednesday 30 March. Turning inward opens the door to a new way of living, in harmony with nature and those around us and leaving no room for anxiety, frustration, fear, or anger. The talk will be conducted in English and is free of charge.

Time: 30 March 2016 (Wed), 7.00–9.00 pm

Venue: Wang Gungwu Lecture Hall, Graduate House, The University of Hong Kong

Registration: Public Lecture by Barry

For more information, see the announcement on Buddhistdoor Global, telephone (852) 2405 6338, or write to enquiry@buddhistdoor.com.

Ani Choying Drolma to Hold “Rebuilding with Love” Fundraising Concert in Hong Kong

From inktalks.com

From inktalks.com

On 20 April, Nepalese Buddhist nun and world-renowned musician Ani Choying Drolma will bring her music to Hong Kong for a special one-off fundraising concert in support of relief work in Nepal.

Recently named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal, Ani Choying is known throughout the world for bringing Tibetan Buddhist chants and songs to mainstream audiences.

All proceeds from the event will be used to finance relief and education work in post-earthquake Nepal.

There will also be a friendly get-together with Ani Choying earlier in the day.

For further information please see the announcement on Buddhistdoor Global or call (852) 2596 0383. For ticketing, please visit http://www.hkticketing.com.hk/eng/

Dance with No Dancer: Part 2

LiAnne Hunt

Opening of Dharmata House Malaysia

Anam Thubten at Dharmata House Malaysia. By Cheong Thoong Leong

Anam Thubten at Dharmata House Malaysia. By Cheong Thoong Leong

Before Anam Thubten came to Malaysia, Brian and the local sangha considered themselves “The Reject Club” because there was no place for them in conventional society or religious centers. They are devotional, pure in heart, and have been set ablaze by Rinpoche’s teachings.

In 2014, they published a book and CD in Chinese of Rinpoche’s talks entitled Your Original Face. Now, in 2016, a mere four years since beginning this sacred dialog, the sangha has opened Dharmata House in time for Anam Thubten’s annual visit.

Dharmata House is located smack in the city center, a short five-minute drive from KL Sentral but a world away from the bustle and congestion of Kuala Lumpur. The temple sanctuary is along the hillside of a high-end residential neighborhood. Ironically, it is the remainder of a house that was left in ruin for many decades. A large tree grows along the collapsed second-story walls. In most developed countries, the Dharmata temple would be a condemned building. Before its minimal renovation, superstitious people might consider it haunted.

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Why I Don’t Believe in Spiritual Experiences

Raymond Lam

Some scientists and psychologists draw parallels between religious experiences and psychological illnesses and conditions, like epilepsy. We’re not just talking about feelings of lovingkindness or compassion generated in meditation, but ecstatic visions of angels or hearing thundering voices of celestial beings. Drawing parallels between mental illness and religious ecstasy is pretty politically incorrect, as one can imagine. I also don’t believe in the efficacy or the necessity of these experiences, though for completely different reasons to religious skeptics. I take after my theological hero Saint Augustine, who believed that such experiences handicapped the genuine spiritual life.

"The Conversion of Saint Augustine" by Fra Angelico (circa 1395-1455). From tollelegecamp.com

“The Conversion of Saint Augustine” by Fra Angelico (circa 1395-1455). From tollelegecamp.com

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Dance with No Dancer: Part 1

LiAnne Hunt

In Malaysia with Anam Thubten

My blog begins as I enter the Fire Monkey year in Malaysia.

I am in Kuala Lumpur attending programs with Anam Thubten, a Tibetan lama in the Nyingma lineage and the spiritual director of Dharmata Foundation. Rinpoche is here for the opening of Dharmata House Malaysia and is offering a nine-day meditation retreat.

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Anam Thubten at One Great Tree Retreat, by Tina Ho

Anam Thubten was born and raised in eastern Tibet, but is fluent and rooted in Western culture having lived in Northern California for over two decades. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, he is a highly respected teacher and published author. His books include No Self, No Problem, The Magic of Awareness and Your Original Face, a collection of talks transcribed into Chinese. He is featured in the 2012 documentary film, When the Iron Bird Flies, Tibetan Buddhism Arrives in the West and has taught at institutions such as UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Spirit Rock, Google Corp, and the University of Virginia.

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Walking on the Path

Sherri Maxwell

Sherri picI had several beginnings in studying/committing my mind to Buddhism (since 1997) and exploring what that phrase meant, but had not found my way until I landed in Hong Kong. I was on the underground/metro/MTR and saw amongst a homogenous sea of Asians a bald, Caucasian man dressed in Tibetan-style robes—a monk—with an eagle tattoo on his arm. Being from New York, I was immediately drawn to him. My concern in living in Hong Kong was that I could not learn Buddhism there, being so close to China, and so asked him if there was a place to learn. He promptly pulled out his Palm Pilot and, with a couple of taps with his stylus, told me where and when there was a teaching.

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On Alan Wallace

Graham Lock

Graham picOver the last few years I have participated in a number of retreats, ranging from two months to a few days. And I have developed some pretty firm views on what is most useful to me and is what least useful to me. On my list of ‘least useful’ comes the dharma talk. Often I have found the hour or so each day customarily devoted to listening to a lecture from the teacher to be at best a good opportunity to cultivate patience. Such talks tend either to repeat stuff I have heard many times before, or to overload me with information unnecessary for doing the practices the retreat is focused on. Guided meditations also often do not work for me.

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