Thursday, 18 May 2017

Breaking News

Breaking News - Dog meat is being banned from the notorious Yulin Festival in China that takes place in just a few weeks.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

FULL MOON - Vesakha Puja - Transformation

Just as a sweet-smelling and beautiful lotus 
can grow from a pile of discarded waste, 
the radiance of a true disciple of the Buddha 
outshines dark shadows cast by ignorance. 

Dhammapada v. 58-59

Perhaps there are times when we look at all the garbage we find stored in our minds and feel disheartened. This 'discarded waste' is the consequences of previous unawareness. But we can choose how we are going to view these consequences - the regrets, embarrassments and resentments to which we are still clinging.

We are not obliged to assume it must always be that way. Before he was the Buddha, Siddarttha Gotama struggled; the Teachers we all look up to have struggled; and we too all struggle when we are not seeing clearly.

What matters, here and now, is what we do with the struggle. The Buddha's Awakening offered the world a vision of that which is possible. Our task as disciples of the Buddha is to uncover the possibilities within us; not to assume that the detritus of ignorance which we encounter inside ourselves is what defines us. When compost is properly processed, it transforms into valuable nutriment.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Buddha Statue Saved for Kabul museum

I came across this amazing picture of a Statue of the Buddha which was found in a copper mine in Afghanistan. It is thought to be around 1,800 years old but you can still see the original colours.


Having withstood time, the elements, looters and war, this spectacular Buddha was restored and removed from one of Afghanistan's most dangerous regions to make its public debut in the country's national museum.

The exceptionally well-preserved piece, with its colours still vibrant, was found in 2012 at the Mes Aynak site about 40 kilometres southeast of Kabul, in the now Taliban controlled Logar province.

Its discovery was made possible after a Chinese consortium began digging a massive copper mine that uncovered an ancient monastery complex stretching out over an area of four square kilometres.