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Tibetan Sand Mandala

Losang Samten’s intricate sand paintings carry many kinds of meanings. Mandalas represent aspects of the universe. Samten says, “First and foremost these mandalas are a form of communication through art. They tell stories that have meaning for Tibetans and other Buddhists, and for humanity in general. The witnessing of patience in the creative process helps observers find patience and perseverance within themselves.” “The Wheel of Life” mandala is shaped around a base of images representing acknowledgement and rejection of anger, greed and ignorance – three poisons in human existence.

Helping observers focus on ways to avoid these poisons, the ‘painting’ of ‘The Wheel of Life’ reinforces Buddhist notions of impermanence and rebirth, and the potential within each person for compassion and joy. If we distance ourselves from anger, greed, and ignorance, this design shows us, in this life and in future existences we’ll have opportunities to learn how to improve ourselves as well as to help others enhance the quality of their lives.

 


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New Chinese President Looking to Religion to Fill Moral Void

Corruption has become so bad in China, the new president is now looking to religion to potentially fill the moral void.

The predictions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, might come forward with humane reforms in dealing with Tibet appear to be coming true. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Sept. 30, 2013, “Xi Jinping hopes traditional faiths can fill moral void in China: sources.” Continue reading


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One Earth Sangha – Climage Change from the Insight Meditation Community

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As you may have heard, President Obama today unveiled his second-term plan to address climate change. His speech envisioned three obligations for America: ”cutting carbon pollution in America, leading international efforts to cut global emissions, and preparing the U.S. for the costly impacts of climate change.” You can read the full transcript here, and watch it online here.

Al Gore hailed the speech as “the best address on climate by any president ever.” Indeed, it creates an important and necessarly moral mandate for the country.

Though the President’s involvement is important, climate change is a problem that requires “all hands on deck.” Policy-making is crucially important, yes, but we all need to be involved in our own ways — including Buddhist communities. Continue reading