Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mirror of Zen - A Day in the Moment of a Modern Zen Monk

I have just been sent this fascinating video by one of our Sangha members.

Zen's ancient teachings seem a mystery to many. But actually, Zen is very simple: Zen means attaining my true self -- "What am I?" In this revolutionary film by acclaimed filmmaker Christine Schmitthenner, we see a Western Zen monk in his daily activities in the world: chanting, meditating, preparing breakfast, riding public transport, meeting with friends, even shaving his head -- from moment to moment, not attached to conceptual thinking, everything is Zen, which just means everything is "moment." The subject of this unusual film, Hyon Gak Sunim, allowed filmmakers to follow his daily living and teaching activities for a week as he met with students and organized his daily activities.


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Optimise Your Brain

Once it was widely believed that the brain was incapable of changing. Now we know that’s not the case, and that our thoughts and other mental activities almost literally rewire and sculpt our brains. One of the most potent tools for changing the brain—and thus our ability to live happy and fulfilling lives—is meditation.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Zen - The Story of Dogen

Our copy of this video has gone walk about from our library so I'm posting the Youtube version here................


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Buddha in the Falklands

Gus Hales served with the 9th parachute squadron, the Royal Engineers in the Falklands. Following the trauma of war he became a Buddhist.

This is the story of him placing a Buddha statue on Mount Longdon scene of a bloody battle in which the Paras lost 23 men.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Genius of the Ancient World, the Buddha

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy. To begin, she investigates the revolutionary ideas of the Buddha.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Monkey Mind

I am indebted to one of our Sangha members for sending me this beautifully succinct video of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche explaining how to meditate.