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For the first time, Korean Buddhism available to Western world

Never before has the buddhism of Korea been available to the West, until now. Scholars across America have united to translate a 13-volume anthology covering 1,700 years – and the entire guide is available online, free with a creative commons license.

View all thirteen volumes here (scroll to bottom).

More about this work, from the Preface:

Buddhism has a 1,700 year history in Korea and the tradition continues to thrive still today on the peninsula. The thirteen volumes of this anthology collect the panoply of Korean Buddhist writing from the Three Kingdoms period (ca. 57 C.E.-668) through the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). These writings include commentaries on scriptures as well as philosophical and disciplinary texts by the most influential scholiasts of the tradition.

 

Read the press release - UCLA scholars bring Korean Buddhist works to English-speaking world

 

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The Dalai Lama is on Google+

The Dalai Lama is on Google+ and has a growing fan base of 1.3 million followers and frequently shares photos and nuggets of Buddhism.

“There is a saying in Tibetan that “at the door of the miserable rich man sleeps the contented beggar.” The point of this saying is not that poverty is a virtue, but that happiness does not come from wealth, but from setting limits to one’s desires, and living within those limits with satisfaction.”

“When each of us learns to appreciate the critical importance of ethics and makes inner values like compassion and patience an integral part of our basic outlook on life, the effects will be far-reaching.”

“Education and knowledge by themselves do not bring inner peace to individuals, families or the society in which they live. But education combined with warmheartedness, a sense of concern for the well-being of others, has much more positive results. If you have a great deal of knowledge, but you’re governed by negative emotions, then you tend to use your knowledge in negative ways. Therefore, while you are learning, don’t forget the importance of warmheartedness.”

 

Thx to Alex Howard

Dalai Lama to visit San Diego this April, 2012 – public tickets available in February

Uniting their forces, three local universities are bringing the Dalai Lama to San Diego in April for a series of talks on topics ranging from global climate change to religious harmony. This will be the spiritual leader’s first official visit to San Diego.

Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama, the supreme religious head of Tibet. He has lived in India since 1959, having fled his native land after Chinese troops defeated rebels trying to establish an independent Tibet. Now 76, the Dalai Lama remains a prolific writer — his most recent book, “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World,” was published in December — and still spends up to 10 months a year on the road.

He’s also a pop culture force, followed by celebrities and more than 3.4 million people on Twitter. Yet the Dalai Lama has never been to San Diego, outside of a brief stop more than 20 years ago to meet privately with local Buddhist monks.

His April visit will be the second stop in a 12-day North American tour, which will begin in Hawaii and include events in Los Angeles; Rochester, Minn.; and Canada.

via UT San Diego

 

Tickets to all Dalai Lama events available February, 22 at 10am.

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Technology-themed comic book – The Zen of Steve Jobs

Kobun was a Zen Buddhist priest who emigrated to the U.S. from Japan in the early 1970s. He was an innovator, lacked appreciation for rules and was passionate about art and design. Kobun was to Buddhism as Jobs was to the computer business: a renegade and maverick. It wasn’t long before the two became friends–a relationship that was not built to last.

This graphic book is a reimagining of that friendship.

The Zen of Steve Jobs

The story moves back and forward in time, from the 1970s to 2011, but centers on the period after Jobs’ exile from Apple in 1985 when he took up intensive study with Kobun. Their time together was integral to the big leaps that Apple took later on with its product design and business strategy.

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