News Round Up w/e 22nd November 2020
News & snippets from Zen cyber-space
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India to host conference on Buddhist studies from next year. "This new initiative is about Buddhist studies. India is a major centre for Buddhist studies, we have universities dedicated to Buddhist studies. and the world over scholars into Buddhist studies. India initiated a platform to bring all of them together is the need of the hour."
Celebrating the Life & Teachings of Alan Watts. Reflections from a friend on the anniversary of Watt's passing this month.
In Defense of Ritual. Richard Payne takes a serious look at the role of ritual in Buddhist practice and the reasons why Westerners might feel resistant to it.
The Faces of Kshitigarbha: A Book of Art about Hell’s Bodhisattva. The book is an artistic homage to the bodhisattva Kshitigarbha (Dizang in Chinese, and Jizo in Japanese), whose name is commonly translated as Earth Store or Earth Womb.
84000 Offers “Sūtras for Well-Being” for a World Grappling with Pandemic. The Sūtras for Well-Being series shares a curated selection of texts from the Tibetan Buddhist Canon, and offers our friends a multimedia look at the sutras traditionally recited for resilience and well-being in times of adversity, and the stories behind them.”
Popular South Korean Buddhist monk’s un-Zen-like lifestyle ends in karmic downfall. "A famous South Korean Zen Buddhist monk and bestselling author has withdrawn from public life after his un-Zen-like lifestyle came under fire, adding another chapter to the religion’s sometimes sketchy history in the country."
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