‘Kubo and the Two Strings’

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Filmmaker Travis Knight talks about the Buddhist elements in the just released animated movie, ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’:

“Q: There’s a strain of Buddhism throughout the film — this idea that lives don’t end with death and live on in memories. Apart from it being set in Ancient Japan, where did that come from?
Knight: My mother-in-law and her family are Buddhists. That kind of spirituality is not something you typically see in film. I think it spoke to the basic idea about losing something that matters to you, which is a fundamental part of life. You don’t get through life unscathed. Being able to explore those ideas through the prism of fantasy and animation really allows parents and children to experience those things together, in a way they can understand. Sometimes these ideas are difficult to articulate, but in a film, if done in a poetic way, those things…

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Lecture: The Diamond Sutra: A Story of Printing, Piety, and Preservation on the Silk Road

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Diamond Sutra, 868 CE, ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. © The British Library Board Diamond Sutra, 868 CE, ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. © The British Library Board

June 5, 2016
4:00 pm
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Free | Advance ticket required
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Susan Whitfield, the director of the International Dunhuang Project, will take us on a journey of exploration of the many facets of the Diamond Sutra (a sacred Mahayana Buddhist text), which dates from 868 and is the world’s oldest dated complete printed book. Found in Cave 17, also known as the Library Cave, it was one of a cache of some 40,000 objects that were sealed up for a millennium before their rediscovery in the 1900s.

About the Presenter
Susan Whitfield is curator of Central Asian Manuscripts at the British Library and director of the International Dunhuang Project, an initiative to conserve, catalogue, digitize, and research archaeological material from the eastern Silk Road. Her main research…

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What About Now? – Khaydroup visits Long Beach Meditation

Khaydroup at Long Beach Meditation

Khaydroup at Long Beach Meditation

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Now’s the Time – César visits Long Beach Meditation

Cesar visits Long Beach Meditation

César visits Long Beach Meditation

 

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Buddhify Your Android

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Need some calm in your life?  Feeling spiritually dissatisfied? Maybe it’s your job, city, love life. Maybe the world is out of whack—politically, economically, or environmentally. Maybe it’s the constant barrage of information and shallow exchanges you face spending hours each day online. Maybe it’s just the human condition. The reasons don’t matter. As with just about every other problem in the digital age, a technological solution is available for a price. Relaxation? Focus? Enlightenment? There’s an app for that.

 

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O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,

"O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie," by Philip Appleman, from Selected Poems (University of Arkansas).

“O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie,”
by Philip Appleman, from Selected Poems (University of Arkansas).

I thought I’d share this wonderful poem since we have been on the topic of “karma” the last few weeks. Enjoy!

Getty to show exact replicas of art-filled Buddhist caves in China

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Mogao Grottoes in China The Mogao Grottoes, a vast network of 492 caves in China, are covered with Buddhist murals. Exact replicas of three of the painted caves will come to the Getty Center in a 2016 show that also will include artifacts from the caves. (Neville Agnew / J. Paul Getty Trust)

Los Angeles Times

By MIKE BOEHM

The Getty will mount an exhibition rising from a 26-year art conservation project it has sponsored in China

Exact, roofed-in replicas of three Chinese Buddhist temple caves and their murals to go on display at Getty

Showing replicas of artworks instead of the real thing is usually anathema to an art museum, but the J. Paul Getty Trust on Tuesday showed why that rule has its exceptions.

The Getty Trust fleshed out details of its 2016 exhibition “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road,” which will include complete, exact, walk-in replicas of…

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