Bhante Guttasīla remembers Ven Ñāṇavimala (Video)

Bhante Guttasila

An edited video of a conversation I had with the NZ monk Bhante Guttasīla detailing his recollections of Ven Ñāṇavimala.

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Traditional Lao-Isaan songs telling the Life of the Buddha

Angkhanang-Khunchai

A wonderful collection of videos featuring Angkhanang Khunchai singing traditional Loa-Isaan songs outlining the Life of the Buddha.

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Bhante Anandajoti: 1. The Early Life of the Buddha

Buddha

A video made around a talk given about the period from the Bodhisatta’s renunciation, up to the Awakening, and the first year thereafter.

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Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: The Untold Truth

Dr. Ambedkar

An epic film about the life of the great Indian social reformer Dr. Babsaheeb Ambedkar.

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The Teachings of Pra Acharn Tippakorn Sukhito

Acharn Tippakorn

Three videos by Jörg Dittmar made over a period of about a decade based on the teachings of Pra Acharn Tippakorn Sukhito

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Sita Sings the Blues

Sita Sings the Blues

A modern retelling of the Ramayana story by Nina Paley featuring the music of the 20s blues singer Annette Hanshaw.

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Siddhartha – A Musical Journey to Enlightenment

Siddhartha

Extracts from a musical produced by the vibrant Fo Shang Guan community in the Philippines tracing the Life of Siddhartha until his Awakening and his return to his home town – a special for Vesak.

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Somawati Stupa Vandana led by Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

Somawati Puja

Recollections of an impressive event in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka in 2004, and a video of a similar occasion from 2009.

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Video of Murals in Viharn Lai Kham, Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai

Crowd Scene

Video of murals inside Viharn Lai Kham, which date from the mid-19th century and illustrate two non-Canonical Jataka Stories, using pan and zoom techniques to animate the photographs.

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Buddha With A Thousand Hands (2008)

Avalokiteshvara Dance

Video of the China Disabled Peoples Performance Art Troupe, with their lead dancer, Tai Lihua, performing the famous Buddha with a Thousand Hands dance, recorded for German TV in 2008.

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Ajahn Suthep Teaching Qi Gong

Ajahn-Suthep-Revolutionary

Ajahn Suthep demonstrating his afternoon Qi Gong workout at Vivekavana in June, 2011.

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Nadja – Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

J. Robert Oppenheimer

The bulk of this film is made up of recordings of the awful destructive power of the atomic bomb filmed at various times and places and set to the music of Nadja, a Canadian drone doom band.

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Virginia Peck’s Buddha Head Paintings

Buddha Head

Here are some wonderful paintings by Virginia Peck of Buddha Heads. I am always happy to see artists reimagine the forms of the past, which shows that they are still alive and living in someone’s imagination.

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The Great Compassion Mantra Of Avalokitesvara

Great Compassion Mantra

This is a wonderful rendition of the third Great Compassion Mantra as found in the Chinese tradition with some beautiful images uploaded with the victims of the Japanese Tsunami in mind.

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Gobi by Boerte (Mongolian Music Video)

Mongolian Traditional Music

Imagine a full-scale music video of traditional Mongolian folk artists, beautifully photographed and edited, and that is somewhere near what we have here.

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Ajahn Brahm: Transcending Disasters

Ajahn-Brahm

Ajahn Brahm points out that it is not kamma which causes natural disasters, and what is important in such situations is our own kamma (actions) when faced with an emergency: can we respond skilfully and appropriately to the tradgedy that is unfolding?

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Ani Choying Drolma – Four Songs

Choying-Drolma

Four wonderful and heartfelt songs sung by the Tibetan Nun Ani Choying Drolma. The first is a music video recorded at the Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. The others were recorded live in Germany.

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Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East?

Haejin

This is a hauntingly beautiful and deeply meditative film by Bae Yong-kyun, who spent 7 years making and editing the film, which is permeated by Buddhist themes and is built up around Zen koans and Zen-like dialogue.

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Ajahn Karuniko: Right Speech

Ajahn-Karuniko

This is a video recording of a talk given by Ajahn Karuniko, the vice-Abbot of Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in England, on the subject of good and skilful speech. The talk is in English with Mandarin translation by Mr. Tan Ah Huat.

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Kashi Vishwanath Gange by Krishna Das

Krishna-Das-by-Ken-Wieland

For a number of years I lived in ashrams in India, before eventually retiring to Sri Lanka and ordaining. One of the things I remember most fondly about my time in the ashrams there was the Bhajan and Kirtan singing which generally took place each evening.

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