"He's a clown. Clowns in America look like this—they think it looks funny. You see
? He's smiling." The colonel shook his head. "His face is white. White is the color
of death, a very bad color." As they sat down, the colonel noticed another plastic ...
Author: Mark Salzman
Iron & Silk, Mark Salzman's bestselling account of his adventures as an English teacher and martial arts student in China, introduced a writer of enormous charm and keen insight into the cultural chasm between East and West. Now Salzman returns to China in his first novel, which follows the adventures of Hsun-ching, a naive but courageous orphan, and the formidable and mysterious Colonel Sun, who together travel from mainland China to San Francisco, risking everything to track down an elusive Buddhist scripture called The Laughing Sutra. Part Tom Sawyer, part Tom Jones, The Laughing Sutra draws us into an irresistible narrative of danger and comedy that speaks volumes about the nature of freedom and the meaning of loyalty. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The phenomenon would remind one of the tall inflated balloons in the shape of a clown made for children . The feet are weighted to make the clown stand upright
in such a way that no matter how hard the child hits it , the clown pops right back
Author: Martin Jerry
Publisher: 2M Communications
The Yoga of the Centre of Consciousness describes the awakening and practices of the inner teacher. As a physician-scientist and a clinical psychologist, the authors are initiates in the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga and students of the late Swami Rama.
Among the most cited sūtras are the Aks ayamatinirdeśa (eighteen citations), the
Ugraparipr cchā (twenty citations), ... Lotus Sūtra should not mix with such
people as kings, ministers, followers of other religions, drunks, wrestlers, clowns,
Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The Lotus Sutra is arguably the most famous of all Buddhist scriptures. Composed in India in the first centuries of the Common Era, it is renowned for its inspiring message that all beings are destined for supreme enlightenment. Here, Donald Lopez provides an engaging and accessible biography of this enduring classic. Lopez traces the many roles the Lotus Sutra has played in its travels through Asia, Europe, and across the seas to America. The story begins in India, where it was one of the early Mahayana sutras, which sought to redefine the Buddhist path. In the centuries that followed, the text would have a profound influence in China and Japan, and would go on to play a central role in the European discovery of Buddhism. It was the first Buddhist sutra to be translated from Sanskrit into a Western language—into French in 1844 by the eminent scholar Eugène Burnouf. That same year, portions of the Lotus Sutra appeared in English in The Dial, the journal of New England's Transcendentalists. Lopez provides a balanced account of the many controversies surrounding the text and its teachings, and describes how the book has helped to shape the popular image of the Buddha today. He explores how it was read by major literary figures such as Henry David Thoreau and Gustave Flaubert, and how it was used to justify self-immolation in China and political extremism in Japan. Concise and authoritative, this is the essential introduction to the life and afterlife of a timeless masterpiece.
Author: Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct ProfessorPublish On: 2007-05-11
Dogen and the Lotus Sutra Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological
Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct Professor ... Some neofascists have been
dismissed as mere showmen or clowns,- Zhirinovsky is a contemporary example.
Author: Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Theological Union Taigen Dan Leighton Adjunct Professor
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
As a religion concerned with universal liberation, Zen grew out of a Buddhist worldview very different from the currently prevalent scientific materialism. Indeed, says Taigen Dan Leighton, Zen cannot be fully understood outside of a worldview that sees reality itself as a vital, dynamic agent of awareness and healing. In this book, Leighton explicates that worldview through the writings of the Zen master Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), considered the founder of the Japanese Soto Zen tradition, which currently enjoys increasing popularity in the West. The Lotus Sutra, arguably the most important Buddhist scripture in East Asia, contains a famous story about bodhisattvas (enlightening beings) who emerge from under the earth to preserve and expound the Lotus teaching in the distant future. The story reveals that the Buddha only appears to pass away, but actually has been practicing, and will continue to do so, over an inconceivably long life span. Leighton traces commentaries on the Lotus Sutra from a range of key East Asian Buddhist thinkers, including Daosheng, Zhiyi, Zhanran, Saigyo, Myoe, Nichiren, Hakuin, and Ryokan. But his main focus is Eihei Dogen, the 13th century Japanese Soto Zen founder who imported Zen from China, and whose profuse, provocative, and poetic writings are important to the modern expansion of Buddhism to the West. Dogen's use of this sutra expresses the critical role of Mahayana vision and imagination as the context of Zen teaching, and his interpretations of this story furthermore reveal his dynamic worldview of the earth, space, and time themselves as vital agents of spiritual awakening. Leighton argues that Dogen uses the images and metaphors in this story to express his own religious worldview, in which earth, space, and time are lively agents in the bodhisattva project. Broader awareness of Dogen's worldview and its implications, says Leighton, can illuminate the possibilities for contemporary approaches to primary Mahayana concepts and practices.
He was always the class clown, the kind of kid who made his parents laugh even
while they were trying to discipline him. When Martin was 10, he made the
mistake of telling his father he wanted to go into show business. His father told.
Author: Marcia Menter
Publisher: Red Wheel
This practical guide to finding spirituality at the office can help reduce stress and turn workplace challenges into a path toward enlightenment. The Office Sutras can help transform any job—even a terrible one—into an active part of spiritual practice. With wit and wisdom, Marcia Menter helps us recognize that the things that drive us crazy at work can be doorways to growth and understanding if we approach them with an open mind and heart. In chapters like "The Slough of Suckiness," "Are They Paying Me Enough?," and "The Dream That Got Away," Menter shares practical techniques, exercises, and mantras for finding divinity in the resentments that can make anyone's job miserable. Each chapter includes inspiring mantras for bad days, such as "If God had wanted me to spend my whole life in my office, he would have given me a nicer office." Menter contends that the job you have right now, for all its imperfections, may be just the spiritual challenge you need to confront the most important issues of life—issues like self-worth and fulfillment and paying your way in the world. The Office Sutras will help readers find opportunities for growth and peace in even the most stultifying of work situations.
... tan trousers and a beach shirt, his plumbing-pipe neck half a metre in height for
the purpose of watching for police; a plump woman with ruby lips and zip-up
breasts used as carry bags for pharmaceuticals; a muscular clown with gaol
Author: Levin A. Diatschenko
"The rooftop sutras is a series of strange and unusual tales set in a mythologised "suburbia". It follows various inhabitants as they attempt to stay awake amidst hypnotic repitions of routine"... backcover.
... like an art I refuse to enjoy. For my dollar, I enjoy the ceramic crying clown of a
cup of the black stuff, indistinguishable from one to another, demarcated by
shaking hands and sullen glances up, for one more refill before it's time to go
Science. Sutra. EARLY IN SHAKESPEARE'S play The Tempest, a clown named
Trinculo takes shelter from the storm in a most unappealing place: under the
monster, Caliban, explaining that “misery acquaints a man with strange
Author: David P. Barash
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Many high-profile public intellectuals -- including "New Atheists" like Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and the late Christopher Hitchens -- have argued that religion and science are deeply antagonistic, representing two world views that are utterly incompatible. David Barash, a renowned biologist with forty years of experience, largely agrees with them, but with one very big exception: Buddhism. In this fascinating book, David Barash highlights the intriguing common ground between scientific and religious thought, illuminating the many parallels between biology and Buddhism, allowing readers to see both in a new way. Indeed, he shows that there are numerous places where Buddhist and biological perspectives coincide and reinforce each other. For instance, the cornerstone ecological concept -- the interconnectedness and interdependence of all natural things -- is remarkably similar to the fundamental insight of Buddhism. Indeed, a major Buddhist text, the Avatamsaka Sutra, which consists of ten insights into the "interpenetration" between beings and their environment, could well have been written by a trained ecologist, just as current insights in evolutionary biology, genetics and development might have been authored by the Buddha himself. Barash underscores other notable similarities, including a shared distrust of simple cause-and-effect analysis, an appreciation of the "rightness" of nature, along with an acknowledgment of the suffering that results when natural processes are tampered with. Buddhist Biology shows how the concept of "non-self," so confusing to many Westerners, is fully consistent with modern biology, as is the Buddhist perspective of "impermanence." Barash both demystifies and celebrates the biology of Buddhism and vice versa, showing in a concluding tour-de-force how modern Buddhism --shorn of its hocus-pocus and abracadabra -- not only justifies but actually mandates both socially and environmentally "engaged" thought and practice. Buddhist Biology is a work of unique intellectual synthesis that sheds astonishing light on biology as well as on Buddhism, highlighting the remarkable ways these two perspectives come together, like powerful searchlights that offer complementary and stunning perspectives on the world and our place in it.
The third and fourth chapters of the sutra , entitled “ The Disciples ” and “ The
Bodhisattvas ” respectively , describe how Shakyamuni ... Thus , for example ,
Shariputra is from first to last in the Vimalakirti Sutra treated as a kind of clown .
Author: Bertram Lenox Putnam WealePublish On: 1934
... in cape and sword , ladies with long blonde wigs , chaste virgins , whispering
priests , satyrs with goat ' s legs , ugly slaves , red devils with green horns ,
Shakespearean clowns , Buddhist monks , wise men , martyrs , 312 THE SILVER SUTRA.
TRANSMITTER OF THE LOTUS SUTRA : “ THE PREACHER " The Bhanaka in
Sanskrit Literature A survey of a ... were there , namely , jugglers , court bards ,
actors , dancers , athletes , wrestlers , tambourine - players , clowns , tumblers ...
Author: Keisho Tsukamoto
Publisher: Kosei Pub
"The central idea of the Lotus Sutra is integration, that the teaching of three vehicles is an expedient to enable all to reach enlightenment. The Lotus Sutra can be considered the scripture of a religious movement within Mahayana Buddhism that set out to integrate the religion, thought, and culture of the peoples who lived in northwestern India around the beginning of the common era. This book verifies the historical background, together with the relevant social and cultural factors that encouraged such religious harmony and fostered establishment of the idea of integration. It approaches those phenomena through not only philology but also historical science, archaeology, art history, paleography, epigraphy, and numismatics."--Publisher's website.
Who suicides by weapon , eating poison , burning himself in flames of fire ,
drowning in deep water and practises mis - conduct , does ill activities like clowns
or possesses vessels and outfits against the rules of sage - conduct ; such person
Jaina canonical text with illustrations and translations.
Two minutes later , there would be a hurried procession of fifty short boys ,
looking like little clowns with towels knotted tightly around their naked brown
bodies , rushing down from the dormitory towards Bathroom Row , actors in a
Third World ...
Author: Richard Crasta
Category: Business & Economics
The Sage Course Companion on Strategic Management is an accessible introduction to the subject that avoids lengthy debate in order to focus on the core concepts. It will help the reader to develop their understanding of the key theories, whilst enabling them to bring diverse topics together in line with course requirements. The Sage Course Companion also provides advice on getting the most from your course work; help with analysing case studies and tips on how to prepare for examinations. Designed to compliment existing strategy textbooks, the Companion provides: - Quick and easy access to the key themes in strategic management - Tips on how to effectively use theory and avoid common errors - Typical examination questions, with outline approaches to the answers - 'Taking it Further' sections that provide a critical discussion of the theory and its applicability to business situations - A glossary of strategic management terminology - A textbook guide directing the reader to additional supporting material The Sage Course Companion on Strategic Management is much more than a revision guide for undergraduates; it is an essential tool that will help readers take their understanding to new levels and help them achieve success in their course. Postgraduate students and those taking professional courses will also find this book acts a us.
300 ) , better known to modern readers as the Kama Sutra . Vatsyayana writes
not only of their comic talent , but also of their ability to effect reconciliations
between men and women . 2 . Chinese theater clowns are discussed in Dana ...
Author: John H. Towsen
Publisher: E P Dutton
Category: Performing Arts
A pictorial and textual account of the evolution of clowning shows that clowns, usually identified with the circus, have played important roles in other forms of entertainment such as theatre, folk dances, and rituals and rodeos