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Why do some of our precious performing artists, singers, dancers and actors, have to go through so much suffering?

Gwyneth Paltrow, who won an Oscar in 1998 as best actress of the year, said this month (May 2021) she had gone “totally off the rails” during the pandemic drinking whisky to get through quarantine.

“I was drinking seven nights a week and making pasta and eating bread,” she told the press. Continue reading 



Zoom Retreat. 9 am 23 April – 27 April 2021. Audio Recordings of DharmaTalks, Guided Meditations etc. Retreat theme: Mindfulness – Meditation – Freedom of Being.

Here are recorded audio talks of Zoom Retreat

I will place links below for the Dharma talk, Q and A, etc for the Zoom Retreat from morning of 23 April to Tuesday 27 April.

Links will be placed daily. Continue reading 



Trump as Buddha. Do sincere Trumpists cultivate suffering?

Do dedicated followers of Trumpism practice greed, hate and delusion?

Sincere Trumpists appear to support the supremacy of self-interest, the supremacy of the American dream and the supremacy of their Nation State.  Do you have faith in Trumpism?

Is their mantra Blow your own Trumpet?

A 14 foot statue of The Trump is available for $614, It is not known if there is a high demand for the statue except perhaps for the entrance to all Trump buildings and for the front  garden of his mansions and golf courses.

We cannot confirm whether Mr Trump plans  to build Trump Temples throughout the USA.

Watch this space.

Amazon may have a future offer of buy one statue and get ten free.

Edited Article in the New York Times. 13.03.2021

A cast of “Trump, the Buddha of Knowing of the Western Paradise,” by the Chinese sculptor Hong Jinshi. The artwork, as well as countless imitations, can be purchased on the e-commerce site Taobao. Credit...Xiaoya

A furniture maker and decorator in China created a stir — and inspired copycats — by casting a ceramic sculpture of the former president in a meditative pose that evokes the Buddha.A furniture maker and decorator in southern China has cast a sculpture of Mr. Trump in ceramic whiteware, his legs crossed and hands serenely resting in his lap. He is draped in a monk’s robes, his head is lowered and his eyes are closed, as if in meditative repose, an emotional state not typically associated with the 45th President of the United States.

The artist calls it “Trump, the Buddha of Knowing of the Western Paradise.”

“He has been already very successful, but now he is still tormenting himself, being obsessed, having a lot of ideas and doubts,” the creator, Hong Jinshi, said when asked about his inspiration.

Mr. Hong, 43, lives and works in an old cement factory turned workshop and gallery, in the coastal city of Xiamen. He conceived the work last year, but only recently completed the first few sculptures. He put those up for sale on the online vendor Taobao, offering two sizes, one at just taller than 6 inches and another at 18 inches. He is asking the equivalent of $153 and $615.
From The Independent of the UK.
https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/china/china-trump-buddha-statue-b1815465.html

Credit…Xiaoya



S.N. Goenka. Emissary of Insight. A Review of a Biography of a Vipassana (Insight Meditation) teacher.

This biography gives an outline of the life of S.N. Goenka, an international Vipassana (Insight Meditation) Teacher, who set up around 120 vipassana centres (page 117) worldwide.

To his everlasting credit, Goenka ensured that all his centres stayed 100% true to the Buddhist tradition of dana (a donation, a gift, the practice of generosity) for all participants in his courses. The staff also offer their services freely. Continue reading 



Buddha Life, ZENful Life. 81 Buddhists Speak on the Meaning of Life. By Nicolae Tanase

Title — Buddha Life, ZENful Life:
81 Buddhists Speak on the Meaning of Life
Nicolae Tanase
ISBN — 979-8569492947
Cost — £15.99
Amazon link UK — https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08NWP7J5B
Number of Buddhists: 81 (among others: Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, Sulak Sivaraksa, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Roshi Joan Halifax, Christopher Titmuss, etc.) Continue reading 




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