Book Review: Buddha’s Wish For The World

“Buddha’s Wish For The World” by Monshu Koshin Ohtani
Published by American Buddhist Studies Press

This book was my first introduction to Shin Buddhism, which all together, didn’t seem very much different from the other Buddhist schools I have read about and studied. The major difference is the belief that after leaving this existence, we are brought to another plane of existence known as the Pure Land. I am still a newbie on the Pure Land idea, so I can’t say too much about it. I do know that I enjoyed this idea, that there are no need for precepts, we are always bound to break them whether we mean to or not. It’s the constant awareness to not act upon the things we are vowing not to engage in that seem to be of more importance than the vow itself. Maybe I am misunderstanding though.

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Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch has treatable cancer

Ed. Note: Bummer news to hear, Adam is not only a great musician but a phenomenal person. My prayers and thoughts go out to him, his family and the rest of the band for a speedy recovery!

From CNN: The Beastie Boys canceled all scheduled concerts and delayed their next album release while member Adam “MCA” Yauch is treated for a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland, Yauch says in a video statement to fans.

“The good news is that they did scans of my whole body and it’s only localized in this one area and it’s not in a place that affects my voice,” Yauch says. “So, that’s nice. That’s convenient.”

The cancer is in his left parotid gland and “also in a lymph node right in that area,” he says.

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“If only Uighurs were Buddhist”

Ed. Note: Was doing my usual morning news reading and found the following article. The article questions , like we’ve done here, the reasoning behind the international silence when it comes to Chinese violent repression of it’s people. Yeah you might hear a word or two from some world leaders saying how they think it is bad that this repression goes on, but never anything more harsh or confrontational. I agree wholeheartedly with the author of the article. We can’t bite the hand that feeds us all the cheap sh@t we sell in stores right?

From MetroNews

Pity the Uighurs — the wrong kind of minority fighting the wrong kind of enemy.

In China’s worst ethnic unrest in years, Uighurs took to the streets of Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, on Sunday. They are believed to have been angered by government handling of a June clash between Han Chinese and Uighur factory workers in southern China, where two Uighurs died, news agencies reported.

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Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and a Bunch ‘o’ Buddhists in Chandler

From The Phoenix New Times

“Have you ever been given meditation instructions at a concert before?” the emcee asked as the crowd sat down at Chandler Center for the Arts to witness a benefit concert by Velvet Underground legend Lou Reed, his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson.

We had not, but that quickly changed. It was just one odd moment in an afternoon filled with them at the show, which benefited the Yongey Peace Prevails Center, run by Reed and Anderson’s Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. But, hey, when Lou fucking Reed is in Chandler, a city best known nationally as that place where Matt Leinart’s hot-tubbing takes place, playing a show in broad daylight, nothing should be too surprising.

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“The Monastery of Mom and Dad”: Karen Miller’s 8 practical guidelines for parents

Via Shambhala SunSpace

Taking care of the little (and not-so-little ones) can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean that “mindful parenting” has to be an oxymoron. Here then are some simple tips from Karen Maezen Miller, which appear in our current (March) issue as “The Monastery of Mom and Dad,” a companion piece to her feature, “Parents, Leave Your Home.”

Practice in plain sight. Place your zafu meditation cushion in a conspicuous place in your home, such as on your bedroom floor. As you pass by, let it invite you to practice meditation daily. Even five minutes in the morning or night can turn your life around.

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Lhasa reported ‘tense’ before uprising anniversary

From Associated Press

Tensions are high in Tibet’s capital and paramilitary police are out in force, Hong Kong tourists reported Friday, while Chinese authorities sought to portray a stable situation ahead of Tuesday’s 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that forced the Dalai Lama into exile.

Armed officers are positioned across Lhasa, creating a highly “tense” atmosphere, and police also are blocking roads leading to eastern parts of Tibet, a 33-year-old Hong Kong traveler told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

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Bishop-elect Explains Buddhist Lay Ordination

From Living Church Foundation

The Rev. Kevin Thew Forrester, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Northern Michigan, is seeking to clarify his lay ordination as a Buddhist. In a prepared statement, Fr. Forrester said that “lay ordination has a different meaning in Buddhist practice than in the Christian tradition. The essence of my welcoming ceremony, which included no oaths, was a resolve to use the practice of meditation as a path to the truth of the reality of human suffering. Meditation deepens my dwelling in Christ-the-healer.”

In an interview with the Marquette Mining Journal, Fr. Forrester denied that he was a practitioner of two faiths.

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Buddhist stole antique statue “to pray”

From Reuters

A Japanese man whose home was found packed with Buddhist statues told police he had stolen some from temples in the ancient capital of Kyoto so he could pray to them, domestic media said Tuesday.

Police found 21 statues of Buddha in the 59-year-old’s house after he was arrested on suspicion of stealing a wooden Buddha figure from a temple in Kyoto.

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Devout protest against Buddha Bar

From Reuters

About 200 Buddhist students held a rally outside an outlet of the international franchise Buddha Bar in the Indonesian capital today, accusing it of defaming their religion.

Jakarta is the first city in Southeast Asia to host a Buddha Bar, the hip Paris-based franchise of restaurant/lounges.

“It is impossible to put the exalted name (Buddha) side by side with the word ‘bar’, which is associated with a place for alcohol. That is defamation of religion,” said Eko Nugroho, a protester from a group calling itself the Students Alliance to Reject Buddha Bar.

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