Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Present Moment is a rare opportunity to learn ancient Buddhist practices directly from this living master of the tradition. Teaching in a way that addresses the spiritual challenges unique to our day, while honoring all faiths, Thich Nhat Hanh shares a treasury of detailed meditations to help listeners walk, breathe, communicate even cope with traffic more deeply and consciously. The Present Moment is a classic retreat that shares Buddhisms core practices for touching the energy of mindfulness we carry within, and opening to the joy that is always waiting to enter our lives.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
This is something I thought would never see the light of day. If your familiar with a 10 day Vipassana course then you will remember these video tapes of Goenka. If you haven't done a 10 day sit then these videos may seem a little out of context but still helpful. The uploader(nachitolit) has promised the other 9 days soon. Wow! Glad I'm not transferring 10 VHS tapes to AVI. Metta!
S N Goenka. Vipassana Meditation discourse on Day 1.For more info on Vipassana visit www.dhamma.org.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Spiritual teacher Adyashanti invites listeners to reclaim the original purpose of meditation and to experience the "freedom of meditation beyond technique." Adyashanti points out that meditative practices themselves can become ritualized distractions. The first part of this program begins with an invitation to reconsider meditation and ends with thoughts on how to bring it into daily life; the second part explores the concept of meditative inquiry; and the third offers guided meditations to put these teachings into action. Adyashanti's ability to speak naturally, as though explaining his ideas, while remaining succinct is impressive. He's also blessed with a soothing, unassuming voice and the ability to put across his abstract ideas simply, in ways that return quietly to the mind later.
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill - Matthieu Ricard
Both the subject, happiness, and the author/narrator, an accomplished French scientist who's been a Buddhist monk for 35 years, are endlessly fascinating. Ricard's gorgeous accent and unique use of everyday words are totally beguiling. A translator for the Dalai Lama, he is renowned for his research and practice of cultivating a state of happiness. As he explains how to meditate and accumulate positive moods, his presentation is punctuated with quirky humor. For example, when a man confesses that he's afraid of what he will see when he looks within, the Dalai Lama observes that there's nothing more entertaining on TV or film than self-analysis. Just listening to Ricard is soothing and inspiring. This is a great choice for those seeking a calmer inner life.
RapidShare Part 1,
RapidShare Part 2
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Traveller Ian Wright starts his journey in the bustling and expanding modern day capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. He visits the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple and the home of the young princess goddess.
Whilst in Kathmandu Ian takes the opportunity to sample some Nepalese food, and has a night out Kathmandu style. He then hitches south to the Royal Badia National Park where he goes looking for Bengal tigers with a local guide, astride an Indian Elephant. Unfortunately the rare and reclusive tiger is not spotted that day by anybody. Ian spends the evening in a small village nearby where he is introduced to some of the local families and witnesses a local celebration.
From the Terai region Ian flies to the Lukla, in the eastern Himalayas. Here he plans to make his way to the popular bazaar at Namche, before trekking along a section of the Everest highway. At Pangboche monastery Ian also catches a glimpse of what is alleged to be a Yeti skull. Avoiding the Yaks on the pathways, Ian continues his trek to Tengpoche Monastery where he witnesses a traditional Buddhist celebration.
Ian joins up with a sherpa guide who has been up Everest twice, and can offer Ian some insight into the nature of trekking in the heights of the Himalayas. Together they make a simple offering to the gods that are said to protect trekkers and climbers.
On the last leg of his journey Ian flies to Humla. This town is well off the trekkers track, and his four hour horse ride takes him even further into an area of Nepal seldom visited by tourists. Ian's last night is spent at a local wedding celebration. To Ian's surprise the wedding involves five grooms and one bride. Ian enjoys the ensuing party, which involves a fair bit of barley wine.
Prem Rana Autari, born in 1957 in west Nepal, is among the three musicians of the group Sur Sudha.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Images of Nepal - Sur Sudha
The Nepalese trio Sur Sudha came together in the late 1980s for what amounts to a national-cultural mission. They set out to document the varieties of music in Nepal, and, given the remarkable contrasts in the landscape, it's no surprise that Sur Sudha's musical evocations span large distances. The musical highs and lows, though, are all kept within close reach of each other, reminding that Sur Sudha is a spare ensemble, employing only flute (Prem Rana Autari), sitar (Bijaya Vaidya), and tabla (Surendra Shrestha). The tunes here are compact, ranging from just over 5 to around 16 minutes, much in contrast to traditional Indian ragas, which can stretch to near eternity in their balance of drones and cyclic tabla rhythms. Like Indian music, these pieces feature each instrument closely entwined with the others, developing melodic units that spiral at a moderate and measured pace and featuring the sitar in a not-quite-drone role that sponges up the flute tones and wrings them back out in resonating solo segments. Listeners who enjoy standout solos as much as collective improvisations off raags (a musical scale similar to Indian ragas) will enjoy the work Sur Sudha has done to keep the band's direction balanced on an axis of expressive play.
He witnesses pilgrims bathing in the ghats along the river and bodies being cremated. He also meets a number of characters in the narrow, winding streets and alleys of Varanasi - Saddhus (holy men) smoking chillums, beggars and touts. A young boy introduces him to betel nut and a yoghurt drink called lassi.
An overnight train takes Andrew to Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal. Just outside Agra is Mathura where a large Hindu festival takes place celebrating the birth of the Hindu deity, Krishna. From there, Andrew heads on to Delhi where he hires an Enfield motorbike for the next leg of the journey to Corbett National Park, where he goes on an elephant safari. He then drives to Rishikesh, where he joins an ashram (meditation centre) and meets the guru who oversees Andrew’s very first yoga lesson.
A narrow gauge railway takes Andrew to Simla, a former British Hill station at the foot of the Indian Himalayas, where he learns about Indian history and the British Raj in India.
Andrew continues his trip climbing higher into the Himalayas to enjoy the beautiful views of the Kulu valley, before taking a short bus journey to Manali. Here Andrew prepares for the climax of the trip, trekking from Manali to Leh.
His companions Chris and Bob take him up the second highest Pass in the world, the Tag Lang La, and past Buddhist gompas. After a grueling journey they finally arrive in Leh, a lost city populated by Tibetan refugees isolated from the world nine months of the year, perched in the Himalayan mountains.
The World of Music is a twenty five album collection that takes us on a musical journey to the four corners of the globe. Featuring indigenous music and musicians, our journey takes us through the American continent, across Europe and the steppes of Russia, the rich and varied musical styles of the African heartland and the mysteries of the Orient. In between we are treated to the delights of India, the steel bands of the Caribbean and the flowing Latin influence of Cuba. This is one of the most compelling series ever undertaken.
All tracks are in FLAC format.
|1. Jahm Jham Pareli (Binodkumar Rai & Nepali Group)|
|2. Temple Of The Clouds (Inishkea)|
|3. Sunana Sunana Saili (Binodkumar Rai & Nepali Group)|
|4. Essence Of Light (Inishkea)|
|5. Naini Tal (Binodkumar Rai & Nepali Group)|
|6. Khatmandu (Inishkea)|
|7. Asiadrum - Roof Of The World II (Inishkea)|
|8. Shangri-La (Inishkea)|
|9. Sera Tse (Inishkea)|
The Best of Snatam Kaur
With deeply-moving music composed jointly by Snatam Kaur and Thomas Barquee, Snatam's flawless voice dances over gentle flute, Indian violin, nylon string guitar and sublte keyboards.. Filled with songs of prayer..
"Day by day I began to realize that there is an energy in these sacred words. It was coming to me, passing to others through my voice, and would continue flowing after my physical body passes on, as it always has and as it will for eternity. This timeless, sacred energy comes to us by Grace. It is not about you or me, it is about Grace. And so, with this album called Grace, I honor and give thanks to my Guru, the Divine Sound Current that resonates within. By Thy Grace, with Love, for Peace, unto Thee, "
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
For the first time since The Art of Happiness, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has teamed up with psychiatrist Howard Cutler to continue the discussion about what makes life meaningful.In conversations with the Dalai Lama over the past several years, Howard Cutler has asked the questions we all want answered about how to find happiness in the place we spend most of our time -- work. Beginning with the basic need to find satisfaction in our careers, Dr. Cutler questions His Holiness about the nature of work. In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The Art of Happiness at Work explores these three levels of focus:• Survival: focus on salary, stability, food and clothing
• Career: focus on advancement
• Calling: focus on work as a higher purposeDr. Cutler probes the Dalai Lama's wisdom by posing these questions:What is the relationship between self-awareness and work?
How does lack of freedom at work affect our levels of happiness?
How can we deal with boredom or lack of challenge?
Job change and unemployment?
How much of our misery comes from our identity being tied up with work?Dr. Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama's reasoning so that we may know how to apply his wisdom to daily life. The Art of Happiness at Work is an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living.
Deva has toured since 1991, along with her life partner, Miten, offering concerts and chant workshops worldwide. Their record company, Prabhu Music, reports sales of over 600,000 albums.
Best-known for her top-selling chant CDs, Deva Premal is a classically trained musician and gifted singer. She grew up singing mantras in a German home permeated with Eastern spirituality. Her albums, The Essence, Love Is Space, Embrace and Dakshina have topped the New Age charts and popularity polls in yoga studios and healing centers throughout the world. Her latest album, The Moola Mantra, features a 50 minute extended presentation of a mantra received while on a meditation retreat with Miten at the Oneness University in Chennai, India. She is also featured on Miten's newest release, Soul In Wonder.Bitsnoop
BBC The Story of India
For over two millennia, India has been at the centre of world history. But how did India come to be? What is India? These are the big questions behind this intrepid journey around the contemporary subcontinent. In this landmark series, historian and acclaimed writer Michael Wood embarks on a dazzling and exciting expedition through today's India, looking to the present for clues to her past, and to the past for clues to her future. The journey takes the viewer through majestic landscapes and reveals some of the greatest monuments and artistic treasures on Earth. From Buddhism to Bollywood, from mathematics to outsourcing, Michael Wood discovers India's impact on history - and on us.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
This DVD presents a highly original and accessible pathway to self-discovery and personal liberation. Since 1999 the Big Mind process has been experienced by many thousands of people in seminars across America. Big Mind employs a Jungian voice dialogue technique that enables people to step out of limited self-concepts into awareness of their many different sub-selves (emotions/mental states). In addition to exploration of the more familiar sub-voices like anger and fear, author Zen Master Dennis Genpo Merzel uses this technique to help people access the ever-present Big Mind/Big Heart awareness - the clear, "just being" awareness and the unconditional compassion that we all can experience. The Big Mind process is now available on DVD to bring people of all backgrounds many benefits including: access to our innate wisdom, compassion and equanimity; openness of mind and ability to shift perspectives; greater presence and empowerment; and appreciation for the wisdom within all of our many sub-selves even ones we tend to dislike or disown, like fear and anger.
The Way to a Meaningful Life - Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama, a formidable teacher, presents a way that is the middle way, but not necessarily the easy way. Because the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism has a natural gift as well as the translating and publishing resources that makes his teachings accessible, it is easy to forget the rigor and depth of those teachings. Too, Buddhism so often appears in the West as a system of daily behavior and practice that it is also easy to overlook the compelling intellectual challenge it presents to the Western understanding of reality. His Holiness starts on familiar Buddhist ground (morality of action, suffering, compassion) and chapter by chapter adds doctrine and complexity until teachings from the heights of imaginative Tantra and Tibetan deity yoga are being explicated. For the uninitiated the climb is steep, and those seeking general ethical guidance would do better with an easier text (His Holiness has written those, too). For the serious, however, the Dalai Lama offers elegant clarity about the paradoxes at the heart of Buddhism including the central Heart Sutra itself, the teaching of form-is-emptiness and about the intellectual intricacy of Buddhist teachings. Tibetan Buddhism is considered the esoteric wing of Buddhism; this slice shows some layers of its complexity while whetting the spiritual appetite for more understanding, or what Buddhists would call the intention for enlightenment.
This is an old Lyrichord album of Zen honkyoku, religious pieces for the traditional bamboo flute in the style of the old itinerant Zen monks and, later, of the samurai. (The breathing involved in sustaining the sound of the shakuhachi is also useful in martial arts, and some warriors took up the instrument following their martial training. In fact, a sturdy shakuhachi makes a good bludgeon, and it was sometimes used as such - which is astonishing when you consider how expensive these instruments are now!)Many of these pieces have been recorded on newer, digital or at least higher-quality analog recordings and the audiophile might prefer to seek those out. A virtue of the quality performances on this disc is that the musicians are an older generation of shakuhachi masters, and they give you a good feel for an older style. (This is nothing against contemporary players, including westerners who have mastered the instrument and incorporated it into modern music
There is a place on earth where time stands still-where nature and religion have combined to turn a tiny Buddhist kingdom into the world's last Shangri-La. Locked between Tibet and India, Bhutan is the jewel of the Himalayas. To the north of the kingdom, towering virgin peaks rise to 25,000 feet. Beneath steep glacial walls, alpine highlands fall to misty forests. Mountain streams cut through gorges on their way down to warmer valleys and wide marshes in the heart of the kingdom. One distinct landscape drops to the next before finally descending to the jungle and grasslands of the southern plains. For the people who have adapted to this domain of extremes, Bhutan is a Living Eden where respect for life, in all its many incarnations, endures like the land itself.
Monday, July 14, 2008
For those serious about enlightenment, author and teacher Adyashanti has some advice: better know what you're getting into. Because with spiritual awakening, you find that the strongly held beliefs and perceptions you've taken to be "you" and "your world" vanish into the unmanifest nature of all that is. The End of Your World presents a landmark six-CD course on the reality of enlightenment and the total "re-wiring" of your being that accompanies it--what Adyashanti calls "our journey into the infinite, our true nature as pure consciousness itself."
Friday, July 11, 2008
Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness - Thomas Bien
"Finding the Center Within is a practical manual on the practice of mindfulness, which can help many people to embody their Buddha nature and become radiant and peaceful beings. It provides easy steps for practicing mindfulness in day-to-day living."
–Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Peace Is Every Step, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
All of us want to live a calmer, more peaceful existence. Thomas and Beverly Bien teach that if we find the center within through ongoing mindfulness, we will have the capacity to live deeply and fully–with boundless peace and happiness–in any external circumstance. We can learn to be calm in the midst of the storm.
Finding the Center Within offers a step-by-step program for breaking down the barriers that prevent us from actualizing our wise inner self. The Biens combine Eastern spiritual wisdom with the pragmatic wisdom of Western psychology, teaching us how to remove the walls that conceal who and what we really are and face our lives with greater honesty. They provide the tools needed to:
- Find a path to the center through mindfulness
- Bring meditation into everyday life
- Work with and transform negative emotions
- Cultivate healthy, healing relationships
- Use dreams to achieve maximum wholeness and self-acceptance
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
How to Cook Your Life (2007)
This documentary profiles Zen Master Edward Espe Brown and shows the art of Zen and cooking. Espe Brown first became interested in baking as an 11-year kid when he realized the startling difference between mass-produced supermarket bread and the fresh homemade stuff. When he asked his mother to teach him how to bake, however, she said "No, yeast makes me nervous."
Brown became the head cook at the Tassajara Mountain Centre in California when he was in his early 20s, and has been practicing the art of Zen Buddhism and cooking for more than 40 years. As a chef, he is typically short-tempered and exacting, but as a Buddhist master he is exactly the opposite. Director Dörrie (Men, Naked) sets her camera on Espe Brown as he travels from the Scheibbs Buddhist Centre in Austria to Tassajara, offering cooking seminars based upon the principles established 800 years ago by Master Eihei Dogen Zenji, the founder of the Japanese Soto-Zen school. Master Dogen wrote about the necessity of treating food as if it was as valuable as your eyesight. From washing rice, to preparing vegetables, every action could be a path to Zen. Or as the master said, "When you're washing the rice, wash the rice." A charming taskmaster who regularly punctures his holiness with moments of self-deprecation and humour, Espe Brown's observations on modern culture, cooking and human foibles are often as acerbic and hilarious as they are profound.
Thanks to josho_adrian for this link. It has hard English subs and Chinese spoken.
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha as explained in Jodo Shinshu Buddhist tradition.
Also on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=274JSyPEl5M
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
NAKED IN ASHES - Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Naked in Ashes accompanies the unique story of the search for enlightenment by various yogis of India as told by film director Paula Fouce. In keeping with the spirit of the quest, composer's Tony Humecke and Stephen Day have created music that takes you on a journey that simultaneously excites and soothes, marches and soars, and inspires and awakens. Indian classical, western classical, world percussion, and more combine to create a sound that calls to the spirit.
Also check out CD Baby for more cool Independent music.