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American Shaolin : Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in theNew China free download

“American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks, and the Legend of Iron Crotch: An Odyssey in theNew China” by Polly, Matthew


– The raucously funny story of one young American?s quest to become the baddest dude on the planet (and possibly find inner peace along the way) Growing up a ninety-eight-pound weakling tormented by bullies in the schoolyards of Kansas, Matthew Polly dreamed of one day journeying to the Shaolin Temple in China to become the toughest fighter in the world, like Caine in his favorite 1970s TV series Kung Fu. 248 more words

American Shaolin : Flying Kicks

Buddhist Monks Create Sand Mandala At FIU

MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Tibetan Buddhist monks took millions of grains of sand and constructed a mandala at a South Florida university.

Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery started building the mandala sand painting Monday at Florida International University, laying the grains of sand into place on a flat platform over several days to form the image. 94 more words


Land of Golden Buddha

Even though I am now safely and happily back home in Vermont, there are a few topics related to my recent trip to Luang Prabang, Laos… 742 more words


Happy 25th B-day www--

The worldwide web is 25 years old today, and the monks of Bhutan thank you for helping them stay in touch with all that is happening on planet Earth.  52 more words


Vows and Duty: Guiding Principles For A Buddhist Monk

David Xi-Ken Astor, Sensei

I generally avoid making a distinction between a lay practice and the refined-life-practice of a Buddhist monk in a public discussion.  While the roles within a Buddhist community and the Sangha leadership may have different aspects and responsibilities, the depth and wisdom between a lay and monastic practice can be much the same depending on individual commitment and capacity for understanding.  1,664 more words

David Xi-Ken Astor

The Korean Buddhist Ritual at The Philly Museum of Art and LGBT rights in Korea

Yesterday my partner and I spent the morning and afternoon at The Philadelphia Museum of Art  seeing the opening ritual in the morning performed by the 7 monks from the Bongwon Temple, the head temple of the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism for more than 1,000 years. 607 more words


A spiritual lesson written in sand

I visited the Asia Society on my lunch hour where four Tibetan Buddhist monks are creating a mandala. It’s a rare treat. I’ve only seen one other before; created in the lobby of the World Trade Center many years ago. 625 more words

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