Dec 26, 2020
Martin Goodson

News Round Up w/e 26th December 2020

News and snippets from Zen cyber-space

Bankei Yōtaku



  • Who Is Avalokiteshvara? Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, has undergone many transformations over the centuries, adopting new qualities, names, and even a different gender. Kay Larson explores the bodhisattva’s journey through time and culture.

  • Buddhist-Influenced Filmmaking in an Extraordinary Time: An Interview with Gaetano Maida. Film producer and international film festival organizer Gaetano Kazuo Maida is the executive director of the Buddhist Film Foundation (BFF). He is a founding director of the Buddhist quarterly Tricycle and was producer/director of Peace Is Every Step, a film profile of Vietnamese Zen teacher and activist Thich Nhat Hanh, narrated by British actor Ben Kingsley.

  • The Zen Masters of the Rinzai Tradition. Born in the town of Harima Hamada, today’s Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture, Bankei Yōtaku (1621–93) is said to have been intrigued by the phrase “luminous virtue”

  • US Draws Ire in Beijing with New Legislation Spotlighting Tibetan Buddhist Affairs. China’s government has publicly condemned the United States for interfering in its internal affairs after the US Congress on Monday passed a bill which, among other points related to human rights and religious freedom in Chinese-governed Tibet, reaffirms the rights of the Tibetan people with regard to their Buddhist traditions and practices, including the selection of a successor to the spiritual leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

  • Sanskrit as a Sacred Language by Fabian Sanders. "The talk will briefly mention some core doctrines concerning sound as a fundamental cosmogonic factor and its repercussions on the theory of language in ancient India." An online talk from The Buddhist Society, London SW1V on 13th January.

  • How Buddhism waxed and waned in India. Nehru felt that Jainism and Buddhism were considered not as a revolt against Hinduism but an attack on polytheism and Brahminism.

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