Photorealistic pastel drawings on boards of wood

I look up to pastel painters like Degas and pioneer photorealists like Audrey Flack, Roberto Bernadi (who paints realistic still life works) and, recently, Julian Beever, who influenced me to start drawing anamorphic works. I always love to draw realistic art or...

Happy Lha Bab Düchen

Is Lha Bab Düchen today: Buddha's descent from heaven realm. The Buddha had vowed to repay his mother in gratitude for all that she had done for him, and so he spent three months in heaven realm teaching her and other gods and goddesses in order that they, too, might...

Archeologists uncover earliest evidence of birth of Buddha

Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the...

Looking for it

Looking for it, the vision cannot be seen: cease your search. It cannot be discovered through meditation, so abandon your trance states and mental images. It cannot be accomplished by anything you do, so give up the attempt to treat the world as magical illusion. It...

Take refuge

When we take the vows of refuge, we are also pledging to find the refuge that exists within our own lives. This taking of refuge is not some kind of evasion or escape, but is the planting of our 'selves' deeply in the nature of what surrounds us. —Gary Thorp, "Shelter...

bRead: Freshly Baked Notebooks Straight from the Oven

If you’re a paper lover (like me!) or in the market for a new notebook, you should check out these mouthwatering (I had to) ones from Daycraft called bRead. The 296-page notebooks come in three flavors – White, Whole Wheat, and Wheat – and resemble slices of freshly...

A farmer’s donkey fell down into a well

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He...

The awakened one

Buddhism is often misunderstood. I remember my own dad telling me that he thought we worship a statue of “the fat guy”… the one he is accustomed to seeing at Chinese restaurants. “Buddha” literally means “the awakened one,” and there are a lot of Buddhas, not just...

Now is the time

Now is the time to free ourselves from samsara. Unless we do it in this lifetime, it is not going to happen all by itself. We have to take care of ourselves. Right now we have the ability to receive teachings and practice the Dharma. Isn’t this the right time?...

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