Feb 13, 2021
Martin Goodson

News Round Up w/e 13th February 2021

News and snippets from Zen cyber-space

Claude Monet, Water Lilies (Nymphéas). 1907. Oil on canvas Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Gift of Mrs. Harry C. Hanszen. Courtesy of Bridgeman Images.

  • How Buddhism inspired Monet’s masterpieces. Was the great Impressionist master inspired by Zen Buddhism? The curator of a new exhibition believes so. Lilly Greenblatt reports for Lion’s Roar.

  • Empathy Fatigue is All Too Real. Feeling empathy for others’ pain is innately human, but it can be stretched too thin. Here’s why we get numbed to horrific events—and how to preserve our tenderness and our desire to help.

  • The Natural World as a Powerful Teacher. Elizabeth Monson invites us to consider how the natural world can do far more than provide us with a peaceful environment for meditation. We can engage with it, she says, as an interactive medium within which we can access and abide in the nature of the mind.

  • Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Buddhist Complex in Pakistan. Archaeologists in the northern area of Swat in Pakistan have discovered a Buddhist monastic and educational complex believed to be between 1,900 and 2,000 years old. The largest known complex in the area, its age puts it in the era of the Kushan empire, which controlled the area as well as much of modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northern India from 30–375 CE.

  • An online Talk: Close Encounters of Two Kinds by Randolph Whitfield. The talk will centre around the so-called ‘encounter dialogues’ contained in the root text of the Chinese Buddhist Chan school, the Jingde Chuandeng Lu, (Records of the Transmission of the Lamp), presented at the Song court in 1004 CE.

  • Three Buddhist Romeos. This Valentine’s Day, Tricycle revisits the lives of three Buddhists who broke tradition for love.

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