Update January 2011:
Here is some more news about the novice who recently had open-heart surgery in Sri Lanka. He is back at his monastery but still needs monitoring.
The puja that day was the Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūjā. Kṣitigarbha is believed to look after the dead and visits the lower regions in order to save living beings. Indeed he has made a vow not to attain Nirvana until the hells are empty.
This is a collection of photographs from the Moral Uplifting Society in Bukit Mertajam. The Society is ecumenicist in outlook, and there are pictures of Confucius, Buddha, Lao-Tze, Jesus and Mohammad hung over the main shrine.
Here is some wonderful classical Indonesian music from West Java. The music is still very popular in Java and wherever you go in the country you can always hear the melodious music being played, and also find classical concerts to attend.
I made this poster about the Five Strengths some time ago to accompany a talk I gave on the subject.
Photographs of a Chinese temple dedicated to the god Tua Peh Kong in Kampong Baru, Bukit Mertajam.
Here Ajahn Suthep discusses how he has taken Luangpor Teean’s original technique and extended it to include many other things.
Here is a short video I made last year of Ajahn Suthep demonstrating the practice of Dynamic Meditation.
Here are four magical sand animation films by Ferenc Cakó set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which is one of the most evocative pieces in the Western Classical repetoire.
Earlier in the month I went for a tour of some of the temples in Bukit Mertajam and will be publishing the results over the next couple of weeks.
Ajahn Suthep explains how he was living in the jungles of Thailand in the 70s fighting with the communists. And how it was that he eventually became interested in Dhamma, met Luangpor Teean and ordained.
In this video Ajahn gives an introduction to Basic Dynamic Meditation showing how to get started with the technique.
I decided to write my own Multi-Calculator which would show all the operations I was trying to perform in the interface, and I am now making it available as a freeware download for Windows..
Here are 10 minutes of magic on the Bansuri (Indian Bamboo Flute) from Prasad Bhandarkar, one of the leading disciples of Hari Prasad Chaurasia, accompanied by some friends on the Mood India series.
When I was at the Taiping Temple I became quite expert at quite quickly getting up what I hope were eye-catching and attractive posters in an attempt to interest people in our events.
“Impermanent indeed, are (all) processes, arisen they have the nature to decay, after arising they come to cessation, the stilling of them is blissful.”
In the second of this series Ajahn talks more about his teacher, the great Thai master Luangpor Teean and the influence he has had on Ajahn’s life and work.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2010: As far as I know this particular appeal is now over, but still I would like to mention that Ven. Sanghasena is involved in on-going good works amongst the Ladakhi people, and this is a good temple to support.
As a follow up to yesterday’s post I am including this story about the young Bodhisatta and his cousin Devadatta. The story originally appear in the Abhinishkramanasutta, but the retelling here is by the Sri Lankan monk Ven. Sīlacāra.