Friday, December 25, 2015

Buddhist family meet

Buddhist family meet on 25th Palakkad.Ven.Sugathapala Banteji Jethavan Buddha vihara, Bangalore)lead the Spiritual program(Chanting, Meditation,Dheeksha).Dhmma mithra Binoj Babu(Thrirathna Bouddha maha Sang- Kerala,Dhammachari Aravind Bodh(Prsident, Neo Buddhist society T.N) took classes on 'What is Buddhism and for what is Buddhism', 'Prabuddha Barath in the view of Babasaheb Ambedker'.Welcome address by N.Haridas Bodh ( Kerala mahabodhi mission)

Monday, December 21, 2015

7 minutes of this Loving Kindness Meditation can reduce racism

Agencies, Nov 23, 2015

New Delhi, India -- All you need is just 7 minutes of meditation to fight racism a new study has revealed.
This technique, that's intended to create feelings of kindness can also reduce prejudice.The study found that just seven minutes of Loving-kindness meditation (LKM), a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others, is effective at reducing racial bias.
Lead researcher Alexander Stell said that this indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good, and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony.
LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as `may you be happy and healthy' while visualising a particular person.
The researchers found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. However, there was no marked reduction in racial bias towards other groups.
Additionally the researchers meas ured levels of positive emotions that were either `other-regarding' (e.g. love, gratitude, awe, elevation) and those that were more selfdirected (e.g. contentment, joy , pride) and found that people doing LKM showed large increases specifically in other-regarding emotions.
These other-regarding emotions were found to be what drives the reduction of bias.

World-Famous Buddhas of Bamiyan Resurrected in Afghanistan

Press Trust of India, June 15, 2015

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Fourteen years after the Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood in Afghanistan.
<< The projected image of a Buddha statue in Bamiyan that had been destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. (AFP Photo)
The project was undertaken by a Chinese couple who used 3D laser light projection technology to fill the empty cavities in the cliff in the Bamiyan Valley in Hazarajat with Buddha's virtual images, 230 km northwest of Kabul.
The couple - Janson Yu and Liyan Hu - were saddened by the destruction of the two statues which were carved during the 6th century and decided to undertake the project.
They took permission both from the Afghan government and UNESCO to bring the statues back for one night only in the empty cavities in the cliff.
The event on June 7 saw projectors displaying huge holographic statues of the exact size of the precious cultural monuments that were lost, accompanied by music.
"The projections were not widely publicised, but over 150 people came to see the spectacle. Crowds remained well into the night and some people played music while others looked on," a journalist, who witnessed the show, was quoted as saying by The Atlanic.
Both Standing Buddhas - 115 ft and 174 ft tall - were carved out of sandstone cliffs and stood at one point painted and gilded. They managed to survive for more than 1500 years.
But the Taliban dynamited and destroyed them in March 2001 as part of a campaign to remove all non-Islamic art from Afghanistan.
The statues were among the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.