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Buddhist baby blessing

A couple of weeks ago, my newborn son and I received a blessing from a Buddhist monk, in hospital here in the UK. He recited some words to each of us in a foreign language, and then tied yellow threads on our wrists. I would love to know what the words meant, and the significance of the thread, if anyone knows? Thanks!
posted by prune on Aug 8, 2014 - 1 answer

Buddhist Blogs

Can you recommend some good blogs with a Buddhist perspective? [more inside]
posted by meese on Jul 4, 2014 - 12 answers

I want to learn about the history of Zen.

Alan Watts, in some of his lectures, tells stories of the experiences of Zen teachers and their students- a sort of mystic, mythic history from ages past. Are there books of these sorts of legends? [more inside]
posted by drd on Mar 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Shopping around for Buddhism

I'm trying to figure out whether my local Triratna Buddhist organisation will be a fit for what I think I want from Buddhism. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Dec 16, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the differences between Karma Kagyu and Shambhala?

I've been practicing with a Karma Kagyu group, but I know Shambhala was started by Trungpa Rinpoche, a lineage holder of Kagyu. What are the differences between the teachings?
posted by swizzle_stik on Oct 28, 2013 - 2 answers

"That which I do not forgive in you lies unforgiven within myself."

I love this quote. It carried me through (and continues to carry me through) a very tough time in my life. I'm considering getting it tattooed on myself. Problem: I can't find its primary source. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Aug 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Sci-Fi stories involving the Maitreya Buddha

Are there any sci-fi stories that involve the future appearance of the Maitreya Buddha? Looking for stories where the character is primarily identified as the Maitreya, rather than general "Second Coming" stories where the character could conceivably belong to a number of different soteriological interpretations.
posted by Greg Nog on Jul 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Buddhism for Beginners.

I'm in the midst of a terrible months-long depression and a friend of mine recommended I look into Buddhism. I'm willing to try anything, but I have no idea where to start and the Buddhist literature is pretty overwhelming. Buddhist MeFites, extend to me your enlightened hands and tell me what books to read, websites to check out, etc.
posted by ScarletSpectrum on May 27, 2013 - 37 answers

Did Jesus travel to India?

I have heard a rumor that some people believe that Jesus traveled to India and learned Buddhist ideas. The theory is that perhaps this occurred during Jesus' early adulthood, before he started preaching during his 30s. But I am a bit skeptical. Do you know where this idea comes from? Do you think it is probable? Are there books or movies that I should watch about this theory? Any insight would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams on Apr 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Meditation Center/ (Buddhist) in Chicago and Buddhist therapist

I used to practice at a Buddhist Center in Columbus, Ohio (KTC, on Grubb St). I am trying to find a center in Chicago. I really love the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. I also enjoy podcast teacher Gil Fronsdal from the Insight Meditation Center in Cali, which is in the Vipassana tradition. I also enjoy Deer Park Dharma cast which is associated with Thich Nhat Hanh. I would like to find a center in Chicago to help me build a mediation practice, and obviously, mediate with others. To be able to listen to great dharma talks in person, not just on my ipod. And, to be a part of a community. It just doesn't feel the same listening on my ipod, you know? I do not have a car. I have gone to weird a$$ places in Asheville, NC, where random people start there own sangas and ask you for $, and I and not up for that. So, I thought it to be better to ask here than to do the google search. Please let me know if you have thoughts on where I can find a practice center. Also, I know that there is a school of Buddhist Psychology. Where might I find a Buddhist Therapist in Chicago?
posted by TRUELOTUS on Mar 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Buddhist meditation retreat in the eastern US/Canada?

I'm looking for a good meditation retreat center somewhere not too far from the midwest. I'm interested in vipassana meditation, although I wouldn't mind branching out. Mainly I want to find a place with good teachers. [more inside]
posted by melaleuca on Mar 5, 2013 - 12 answers

Books about the Bodhisatva of Wisdom?

Can anyone recommend books about the bodhisattva Manjushri? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Dec 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Looking for Buddhist text

What's the text in which the Buddha tells his disciples to not believe something just because it's written in a book, but to search within the heart?
posted by Tom-B on Oct 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Anyone know anything about Vipassana Retreats?

Anyone know anything about Vipassana Retreats? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 on Aug 24, 2012 - 20 answers

A Buddhist reader

I would like to read some of the Buddhist sutras but I have no idea where to start. I am looking for both A) a wide (not limited to a single tradition) anthology I could use to get an overview of what is available and to guide further reading and B) sutras that are particularly well translated into English and/or have a particularly good commentary.
posted by jarekr on Aug 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Buddhism for Middle Class Methodists

I belong to a progressive congregation of the United Methodist Church, and we often host educational series exploring other religions/belief systems (our congregation isn't of the "one true path to God" variety). This fall, we're planning a series on Buddhism. Our adult education committee has tasked me with selecting a book to study. [more inside]
posted by girlbowler on Jun 22, 2012 - 13 answers

What's your favorite way to cultivate compassion?

I need more compassion. I'm semi-Buddhist. What's your favorite guided meditation or other focused technique? [more inside]
posted by ceiba on May 30, 2012 - 13 answers

How does the Buddhist understanding of enlightenment compare with the Western Age of Enlightenment?

How does the Buddhist understanding of enlightenment compare with the Western Age of Enlightenment? People who we might now call children of the Enlightenment--Chomsky, Hitchens, Dawkins, deGrasse Tyson, Pinker, and so on--have a way of relating to ethical questions that is very similar to the teachings of the Buddha. There is an understanding that human suffering is a problem to be overcome, and that it can be overcome through understanding things as they are and engaging productively in the physical world, rather than getting caught up in metaphysical abstractions which, stemming from delusion, greed, and aversion, prolong cycles of suffering. [more inside]
posted by jwhite1979 on May 23, 2012 - 33 answers

Now that I'm enlightened, I'm just as miserable as ever

"Now that I'm enlightened, I'm just as miserable as ever". John Cage repeatedly retold this story, attributed to Suzuki -- but where is the original? [more inside]
posted by susanvance on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Alternative to God?

What if you don't believe in God anymore? What then? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on May 6, 2012 - 63 answers

Baoche fanning himself

I am hoping to find a Japanese calligraphic drawing of a specific Zen story/koan. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Apr 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Vien-Suong-Loi incense

Vien-Suong-Loi. Spiral, hanging incense from Vietnam. Where can I find it in NY? [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Mar 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Finding the right Buddhist meditation center in Toronto

Help me find the right Buddhist meditation center in Toronto. More info inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Point Me to Good Histories of Ancient India

I need recommendations for histories of ancient India, with particular emphasis on the role/influence of the Hellenic states, development of Buddhism, what might have happened to the Indo-Greeks in the longer term, etc. Also, it would be interesting to read about Alexander's invasion and its aftermath from the Indian viewpoint, i.e, by Indian scholars using Indian sources.
posted by justcorbly on Mar 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Buddhism: Details on what a man does following enlightenment

Once a man has reached enlightenment, and finds the ultimate peace and bliss merely sitting in meditation, regardless of his surroundings, does he have motivation for leaving this position and doing anything at all in the world? See extended explanation... [more inside]
posted by mondotwistedmojo on Feb 29, 2012 - 40 answers

Buddhist way to honor a friend's death in Laos?

I'm in Luang Prabang, Laos right now and tomorrow is the one month anniversary of a friend's death. I would like to go to the temple and do something, but I'm not sure what the custom is. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

Movies about ancient India or China?

Movies about Ancient Chinese or Indian history or culture? [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Jan 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Buddhist with Life Goals & Desires?

How can I not be an apathetic Buddhist? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Nov 2, 2011 - 21 answers

Buddhist Sidewalking Scraping?

What was this (presumably Buddhist) guy doing? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Nothing to do with the Emerald City

The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony begins by recapitulating and rejecting themes from the first three movements. What is being symbolically rejected? A friend of mine says the Ninth is about the Brahmaviharas, the four immeasurables. The first three movements represent compassion, benevolence, and equanimity, all of which are rejected by the fourth in favour of joy, hence the Schiller. As a personal interpretation I think this works quite well, but the idea that Buddhist doctrine is what Beethoven (or Schiller for that matter) had in mind is surely bonkers. So what did Beethoven have in mind? The sources I've found say 'nobody knows'.
posted by Segundus on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Buddhist Mythology

Recommendation for a book of Buddhist mythology? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Apr 25, 2011 - 6 answers

How to sit without sitting

In Buddhist traditions that emphasize sitting meditation (thinking about Zen here, but curious about others too) how are people who are physically unable to maintain proper sitting posture expected/advised to meditate? I was curious in particular about those who had been disabled in some way (paralysis etc) and in historical answers to the question.
posted by StrikeTheViol on Mar 3, 2011 - 18 answers

Christian/Buddhist Scripture

Looking for specific quotes from Buddhist and Christian scripture on two particular themes. [more inside]
posted by mellifluous on Jan 24, 2011 - 11 answers

Buddhism resources in West LA?

Can you suggest Buddhist resources - churches, sanghas, gompas, meditation groups, communities - in the Los Angeles Area? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me better understand Buddhism, interconnectedness and consciousness

Can you help me understand a little more about Buddhism so I can enjoy both sides of the discussion in a particular book? [more inside]
posted by studentbaker on Jan 6, 2011 - 13 answers

A book to help me get through the loss of my mother.

I'm losing my mother. I'm looking for a book to help me deal with the pain. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me learn about ancestor worship

I want to learn about ancestor worship, particularly as practiced in China and by Buddhists. [more inside]
posted by swift on Sep 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Can I get off the rollercoaster and take the monorail?

How did your everyday life change when you became a Buddhist? I'm especially interested in hearing from people who have moved from a Western religious tradition to Buddhist practice. I'm also most drawn to Tibetan Buddhism, but would be glad to hear from practitioners in any Buddhist tradition. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Jun 28, 2010 - 16 answers

Religion's Greatest Hits

What was the world's largest religion before Christianity, and when did Christianity overtake it in size? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 12, 2010 - 19 answers

Beanplating Buddhism

Can you explain to me (or point to resources that explain to me) a couple of apparent metacontradictions in Buddhism? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jun 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Buddha for Dead White Males

What are some good resources on Buddhism for someone who wants to remain attached to Western scientific rationalism? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Mar 10, 2010 - 35 answers

Hello, Dharma

Any MeFites attend the SF Insight meditations at the Unitarian church on Franklin? Or any Dharma Punx here? Anyone have experience with a more strictly zen sangha in the city? [more inside]
posted by muscat on Feb 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for an online Buddhist discussion forum.

Do you know of any good online Buddhist discussion forums? I used to frequent e-sangha, but it's been down for some time. I prefer that it be diverse or at least inclusive of Zen.
posted by desjardins on Dec 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Everyday Buddha

My fledgling Buddhist Dharma Punx meditation/discussion group expressed at our first meeting last week that they would like readings on "rubber meets the road" Buddhism, or the practical application of Buddhist principles in everyday life. Whatcha got, Mefi? No more inside!
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Aug 27, 2009 - 15 answers

Found Fantastic Buddhist Quote, Looking For Its Origin

What is the origin of this quote - "We're as dead now as we'll ever be."? [more inside]
posted by jay.eye.elle.elle. on Aug 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Differences between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism?

What are the basic differences between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Jul 14, 2009 - 9 answers

How to become a Buddhist Monk

I want to become a Buddhist monk at some point in my life and live out my days in a authentic monastery, preferably in a traditionally Buddhist country. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Jun 3, 2009 - 18 answers

What's that Confucianism/Buddhism quote?

Trying to remember a quote relating to Confucianism and Buddhism and comparing them to different types of stores. [more inside]
posted by Anoxs on May 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Schools of Meditation

What are the differences between Zen and Vipassana meditation? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on May 7, 2009 - 6 answers

Decoding a Buddhist mural

Curious to find help in decoding a Buddhist mural... [more inside]
posted by garethspor on May 5, 2009 - 3 answers

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