This interesting documentary shows the transition period for a young man living in Finland, before he moves to Thailand to ordain as a Buddhist monk. It shows his relationships with his sisters, and how everyone works through understanding and accepting his decision to leave.
Reincarnation is an interesting topic in the west in that it’s often not really covered, going against most western beliefs. For many who are new to Buddhism or even those who have been exploring it for many years, reinarnation is a topic that isn’t always easy to understand. I found some interesting documentaries that others might find interesting, who are “poking” around in this topic
View on Reincarnation Historically
This documentary covers where reincarnation sits historically in cultures, which surprisingly converged with the Greek philosophers like Socrates, Pythogoreas and Aristotle
Remembering Past Lives
A documentary that covers people who say they can remember their past lives, with researches that present arguments to try argue against them
With the intense media coverage that has occured after the Boston Bombing, one of the outcomes has becomes a greater sense of fear and discrimination. In this video, Venerable Thubten Chodron talks about ways to develop event compassion for people during this period and ways to diminish conflict between different religious organizations.
His Holiness the Dalai explains how a realistic approach to problems can bring greater peace of mind.
In this interesting video, Ven Thubten Chodron of Sravasti Abbey gives advice on how to work with a judgemental or critical mind. She talks about possible reasons why it arises, and by understanding why, it provides a possible way to deal with it.
Within Tibetan Buddhism, teachings on compassion often emphasize having compassion for others, rather than having compassion for one’s self. However within the context of western society, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist views on compassion have increasingly more emphasis on first having compassion for one’s self.
In this talk, Venerable Chodron talks about how compassion for one’s self can be used in Buddhist practiced rather than using it as a tool for self indulgence. She mentions that having compassion for one self can be a tool for going beyond one’s self in order to eventually have compassion for others, and why having compassion for others should eventually be the main emphasis.
Currently a documentary is being produced, based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book: Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children.
The film is described on their website as follows:
Children, parents, couples and educators can use the techniques and practices in the film and on the Bonus DVD (Songs, Lesson Plans, Practical Exercises) to build more harmony, love and appreciation within themselves, their families and within the classroom.
In order to have funds to complete the film and to have the resources to distribute it, there is currently a fundraising campaign. If you’re interested in donating towards the completion of the film or in general want to learn more, you can click here, and watch the video below.
Lamrim, or the stages of the path to enlightenment, is a common and praised practice within all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, to higher the status of these teachings, there is often given a teaching on the greatness of the authors. While all teachings can be traced back to the Buddha, the Lamrim tradition is often traced back to Lama Atisha.
This interesting video by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche is a teaching about the greatness of the Lamrim tradition, and particularily of Atisha, the great Indian yogi and scholar that began the Lamrim tradition with his classic “Lamp of the Path.”
From an outer appearance Buddhist practice often seems filled with rituals. Among them, making prostrations is one topic people often are curious about. Questions arise, such as why do them and who are we prostrating too? In these series of videos, Venerable Thubten Chodron describes how prostrations are done in Tibetan Buddhism, and the intention and reasoning behind every movement and gesture done while doing prostrations.
In a conference in India with religious figures like Dr. Karan Singh, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan and Rev. Mpho Tutu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama engages in a discussion on promoting and embracing diversity among the different world religions, and finding commonalities within the different traditions.
In this interesting talk with Ajahn Brahm, he goes over 4 different ways to let go and find more happiness in life. As he explains, being able to let go and let things be isn’t something that has to be done all the time, but is a good tool in the repetoire that someone can have available in daily life.
In this video, Kalu Rinpoche explains how to take a step by step approach to understanding Buddhism, aimed at helping westerners who are trying to assimilate ancient practices with a modern lifestyle. Based on this approach, one can bring a well balanced and grounded approach to practice. Kalu Rinpoche in his previous incarnation was a well known yogi and practitioner of the Kagyu tradition. His current incarnation gives this talk from France.
Milarepa is one of Tibet’s most celebrated Yogi’s. He was well known for enduring very strict austeries, like mediting with barely any clothes in ice freezing caves and only ocassionally eating nettles to sustain himself. Due to his determination, he was able to attain englightenment in one lifetime.
This documentary with Nubpa Rinpoche covers a pilgrimage to the meditation sites that Jetsun Milarepa performed his practices and provides insight into this great yogi.
In this guided meditation, Mingyur Rinpoche guides people in bringing awareness to awareness itself.
For many practitioners of the Gelug tradition, doing the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa guru yoga is done daily and respectfully for the duration of one’s life. While the practice itself appears to be simple, it’s actually very rich and encompasses all 84000 teachings of the Buddha.
Tsem Tulku Rinpoche gives this interesting commentary on the practice that might be of interest and possible insight for those already doing the practice. Even for those that are looking for a practice, but are short on time and want something to be effective, Tsem Tulku also recommends this practice for them and this commentary could also be useful for that purpose.