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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.
Padmasambhava - Founder of Tibetan Buddhism
Padmasambhava, an Indian Buddhist master, came to Tibet at the invitation of a Tibetan King to teach, thus creating the founding teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.
Mugai Nyodai, First Woman to Head a Zen Order
The life of Mugai Nyodai, medieval Zen Buddhist nun credited with becoming the first woman to head a Zen order, and author of a famous Zen awakening poem.
Movies with Buddhist Themes
Many wonderful Buddhist movies have been made in recent years, but what about movies that don't explicitly feature Buddhism, but might be said to explore Buddhist themes? Here's a list of some of my favorites - films exploring the nature of reality, consciousness, awakening, rebirth, and karma.
Mindfulness for Healing Trauma
A growing number of psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners are incorporating Buddhist-based meditation and mindfulness practices into their therapeutic work, especially with trauma victims. Explore how this may help you or someone you know.
Metta or Lovingkindness Meditation
Metta, or 'lovingkindness', meditation is a beautiful spiritual practice common to many Buddhist schools that anyone can practice and benefit from, Buddhist or not. It begins by helping us cultivate feelings of self-love, and concludes with feelings of metta towards all beings.
Mandala of the Enlightened Feminine CD Set
This 5-CD audio course from Lama Tsultrim Allione introduces a set of practices for transforming our unenlightened aspects into enlightened wisdom. An excellent introduction to Tantra and the dakini principle.
Machig Labdron, Mother of Chod
Machig Labdron was an eleventh-century woman Tibetan Buddhist teacher and lineage holder who helped establish the Tibetan Chod Tantric practice for transmuting inner demons.
Lunar New Year - 2010 Year of the Tiger
In addition to being Valentine’s Day in the west, Feb. 14th 2010 is the start of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Losar (Tibet and Bhutan.) Learn how this holiday has merged with Buddhist culture in some countries, and what predictions are for the Year of the Metal Tiger.
Jesus and Buddha – Practicing Across Traditions
Are you a Christian interested in Buddhism? A Buddhist interested in Christianity? An interfaith spiritual seeker? The documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions may offer you new insights into the connection points between these two spiritual traditions.
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