Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mindfulness Exercise

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” -Hebbel

we’re not just going to glance over these quotes, I’m going to suggest that you take at least 30 seconds with each quote doing the following 5-step mindfulness practice.
  1. Get centered — Take a moment to just notice your body here, noticing any tension and seeing if you can choose to let that tension go. Become aware that you’re breathing.
  2. Read the quote twice – Reading it twice allows it to settle in a bit more.
  3. Allow the words to simmer — Close your eyes and see if you can let the words roll around and notice what arises for you physically, emotionally and mentally. In other words, let these words percolate in your mind and body. Do any thoughts, memories, or associations arise? Is there a tension or loosening in the body? Do emotions of fear, joy, or calm arise? Whatever arises this is grist for the mill.
  4. Bring your mind back if it wanders — You may notice the mind going off into thoughts of what you need to be doing or judgments such as “how is this going to be helpful to me?” Just note where it wandered to and gently guide it back. As Larry Rosenberg says in his book Breath by Breathrepeat this step several billion times.
  5. Come back to the breath – Thank yourself for taking this time-out of your daily busy-ness to engage with this mindful inquiry for your health and well-being.
"You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it" ~ Albert Einstein

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Blue Buddha

Not everything that can be measured is important and not everything that is important can be measured.
~ Albert Einstein

Poppies and Daisies

“The artist . . . will always be a special, isolated, solitary agent with an innate sense of organising matter.” —Odilon Redon

German Narrator

Friday, August 6, 2010

Om Mani Padme Hum Mantra

Budhist Mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum 33:40

Budhist Mantra - Om Mani Padme Hum. "It is very good to recite the mantra. According to Gen Rinpoche's" The mantra Om Mani Pädme Hum" is easy to say yet quite powerful, because it contains the essence of the entire teaching. When you say the first syllable Om it is blessed to help you achieve perfection in the practice of generosity, Ma helps perfect the practice of pure ethics, and Ni helps achieve perfection in the practice of tolerance and patience. Päd, the fourth syllable, helps to achieve perfection of perseverance, Me helps achieve perfection in the practice of concentration, and the final sixth syllable Hum helps achieve perfection in the practice of wisdom. "So in this way recitation of the mantra helps achieve perfection in the six practices from generosity to widom.

Dennis Wholey Talks to a Buddhist

Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation


Watch A Tibetan Monk in Educational  

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When day is done ...


"If the day is done,
if birds sing no more,
if the wind has flagged tired,
then draw the veil of darkness thick upon me,
even as thou hast wrapt the earth with the coverlet of sleep
and tenderly closed the petals of the drooping lotus at dusk."
~ Rabindranath Tagore, 1861-1941 ~

Paramhansa Yogananda Photo Slide Show

This slide show of Paramhansa Yogananda is accompanied by the song "O, Master." The recording was made at Ananda Village at an evening concert (you can hear the crickets chirping in the background!) Other recordings by Ananda's World Brotherhood Choir are available from Crystal Clarity Publishers.

The Master´s Love

Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi considered humility to be the highest quality.

Sri Ramana's teachings about self-enquiry, the practice he is most widely associated with, 
have been classified as the Path of Knowledge among the Indian schools of thought. 

His earliest teachings are documented in the book Nan Yar?(Who am I?).   A translation with notes is available in English as 'The Path of Sri Ramana, Part One'  by Sri Sadhu Om, one of the direct disciples
of Sri Ramana.

As all living beings desire to be happy always, without misery, 

in everyone there is observed supreme love for one's self, 

and as happiness alone is the cause for love, 

in order to gain that happiness which is one's nature 

and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep 

where there is no mind, one should know one's self. 

For that, the path of knowledge, the inquiry in the form

 "Who am I?",  is the principal means.

What is called mind is a wondrous power existing in Self.   It projects all thoughts.

If we set aside all thoughts and see, there will be no such thing as mind remaining separate;
therefore, thought itself  is the form of the mind. 

Other than thoughts, there is no such thing as the world.

The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry 'Who am I?'. 

The thought 'Who am I?', destroying all other thoughts, will itself finally be destroyed like the stick 
used for stirring the funeral pyre.

If other thoughts rise, one should, without attempting to complete them, enquire, 'To whom did they
arise?', it will be known 'To me'. 

If one then enquires 'Who am I?', the mind (power of attention) will turn back to its source. 

By repeatedly practising thus, the power of the mind to abide in its source increases.

The place where even the slightest trace of the 'I' does not exist, alone is Self.

Self itself is the world; Self itself is 'I'; Self itself is God; all is the Supreme Self (siva swarupam)

Sri Ramana warned against considering self-enquiry as an intellectual exercise. 

Properly done, it involves fixing the attention firmly and intensely on the feeling of 'I', without thinking.
It is perhaps more helpful to see it as 'Self-attention' or  'Self-abiding'  

Attention must be fixed on the 'I' until the feeling of duality disappears.

Although he advocated self-enquiry as the fastest means to realization, he also recommended the path of
bhakti and self-surrender (to one's Deity or Guru) either concurrently or as an adequate alternative,
which would ultimately converge with the path of self-enquiry.

Sri Ramana's Teachings:

Sri Ramana says "enquiry in the form 'Who am I' alone is the principal means to make the mind subside, there is no adequate means other than self-enquiry.  

If controlled by other means, mind will remain as if subsided, but will rise again"

Teachers in his tradition:

He considered his own guru to be the Self, in the form of the sacred mountain Arunachala. Sri Ramana did not publicize himself as a guru, never claimed to have disciples, and never appointed any successors. 

While a few who came to see him are said to have become enlightened through association, and there are
accounts of private acknowledgements, he did not publicly acknowledge any living person as liberated 
other than his mother at death. 

Sri Ramana declared himself an atiasrama (beyond all caste and religious restrictions, not attached to anything in life), and did not belong to or promote any lineage.

Despite his non-affiliations, there are numerous contemporary teachers who publicly associate
themselves with Sri Ramana, and some who assert being in his lineage.

His method of teaching was characterized by the following:

He urged people who came to him to practice self-enquiry;

He directed people to look inward rather than seeking outside themselves for Realization.

He viewed all who came to him as the Self,  rather than as lesser beings. 

He charged no money, and was adamant that no one ever ask for money in his name;

He never promoted or called attention to himself.

Instead, Sri Ramana remained in one place for 54 years,offering spiritual guidance
to anyone of any background who came to him,
and asking nothing in return;

He considered humility to be the highest quality;

He said the deep sense of peace one felt around a jnani was the surest indicator
of their spiritual state, that

-equality towards all was a true sign of liberation, and that

- what a true jnani did was always for others, not themselves.

Paramhansa Yogananda and Mahatma Ghandi

Ramana Maharshi - The Sage of Arunachala

Arunachala and the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi -- Abide as the Self (A)

Ramana Maharshi -- Abide as the Self (C)

The Essential Teachings of Ramana Maharshi

Abide as the Self is a transforming video which takes one on a meditative journey into the teachings Ramana Maharshi and the path of Self-Knowledge. Comprehensive film footage of Ramana comes alive, with emphasis on the teachings of Self-Enquiry and its practice. A special collection of rare photographs enhances Ramana's presence and captures the compassion and grace of one of the most respected sages of this century.
A heartfelt narration by Ram Dass provides an overview of Ramana's teachings. There are also interviews with H.W.L. Poonja, Douglas Harding, and Allan W. Anderson,as well as others who sat in the Maharashi's presence.

Eckhart Tolle on Being Yourself

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Teaching of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the Jataka Tales in India


What Did the Buddha Teach?

Venerable Bhante Vimalaramsi gives an introduction to Buddhism and Meditation. He asks the question of How does Depression arise? How do we let go of Depression? How do we bring Joy into our lives. What is meditation and how can we use it to completely let go of suffering. 53 minutes. An Excellent Talk. Katina Ceremony Talk on November 18th, 2007 This was Hosted by: Ven. Ratana Thongkrjai Wat Phrasriratanamahadhatu 4735 N. Magnolia Ave. Chicago, IL 60640

Early video about Tibet and the Dali Lama

Dali Lama on Charlie Rose

Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason With Pema Chodron - Part 1

His Holiness - The XIV Dalai Lama

Pema Chodron - The Doorway to Freedom

300,000 birds

Pema Chödrön- Why I Became a Buddhist

Pema Chodron - All in the Same Boat

Pema Chodron - Five Slogans of Machig Labdron

Pema Chodron - Working with Shenpa (Getting Hooked) in Meditation

Dalai Lama Stages of Meditation

Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama

Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama

Liberation from the chains that bind our minds

Mindfulness is really about freedom.  It is first and foremost a liberating practice.  It is a way of being that gives us back our life, and our happiness, right here, right now - that wrests  it from the jaws of unawareness and habits of inattention and somnambulism that threatens to imprison us in ways that can be as painful, ultimately, as losing our outward freedoms.  And one way it frees us is from continually making the same unwise decisions when the consequences of such are staring us right in the face and could be apprehended, if only we would look and actually see.

Mutual Understanding

Mindful dialogue invites true listening and true listening expands our way of knowing and understanding.  Ultimately, it elevates discourse, and makes it more likely we will gradually learn and grow from understanding one another's perspective rather than just fortifying our positions and stereotyping all those who disagree with us.

Keep Hope Alive

One thing is virtually certain.  We will get stuck over and over again in the short run n matter what we do or think.  Getting stuck over and over again is nothing other than practice too, as long as we are willing to see it and work with is through continual letting go, and through continual kindness toward ourselves.

The more things go "our way" for a while, the more we can believe that is the way it is supposed to be..  And when things don't go "our way", which sooner or later they will not, we can get angry, disappointed, depressed, devastated, forgetting that it was never "supposed to be" any one way at all.

We will come to our senses.  But only if we give ourselves over to waking up, to coming to our senses and cultivating the full capacity of our sorely taken-for-granted and unexamined minds and hearts.  Only if we can perceive the chains of our robotic conditioning, especially our emotional conditioning, and our view of who we think we are - peel our own image from the mirror- and in the perceiving, in seeing what is here to be seen, hearing what is here to be heard, watch the chains dissolve in the seeing, in the hearing, as we rotate back into our larger original beauty, as we greet ourself at our own door, as we love again the stranger who was ourself.

We are sitting atop a unique moment in history, a major tipping point.  This time we are in provides singular opportunities that can be seized and made use of with every breath.  There is only one way to do that.  It is to embody, in our lives as they are unfolding here and now, our deepest values and our understanding of what is important- and share it with each other, trusting such embodied actions, on even the smallest of scales, will entrain the world over time into greater wisdom and health and sanity.
Saying "YES" to more things than we can actually manage to be present for with integrity and ease of being is in effect saying "NO" to all those things and people and places we have already said "YES" to, including, perhaps, our own well-being.

Directly experiencing a particular place cqn only happen if you can manage to be present without your usual filters.  Otherwise, you might only be in your concept or idea of a place, whether it be your home, your work place, or, for that matter, an exotic vacation destination.  That postcard from the edge may very well  apply:

"Having a great time. Wish I were here."

Motivation and Perseverance

"When at first we attempt to open to stillness and silence, it is amazing - all there is is hearing yourself think, and it can be louder, and more disturbing and distracting than any external noise."

"When unattended, our thinking runs our lives without our even knowing it.  Attending with mindful awareness, we have a chance not only to know ourselves better, and see what is on our minds, but also to hold our thoughts differently, with greater wisdom, so they no longer rule our lives."

Accepting what is does not mean passive resignation.  It takes fortitude and motivation to accept what is and then work mindfully as best you can with the circumstances you find yourself in - especially when you don't like what is - and with the resources at your disposal, to be in wise relationship to what is, which may mean at some point acting to mitigate, heal, redirect, or change what can be changed.


"Practice is not about doing, or "doing it right".  It is about being- and being the knowing, including the knowing of not knowing."
"The soil of practice requires the fertilizer of deep self-acceptance and self-compassion.  Harshness and striving ultimately only engender unawareness and insensitivity, furthering fragmentation just when we have an opportunity to recognize that we are already OK, already whole."

"Gentleness is not a luxury, but a critical requirement for coming to our senses."

"The most important support for mindfulness practice comes from the quality of your motivation.  No amount of outside support can substitute for a quiet but determine passion for living life, every moment of it, as if it really mattered, knowing how easy it is to miss large swaths of it to unconsciousness and automaticity and to our deep conditioning.  That is why it is important to practice as if your life depended on it.  It Does."

"Everything supports wakefulness if you are willing to let yourself be awakened by tenderly yet consistently connecting through your senses.  Everything.  But it requires a brave heart, and mind that sees the folly in clinging to anything."

Pay Attention

In every moment we are at the crossroads of here and now.  But for long periods of time we are not present in our lives because we get busy and are distracted by the world around us.  We forget to pay attention to our lives and the things and people that are important to us: 
"as the 'cloud-of-forgetfulness-over-where-we-are-now' sets in."
"We fall into a robot-like way of seeing and thinking and doing. In those moments, we break contact with what is deepest in ourselves and affords us perhaps our greatest opportunities for creativity, learning and growing. If we are not careful, those clouded moments can stretch out and become most of our lives."

"To allow ourselves to be truly in touch with where we already are, no matter where that is, we have got to pause in our experience long enough to let the present moment sink in, long enough to actually feel the present moment, to see it in its fullness, to hold it in awareness and thereby come to know and understand it better. only then can we accept the truth of this moment of our life, learn from it, and move on."

*Jon K-Z
Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jasmin Flower

Awareness Itself

It is awareness itself, rather than the objects of our attention, that is most important.  Can we rest in awareness itself, be the awareness, the quality of our own mind that immediately knows any movement within itself, any appearance of a thought or feeling, an idea, an opinion, a judgement, a longing?  In awareness, each thought can be seen and known.  Its content can be seen and known for what it is.

Jon K-Zinn
"Coming To Our Senses"

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Coming to Our Senses

"Watching our thoughts and feelings come and go is extremely difficult because they proliferate so wildly, and because, even though insubstantial and evanescent, they are so seductive."

"When we find the mind has wandered away from the primary focus of our attention, as is bound to happen over and over again - whether we are featuring the breath, various body sensations, a sense of the body as a whole, or seeing, hearing, feeling, or the stream of thinking, whatever we are attending to - without judgement or condemnation, we simply note what is on our mind at the moment we remember the original focus of our attention, say it's the breath, for instance, and realize that we have not been in touch with it for some time."

"We note that the realization that we are no longer with the breath is itself  awareness and so we are already back in the present moment.  Importantly, we do not have to dispel or push away, or even remember whatever it is that was preoccupying the mind the moment before.  We simply allow the breath to once again resume its place as the primary object of our attention, since it has never not been here, and is as available  to us in this very moment as in any other."

This type of meditation therapy using biofeedback first came to my attention when I went to St.Paul Hospital's Pain Clinic in about 1980.  One of the doctors at the clinic sent me to the Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert McGraw and three joint replacements later I'm waiting for yet another joint replacement.  Pain is not an easy enemy to defeat.  

On the other hand, it turns out that meditation is really catching on for not only relief from pain and stress but as a whole new philosophy of living called Mindfulness which is championed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  He has been on his soap box trying to convince people of the intelligence of this approach to daily living for over 35 years.  He has taken it from his teaching students at the Harvard Medical School to the rest of us schlubs,  if we are willing to listen to his wisdom.  Many psychologists and psychotherapists have jumped on the bandwagon and Mindfulness has become a part of the vernacular of Self-Improvement.

Mindfulness Exercise

Five Step Mindfulness Practice.

i) Get centered
— Take a moment to just notice your body here, noticing any tension and seeing if you can choose to let that tension go. Become aware that you’re breathing. 

ii) Read the quote twice – Reading it twice allows it to settle in a bit more. 

iii) Allow the words to simmer —
Close your eyes and see if you can let the words roll around and notice what arises for you physically, emotionally and mentally. In other words, let these words percolate in your mind and body. Do any thoughts, memories, or associations arise? Is there a tension or loosening in the body? Do emotions of fear, joy, or calm arise? Whatever arises this is grist for the mill. 

iv) Bring your mind back if it wanders
— You may notice the mind going off into thoughts of what you need to be doing or judgments such as “how is this going to be helpful to me?” Just note where it wandered to and gently guide it back. Larry Rosenberg says repeat this step several times (book "Breath by Breath"). 

v) Come back to the breath –
Thank yourself for taking this time-out of your daily busy-ness to engage with this mindful inquiry for your health and well-being.

Now Practice Mindful Reading using the following quotes:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” 
~ Victor Frankl

“Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.”
~ Tao Te Ching

“You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”
~ Albert Einstein

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Hence, there is a time to go ahead and a time to stay behind.
There is a time to breathe easy and a time to breathe hard.
There is a time to be vigorous and a time to be gentle.
There is a time to gather and a time to release.
Can you see things as they are
And let them be all on their own?"
~ Lao Tzu

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Turn, Turn, Turn

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The Biblical text posits there being a time and place for all things: laughter and sorrow, healing and killing, war and peace, and so on. The lines are open to myriad interpretations, but as a song they are commonly performed as a plea for world peace, with an emphasis on the closing line: "a time for peace, I swear it's not too late." This line and the title phrase "Turn! Turn! Turn!" are the only parts of the lyric written by Seeger himself.

Brain: Alterations in Brain and Immune Function Produced by Mindfulness Meditation

Richard Davidson, one of the world’s top brain scientists, studies how mindfulenss meditation, can change the neural circuitry in our brains and, as a result, how our brains function.

In an an ongoing study of the brains of Buddhist monks, each of whom had accomplished at least 10,000 hours of meditation, Davidson has found that mental practice can:

• change the brain in response to meditation

• induce long-lasting changes in the brain

• improve mental attributes and positive emotions such as compassion and empathy

• potentially alter the “happiness set point” in the brain for the better

Thich Nhat Hanh - Simple Mindfulness

“When we settle into the present moment, we can see beauties and wonders right before our eyes—a newborn baby, the sun rising in the sky.”

Subconscious Mind

Your Subconscious Mind May be Making Critical Errors in Judgment - Depression Resources, Education About Depression and Unipolar Depression

In an age where our lives seem to be accelerating, stress naturally seems to be increasing. It is no wonder that so many of us are craving avoidance and escape. Millions of people around the world suffer from addictive behaviors. When caught up in the cycle of addictive behavior, there is an inability to accept whatever is being felt in the present moment and the mind is constantly wandering onto the next ‘fix'. In the present moment, distressing thoughts and emotions can feel like unwanted guests that we can't seem to get away from. In our fight to avoid this distress, we actually amplify stress and uncomfortable emotions such as sadness, frustration, irritation, shame, or guilt. This often leads us into a state of mindlessness or auto-pilot, where we are unaware of our environment and more susceptible to triggers, cravings, and urges. 
Mindful Solutions for Addiction and Relapse Prevention has been created to provide practical tools that help us effectively become more aware of the triggers, cravings, and urges that keep us entangled in our addictions. No matter the challenges we face, it's no secret that we all get caught up in habitual cycles of being and doing that keep us suffering. These educational and experiential CDs unveil a coalescene of age old wisdom with practical psychological principles to help us break free from old patterns and give us the tools to live the lives we want.

Benefits of Meditation

Benefits of Meditation: ""

This speaker is very good at making the concepts of meditation simple and clear so they are easy to understand.

Meditation is a proven way to peace of mind and even Nirvana. Today, meditation is a vastly followed way by people from all walks of life. Venerable Subhuti gives a simple technique to get started with this highly beneficial practice. He goes on to give several benefits of meditation practice. Viewers will derive great satisfaction in knowing what Venerable Subhuti is telling here.

Why the Dalai Lama Matters with Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer

Authors Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer reflect on the Dalai Lama's ideas and work as a religious leader, politician, scientist, and philosopher. (#16536)

Ethics for our times.

In this presentation at UCSB, His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns to one of his favorite themes: the importance of compassion. Far from being a uniquely Buddhist concern, the Dalai Lama explains why caring for others can be the basis for a rich and rewarding life for all people. (#17091)

The THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY: Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama

The THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY: Mystical Verses of a Mad Dalai Lama: ""

Buddhist scholar, GLENN MULLIN, details the Tibetan Buddhist institution of the Dalai Lamas with special insights on the 2nd Dalai Lama of Tibet, Gendun Gyatso. The THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY in America seeks to encourage open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation. The THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY is a non-profit membership orgranization and was founded in 1875 in New York City.

Dalai Lama - Karen Gordon excerpts - Whole Child International featured in Seeds of Compassion

Dalai Lama - Karen Gordon excerpts - Whole Child International featured in Seeds of Compassion: ""

On April 11, 2008, the Dalai Lama joined Karen Gordon, John Gottman, Bob Marvin, Mary Gordon, Roger Weissberg, and Mark Greenberg at Seattle's Key Arena for a two-hour panel entitled "From Knowledge to Compassion Action: What We All Can Do." The discussion was part of the five-day event, "Seeds of Compassion." These excerpts highlight Karen Gordon's contribution to this discussion. Please see the complete video at

Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet DVD

Dalai Lama: The Soul of Tibet DVD: ""

44:20 minutes
From a childhood in "Shangri-La" to a life in exile, BIOGRAPHY presents the riveting, life-affirming journey of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. One of the world's most admired men, he is the spiritual and secular leader of a nation that exists only as a "Lost Kingdom." Born Tenzin Gyatso, he is the 14th man recognized by his people as Buddha's reincarnation and honored with the title he is known by worldwide: His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Yet, for a man so widely respected, His Holiness has been living in exile since 1959, after a failed rebellion against the occupying Chinese forced him to flee his nation. Highlighting key footage from the Dalai Lama's life--including his acceptance of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize--this enlightening program features interviews with Chinese scholars, Tibet activists such as actor Richard Gere, and His Holiness himself to chronicle in great detail the ongoing struggle to free Tibet.

Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama

Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama: ""

Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama
26:27 - 1 year ago
Tibetan Monks in the Lab, with Dalai Lama. This video shows Buddhist monks being Bio-scanned while in deep forms of various meditation.

Tibet, History of a tragedy

Tibet, History of a tragedy: ""

The first images of Tibet go back to 1938 and one owes them with the Sheffer mission sent by 3rd Reich. One discovers there German scientists obnubilated by measurements of all kinds: nose, neck, monuments, tops, all are good. By seeing these images, one cannot prevent oneself from thinking of the accounts which made Alexandra David-Néel of her voyages in Tibet in the years 1920 and 1930..

Dalai Lama Documentary & brief Tibetan History - English

Dalai Lama Documentary & brief Tibetan History - English: ""

Dalai Lama Documentary & brief Tibetan History by CCTV. The Chinese version broadcasted in 1997. This is an English version release on April 2008.

Spirit of Tibet, Journey to Enlightenment

Spirit of Tibet, Journey to Enlightenment: ""

An intimate glimpse into the life and world of one of Tibet's most revered teachers: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). A writer, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama. This unique portrait tells Khyentse Rinpoche's story from birth to death... -- from his escape following China's invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings. Along with rare photographs of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama. Director Matthieu Ricard -- French photographer, Buddhist monk and bestselling author -- travelled with Khyentse Rinpoche for over 14 years.



Samsara: ""

Amongst White Clouds

Amongst White Clouds: ""

Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion

Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion: ""

Lost World Of Tibet

Lost World Of Tibet: ""

Dan Cruickshank presents a documentary revealing the story of the Dalai Lama, his secret Himalayan kingdom and the story of his exile, using eyewitness accounts from Tibetans including the Dalai Lama himself and colour archive footage of Tibet from the 1930s to 50s.

The Blue Buddha - Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine Nature of Things

The Blue Buddha - Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine Nature of Things: ""

Blue Buddha: lost secrets of Tibetan medicine "Twelve hundred years ago the people of Tibet developed a comprehensive medical system. They understood how the mind affects the body. They knew subtle ways of changing the body's chemistry with medicines made from plants and minerals. They blessed their medicines in lengthy rituals. And they encoded this knowledge in a series of elaborate paintings called thangkas. Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine traces the odyssey of traditional Tibetan medicine from it's roots in ancient Tibet, to a worldwide interest in it's traditional medical wisdom. We meet several leading physicians in India, as the program introduces us to the basic concepts of this ancient system of healing. We also trace the fate of the 77 thangkas that comprise the Atlas of Tibetan Medicine, the great mnemonic device that encodes the entire system of healing. From the snows of Siberia and the Himalayas to the vital culture of Tibet in exile, in Dharamsala, India, this is a stunning look at where Tibetan medicine has come from. Blue Buddha: Lost Secrets of Tibetan Medicine focuses on the life of a Buddhist monk and a doctor who practices traditional Tibetan medicine in Siberia. It hasn't always been easy. At times he's been hounded by the KGB and forbidden to leave the country. Through it all he's kept his faith in the power of Buddhist medicine. This documentary follows Tuvan Lama, in his role as vital member of this remote community, as he treats his patients, conducts traditional rituals and passes on this vast medical heritage to the next generation. Just as Buddhism informs the rituals of this community, Tuvan Lama believes Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine go together, as they are inseparable. He believes one has to know the foundation of Buddhism in order to understand the foundations of the medicine. To his mind, it needs to be understood with the body, the mind, and the soul."

-CBC http://www.cbc.chttp//«

Yogis of Tibet

Yogis of Tibet: ""

National.Geographic;Light At The Edge Of The World:Himalayas Science Of The Mind

National.Geographic;Light At The Edge Of The World:Himalayas Science Of The Mind

There’s something about the inherent tolerance of Buddhism that is inherently attractive. It’s totally non-judgmental.
There’s no notion of sin, there’s no notion of good and evil, there’s only ignorance and suffering. And this is the most important thing, it places all emphasis on compassion; you do not embrace negativity.
Buddhism asks the fundamental question: What is life and what is the point of existence?
Wade Davis goes on an anthropological and spiritual journey into the Himalayas of Nepal to learn the deepest lesson of Buddhist practice.
Parts of this documentary feature H.H.Trulshik Rinpoche and Matthieu Ricard

Tibet: a Buddhist trilogy

Tibet: a Buddhist trilogy