April 7, 2010 |
You may think you know the Buddha, because you have seen him standing outside a Chinese restaurant, belly burnished from being rubbed repeatedly for good luck, or hiding in the corner of a garden. But you have more to learn, grasshopper. David Grubin's "The Buddha," which airs Wednesday on PBS, is not the story of Buddhism -- whose history as a religion, like that of Christianity, really gets going after the demise of its founder and is addressed here only in a couple of lines near the end of the film -- but rather that of the historical person who said the things on which followers have based their several, differing practices.
January 25, 2010
A place of dreams Re "Booksellers step out from under the Bodhi Tree," Jan. 18 In troubled times, I often find myself dreaming that I am wandering the aisles at the Bodhi Tree. Very soon, I find myself there in real life, a cup of complimentary tea in hand, surrounded by the wisdom of the ages and new hopes for the potential of mankind. The Bodhi Tree has served our community as a starting point for countless personal journeys, and as a nexus of unexpected pathways into truer living.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2010 |
For 40 years, the Bodhi Tree Bookstore on Melrose Avenue has served as the metaphysical mecca of Los Angeles. Inside, seekers of varied spiritual persuasions gather for exploration, contemplation and personal transformation amid soothing music, the aroma of pungent incense and the tinkling of wind chimes under the benevolent gaze of dozens of sages whose pictures hang on the wall as blessings. The store's 35,000 books traverse a dizzying array of disciplines, from Christianity and Buddhism to energy healing and nutrition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2008 |
On a recent afternoon, Los Angeles urban planners Chancee Martorell and Alex Holsheimer looked at a nondescript intersection and envisioned the makings of a signature plaza that would bring a physical focal point to the six-block area along Hollywood Boulevard known as Thai Town. The parking lot at Hobart Boulevard, Holsheimer mused, could be transformed into a central plaza and green space featuring a tree linked to Buddhism, which infuses Thai culture: The sacred fig, also known as the Bodhi tree, is said to have shaded Buddha when he achieved enlightenment.
May 6, 2003 |
A woman named Rose Rosetree warned of the dangers of cosmetic surgery. Never mind the possibility of a botched job or post-operative infection, the real peril is that in fixing the bump on your nose, you have unwittingly altered your destiny. A curved nose, she explained, marks a creative soul; straighten it, and the soul, like the nose, simply becomes more average. Rosetree is a physiognomist -- a face reader. She can also read auras and chakras and is a trained empath.
February 4, 2001 |
West Hollywood's Bodhi Tree Bookstore has been selling spiritual enlightenment, by way of books, incense and all manner of religious ephemera, since 1970. On a Saturday afternoon, it's abuzz with customers looking to make their weekend, and perhaps their lives, a little more meaningful. We spoke to four shoppers. * Renee Gontarski, owner, graphics company, West Hollywood Buying: Noam Chomsky's CD "Free Market Fantasies." What were you in your past life? Someone told me I was a monkey.