July 6th 1935: Dalai Lama born

On this day in 1935, Lhamo Dondrub was born in Amdo, Tibet to a farming family. At aged two, the young child was recognised as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso. Upon becoming the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, the child was renamed Tenzin Gyatso. In Tibetan Buddhism, Dalai Lamas are believed to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara - the bodhisattva of compassion and Tibet’s patron saint. Bodhisattvas are enlightened beings who have postponed their nirvana to remain on earth and assist humanity. Aged six, Gyatso began monastic education, which instructed him in the finer workings of Buddhist philosophy. In 1950, the fifteen year old Dalai Lama became the political leader of Tibet, and led negotiations with the Chinese after their invasion of his country. Peace talks were unsuccessful, and in 1959 the Chinese government brutally suppressed a Tibetan uprising. This led to fears for the Dalai Lama’s safety, and in March 1959 he and twenty of his entourage fled the capital, Lhasa, and embarked on a fifteen day journey on foot over the Himalayan mountains to Dharamsala in India where they had been offered asylum. Despite initial fears he had not survived the journey, the Dalai Lama eventually crossed into India. He was followed by around 80,000 Tibetans who also settled in ‘Little Lhasa’, which has become the home to the Tibetan government-in-exile. Tibet remains under Chinese rule, and the Dalai Lama continues to try to find a peaceful negotiation for Tibetan self rule; he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his efforts.

Happy 80th birthday to the Dalai Lama

Shravakas and solitary realisers spring from the kings of Munis. Buddhas spring from Bodhisattvas. The compassionate mind, non-dual awareness, and the altruistic mind of Enlightenment give rise to jinaputras, children of Conquerors.

Mercy alone is perceived as the seed of a Conqueror’s abundant harvest, as water for growth, and as Fruition in long enjoyment. Thus I hail compassion at the beginning.

Homage to compassion for gatis, powerless migrators, like buckets dropped in a well, first clinging to some self, an ‘I’, then growing attached to things – 'Mine’.

Homage to compassion for gatis, evanescent and empty of inherent existence. Like the moon in the rippling water.

– Chandrakirti

A bit more information about The Living and The Dead

Casting for local actors for upcoming BBC drama

THE LIVING AND THE DEAD is a new six part period drama for BBC One.

Set in Somerset in 1888, it centres on one Nathan Appleby, a reluctant gentleman farmer who is obsessed with proving the existence of the afterlife.

Written by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham, who wrote Life On Mars, Ashes To Ashes and Eternal Law, this six x sixty minute drama shoots from 3 August-18 December.

The show is being made by BBC Cymru and Monastic Productions, the producer is Eliza Mellor and the director is Alice Troughton; line producer is Katrine Dudley.

Casting director Gary Davy is looking for actors, male and female, all ages and ethnicities, based in the Bath/Bristol area to play farm hands and smaller roles. He will begin working on this project next month.

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No official word yet whether Colin has been cast in the lead role of Nathan Appleby other than that article from the Daily Mail’s TV gossip page from 5 Jun. 

Whilst Alice Troughton never actually admitted she’d be working with Colin again on this project (the “yes” comment in this tweet was regarding filming in Somerset, not working with Colin), she also didn’t deny it. Further, she did say on her Twitter account that there should be an official press release regarding the series in the near future. (x

izzythehutt asked:

Jedi-non attachment as a riff on clerical celibacy is totally the number 1 thing I think of when I'm spinning my conspiracy theories tbh. Apparently Lucas once said that they weren't actually required to be celibate, which I see as massive backpedalling and really terrible monastic law ("You can have sex, you just can't care about it!") How would they be able to effectively control that? They wouldn't.

I don’t know if Lucas ever said that, but I know some people have that as their headcanon. I’m in agreement with you, though - strict rules against forming attachments coupled with socially sanctioned promiscuity is a recipe for disaster, and the Jedi Order wouldn’t have been able to survive very long that way. And honestly I think a lot of people (not all, but a lot) just like that interpretation because it justifies their smutty fan fics.

Anyway, Jedi non-attachment is actually totally different from clerical celibacy (without getting too much into the nuances, the major differences are that Catholic priests are not expected to cut ties with their families and that they enter the priesthood as adults), which is how I reassure myself that even if the former was meant as a commentary on the latter, it’s not a very effective one.

Paranoia aside, the commentary offered on religion in the OT is basically that rigidly entrenched orthodoxy (represented by Yoda and Obi-Wan) needs to give way to a radical new philosophy (represented by Luke). The PT has some interesting implications regarding the relationship between church and state (arguably the Jedi Order’s downfall is that it becomes an institution which serves the Republic rather than the Force), though it also has its own dose of the anti-orthodoxy sentiment which, as Catholics, we’re right to be skeptical of. But I don’t think Lucas is committed enough to Protestantism that he outright set out to attack the Catholic Church or anything.

Schema monks or nuns are those who have taken on the angelic habit and are known to be literally so holy, they are considered to be living together with the angels.
..This is extremely rare. A schemamonk is a rare step taken in monastic life and is seldom approved by the abbot or bishop. The schema goes beyond carrying the Cross of Christ. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, he must be willing to surrender his life to totally save people’s souls. He must in fact be willing to be nailed to the cross he has been carrying. The schemamonk is in essence an elder among the monastic community. He is a monk who has aspired to a spiritual level that transcends worldly desires. It is a life of constant prayer. He is a walking icon of our Lord Jesus Christ. A schemamonk is sought after by religious of all ranks, monastic and lay people for spiritual advice and comfort, as well as other spiritual and religious matters. The schemamonk will again take a new name in Christ to show he has totally given up his worldly life

Bohemia, early 13th century.

“As the commonly used title of this manuscript suggests, the Codex Gigas, dating from the first third of the thirteenth century, is a book of remarkable proportions. At 90 cm in height and 50 in width, weighing 75 kilograms, it is the largest known manuscript book in the world. It is believed to be the work of one monk belonging to the Benedictine Monastery of Podlažice in eastern Bohemia. To its unusual dimensions, the costs of its preparation and also the full-page coloured drawing of the Devil on f. 289r. it owes its alternative name – The Devil’s Bible. In addition to biblical texts, the work Flavia and Isidora and several further minor works it contains a penitential, a calendar and also one of the copies of Cosmas’s Chronicle (1119-1125), the oldest historiographical work relating to the Czech Lands. Certain other parts of the Codex, in particular the Orders of St. Benedict, have not survived.

The book was not intended for everyday reading; in fact, its dimensions in combination with the relatively small hand render this impossible. Besides this, the majority of the texts it contains are written in a form which was archaic even at the time of the Codex’s creation. The Codex Gigas is a symbolic representation of a library depicting the macrocosm in the eyes of a representative of traditional Benedictine scholarship and culture.”