How well do the Chinese get along with the Indians (from India). and vice versa.
I have always wondered this since they are like 2 large superpower countries with ridicuoulously large populations. They are 2 of the oldest civilizations on the face of this Earth. They are two neighboring countries and yet their people, language, culture, and well pretty much everything else seems very different.…
Indians and Chinese have been having relations for the past 2500 years. It also grew more when Buddhism was formed. Scholars and monks have traveled to the other country since the 1st cent. BC and has also written books on their travel experiences. Since the Himalayas divided these 2 civilizations, no empire from either side ever decided to cross over and acquire land of the other.A former Chinese ambassador says ”India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.”The present 2 countries also formed during the same time, India in 1947 and China in 1949. The relations between the governments of the modern nations have not been so peaceful. The Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950 and, the Dalai Lama fled to India finally in 1959 seeking refuge along with many Tibetans. China and India went to its first war in 1962. The cause for the war was the land and border disputes between the 2 countries but the Tibet issue also played a role.Since then India views China as an aggressor and a close ally of Pakistan which is their rival.The worst period was between 1950 and 1971. Ever since then India and China never had friendly relations and the mutual respect is only political. The Govts. decided to solve the border disputes with meetings. Trading and people to people contact exist as we are neighbors but the relations are purely diplomatic.The Indians and Chinese are 2 different race and have been divided from each other because of the Himalayas and so there have been very less contact.
What are the best introductory books on Buddhism.
I want to learn more about Buddhism. I’ve already bought and read books from Steve Hagen, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh. They were all good, but at times I’ve found it a bit difficult to read. The most interesting author is Chodron, I don’t know her tradition but I think Hanh is a Zen Buddhist so…
You don’t have to buy this book. It is free to read online.http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe.htmlIt is the best book I have ever read, in 13 years of being a practicing Buddhist. The book is written by a Theravadan, and it is called “Mindfulness in Plain English”. It is a book on how to do Vipassana/Mindfulness meditation. The first 3 chapters are the best, clearest summary of what Buddhism and meditation are and aren’t that I have ever read.It took me years of reading, of taking weekly classes from one of the Dalai Lama’s monks (who lives in my city), of discussing with my sister (who, in another city, takes classes from both a lama and a bhikkhu), of listening to teaching tapes by Pema Chodron, teachings from visiting monks, etc etc .. before I progressed far enough to start to grasp Buddhism.This book puts you there.But I would highly suggest any teachings by Pema Chodron. I have purchased some of her audio teachings, and I listen to them on my mp3 while I commute (a long and boring time, before getting an mp3). I would recommend that whether you purchase books or CD’s/downloads, that you listen to them over and over and over. These things take time to sink into your unconscious, and even longer to start to incorporate it into your daily life. The attitudes of Buddhism are so utterly foreign to our way of approaching ourselves and life, that one read-through doesn’t even begin to sink in. Which is the goal of Buddhism .. to change your consciousness and your daily life.I have especially benefitted from Pema Chodron’s “Don’t Bite the Hook” lectures, “Awakening Compassion”, “Getting Unstuck” and her lectures on the paramitas.I have purchased her teachings through this site:http://www.pemachodrontapes.com/store/In the end, if you wish to be a serious practitioner, there is nothing that compares with having a live teacher. Because they role model what it IS to be a Buddhist .. you absorb the reality of Buddhism on a non-verbal, non-intellectual level, which is where Buddhism should be anyway.Look at it this way: they say a picture is worth a thousand words (a book). But I suggest that a live role model is worth a thousand pictures. I cannot tell you how many times I have observed my teacher showing us, through his actions, the embodiment of responding with compassion, of being mindful without being distracted, of resting in the moment, on not responding to verbal attacks or those who tell him he is wrong. You cannot grasp this from reading or listening to tapes.This site lists dharma groups worldwide. Even if you only see a teacher once a year, it is so worth it:http://www.dharmanet.org/listings/(my teacher is one of the Dalai Lama’s monks, a monk now for over 40 years)
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Help a beginning Buddhist. Any good books.
Are there any key religious texts or books for a beginning Buddhist? I picked up a Dalai Lama book, but its kind of confusing to start out with. Is there a core book of teachings for Buddhists, like there is with Christianity (Bible)? I know its an entirely different religion and philosophy, but I want to know…
The Tripitaka and Sutras are extremely long as indicated, and my opinion (as a westerner) extremely difficult to uderstand. i will not advise any beginner to start with these texts – though many has done so and understood them. It is however an extremely difficult route. the best would be to find books that explains the basic principles, before you decide to try any of the more difficult texts.I have a few titles at home, but unfortunatly I cannot recall the exact titles now. Typical titles that will help includes:1. A simple path by HH the Dalai Lama2. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, byDaisetz Teitaro Suzuki3. Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings, by Thich Nhat Hanh4. Psychology of Buddhism by Rob Nairn (Rob is my meditation maser and he has the unique ability to meake very difficult concepts easy to understand)5. The Buddhist Handbook, by John SnellingI hope this helps. There are many more, but these give a few perspectives.
How can I live in the present.
I’m always reminiscing on old memories. like i try to repeat events that were incredible in my past. Im having trouble making new memories. Like it just seems like things used to be so much better. like i feel alive, but not alive like i used to be. i suppose im getting better. is it possible at 22 to have a…
I would strongly suggest reading philosophical books such as those written by the Dalai Lama. His is the philosophical approach to moment-to-moment thinking and living. State of mind, one devoted to total present moment living.While reminiscing is an activity that many of us enjoy, it
How true is the information. help..
The movie “7 years in tibet” with brad pitt…. how much of it is true? which events, dates, etc… pleeeeease help?!!! what parts are historically correct but more importantly, incorrect.
I read the book many years ago and saw the film. I thought that the film brought the book to life very well.Seven Years in Tibet is an adventure story written by Austrian mountaineer and onetime SS Nazi Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War and the interim period before the Communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army moved into Tibet in 1950.Seven Years in Tibet tells the story of how Austrians Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter were imprisoned by the British while mountaineering in the north of India at the beginning of World War II in 1939. They eventually escaped across the border into Tibet in 1944 and crossed the treacherous high plateau. Shortly after arriving in Tibet, they were ordered to return to India. They were able to disguise themselves, and made their way to Lhasa, where they were warmly received. Harrer was introduced to the Dalai Lama, who was still a boy, and became a tutor and then close friend to the young spiritual leader. Harrer and Aufschnaiter remained in the region until the People’s Liberation Army entered it in 1950.Two films have been based on the book. The first was a 1956, 76-minute documentary directed by Hans Nieter. The documentary includes film taken by Harrer during his stay in Tibet, and Harrer himself reconstructed various scenes from his adventures. The second, Seven Years in Tibet, released in 1997, was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starred Brad Pitt and David Thewlis.
question about the book/film Seven years in Tibet.
In the Book/film Seven years in Tibet, what did Heinrich harrer learn from his time there and his deep relationship with the Dalai Lama?
icome on man, wake up, get some real news. You are still reading the mainstream crap? anyways. THe illuminati, new world order, satan, greys, whatever you want to call them have obviously been playing our nations like a chess board, especially in the last 200 years as the world has become more and more globalized, let’s call them the elitists.so now your question becomes, why do the elitists feel the need to suppress this culture?Knowledge is power, if you all knew what some tibetan monks knew, power would not exist because you all would be on equal planes with the elitists. that’s not what the elitists want, if that makes sense. I’m not saying the monks are elitist, but they do know many of the advanced secrets of the human mind that the elitist do. What makes them different from the elitist is that they use this power for their own personal spirital progressions. Now’s about the time the children read Harry Potter and Star Wars again. It was written kiddies, you’ll have to choose between good and evil, good magic and dark magic. That’s why the more I learn the more I become convinced there is only one possible choice. How can truth possibly be the wrong choice?That’s why anybody with a “free tibet” sticker is probably a pretty down-to-earth g. They know wassup.william cooper = greatest human patriot of all time.
Whats the best Self-Help book out there.
Lost 3 Grandparents in one year and looking to further my career, but in what, I don’t know? Thinking of going back to college, but for what?Thanks
I have found some inspiration in books on and classes in meditation and in Buddhism. I recommend Buddhism not necessairly for the religeous aspect, but for the philosophical aspects it entails.I recommend meditation because it helps one to learn to escape the “surface-chaos” of day-to-day thoughts that we all get caught up in. These can drive you to the point of madness, such as constantly struggling with and feeling frustration from “what should I go back to school for / get a job in, need to make money, need to do it now”. I’ve definitely been there.Meditation helps to not fall victim to the emotions and struggles brought upon by these thoughts, and to realize, accept, and be truly happy with the way things are right NOW. It may also help to understand yourself better and calm your mind, which will in turn allow you to take your time in making a truly satisfying decision with how to proceed with your career and your future.As far as Buddhism goes (which tends to go hand in hand with meditation), a book I recently read is called “Becoming Enlightened”. Unlike many of the other books that reference and have interviews with the Dalai Lama, this one was written directly by him and translated into English.Regarding meditation, I learned through classes and would recommend this approach, although I never tried to learn from a book. There are also several self-help CD’s (google “wildmind” for a great site) which I’ve heard good things about, but trying to find a meditation class in your area may be the best place to start.Hope you find this helpful.
1 Christians, what do you think of the Dalai Lama gospel of compassion & peace.
2 What about the Oprah gospel?3 Do you think we need to express our opinion on these in the media (to alert the public) somehow; Because they have good ideas, yet deny the power of the cross?They teach a different gospel than the one Jesus Christ taught. And they have a form of Godliness, yet deny the power…
The Dalai Lama is a great man with great peaceful ideas.It was only a matter of time until Oprah decided that just being the richest woman in America wasn’t good enough for her. Now she’s God too.YesNoPeople who Deny God’s Existence but are still good people.
I’m writing an essay about the book Becoming Enlightened by the Dalai Lama and i’m supposed to analyze it..
Our teacher told us to see why the Dalai Lama is even writing these sort of books and why he’s trying to spread Buddhism in the west.If you know anything, could you please send me a link too, because i need to cite this stuff as well lol. Thanks
The Dalai Lama doesn’t “try to spread” Buddhism in the West – on the contrary, he says that if you’re not really convinced from your own side to become a Buddhist, it’s better you stay in your own religion of your own culture and try to become as good a human being as you can’t through your own religion and cultural traditions. However, when people request him to come and teach (which they frequently do from all over the world), he happily comes and shares his insights.The same is true with his books. Many of them (that is, most of them) are edited from transcripts of his oral teachings all around the world, made by followers who request permission to edit and publish them. Usually they are expertly edited, so you will hardly notice they are based on oral teachings. Some of the books were actually written as books, but also in those cases after someone has requested him to write them.These are the same principles most Buddhist teachers practice: there are for instance hundreds of Tibetan lamas, monks and nuns who teach in the West, often as resident teachers of a Western Buddhist center, but all of them are here because they are invited by Western devotees, not because they deliberately come to “spread Buddhism” in the West.Even the historical Buddha didn’t teach until he was requested to do so.This is common knowledge among Buddhists, but I don’t know how to find a comprehensive explanation of these principles …I can give you a few example links, though:Here is a truly excellent book by the Dalai Lama which you can read free online. In the foreword you can read how he was first requested to come and give the teachings, and that the teachings were then edited to become this book. Also the physical book is free and can be ordered online, by the way: http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=…The second link just gives some examples of how he travels around the world, and in many cases lists who requested him to come to teach. You can also see here that the Dalai Lama does not accept any fees at all for his teachings, even if the organizer might have to charge an entrance fee to cover their own costs only: http://www.dalailama.com/teachings/sched…Here is another book available online for free (partly by the Dalai Lama, partly by Alex Berzin): http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/x/nav/…