Tag Archives: Buddha

State of meditation lasting 1,000 years

This 1000 year old Chinese bronze sculpture of Buddha holds more than is obvious to the naked eye. It holds the mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Liuquan, a master of the Chinese Meditation School, at least this is who … Continue reading

Posted in Buddha | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Silver Maple

The 125 year old silver maple in our backyard just got a trim. Long overhanging branches hovering over our house and over the neighbors’ yards were cut off relieving some of the weight on the crotch of the tree. This old … Continue reading

Posted in poetry, tree | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Guru Purnima

Today is the Indian festival of Guru Purnima, a celebration of  gratitude to teachers, both academic and spiritual. In sanskrit, gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of that darkness. Purnima means full moon and this day … Continue reading

Posted in sacred, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I am awake

In the context of sakura (cherry blossoms) blooming in Japan, Hana Matsuri, The Japanese Flower Festival, celebrates the birth of Buddha some 2500 years ago. To commemorate this auspicious day is the following traditional story adapted from Art of Dharma. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Buddha | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gentle ember of story

JB and I just finished the puzzle “The death of the historical Buddha” by Hanabusa Itcho. It was actually a pretty complex puzzle. We had it out in the living room where we had continual access to it. It was … Continue reading

Posted in animals, art, artist, Buddha | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Buddhas in the ‘hood

Indira Freitas Johnson has carried out a new public works arts project, in collaboration with Ten Thousand Ripples, which embodies her belief in tolerance and dialogue, peace and communication. She has made 100 castings of a partial Buddha head and placed … Continue reading

Posted in art, artist, Buddha, chicago, compassion, peace | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Vesak Day

This morning during advisory, one of my students handed me a Vesak card which was designed by her father. This auspicious day, the first full moon in May (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia) commemorates Buddha’s birth, death, and … Continue reading

Posted in Buddha, compassion | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments