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Buddha World: The Mission To Build A Buddhist Amusement Park

As bizarre as it sounds, there really are some folks building a Buddhist-themed amusement park in Thailand.  And, even more bizarre, when you read about what’s being done it makes perfect sense.  I put it on my list of things I’ll regret not having done when I’m facing the bardo.

But I can do the next best thing, and so can you.  A couple of young filmmakers are attempting to raise enough money to fly to Thailand and make a documentary about the park.  (No, I don’t know if they have deer in the park, so don’t ask.)  Folks have underwritten their travel and living expenses, and they’re trying to raise $4K by August 26th for equipment and other expenses.

Subscribing with a reasonable donation (minimum is $1.00) will get you various bennies like a DVD of the finished film, etc.  This is a great chance to be a part of a worthwhile effort to spread Dharma awareness.  Give the website a look, and if you think it’s worth a few bucks, cough some up.  It may be the closest you’ll ever get to a trip to Thailand.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/buddhaworld/buddha-world?ref=live


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Beautiful Trip Through Indochinese Buddhism in Photos and Text

Alan Brigish sends the following:

In my recently published book, Breathing in the Buddha, I show how people, with far less than we manage to find a richness and satisfaction in their lives. And I discovered and explored a shocking truth ─ that the contentment and joy that go along with western ideas of Nirvana seem to exist, in some abundance, in worlds in which most of us would never choose to live.

Breathing in the Buddha is a photographic exploration of Buddhist life in Indochina. Join me in the most amazing trip of my life as I dive, head first, into Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia, accompanied only by my guide, my curiosity and my camera.

The book tells two parallel stories. The first explores with images and extended captions, the daily life of people in four countries of Indochina. The second story is an exploration of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path. The intent is for the reader to explore Buddhist philosophy in the context of daily existence of people, who, in the most densely populated part of the world, still practice Buddhism.

You can preview the book online at www.blurb.com/books/943361

We  have partnered with three reputable and successful organizations, run by American entrepreneur/ philanthropists that work in rural Asia.  100% of the gross profits from the sale of our books will go to one or more of these organizations.

Alan’s book is indeed gorgeous, and his photography outstanding.  Check it out.


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Are Buddhists Violent?

Are Buddhists Violent? – Forbes.com

Like many former residents of Bangkok, I have been watching the country’s slide into virtual civil war with a mixture of incredulity and tetchy disillusion. It is hard for us to think of one of the world’s only truly Buddhist states descending into a chaotic thuggery that would, alas, be less remarkable elsewhere. But why? Is it because of misperceptions we have about Buddhism?


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Buddhism, democracy and dictators

It seems that both Thailand and Burma are struggling with intense and immense pressures, most of them internally created, but also many from abroad. The latter pressures are generally dismissed by the two as outside interferences, as unwarranted intervention or more plainly as Western imperialism. With the generals of both nations proudly geared up in the latest scrambled-egg-covered uniforms and ruled by an elite that sweeps aside freedom movements as easily as dust under the carpet, the future for the general populace in both countries is bleak at best, at least in the next 20-50 years.
Buddhism, democracy and dictators – upiasiaonline.com