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By Joanna Piacenza, Web Manager, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
Few things in this world could pull me out of a six-month post-graduate-degree writing silence. Last week’s TIME cover managed to do so with vigor. Its presence and imagery choice stirred up issues about gender, beauty, race, religious marketing, and how the “face” of mindfulness and Buddhism in America hasn’t changed in over a decade.
My initial reaction to TIME’s “The Mindful Revolution” cover was pretty surface. I huffed and puffed about the fact that a prominent Western-based magazine was portraying Buddhism in such a Cover Girl way. Flawless make up, perfect bone structure, skin as supple as Snow White; this girl was getting a lot from the “Mindful Revolution.” What’s her secret?! Even the positioning of her head, tilting up as some sort of divine call-to-action, soaking up erethral rays, screamed Western Christianity. And yet, there, splashed above her bosom, was the Buddhist-themed headline.
I shared the photo — and some sort of sarcastic remark — with my social media network and called it a day. But then the wonderful Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religious New Service correspondent and all-around fantastic #religion tweeter, posted this side-by-side image… Read the rest of this entry »
Huffington Post: Welcome to Daily Life! Each week HuffPost World will transport you to one of the corners of the Earth through images that expose the beauty and tragedy of worlds you may have never before seen.
A Nepalese woman tries on a traditional Nepali cap on her son at Ason Market in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Ason Market is a traditional market and one of the oldest and popular markets in Katmandu. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP)
A Nepalese girl looks for snails, used for medicinal purpose, in a paddy field on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (Niranjan Shrestha/AP) Read the rest of this entry »
It Is 2020, iPhones appear ancient and Tweeting seems as old-fashioned as sending a fax.
It Is 2020, iPhones appear ancient and Tweeting seems as old-fashioned as sending a fax.
As we start one new decade, the science experts at BBC Focus magazine have revealed how technological advances will be shaping our lives as the next one comes into play.
So sit back and prepare to be amazed by a day in your life in 10 years’ time…
Your alarm clock goes off 15 minutes early because it is linked to the internet, and traffic reports predict delays due to a train strike.
The internet radio station streams the same music to every listener, but the HomeDJ service means that news, traffic and weather are local to you, and can be customised to provide the level of detail you want.
When you leave home, you carry on listening in your car – the first internet car radio was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in 2009.
Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the topic for centuries. From Malthus to The Limits to Growth, pessimists have built their case for a future blighted by overpopulation, starvation, and depleted resources as optimists have tried to assure them that everything would be OK. The pessimistic view has proven influential, setting the tone of environmental and policy debates.
But rather than cherry-picking anecdotes to fit an overarching narrative, we should find a new way to compare global problems. Together with 21 of the world’s top economists, I have tried to do just that, developing a scorecard spanning 150 years. Our idea was to measure the damage inflicted by 10 important problems—including health, education, air pollution, and climate change—on a comparable scale, without reinforcing one viewpoint or the other.
Using classic economic valuations of everything from lost lives to bad health, considering factors including forfeited income from illiteracy and increased hurricane damage from global warming, the economists found the cost of each of our problems for every year from 1900 to 2013, and then made predictions out to 2050. To estimate the size of the problem, they then compared the challenge to the total resources available to fix it. This gives us the size of the problem in percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Read the rest of this entry »
Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why White House is super-excited to announce the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.
By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP
Sleep crops up in unexpected places medically, as in the recent finding that for people suffering from bouts of depression, irregular sleep is often the first sign of an attack, and conversely, getting a good night’s sleep can help prevent the onset of depression. But the importance of sleep has become more global in recent years, involving it in obesity, for example, where bad sleep throws off the hormonal balance that tells the body when it’s hungry.
Even as sleep becomes more critical for all manner of bodily functions, this only highlights the mystery that is sleep. Sleep is certainly a physiological necessity, but neuroscience can hardly improve on Shakespeare’s observation after the guilty Macbeth cannot fall asleep.
Macbeth: Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary laborer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.
Even in our advanced scientific age sleep rules its own domain, remaining essential without telling us why. Babies spend most of their days sleeping, but why? Why do creative solutions sometimes arrive in our sleep or soon after waking? (“A problem difficult at night is often solved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” –John Steinbeck) Do plants go through rest cycles that are the equivalent of sleep? (Science’s inability to explain either the mechanisms or the purpose of sleep has been reduced to a geeky punchline: “The only well-established function of sleep is to cure sleeplessness.”)
Such puzzles have been made even more topical by a recent study in mice which showed that one of the roles of sleep may be to clear out the accumulated garbage from the brain. If this was the only explanation, however, then why do we need to spend one-third of our day unconscious — could evolution not have developed a system to clear out trash while we are awake (much like urination or defecation)? Read the rest of this entry »
The White House Photography Office picked out some of the best photos from the past year to give you an inside look at the presidency — and some of the best moments from 2013.
Here’s what you can expect:
President Obama singing Happy Birthday to First Lady Michelle Obama
Lots of Sunny and Bo
Visiting South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela
Some very adorable kids with the President
[Celebrity’s every word, moment and activity could be news and subject for debate and discussion. US President’s most of the activities could have global value and meaning. In 2013 Obama was sworn in for a second term and I would like to share the photos highlighting President Obama’s 2013 activities that I received two hours ago from White House.
After writing letter to President Obama on American shoe company issue with Buddha photos on shoes, I regularly receive emails from White House.]
January 11, 2013“President Obama walks with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the White House Colonnade after their meeting in the Oval Office. Afghanistan continued to occupy a lot of the President’s time during 2013.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
January 17, 2013“The President sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to the First Lady after greeting inaugural brunch guests in the Blue Room of the White House. Of course, the First Lady’s new hairstyle attracted a lot of attention.”(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Read the rest of this entry »
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
After training in biochemistry at the Institute Pasteur, Matthieu Ricard left science behind to move to the Himalayas and become a Buddhist monk — and to pursue happiness, both at a basic human level and as a subject of inquiry. Achieving happiness, he has come to believe, requires the same kind of effort and mind training that any other serious pursuit involves.
“Matthieu Ricard, French translator and right-hand man for the Dalai Lama, has been the subject of intensive clinical tests at the University of Wisconsin, as a result of which he is frequently described as the happiest man in the world.”
Ricard: ‘Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain’
A French genetic scientist may seem like an unusual person to hold the title – but Matthieu Ricard is the world’s happiest man, according to researchers.
The 66-year-old turned his back on Parisian intellectual life 40 years ago and moved to India to study Buddhism. He is now a close confidante of the Dalai Lama and respected western scholar of religion.
Now it seems daily meditation has had other benefits – enhancing Mr Ricard’s capacity for joy.
Neuroscientist Richard Davidson wired up the monk’s skull with 256 sensors at the University of Wisconsin as part of research on hundreds of advanced practitioners of meditation.
The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves – those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory – ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’, Davidson said.
The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, giving him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, researchers believe.
Research into the phenomenon, known as “neuroplasticity”, is in its infancy and Ricard has been at the forefront of ground-breaking experiments along with other leading scientists across the world.
‘We have been looking for 12 years at the effect of short and long-term mind-training through meditation on attention, on compassion, on emotional balance,’ he said.
‘We’ve found remarkable results with long-term practitioners who did 50,000 rounds of meditation, but also with three weeks of 20 minutes a day, which of course is more applicable to our modern times.’ Read the rest of this entry »
[लुम्बिनी-कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियान के कस्तो परिबेशमा किन शुरु गर्नु पर्यो लगायत अन्य बिभिन्न केही महत्वपूर्ण जानकारी सहित अस्ट्रेलियाबाट प्रकाशित नेपालीन्यूजको २०१४ सालको जनवरी अंकको पेज २०-२३ मा ब्यक्ति-ब्यक्तित्व अन्तर्गत epaper www.nepalinews.com.au मा प्रकाशित सामग्री epaper मा पढन त्यत्ति नरुचाउने केहीले पढनका लागि अन्य बिकल्पका बारेमा सोध्नु भएकोले अनलाइनमा पढने सुबिधा उपलब्ध गराउनका लागि यहाँ प्रकाशित गरिएको छ । प्रकाशित अंक अस्ट्रेलियामा मात्रै उपलब्ध गराइने ब्यबस्था छ । ]
By कृष्ण तिवारी, Editor Nepal News Australia
वेलायत रहँदादेखि नै श्रेष्ठले बुद्धका वारेमा आएका भ्रामक तथ्यलाई खरो रुपमा प्रतिवाद गरे । सन् २००९ मा भारतले बुद्धको जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनीलाई आफ्नै देशमा जन्मेको भनेर नक्कली लुम्बिनी निर्माण गरेको समाचारले श्रेष्ठको मन निकै छोयो । यसको न त सरकारले खण्डन गर्यो न त कुनै ठुला मिडिया नै यसको विरुद्धमा लागे । यस्लाई श्रेष्ठ सर्बपक्षीय मौनता भन्ने गर्छन । उनले भारतको रवैयाको विरुद्ध फेसबुक र इमेल मार्फत अभियानको सूत्रपात नै गरे जस्ले यो छोटो समयमा विश्वब्यापी रूप लियो ।
रामकुमार श्रेष्ठ – साधरण पहिरन, सरल स्वभाव, पेशाले सिभिल इन्जिनियर । बसाइ अस्ट्रेलिया मेलवर्न नजिकको शहर जिलोङ । कर्मभूमि अस्ट्रेलियालाई बनाए पनि आफ्नो सबै तनमन र समय भने मातृभूमिका निम्ति खर्चेका छन् । बिगत २००९ को डिसेम्बरदेखि उनी बुद्ध नेपालमा जन्मेका हुन् भन्ने विश्वब्यापी अभियानमा अहोरात्र खटिएर सबैको प्रसंशा बटुलिरहेका छन् । लुम्बिनी कपिलवस्तु दिवस अभियानका विश्व संयोजक समेत रहेका रामकुमार श्रेष्ठले एउटा सामान्य नागरिकका हैसियतले विश्वसामु चलाएको बुद्धसम्बन्धी अभियान अत्यन्तै प्रशंसनीय र अनुकरणीय छ ।
श्रेष्ठको जन्म विस. २०१९ सालमा गोरखा जिल्लाको धारापानी बजारमा भएको थियो । अध्ययनमा निकै मिहिनेती तथा मेधावी छात्रको रुपमा चिनिएका श्रेष्ठले विस. २०३६ सालमा गोरखाकै शक्ति माविबाट प्रथम श्रेणीमा प्रवेशिका उत्र्तिण गरे । पढाइ अबधिभर प्रथम श्रेणीले उनलाई संधै पच्छ्याइरह्यो ।
किसान परिवारमा जन्मेर हुर्केका श्रेष्ठको परिवारको आर्थिक स्थिति भने नाजुक नै थियो । अध्ययनमा मेधावी श्रेष्ठलाई प्रवेशिकापछि पढाउन गाउँका शिक्षकहरुले निकै जोड गरेपछि अशिक्षित आमाबुवाले उनलाई पढन काठमाण्डौ पठाएका थिए ।
प्रवेशिकापछि इन्जिनियरङ अध्ययनका लागि उनी काठमाडौ पुल्चोक क्याम्पसमा भर्ना भए । छात्रवृतिमा अध्ययन गरेका श्रेष्ठले पुल्चोक क्याम्पसमा राम्रो अंक ल्याएर उच्च शिक्षाको लागि रसिया सरकारको छात्रवृतिमा सिभिल इन्जिनियरिङमा मास्टर्स अध्ययनका लागि सन् १९८६ मा रसिया उडे । Read the rest of this entry »
टनकपुर हरायो सम्झौतामा
माहाकाली लुटियो सन्धिमा
टिष्टा काङ्गाडाको त के कुरा
मेरो देशको रास्ट्रियता
बिर गोर्खालीको देशमा माटो हराईरहेछ
सन्धि र सम्झौता नबुझ्ने पसु नेताहरुले
रास्ट्र र रास्ट्रियता माथी खेलबाड गरेकोछ
पुर्बमा गएर पस्चिमको बिकास, रोजगारी
पस्चिममा गएर पुर्बको बिकास सुनाएकोछ
जनतालाई झुकाउनसम्म- झुकाएकोछ।
बिरोध नभएको हैन बारुद गनाए पनि
मातृभुमीको माया नगरेको हैन नेपालीहरुले
आस्वासन र बिस्वास नदिएको हैन
कहिले नया दिल्ली…… कहिले काठमान्डौ……..
मन्त्रि र सचिबको मिटिङले माटो र सिमाना हराए पनि।
Kathmandu, Dec. 28: Stakeholders stressed on need of a concerted effort from all including the government as well as the
Former Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay recognition by the Movement for his special contribution in the parliament for World Peace City proposal
Nepalese residing abroad to correct the misleading messages in textbooks of various countries regarding the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
The participants of the interaction programme said as the curriculum of various nations are found disseminating wrong message that Lord Buddha was born in the northern part of India, there is a need to dispel such baseless fact from all the textbooks and other reading materials from across the globe.
The speakers, organised by Lumbini, Kapilvastu Day Movement, mainly focused on finding the ways and measures to effectively run the campaign so that wrong publicity about the birthplace of Siddharth Gautam could be corrected.
Speaking at the interaction, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha said it was very sad to know that the Lumbini related stakeholders have to struggle hard to establish the truth about the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Minister Shrestha added that the development of Lumbini was very necessary to dispel such misleading publicity. He said many Indian officials had stated that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal but the wrong publicity had resurfaced owing to some vested interests of some sections in India, the Minister clarified. He said that since the present government was an election government, it could not allocate essential amount of budget in time for Lumbini development.
At the programme, different persons who have worked from their respective place to promote Lumbini in Nepal and beyond
Former Ambassador Kamal Prasad Koiralato Korea recognition by the Lumbini Kapilvastu Dayr Movement for his special contribution to correct Buddha birthplace misconception in Korean books and this is the milestone of the Movement
Nepal were honoured by Minister Shrestha. Former Culture Minister Deep Kumar Upadhyay, former Nepali ambassador to South Korea Kamal Koirala and senior journalist of Rupandehi Chetan Pant among others were felicitated with special commendation letters for their important contributions in promoting and developing the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
After receiving the honour, Upadhyay said that the movement from the people’s level to establish the truth about the Buddha’s birthplace is a positive sign that the truth will prevail ultimately. He said that evidences collected from recent excavations such as marker stones and the Ashok Pillar would be enough to justify the fact about Lumbini. However, he said, it was sad that the Lumbini Master Plan had remained incomplete and added that the development process of Lumbini must take pace now. Upgrading Gatuam Buddha airport and connecting Lumbini with railroads could lead to familiarization of the Lord Buddha’s birthplace.
Lumbini Development Trust Member Secretary Ajit Man Tamang said the movement to familiarize Lumbini throughout the world was a praiseworthy step. Nepal as the birthplace of Siddharth Gautam is proved by different findings and excavations and through the descriptions of ancient and modern visitors, Tamang said. ” Now, we must be able to tell the world that the birthplace of Lord Buddha, which many books and reading materials have stated, was in the Northern India, is actually in Nepal,” he said. Mr. Tamang further added that the Lumbini Development Trust required US$ 45 million to complete all the incomplete projects of the Lumbini Master Plan. Read the rest of this entry »
The whole world was amazed with fireworks, dancing and late-night reverie welcoming New year 2014 and now we need to continue our mirth and merriment to the whole year with remarkable achievements.
Dubai attempted to smash the fireworks world record as it ushered in 2014 with a bang, as a wave of pyrotechnics swept around the globe to celebrate the New Year.The Middle East hub was hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever display, pledging to set off more than 400,000 fireworks. People crowded in the streets below took pictures on their mobile phones as the salvo lit up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower at 830 metres high. Guinness World Record officials were on hand to measure the scale of Dubai’s event, which needed to be longer than five minutes to qualify. Kuwait set the record in 2011 with an hour-long blast of 77,282 fireworks.
Whatever is bright and beautiful, whatever means the most to you, whatever brings you happiness, and these are the things I wish for you and your family. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014