Tuesday, September 30, 2008
BUDOKON FOR BEGINNERS
The cover touts it as "the reunion of martial arts, yoga, and meditation," but for those who have practiced those disciplines separately but not in combination, Cameron Shayne's Budokon Beginning Practice offers a fresh, even unique approach to a home exercise regimen. Yoga, martial arts, and meditation don't actually commingle in this approximately 38-minute program (also included is a version that's about 10 minutes shorter); a fairly traditional, 20-minute yoga practice (for creating "power through stillness") is followed by 15 minutes of martial arts ("power through movement") and about three minutes of meditation ("power through emptiness"). The yoga asanas, including forward bends, lunges, twists, standing poses, and several sun salutations, provide a good stretch and warm-up for the martial arts moves; the latter, with their short, vigorous punches and kicks mostly performed from a traditional "fighting stance," offer a contrast to the slower, deeper yoga postures, and the sequence of the two is genuinely invigorating. Shayne, a martial arts master who also knows his yoga, provides excellent instruction throughout, and easier versions of the yoga poses are demonstrated. There's also a "pose guide" option, accessible both separately and during the workout, to explicate all the poses and movements in greater detail.
God and Buddha - A Dialogue (1999)
This dialogue is of a live presentation between Columbia University professor, Dr. Robert Thurman and Deepak Chopra, MD, a student of Indian Philosophy and author. Mr. Chopra presents views from Vedanta, one of the six classical systems of Indian philosophy. The term Vedanta refers both to the wisdom of the Upanishads, which makes up the last section of the Veda, and to the realization of its ultimate significance. Mr. Thurman presents views from Buddhism, which is a kind of reform movement within Hindu thought that has become an independent pluralistic tradition of it's own.
Within the first 20 minutes of the program, Mr. Chopra sums up the core teaching of Vedanta. He describes some of the causes of human suffering and also describes some of the suggested paths to discovering the true nature of reality. Most of the rest of the program is a kind of free-flowing meditation on the implications of these teachings.
Mr. Chopra, with a background in the field of medicine, conveys his insight and knowledge through a kind of systematic, formal approach to verbal communication. Mr. Thurman, with his years of experience in engaging skeptical college students, takes a more anecdotal approach. He works to win the attention, and ultimately the heart, of his audience.
Monday, September 29, 2008
World Hindu Chants: Global Interpretations
Hinduism, the world's oldest religion, has no beginning - it precedes recorded history and has no human founder. It is a mystical philosophy, leading the devotee to personally experience the Truth within, finally reaching the pinnacle of consciousness where man and God are one. Commonly referred to as Sanatana Dharma, the eternal faith, Hinduism is based on the practice of Dharma, the code of life. Since Hinduism has no founder, anyone who practices Dharma can call himself a Hindu. Hindu philosophy promotes a fundamental belief - that the ancient scripture and mantras of the Vedas is Divining. These primordial hymns are God's word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion that has neither beginning nor end.
This collection of mantras showcases the essence and universal nature of Hinduism that gives an insight into the humungous oceans of Vedic culture, its traditional language and the spirit of Hinduism. This is a truly global album that has the very core of Hinduism in the most quintessentially nature and will appeal to the eternal seeker of the ultimate 'Moksha' or Nirvana. Anyone claiming to be a follower of Hinduism with its unique form of chanting, Mantras and inner quest of salvation should not miss this one-of-its-kind interpretation of Hinduism.
Nawang Khechog - Rhythms of Peace
What Do the Himalayas Sound Like? Rhythms of Peace is an otherworldly masterpiece that uses soothing melodic textures to explore the inner stillness that is the essence of peace. An evocative meditation that suggests the vast spaces and sacred serenity of Khechog’s beloved Himalayas. With bamboo flute, didgeridoo, gongs, bells, and drums.
Mandala Painter v3.0 Professional
Mandala Painter 3 is the only professional Mandala drawing program for Mandala artists, designers and for everyone who just likes creating kaleidoscopic images. Due to it's very simple yet powerful mirroring tools the drawing becomes entertaining and easy.
Mandala Painter's user interface was designed as simple as possible keeping it's creative aims. Creating such images was never easier before. www.mandalapainter.com
The Diamond Sutras - Zen Master Hyon Gak Sunim
Venerable Hyon Gak Sunim was born Paul Muenzen in 1964 to a family of devout Catholics in New Jersey, U.S.A. His mother is a PhD in biochemistry, and his father was an executive at a prominent American computer company, and later founded his own company. He has eight brothers and sisters. He is currently the Head Teacher of the Zen hall at 500 year-old Hwa Gye Sah Temple in the Sam Gak Sahn Mountain range, outside Seoul, South Korea. In August 2001, he received inka, certifying his enlightenment, by Zen Master Seung Sahn the 78th Patriarch in a lineage stretching back to Shakyamuni Buddha.
Educated in philosophy and literature at Yale University (Class of 1987) and comparative religions at Harvard Divinity School ('92), Ven. Hyon Gak Sunim was ordained in 1992 in the temple of the Sixth Patriarch, Nam Hwa Sah Temple on Chogye Mountain in Guangzhou , People's Republic of China: he was the first Westerner to be ordained in China since the Communist Revolution. (The name he received from Zen Master Seung Sahn, "Hyon Gak," means "endlessly profound enlightenment.") He received Bikkhu precepts at the Diamond Altar of Tong Do Sah Temple in Korea, one of the most sacred sites in the nation, and has been doing training in various remote mountain places, including 3 intensive 100-day solo retreats and some 15 group 3-month intensive meditation retreats .
Presently, as the Head Teacher of the Seoul International Zen Center at Hwa Gye Sah Temple , he is Zen Master Seung Sahn's official representative at the Head Temple. He leads three-month intensive retreats twice annually, and is much in demand as a public speaker throughout Korea, Asia, and many parts of the West.
Also Google Video has a enlightening Interview with Hyon Gak Sunim.
In Plum Village, the practice of chanting in English is a flower, slowly blossoming. The chants and music on this CD are some of the first petals to open on this beautiful flower. Chanted by the resident community of Plum Village in 2002, these recordings include most of the chants contained in the Plum Village Chanting and Recitation Book, some live tracks from a monastic precepts ordination ceremony and a traditional incense offering chanted by Thich Nhat Hanh in Vietnamese.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Here's a fun film of the crazy times that can be had down in Goa, India. With a bit of wisdom as well.
Last Hippie Standing (2002)
Last Hippie Standing" is a video clip style portrait about the hippie generation. Thirty years ago, this was a movement which came to Goa to find something they couldn't find at home. Many returned, a few stayed. Goa, the hippie paradise of the 60's is our point where we start to search for "the last hippies". This former Portuguese colony in the south of India was for many the final destination after adventurous travels through Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Dreamlike untouched beaches promised to be a new holy land, which was also the spritual basis for Alex Garland's novel "The Beach". After viewing historical Super8 material we started searching for the famous beaches and found a new youth culture which seemed to be similar to the old hippie culture.
Lama Chopa - A Buddhist Tantric Celebration
Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery based in Atlanta recorded these sacred chants. These selections are clear and the studio quality is excellent. Although the Lama Chopa is a single piece, it is comprised of 14 sections. It begins with arousing the inner meditative mind of the performer and the invocation of the forces of goodness from the ten directions. It then goes on through the stages of worship and meditaion, and eventually concludes with a dedication to world peace.
This ritual was written by the First Panchen Lama.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The film chronicles Qingyuan's discovery as a child prodigy in China, his move to Japan and rise as a champion. Later, he marries the leader of a cult and finds himself being exploited by the group. When relations between Japan and China deteriorate into open war, Qingyuan stays in his adopted nation. Now in his 90s, he lives there to this day, teaching and writing about Go.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Big thanks to starinar for these great uploads, check out his super collection of world music.
Tibetan Buddhist rites from the monasteries of Bhutan Vol 1 & 2
Bhutan - closest neighbor and sole heir to the mighty civilization and traditions of Tibet. These are the extraordinary recordings of the temple rituals and sacred ceremonies of the monks of Bhutan.
Recorded in the great monasteries by John Levy, this four CD set represents possibly the most extensive and important recorded documents of Tibetan ceremonial music ever undertaken! Invited by the king of Bhutan, Levy was afforded every facility for recording monastic music in the principal dzongs (great fort-like monasteries) of the Nyingmapa Order. The ethereal Polytonal throat chanting, the long trumpets, shawms and percussion instruments, the processional music and spectacular mask dances, Tibetan and Bhutanese secular songs and poems, all reproduced with incredibly sonic fidelity! A truly remarkable collection, this series is complete with four compact discs with extensive liner notes, photographs, and musical illustrations by John Levy.
Volume One contains examples of tunes most enjoyed by the monks and nuns of the Drukpa Order, as well as the deep, ethereal monotone chants most associated with Tibetan Buddhism. Long trumpets, processional music, shawms and percussion instruments are all heard on this amazing disc. Includes ten pages of detailed original liner notes, photos and musical illustrations by John Levy.
TPB Vol 1
TPB Vol 2
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts - Dhama Suna
Typically, Tibetan ritual music proceeds in long sheens of deeply keening vocals and percussion. The world-renowned Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts seeks, on this CD, to partition their music into smaller units, allowing a vantage point on various musical styles and moods. The chants are present, with their low-end stretches taking shape, exploring tonalities, and disappearing in a matter of minutes. Also present are bellowing horns, digging into similar low-end sacred music that takes ample, seamless time to take shape. Expressivity rather than strict meditational focus seems to be the point for much of these 70 minutes.
TIBET - The Ritual Orchestra and Chants
Extracts from music for three rituals were played in 1973 by the magnificent ensemble of shawms, trumpets and percussion of Khampagar Monastery. The recording opens with an invocation to Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Tibet from India.
Then follow two rites associated with Mahakala, who removes
impediments to enlightenment. New notes by producer David
Lewiston are included. Quality: 128Kbps
Ritual Music and Chants of the Gelug Tradition
The ritual music of the Tibetan monks of the Sera Jé Monastery is the leitmotif of this spiritual journey through Tibetan culture.
The CD presents some of the principal rituals and is a colorful pageant invoking a pantheon of wrathful and peaceful deities, guardians, spirits, and realized masters of their lineage.
Chanting, horns, drums and cymbals combine to create a profound meditative,esoteric experience. Quality: 128Kbps
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Songs for Tibet -The Art of Peace is a music album with contributions from number of musicians from throughout the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. The artists include Sting, Rush, Suzanne Vega and Alanis Morissette. The album is an initiative to support Tibet, the promotion of peace, basic fundamental human rights, including freedom of speech and religion and the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. Songs for Tibet - The Art Of Peace is a project from the Art of Peace Foundation in Washington DC.
Dalai Lama - Advice on Dying
In this empowering and positive book the Dalai Lama presents teachings on preparing for our inevitable death which can greatly benefit our perspective on living.
This book is based on the First Panchen Lama`s poem that many Tibetans use to focus their daily reflections on dying which are incorporated into their spiritual practices - Wishes for Release from the Perilous Straits of the Intermediate State, Hero Releasing from Fright. The Dalai Lama gives an illuminating commentary on this work, enabling us to have a better understanding of the whole death process. The poem describes three levels of spiritual practice - for the most highly trained, the middling, and the least, and what to do at each stage.
"When death actually comes, if you are not used to this practice, it will be very difficult to succeed at any beneficial reflection. Therefore, now is the time to practice and prepare, while you are still happy and the circumstances of your life are in accord. Then, at the time of real need and pressure, there will be no worry. Therefore, it is necessary to become intimate with the practices related to dying. There is no substitute. There is no pill..." The Dalai Lama.
How to Meditate taught by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
How to Meditate taught by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche the Spiritual head of Shambhala International. This torrent contains only the "how to meditate" portion in the following DVD Turning the Mind Into an Ally.
With humor, clarity, and insight, Sakyong Mipham shows how to turn the mind towards the practice of meditation in everyday life. A talk on meditation, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS, March, 2003. Total running time: 97 minutes. Includes bonus 21-minute guided meditation and instruction.
Zen: The Best of Alan Watts
The 1960's guru of meditation techniques is captured here in a compendium of his greatest video moments, presenting his unique mastery of Zen and its power to explain the universe and man's place within it.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Valley of Flowers (2006)
Along the highest mountain passes of the Himalayas, tough, intrepid Jalan (Milind Soman) and his gang earn their living by stealing from unsuspecting travelers. Abiding by their own, unique codes of honor and dividing the spoils equally, all is routine until the arrival of the mystifying, beautiful Ushna (Mylene Jampanoi). Appearing mysteriously after the raid of a pilgrim caravan, Ushna adheres to Jalan, claiming to have seen him in her dreams, and refusing to leave his side. Sensing the unease of the rest of the men, Ushna offers to help them in their endeavors, under condition that they not ask why or how she is able to guide them to success. In the time that follows, Ushna leads the gang to tremendous exploits, gaining the respect of the men, and the admiration of Jalan, who begins to fall passionately in love with this mysterious woman. As their success increases, seemingly unstoppable, so the love between Jalan and Ushna mounts in intensity, until they seem to have entered a world of their own. No longer heeding of the world around them, Jalan and Ushna venture too far in their exploits, progressing from the theft of material objects to tampering with elements that should never be tampered with; stealing energy, luck and even the powers of levitation, the two cross over into the bounds of the supernatural. Word of the duo and their strange exploits reaches the shrewd, robust Yeti (Naseeruddin Shah), who takes after them with his three experienced bounty hunters. In the confusion of pursuit, Jalan and Ushna face a temporary separation, the shock of which drives each to desperation. Having lost luck, wealth and friends, the fated two are nevertheless fortuitously reunited. Their passion running higher than ever, they vow never to be separated again, even if this entails deceiving fate and cheating mortality. But life always reserves surprises.
Open Secret - Wei Wu Wei
One of the best-loved of Wei Wu Wei's books, an early Western interpretation of Buddhism and Eastern spirituality.
Between the years 1958 and 1974, a series of books appeared that were attributed to a mysterious Wei Wu Wei, who joined Alan Watts, Paul Reps and other pioneers as one of the earliest and most profound interpretations of Buddhism. This new edition of Open Secret uses poetry, dialogues, and essays to address our illusions about our existence. It includes an extensive commentary on the Heart Sutra.
Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart: The Taoist Path through Stress and Spirituality
An ancient Chinese proverb states that to bring peace into the world, one must first bring peace into one's heart. Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart combines the ageless wisdom of Taoism with the timeless insights of Joseph Campbell, showing readers how to harness the divine potential of the human spirit in order to bring peace to heart and soul. Offering an abundance of advice, exercises, meditations, and inspirational stories, this practical and motivational guide gives readers the skills and incentive they need to cope with stress, embrace spirituality, and bring balance into their lives.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Japon - Shômyô, Chant liturgique bouddhique, Secte Tendaï
A carefully abridged representation of a mandala ceremony is sung by monks of the Tendai sect, recorded in a French studio in 1978. The music, said to maintain traditions from the 12th century, is severe but serene, rather like Gregorian chant. It is sung mainly in unison but with some elegant polyphonic sections, including one where independent melodies are sung independently.
Japon - Shomyo. Chant liturgique boudhique
Recorded at Maison de Radio-France on October 25, 1985 under the direction of Akira Tamba.
The present recording of shômyô (Buddhist liturgical chants) was made on the occasion of the 1,150th anniversary of the death of Kôbôdaishi (or Kûkai), the founder of the Shingon sect.
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Tai Chi - The 24 Forms
This video does an excellent job of presenting the 24 forms of this style of Tai Chi. Each form is demonstrated one at a time and at different angles to help the student learn each form. Great video for the beginner or a supplement for a present student of Tai Chi. I highly recommend this video.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Siddhartha -Hermann Hesse
Siddhartha is the iconic novel of the sixties beat author Herman Hesse. An absolute must read for both spiritual seekers and non-seekers.
Siddhartha's life takes him on a journey toward enlightenment. A fire with youthful idealism, the Brahmin joins a group of ascetics, fasting and living without possessions. Meeting Gotama the Buddha, he comes to feel this is not the right path, though he also declines joining the Buddha's followers. He reenters the world, hoping to learn of his own nature, but instead slips gradually into hedonism and materialism. Surfeited and disgusted, he flees from his possessions to become a ferryman's apprentice, learning what lessons he can from the river itself.
Like Hermann Hesse's other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn individualism. His final epiphany challenges both the Buddhist and the Hindu ideals of enlightenment. Neither a practitioner nor a devotee, neither meditating nor reciting, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader's ear down to hear answers from the river.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
10 Questions for the Dalai Lama [SOUNDTRACK]
The experience of listening to the music on this soundtrack, by multi Grammy nominated pianist/composer Peter Kater, is best described as sublime. With guest appearances by chanting Tibetan monk and teacher Tulku Orgyen, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog, and Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, the listener is beckoned to step off the plateau of worldly affairs into the realm of self-realization and divine grace. The Tibetan bowls, cello, piano, strings, chants and flutes add to the music’s sweet spiritual seduction and give the listener the sense that the questions, once so seemingly urgent and consuming, have already been answered and dissolved by beautiful strains of flowing harmony and musical bliss.
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Not a lot of info for this album, mostly Ambient music mixed with some Traditional strings and flute, enjoy.
:: TRACKLIST ::
01. Bamboo Garden - Toshiro (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
02. Haiku - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
03. Kapok Tree - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
04. Moonlight Pine - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
05. Smile - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
06. Morning - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
07. Winter Sun - (R.Deckard) Ever Publishing
01. Mumon Says - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
02. Washing The Bowl - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
03. Koan - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
04. The Stick - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
05. Cha No Yu - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
06. Beyond Ye & No - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
07. The Ink & The Brush - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
08. Snow - (G.Mondarini) Spyro Publishing
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Over the past few years, the music of Tibetan monks has gained a massive audience, with Western listeners finding refuge from the rat race in the songs and chants of the East. Those same medicinal qualities are at the core of this breathtaking collaboration between veteran guitar wizard and ECM recording artist Steve Tibbetts and Choying Drolma, a Buddhist nun whom Tibbetts met and recorded at a monastery in Nepal.
The highly anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed first release, 1997’s Cho, Selwa is a beautiful sound tapestry of haunting songs that evoke a sense of peace that cuts through any language barrier. Tibbetts has one of the most recognizable guitar styles in the world and his subtle arrangements mixed with percussion from his long time collaborator Marc Anderson perfectly frame Drolma’s unforgettable voice.
This dynamic tape follows Watts as he uncovers the secrets of Zen and solves some of life's essential mysteries. These engaging segments were drawn from several live performances by one of the most entertaining philosophers of our time. With his unusual wit and wisdom Watts shows how questions about the meaning of life and the identity of the true self are elegantly resolved in the way of Zen.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This is a two hour video in iPod format. The author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying explaines what meditation actually is - probably simpler than you thought it would be . A world-renowned Buddhist teacher from Tibet, Sogyal Rinpoche is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.
Insight Meditation - Sharon Salzberg & Joseph Goldstein
Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1970, and has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (Vipassana or Insight Meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma-viharas). She is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and the Forest Refuge, a new project for long term meditation practice. Sharon is the author of LOVINGKINDNESS: THE REVOLUTIONARY ART OF HAPPINESS and A HEART AS WIDE AS THE WORLD, by Shambhala Publications; LOVINGKINDNESS MEDITATION (audio) by Sounds True; and coauthor with Joseph Goldstein of INSIGHT MEDITATION, AN IN-DEPTH CORRESPONDENCE COURSE, also from Sounds True. She recently edited VOICES OF INSIGHT, an anthology of writings by vipassana teachers in the West, published by Shambhala. Sharon is currently writing a book about the spiritual quality of Faith.
Joseph Goldstein is a senior teacher of Insight (Vipassana) and Lovingkindness (Metta) Meditation. He studied with many leading Buddhist teachers in India, Burma, and Nepal and has led retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder and guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and The Forest Refuge, a new project for long term meditation practice. Joseph's books include THE EXPERIENCE OF INSIGHT; INSIGHT MEDITATION: THE PRACTICE OF FREEDOM; and SEEKING THE HEART OF WISDOM (with Jack Kornfield), published by Shambhala Publications. He is also coauthor with Sharon Salzberg of INSIGHT MEDITATION, AN IN-DEPTH CORRESPONDENCE COURSE (audio), published by Sounds True. Joseph is currently writing a new book, ONE DHARMA, on the integration of different Buddhist teachings and traditions.Torrentreactor
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Zen Teaching of Rinzai (The Record of Rinzai) by Irmgard Schloegl
Rinzai was the founder of one of the Main Schools of Zen Buddhism. This record of his life, written by his disciple, is one of the main texts of Zen. It contains the teachings, episodes from his training, and from his teaching career. This is the first complete translation of this important Zen text into the English Language.
“The Record of Rinzai’s teachings, the Lin-Chi Lu (Japanese Rinzai Roku), shows a character of immense vitality and originality, lecturing his students in informal and often somewhat “racy” language. It is as if Rinzai were using the whole strength of his personality to force the student into immediate awakening. Again and again he berates them for not having enough faith in themselves, for letting their minds ‘gallop around’ in search of something which they have never lost, and which is ‘right before you at this very moment.’ Awakening for Rinzai seems primarily a matter of ‘nerve’— the courage to ‘let go’ without further delay in the unwavering faith that one’s neutral, spontaneous functioning is the Buddha mind. His approach to conceptual Buddhism, to the students’ obsession with stages to be reached and goals to be attained, is ruthlessly iconoclastic.”
Short Cut to Nirvana
SHORT CUT TO NIRVANA is an award-winning documentary about the Kumbh Mela spiritual festival which takes place near Allahabad, India, every 12 years. The Kumbh Mela also happens to be the biggest gathering in history, attracting 70 million pilgrims! From this incredible event comes a powerful and uplifting message of harmony, unity and peace for all humanity. Yet almost no-one outside India has ever heard of the Kumbh Mela or its message. Until now...
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Mother Ganga is a stunningly beautiful documentary on India’s greatest river, the holy Ganges.
Join a spiritual journey that begins at Ganga Sagar on the Bay of Bengal where Ganga enters the sea, and ends 1600 miles later at Gomukh, high in the Himalayan Mountains where she appears. Along the way visit the holy sites of Mayapur where Lord Caitanya appeared, and Bodhgaya, Lord Buddha’s place of enlightenment. Witness the beautiful Ganga puja, worship performed to her golden waters at Benares, and the world’s largest fair, the Kumbha Mela at Prayag.
Witness the beautiful Ganga puja, worship performed to her golden waters at Benares, and the world’s largest fair, the Kumbha Mela at Prayag.
Be amazed by the austerities of mystic yogis in Rishikesh and finally ascend the towering peaks of the mighty Himalayas to discover Ganga’s mysterious source.
Throughout we hear timeless narratives from the ancient Vedas describing Ganga’s spiritual origin and the superhuman pastimes of India’s saints, demigods and heroes. State of the art special effects and animation artistically enhance the images giving us a glimpse into the transcendent nature of Ganga.
Ganga is a river inseparably bound to India’s culture and religion, a river worshiped by a billion people as a mother who sustains life and cleanses sins. Dive deeply; allow your heart to be carried away by the waters of Mother Ganga.
Sharath is described on the cover as “the foremost teacher of Ashtanga yoga today” and “the grandson of the founder of Ashtanga yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois”. The production value of this film is very high - it was shot at Eddie Stern’s New York Shala, in a simple yet soothing space. The editing by Dominic Corigliano is flawless, with multiple cameras displayed only when necessary and smooth transitions between postures. The menu to navigate to a particular posture is intuitive and highly practical. Sharath did the voice over, counting vinyasas and calling out asanas. However, the real value of this DVD lies in the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the most advanced Ashtanga Yoga practitioner in the world practicing the Primary Series. I have practiced the Primary Series probably more than a thousand times, and have seen others, from beginners to 20-year senior teachers practice it countless times. And yet Sharath’s practice had a quality to it that I had not seen before. http://www.ashtangaproductions.combitsnoop
Water Down the Ganges - Prem Joshua
The River Ganges plays an integral role in India’s everyday culture and spirituality. This watery ribbon feeds the land and cleanses the souls of millions on its winding journey from the Himalayas to the sea. Inspired by the legendary river’s mythic power, world travelers and long-time collaborators Prem Joshua and Manish Vyas, east-west alchemists of the highest order, invite you to take a trip down your "inner Ganges". Imbued with rich images of the East, Water Down the Ganges flows languidly from lush meditative ambience into rhythmic celebration of the great river of life.
Disciples of some of India’s most respected master musicians, Joshua and Manish present this masterfully crafted recording, a perfect balance between acoustic clarity and electronic boldness. Just as one never stands in the same river twice, Water Down the Ganges offers a refreshingly new experience with each listen.Rapidshare
Awareness - Anthony De Mello
The heart of Anthony de Mello's bestselling spiritual message is awareness. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis.
In short chapters perfect for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to our most submerged and darkest feelings. We need to identify them, accept them as our own, not let them rule us- and allow this new awareness to change us. This, de Mello says, is the key to courage, to taking risks, to becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace.
Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
ANTHONY DE MELLO was a Jesuit priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. He died suddenly in 1987. Among his many books are Sadhana and The Song of the Bird. J. Francis Stroud, the editor of Awareness, is a Jesuit priest who worked closely with Anthony de Mello.Rapidshare
Monday, September 15, 2008
Empty Cloud: The Teachings of Xu Yun
Hsu Yun was one of the most influential Chán masters of the past two centuries, and arguably the most important in modern Chinese history. Unlike Catholicism and other branches of Christianity, there was no organization in China that embraced all monastics in China, nor even all monastics within the same sect. Traditionally each monastery was autonomous, with authority resting on each respective abbot. This changed with the rule of the Communist Party. In 1953, the Chinese Buddhist Association was established at a meeting with 121 delegates in Beijing. The meeting also elected a chairman, 4 honorary chairmen, 7 vice-chairmen, a secretary general, 3 deputy secretaries-general, 18 members of a standing committee, and 93 directors. The 4 elected honorary chairmen were the Dalai Lama, the Panchen Lama, the Grand Lama of Inner Mongolia, and Hsu Yun himself. Though Chán is less well known in the West compared to Japanese Zen, the teachings of Hsu Yun have persisted within Asia, and he is still a major figure of Pure Land Buddhism in East Asia. Outside of China, the influence of his teachings is strongest in Southeast Asia, particularly in Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as the Americas, where his teachings were transmitted through well known monastic students such as Venerable Hsuan Hua and Venerable Jy Din Shakya.html version
Music for Zen Meditation by Riley Lee spins drifting melodies that fill a room with silence as much as sound. With titles like "Sea Breeze" and "Serenity Flows," the songs reflect nature's stillness, melodies mimicking the gentle rhythms of nature.
The soft tone, more glimpses than tune, is written to carry us towards our centers. A dai shihan, or grandmaster, of the ancient shakuhachi flute tradition, Lee guides us deeper and deeper into ourselves. He embraces the essence of zen, exploring it with only his flute for a guide. For centuries, the shakuhachi has been an instrument of zen, as much as seated meditation has. Both are tools to find the center. Playing this flute is a spiritual discipline, referred to as "blowing Zen," suizen. As the artist plays, he, his instrument, and his music all become one. Zen encompasses recognizing the oneness of everything, as it guides the listener into its depths.
For those of us with more secular interests, the music is soft and peaceful, unintrusive. For stretching or for background music, Music for Zen Meditation fills the room with its own serenity. The only sound present is Lee's solitary flute, a single instrument with only five finger holes. Yet it produces a wide range of sound, echoing mournfully and then whispering like wind song. These tones sound far more genuine than the synthesizers and artificial cries of gulls gyrating on today's relaxation tapes.
This double CD collection offers 25 mystical songs, full of soft tones, drawing the listener deeper and deeper into herself. From "In Time Suspended" to "Cascade," the music flows like a mountain stream, still and vibrant. It offers centeredness, oneness and mystery. For in the echo of its silence is music, while each tone contains an orchestra of meaning.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Passage to Buddha 'Hwaomkyung' (1993)
Director Jang Sun Woo might be best known for provocative, controversial films, such as “Lies, A Petal, and To You From Me”, but he has a quiet side as well. Winner of the Alfred-Bauer Prize at the 1994 Berlin Film Festival, “HwaOmKyung” (a.k.a. “Passage to Buddha”, one of Jang’s best works, is a quiet and evocatively beautiful meditation on life. Based on former monk and political activist Go Eun’s novel, “HwaOmKyung” is one of the best Buddhist-themed films Korea has produced. Oh Tae Kyung (Old Boy) gives a stunning performance as Seon Jae, a young boy who spends his life on the road in search of his mother. A modern unfolding of the Avatamsaka sutra, his spiritual odyssey leads him to telling encounters with strange people and, eventually, the essence of Buddhism.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mindfulness in modern Living - Venerable Mahinda
Born to a Chinese Peranakan family in Malacca, Venerable Mahinda was ordained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in 1976 under the tutelage of Venerable Dr K Sri Dhammananda. He undertook basic Buddhist studies and training in Sri Lanka and practised Buddhist meditation under several masters in Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Thailand. He is also acquainted with Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. He has travelled to more than 30 countries to spread the peace message of the Buddha. www.buddhistdoor.com
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here are the famous sutras, or sermons, of the Buddha; the gathas, or hymns; the intriguing philosophical puzzles known as koan; and the dharanis, or invocations to expel evil spirits. Included also are the recorded conversations of the great Buddhist monks — intimate dialogues on subjects of momentous importance. In addition to the written selections, all of them translated by Dr. Suzuki, there are reproductions of many Buddhist drawings and paintings, including religious statues found in Zen temples, each with an explanation of its significance, and the great series of allegorical paintings “The Ten Oxherding Pictures."
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Association with Truth - Adyashanti
Adyashanti’s nondual teachings have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. Expressing both the infinite possibilities and the ordinary simplicity of a spiritually realized life, Adyashanti’s teachings are directed to those who are sincerely called to awaken to their true nature and embody this life-changing realization.
Sacred Buddha - Sina Vodjani
Sina Vodjani - musician with the rich professional past. It were borne in Persii in 1954. Father is Persian, mother Frenchwoman. Childhood Sina passed immediately in three cities: Paris, Teheran and San Francisco, that it could not but be reflected in the creation, where interlaced immediately several absolutely not similar to each other cultures. In disk is a subtitle "it is devoted TO THE XVII Gyalwa Karmapa". Gyalwa Karmapa Is leader of one of four traditional directions of Buddhism [ Of karma By kag'yu - M.]. Line Gyalwa Karmapa is continuous here already 800 years. The previous leader of flow left the earth in 1981, after leaving after himself detailed indications relative to its reinkarnatsii. Thus, after 11 years, in 1992 was found Ogyen Trinley Dorje, WITH THE XVII Gyalwa Karmapa. Sina Vodjani - pianist and violinist - worked at the first disk with voice Karmapa. Those more interesting it was to him to be encountered and to write down the voice of his embodiment. Everything succeeded. Encounter took place, and result became the disk, to which entered 11 compositions.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Choying Drolma and the Nagi Nunnery Foundation sing songs and invocations of the Cho ("cutting") teachings based on the Prajnaparamita practices established by siddha Padampa Sangye and Machik Labdron. The delicate filigree of chants and supplications is beautifully and sparsely adorned by Tibbetts's treated guitars, percussion, and effects to create an otherworldly experience so alluring in its fragility it is easy to forget the strength of purpose behind these messages of generosity, loving kindness, and compassion through release of the ego. Far beyond the often superficial "new age," Cho is so rich in contemplation and spirituality that even a cursory listen can hardly fail to evoke a beneficial response, and this glorious tapestry of sound alone is enough homage to its 1,100-year legacy.
The Rough Guide to the Music of the Himalayas brings together a wide variety of musicians. This compilation album contains music by natives from the region and artists who let themselves be inspired by magnificence of the Himalaya mountain range where India, Nepal, Tibet, China and smaller entities like Ladakh and Bhutan meet.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Lama's Chants : Songs of Awakening
Buddhist chants and mantras are all the rage in yoga circles these days. Get an appealing western singer, create new melodies that border on pop, dress them up in electronica and world fusion rhythms, and off you go. Instant karma! But back in 1994, Jean-Philippe Rykiel took a different approach, bringing orchestral sensibilities to the chants of Lama Gyurme, a Buddhist monk from Bhutan. A blind French keyboardist who has worked with artists as varied as Jon Hassell and Salif Keita, Rykiel's approach to Gyurme's chants ranges from simple keyboard pads to more elaborate productions like "Hope for Enlightenment," with its majestic, faux-orchestra arrangement. But even the pads can be deceptively effective as on the nearly 25 minutes of "Calling the Lama from Afar" where synthesizers swell, change timbre, and turn from ruminative grumbles to quietly soaring angels as Lama Gyurme recites his prayers. The Lama's Chants was originally released in 1994. This reissue includes the original disc plus a second disc of live performances. Although Rykiel avoids many of the clichés, his arrangements aren't as inventive as those of Steve Tibbetts on his albums with the Tibetan nun Choying Drolma, Cho and Selwa. Tibbetts paints with meticulous detail and organic design while Rykiel settles for broad swathes and easy accompaniment. His arrangements are sensitive to Gyurme, but unlike the chants themselves, some of the sounds are dated, especially the Jan Hammer-like lead synth on "Offering Chant."
Monday, September 8, 2008
The Gift Of Wanting- Adyashanti
ADYASHANTI dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. The author of Emptiness Dancing, The Impact of Awakening, and My Secret is Silence, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings that have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages.
Open Gate Sangha is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to support the teachings of Adyashanti. Hosting events throughout the United States and Canada, along with retreats and gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area, it has brought Adyashanti's teachings to thousands of people from diverse traditions. The organization is supported by volunteers who form the heart of the community.
A Year in Tibet (BBC)
Intimate documentary series following a year in the life of the society living in and around Gyantse, Tibet's third largest town. The Panchen Lama, the highest ranking Buddhist living in Tibet today, pays an unexpected visit to the local monastery and throws the monks into turmoil. A local hotel owner is worried about the lack business. In the nearby village of Tangmai, a young farmers wife is rushed into hospital with complications with her pregnancy.
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