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Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese Buddhism
Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been in the news lately, due to her trial for accepting a visitor while under house arrest. What is less often discussed is the fact that she is Buddhist, and that Buddhism has played a prominent role in the development of her political philosophy.
Interest in Buddhism in the West has partly been spurred on by the many sports and entertainment personalities that have said they are Buddhist (or have been rumored to be.) Here's a partial list, setting the record straight on a few.
Yantra Yoga - History and Book Review
Yantra Yoga is one of the few Buddhist-based yogas taught in the West today. Learn more about this ancient practice, the definitive book recently published about it, and the Tibetan Buddhist school of which it is a part.
Yeshe Tsogyal - Tibetan Woman Buddhist Master
Yeshe Tsogyal was a Tibetan princess who through her relationship with Padmasambhava, the Indian master who brought Buddhism to Tibet, became an enlightened Buddhist teacher and the most revered female figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
Movies are a great way to learn about Buddhism, and there are many available. Here's a list of Buddhist feature films and documentaries, all of which are readily available for rental or purchase.
Pajapati - Stepmom to Buddha and First Nun
Maha Pajapati Gotami was the Buddha's foster mother, raising him from infancy, and as an adult persuaded him to allow an order of Buddhist nuns, one of the first women religious orders in the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh's Peaceful Action, Open Heart
The Venerable Zen master, bestselling author, and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh has recently re-released his lovely commentary on the Lotus sutra, one of the defining teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, which states anyone can become a Buddha.
Bodhidharma - First Patriarch of Zen Buddhism
Many legends are associated with the life of Bodhidharma, first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, including his association with the famous Shaolin Temple in China, and by extension, Chinese martial arts.
Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate - Review
This latest release from punk rocker/Zen master/Buddhist blogger Brad Warner cuts through any delusions you may have about Buddhist teachers, while providing an entertaining introduction to Zen Buddhism.
10 Frequently Asked Questions About Buddhism
Answers to 10 frequently asked questions about Buddhism. This is the place to start if you are new to Buddhism - or even if you're not.
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