Reviews

KARMAPA VISIT

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Audience for the Karma Kagyu organisation heads at Kamalashila.

Photo: Francois Henrard

 

For many years Ringu Tulku Rinpoche has worked increasingly  closely with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa and the Indian Government to make way for a visit of His Holiness to Europe to give teachings. Four separate applications were made in the past 10 years, but only the last was successful, and only after all hope for success had been given up. No-one could have envisaged either the scale at which it finally took place, or the magnitude of the impact that the visit would have, from start to finish.

It was clear however when Ringu Tulku Rinpoche gave his ecstatic thanks after the Karma Pakshi  empowerment on the final day, that he was indebted to not only the tireless teams of the German Karma Kagyu Trust, Bodhicharya Berlin, Rigpa and all the international volunteers who worked on the ground; but also the German and Indian Governments who cleared the way for His Holiness to travel to Europe.   It was a massive undertaking, an achievement that will doubtless benefit countless beings way beyond our imaginings.

The 17th Karmapa arrived in Frankfurt on Sunday 25th May, and was brought to a private location for several days to acclimatise, before he was swiftly moved into an almost too busy schedule for the ten days that followed. When His Holiness arrived at Langenfeld he got out of his car and slowly walked the incline to the Kamalashila Centre nodding and waving to those en route.  The road was lined with members of Buddhist communities from all over the world as well as local residents who joined us on the road to cheer and wave, they also had the privilege of homes that bordered the street, and upstairs windows giving great views.

 

Lama Shenga hanging flags at Kamalashila Stupa

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A REVIEW OF TAMING THE TIGER BY AKONG TULKU RINPOCHE by GWEN ENSTAM

 

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Taming the Tiger by Akong Tulku Rinpoche

 

By taking these teachings to heart, we may re-educate ourselves to develop more compassion and understanding. Thus the value and usefulness of our lives will increase. (pp.84-5)

 

The first thing you see when you pick up a copy of Taming the Tiger is the cover. On the cover – as you might expect – is a tiger. And this is a very special tiger: not only is he a beautiful line drawing by Tai Situpa Rinpoche, he is also a very contented tiger, sitting calmly and with gentle dignity under a tree. He even seems to smile a bit in that way cats have. Continue reading

HEALING, HELPING AND HARMONY

The three hands on the Bodhicharya Logo represent the three main activities of Healing, Helping, and Harmony.

HEALING

Healing : Buddha Dharma is regarded to be the Science of Mind. There are facilities for the study and practise of Dharma and other ancient wisdoms originating from both Eastern and Western traditions, which provide a basis for healing body and mind.

HELPING

Helping : Life is meaningless if we do not do something useful to benefit society and the world we live in. Bodhicharya has already funded schools, clinics, and hospices, and plans to generate similar projects in the future for the benefit of those in need.

HARMONY

Harmony : Peace and progress in the world is dependent upon the harmony of its people. Inter-religious, inter-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue and study are initiated to help bring better understanding and more harmony amongst communities worldwide.

BLUE POPPY

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Sitar specialises in health, education and the arts and frequently works with sensitive and difficult issues.

 After training in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University, she started making documentaries in 1980. Since then she has  researched, directed. filmed and edited her own productions . Fulfilling the Vision is one of a number of films she made for Akong Rinpoche at Samye Ling since 1988. To see recent films visit  https://vimeo.com/user2733278 or www.sitarrose.com

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FULFILLING THE VISION

SAMYE LING Fulfilling the Vision from Sitar Rose on Vimeo.

Sitar Rose

Sitar specialises in health, education and the arts and frequently works with sensitive and difficult issues.
After training in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University, she started making documentaries in 1980. Since then she has  researched, directed. filmed and edited her own productions . Fulfilling the Vision is one of a number of films she made for Akong Rinpoche at Samye Ling since 1988. To see recent films visit  https://vimeo.com/user2733278 or www.sitarrose.com

 

A REVIEW OF “NIGHT BOAT”

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Night Boat is the story of Ekaku Hakuin, one of the most influential monks in the history of Zen Buddhism. It recreates his life from early childhood in a small Japanese village through a lifetime of adventures, both physical and spiritual. And Spence spends as much time in the beautiful landscape of Japan – using Mt Fuji as a touchstone throughout – as he does in the landscape of the mind.

The historical Ekaku revived the practice of Zen from a period of lethargy and stagnation, and in Night Boat, Spence recreates not just a questing monk and later, charismatic abbot, but also a man determined to pursue his true calling despite the obstacles that Zen’s debased reputation presents. Ekaku struggles against nature, his mind, the failings of his own body, and even the sarcasm of his best teachers who believe Zen has been ruined for good, but the adventure carries on because Ekaku is steadfast in his belief that there is more to learn, and more to conquer – more to put right. Ekaku shares many of his adventures with other characters in Night Boat: first and throughout there is his family, and there are plenty of great sages, fellow monks and, later, students (male and female), along with friends and neighbours, and even a brief flirtation with romance – all vividly drawn and relatable (if not necessarily likeable!). Continue reading

FRAGMENTS

 

 

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I first met Elisabeth Fraser at a meeting in the Theosophical Society in great King Street in Edinburgh. What the meeting was about and who the speaker was I can’t recall clearly.  Perhaps what was said was uninteresting but more likely unintelligible.  But what I do remember clearly is that I was seated next to a tall, brown bookcase full of esoteric writings about religion and folklore, the latter mainly about fairies and the supernatural; and as the talk was droning on I noticed a set of books on a shelf. Having read many of his works in the past, the books were by Krishnamurti, I pulled one from the shelf. Immediately, Elisabeth turned to me and whispered, “I’m a follower of Krishnamurti. We used to go down to Brockwood Park to hear his talks every year.” 

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Tulku : A Film by Gesar Mukpo. Reviewed by Vicki McKenna

 Tulku by Gesar Mukpo is a documentary about his own journey and that of other young western Tulkus who have all been recognised, when children, as reincarnations of Tibetan Lamas. The recognition of western children as Tulkus first started in the mid-1970s and the film explains how this practice has created stability politically and spiritually in Tibetan society for 800 years but has not transferred easily into western culture. For most of these young men there has been a conflict between the modern western culture that they have been raised in and the traditional Tibetan culture of their past lives.

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The Lost Land of the Tiger- A review by Pat Little

This fascinating wildlife film, screened over three days, follows a BBC natural history crew, under leading tiger expert Dr Alan Rabinowitz, to the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, to collect evidence of the existence of tigers in this remote and sparsely-populated mountain kingdom. The timing of the screening seems particularly appropriate, 2010 being the Year of Biodiversity, with an International Convention on Biodiversity meeting in Nagoya. More specifically, a Global Tiger Summit took place in St Petersburg in November 2010, highlighting the precarious future of the tiger. The makers of the BBC film are therefore hoping that with increased knowledge of its living and breeding patterns, this magnificent animal might be brought back from its current status of one of the most endangered species on the planet. Although tigers used to roam all across Asia, there are now estimated to be as few as 3,000 left, with 98% of the tiger population lost in the last century, due to habitat destruction and poaching. Continue reading

Book Review by Annie Dibble : The Open Road the Global Journey of the 14th Dalai Lama. Pico Iyer, 2008.

Open Road book coverTHE OPEN ROAD – the Global Journey of the 14th Dalai Lama. Pico Iyer, 2008.

Vintage Departures, Random House, New York.

In 1959 the 23 year old Dalai Lama arrived into Delhi having safely escaped Tibet. The low profile news reached a Hindu Brahmin from Bombay who was then Professor of Philosophy at Oxford University in the UK, researching into Mohundas Ghandi. He lived with his wife, also a scholar from Bombay, and their small son, Pico. At the first possible moment Iyer senior boarded a boat and sailed to India to meet the young Dalai Lama, five years his junior, acutely aware that, ‘A great treasure had come out into the world for the first time really, in history’. The two men developed a strong friendship. At the age of 17 his son Pico was privileged with an introduction, and that friendship continues beyond the death of his father, until the present day. The relationship is clearly unique, Iyers speaks of their meetings over thirty years with a sense of intimate camaraderie, and he appears to have a rare ease of access to His Holiness. Continue reading