CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2011 |
Vincent Horn opened his eyes after a moment of meditation, scanned the room and smiled. About 150 other people were emerging from their own states of dead-silent, self-induced tranquillity. They shuffled a bit in their seats. "Hello, Buddhist geeks!" Horn said from his perch onstage. "This is the most geeks I've seen in one place, I think, ever. " His statement brought to mind a moment in the documentary "Woodstock," when folk singer Arlo Guthrie takes in the crowd of several hundred thousand young people and cackles, "Lotta freaks!"
August 2, 1999 |
In the early 1990s, readers looked for inner peace in a book called "The Tao of Pooh," a guide to the basic tenets of the ancient Chinese religion of Taoism as experienced by the lovable children's book character, Winnie the Pooh. Well, Taoism, it seems, has fallen out of vogue. This week booksellers are making room for "Buddhism for Bears" (St. Martin's Press, $12.95), an easy-to-understand guide to the methodology of Buddhism, founded in northern India around 500 BC.
August 16, 2009 |
What comes to mind when you think of Buddhist art? A serene figure seated in a meditative pose, eyes closed, legs crossed, soles up? The Norton Simon Museum has many such examples in its collection, but the Pasadena institution's new exhibition, "Divine Demons: Wrathful Deities of Buddhist Art," offers something different. The gods Mahakala and Hayagriva, seen in richly detailed sculptures and paintings, lash out at foes with several sets of arms and stomp them into submission. Divine as the deities may be, they are not just having a little rant on a bad day. They are doing their jobs -- protecting Buddhist faith with physical force and terrifying symbolism.
September 10, 2001 |
About 6,000 Dalits, often segregated as "untouchables" in India's Hindu caste hierarchy, converted to Buddhism in Kanpur, 240 miles southeast of New Delhi. Leaders of the ritual said they were protesting caste discrimination and India's failure to raise the issue at the U.N. conference on racism that concluded in South Africa over the weekend. Hundreds of monks arrived from Nepal, Japan and other countries to witness the ceremony Saturday, which was presided over by a Japanese Buddhist priest.
June 22, 2000 |
Blocks away from the triumphant Los Angeles Lakers victory parade Wednesday, the Buddhist priest pondered the win, the way and the sound of thousands of hands clapping. Yes, said the Rev. Noriaki Ito, he expected the Lakers would ride to a world championship the moment he heard Coach Phil Jackson was coming to town. He had followed him for years, knew he practiced Zen meditation and knew he incorporated those concepts into his coaching. Jackson, of course, practices more than Zen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989 |
In welcoming the Dalai Lama to Los Angeles on behalf of the diverse Buddhist community this week, a monk already prominent in organizing American Buddhists took the occasion to propose new ways to reduce tensions arising among U.S. practitioners of the ancient religion.