News Round Up w/e 17th April 2021
News and snippets from Zen cyber-space
The interwoven story of Buddhism and martial arts; science-backed ways to calm an anxious mind and the story of how monks from Bhutan built a stupa in the wilds of Yorkshire.
The Dharma of Dinosaurs (and Other Cool Stuff). From paleontology to astrophysics, four scientists talk to Andrea Miller about their search for truth — scientific and spiritual.
Illness and the Buddha’s Prescription. Buddha knew that illness is a natural part of human life. Toni Bernhard shares how the first noble truth has helped her gracefully accept being chronically ill.
Two Science-Backed Ways to Ease a Worried Mind. Our brains are wired to worry. Here’s what the research says about how to mindfully calm your worried mind.
Buddhism and the Martial Arts: A Conversation with Scott Park Phillips. The histories of Buddhism and the martial arts are intertwined to such a degree that a full understanding of either Buddhism or martial arts requires knowledge of the other. Mind control, the body as a vessel for spiritual practice, and the cultivation of transformed states of consciousness by which to execute skillful acts connect fundamental qualities of both Buddhism and martial arts.
Elemental Protection in Troubling Times. Using ritual to create a sacred space, a tantric visualisation that can be used as a precursor for meditation or to bless a place.
ICCR Launches Sanskrit App; Chinese Scholar Hails Sanskrit’s Role in Spreading Buddhism in China. Little Guru is an interactive gamified app that is designed to make learning Sanskrit easy and enjoyable, said the ICCR, which is working to promote Sanskrit studies among students, religious scholars, Indologists, and historians around the world.
From Bhutan to Yorkshire: The Story of and English Stupa. In the spring of 2004, David Lascelles invited a group of monks from Bhutan to build a stupa in the 1000-acre Capability Brown designed gardens of Harewood House in Yorkshire. A talk over Zoom from The Buddhist Society, London SW1V on 24th April.
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