Sunday, 28. September 2008
Thangka

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Best ever within the range of the Thangkas is the Website of the Dharmapala Thangka Centre - School of Thangka Painting. All about Tibetan Iconography, the creation of a masterpiece Thangka, summary of all 77 Medical Thangkas and of course a large picture gallery. (English version)

A large and beautiful gallery: The Buddhist Art of Thanka by Nick Dudka.

Another one: Thangka Paintings created by monks in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Tibet by Exotic India.


Allen tibetischen Rollbildern (thang ka) ist eigen, dass sie dem Gläubigen Hilfsmittel sind auf seinem Weg zur Befreiung von Übel und Leiden, die ihn bedrängen. Thang kas werden deshalb auch "mthong grol", Befreiung durch Sehen genannt.

Thangka - eine gute Übersicht von TibetFocus. (German)

Der absolute Hammer im Bereich der Thangkas ist die Website des Dharmapala Thangka Centre - School of Thangka Painting. Hier erfährt man alles! Die ikono-grafischen Grundlagen, wie ein Thangka entsteht, die 77 Medizin Thangkas und natürlich hat es auch eine riesige Galerie.
(German version)

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Category: Meditation & Mind | Religion & Early Cultures |




Loops of Zen

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This puzzle game is about harmony. Rotate pieces by clicking on them. When no more loose ends remain, you will enter a new realm of consciousness. That realm is a new level of Loops of Zen. There are 50 levels, but is it necessary to experience them all? That depends on you. Did you know that the game is different every time you play? The best thing about Loops of Zen may be the loops. Or the zen. Enjoy!

Loops of Zen
Category: Games & Humor |




Saturday, 20. September 2008
Helike - The Real Atlantis

On a winter night in 373 BC, the classical Greek city of Helike was destroyed by a massive earthquake and tidal wave. The entire city and all its inhabitants were lost beneath the sea. What has bewitched archaeologists about Helike is that it was engulfed just when ancient Greece was reaching its height; when the philosophy and art that inspired the western world for thousands of years were invented.

Inspiring the myth

Its destruction was one of the most appalling tragedies of the classical world and most probably the reality behind the myth of Atlantis. But now, unlike Atlantis, a team of archaeologists may have found Helike - a lost city from the heyday of Greek civilisation. If it is as well preserved as everyone hopes, Helike could be a time capsule from this crucial time in human development.

For centuries there had been just no sign of it. All archaeologists had to guide them were obscure and often contradictory ancient texts. So, despite numerous expeditions trawling the waters off the coast of Greece and vast amounts of money and technology thrown at the problem, no one could find anything except two small coins, unearthed over a hundred years ago.

Not drowned but buried

Then, in 1988 Dora Katsonopoulou and Steven Soter took up the challenge. Dora had grown up with the legend from childhood and was determined to find the archaeological treasure on her doorstep. Together they went back to basics and re-examined the ancient texts. These said that Helike had sunk into a poros, which everyone had taken to mean Gulf of Corinthe. But Dora thought that a poros could also be an inland lagoon. If she was right, the lost city which had inspired Atlantis might not be under the sea, as everyone thought, but somewhere inland.

A landscape on the move

Studying the geology of the region, earthquake expert Iain Stewart argues that a large earthquake could well cause an inland lagoon. Small recent earthquakes in the region have caused ground liquefaction - a terrifying phenomenon where the ground literally turns to water beneath your feet. If the same had happened on a much larger scale then the whole city could have been plunged downwards, taking much of the city below sea level. But the earthquake in 373 BC could also have had a second more devastating effect. As well as liquifaction recent earthquakes have caused chunks of coastline to fall into the sea. If this happened on a large scale underwater landslides could cause a large wave, or tsunami. This would race across the Gulf of Corinthe, ricochet off the opposite bank and come charging back again, to crash over the sunken plain and fill in the lagoon.

Dora's theory makes sense, except for one thing. There is no lagoon in the region today. There is, though, a trail of clues that explains what could have happened. An ancient bridge that is strangely nowhere near water shows how river sediment coming down from the mountains changes the shape of the plain - over hundreds of years the lagoon would have silted up, hiding the lost city beneath solid ground. A host of boreholes drilled into the plain and a remote cave with the legend attached to it have helped pinpoint where the now underground city might lie.

Glimpses of Ancient Greece

Slowly Dora and Steven have pieced it all together, but there have been several false starts along the way. The first lot of ruins they found were Roman - a settlement built hundreds of years after Helike's disappearance to honour the famous lost city. Next they found ruins that turned out to be prehistoric - an early bronze age settlement built 2,500 years before Helike. It wasn't until 2001 that Dora and Steven at last got their breakthrough.

Whilst Horizon was filming, the team uncovered ruins from classical Greece. Securely dated by coins and pottery, the team are convinced they have at last found the city they've been looking for. It will take years to uncover Helike's riches, but for the first time in thousands of years, we have glimpses of the lost city that inspired Atlantis.

Source: BBC 2


'Helike - The Real Atlantis' by BBC Horizon, 2002

Duration: 48 minutes



You may also like to read The Transcript.

See also:
In Echoes of Atlantis, Dr Iain Stewart, who appears in the Horizon programme, explains more about Helike, Plato and the search for Atlantis.

And The Lost Cities of Helike by Helike Foundation.
Category: Buildings & Places | Movies & TV |


Observing Ramadan

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Muslim faithful throughout the world are currently observing the holy month of Ramadan. Observant Muslims participate in fasting (sawm), one of the five pillars of their faith, this entire Lunar month (this year it extends from September 1st to the 30th). Eating, drinking, smoking and sexual activity is prohibited from dawn until sunset, when the fast is broken with the evening meal called Iftar. Local customs define varying traditions, including differing types of food used to break the daily fast. The fasting is meant to teach a person patience, humility and sacrifice, to set aside time to ask forgiveness, practice self-restraint, and pray for guidance in the future.

News Stories in Photographs: Observing Ramadan (35 photos total) by The Big Picture.
Category: News & Stories | Religion & Early Cultures |


The Love Calculator

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Check your love compatibility by Birthday & Astrology with the The Love Calculator .
Smart and simple enough for anyone.

There is one thing to note - the results given are not always entirely true, because there are much more factors to human behavior and relationships, other than his birthday, so you should use that result only as a guideline and not rely on it completely.

Category: Astrology & Astronomy | Games & Humor |


Karma - What Is It and What Is Its Influence?

How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

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The word "Karma", is a word everyone knows, but what does it actually mean?

Karma is simply something that exists within us, which moves us all and is made up of events that have happened, or will happen to us. How can things that happened to us make Karma?

Here it is important to understand that anything we did is effectively saved in our consciousness and reappears. We save everything we do in our consciousness; this is the fundamental point to keep in mind when considering Karma.

This consciousness works as a spirit and when the spirit comes to the time of death it detaches itself becoming independent and separates from the body.

When this consciousness which was in the spirit disappears, it will be reborn again. Just because consciousness has disappeared, does not mean things that happened in the past will disappear altogether.

When consciousness disappears, everything that happened to us will remain latent and reappear; these things that are latent in all of us will continuously cause a reaction and influence our life and being.


Understanding Karma

Karma is always there and influences our lives - This is the essence of Karma.

To understand Karma fully, we need to understand the concept of reincarnation.

Reincarnation simply means that everything is repeated. Something which exists continuously therefore leads to repetition. Past, present and future are therefore interwoven. Our lives are influenced by this law and every creature on the earth is born and then dies and is reborn.

Read more ...
Category: Articles & Essays | Incarnation & Death |


PocketChapel

What the heaven is PocketChapel?
To put it simple. PocketChapel is a free software altar for your Computer. A lot of people work more than 8 hours a day on their computers. Know that computertime is lifetime. Give PocketChapel a chance to balance your life or helping you to stand your dark hours. It's an software altar for almost all christian denominations.

• Create your own special christian altar on your Computer.

• Choose the looking and the furniture of your altar.

• Place flowers, holy objects and candles on your altar.

• Add your wishes to the altar candles.


PocketChapel by Dario Gibellini.

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Category: Lifestyle & Trend |


Saturday, 13. September 2008
Countdown to Armageddon

The divine chronology outlined in the Old Testament's 'Book of Revelations' has convinced thousands of Christians that the end of the world is rapidly approaching. This absorbing and startling documentary argues that the signals of Armageddon’s imminent arrival are everywhere.

Incredible High Definition footage of perilous natural disasters and manmade tragedies starkly demonstrates that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may be closer than we think.

'Countdown to Armageddon' is a documentary film that reviews the history of apocalyptic literature (Armageddon). The documentary features archaeologist/historian Eric H. Cline, Orthodox Christian scholar John McGuckin, televangelist John Hagee, author Tim LaHaye and author Gershom Gorenberg.


'Countdown to Armageddon' by History Channel, 2004
Duration: 44 minutes



From the cover:

"The End is Near" is a cry that has echoed throughout human history. Every religion has stories of the end of the world, and believers in every era have prophesized that the time was at hand. So far, these predictions have come to naught, but a rash of unusual events and the rise of fundamental faiths have led to a new golden era of doomsayers.

Asteroids on a collision course with Earth, super volcanoes, global warming, killer viruses--all are potential catastrophes that threaten to wipe out life on our planet. Are these simply natural disasters that have been occurring since time immemorial? Or are these threats terrifying prophesies from the Bible that are at last coming true? Are our fears overblown? Or are the infamous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse riding among us in a countdown to Armageddon?
Category: Movies & TV | Prophecies & Mediums |


Japanese Buddhist Art

Eye Candy:

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The Planets and the Northern Constellation
Japanese, Kamakura period, 13th century
Panel; ink, color, and gold on silk


See remarkable holdings include statues, paintings, and ritual objects. Notable are the wooden image of Miroku, the Bodhisattva of the Future, by the late twelfth-century master sculptor Kaikei, the eighth-century icon of the Historical Buddha Preaching on Vulture Peak, and the exquisite twelfth-century paintings of Batô Kannon, the Horse-headed Bodhisattva of Compassion, and Bishamonten, Guardian of the North.

All pictures are zoomable for closer examination, perhaps works in IE only.

Website Collection Page: Japanese Buddhist Art by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Or choose The Interactive Tour.

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White-robed Bodhisattva of Compassion
Japanese, Muromachi period, first half of the 16th century
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Category: Art & Visions | Religion & Early Cultures |


Rain

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This is a very nice music play thing for a short meditation: Rain

Play around with your mouse ... and click ...
Category: Meditation & Mind | Music & Voices |


How to Create an Affirmation That Works

A positive affirmation can lift your life and help you achieve your goal. Such an affirmation sends your message to the Universe, and the Universe listens and responds in positive manifestation of your desires.

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The affirmation must be a dedicated belief, not just an adhoc approach to "trying it out". You must be prepared to free yourself from your limiting insecurities and judgements and replace them with beliefs that you have unlimited potential.

There are many variations possible: they can be spoken, they can be recorded in your private diary repetitively, or written on individual sticky notes and hung around your daily environment.

Getting Started

Decide on a goal... Spend a few minutes (or as long as you need) in a relaxing environment. What is your real desire? Is it do with relationships? Or career, self-love, direction, improved health, or energy (to name a few)?

    1. If you can't think of a goal, do you have a negative nagging thought that you could turn around? For example, instead of thinking "I am fat" every morning, you could change this around to "I am healthy and energised".

    2. Believe without fear that your desire will come true. Know that you truly deserve what you are asking for, without guilt.

    3. Let your affirmation go with love and trust. To focus intensely on the affirmation after establishing it will stifle it. Simply return to the affirmation gently once a day to boost your power. Gentle, successive sessions will have a compound effect.


Some Rules

  • Always create your affirmation in present tense. Place yourself in the situation as you want it - to talk about it in future tense will mean your desire is always waiting to happen.
  • Use only positive words. The Universe does not acknowledge words such as "not" or "don't". So, instead of saying "I am not poor" (the Universe will only hear "I am poor"), say "I have enough money for all that I need".
  • Indulge yourself in the moment as your affirmation sinks in. Then, let it go. By not dwelling on how the change might show up, you let the Universe work her magic naturally.
  • Keep your affirmation short and specific. Focus on one key element at a time, without the clutter of many desires all at once.
  • Repetition of your affirmation means your desire can sink into every fibre of your being, settling naturally into your way of life.


Some Tips

  • Write the affirmation by hand. Write it hundreds of times, until the affirmation has imprinted itself into your subconscious mind.
  • First thing in the morning or last thing at night when you are your most relaxed are good times to use affirmations. Our minds are more open to absorbing behaviour-changing patterns then.
  • Generally, work with any single affirmation a maximum of two weeks. This isn't too long for staleness to set in, but long enough for the message to sink to every corner of your self-perception.
  • Dedicate your energy to every time you repeat your affirmation. To parrot your affirmation undermines its power and is a waste of time.



Source: Affirmations by Anita Revel.
Check also the hundreds of affirmations to help you achieve your goal in your career, love, health, parenthood, community and more ... or have a bit of fun with this Affirmations Generator. When you have your perfect affirmation that flows easily, fluently and often, prepare to receive what you are helping to manifest.
Category: Articles & Essays | Meditation & Mind |


Friday, 05. September 2008
Ocean Air Meditation

Calm down or just relax ...

This self-directed meditation presents the ocean's beauty and peaceful images to enhance your meditation experience. Allow yourself to focus on the soothing music and calming imagery as you release the tension of the day. (10 minutes)




Here is the same meditation, but it's guided. You can connect with the life force that is within you on breathing. As you view images of the ocean and sea life, focus on your breath as a way to center yourself. (10 minutes)



Enjoy!
Category: Meditation & Mind |


Tibetan Personality Test

The Tibetan Personality Test is quite short, it consists of only four questions, but you do need to think about your answers. Follow the instructions and take your time and like myself you may be surprised with the answers.

Be honest and do not cheat by looking up the answers. The mind is like a parachute; it works best when it is opened.

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And oh yes - first make a wish, then take the test.

Not sure what the Dalai Lama thinks of all this, but it's a great little time waster, one of the better ones out there.
Category: Games & Humor |


Kybalion

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Die Hermetik stammt aus der alt-ägyptischen Lehre des Hermes Trismegistos – so nannten die Griechen den ägyptischen Gott Thot, Hermes, Gott der Weisheit und Hermes der Götterbote. Dass die "wirklichen" Bücher, welche als Corpus Hermeticum bezeichnet werden, nicht früher als im 1. vorchristlichen Jahrhundert entstanden sein konnten, wurde von Isaac Casaubon 1614 durch philologische Argumente nachgewiesen.


Die grossen Werke, welche die Hermetik beschreiben, sind die Tabula Smaragdina, das Picatrix, das Corpus Hermeticum und das Kybalion.
Heute bringe ich Euch das Kybalium. Hier ein Auszug:

"Alles ist zweifach, altes ist Pole; alles hat seine zwei Gegensätze; Gleich und Ungleich ist dasselbe. Gegensätze sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im Grad verschieden; Extreme begegnen einander; alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halb-Wahrheiten; alle Paradoxa können in Übereinstimmung gebraucht wenden." -- Das Kybalion

Dieses Prinzip enthält die Wahrheit, dass "alles zweifach ist", dass "alles zwei Pole hat", dass "alles seine zwei Gegensätze hat". Alle diese Sätze sind alte hermetische Axiome. Das Prinzip erklärt die alten Paradoxe, die so viele Menschen verblüfft haben, indem sie feststellen, "Thesis und Antithesis sind ihrer Natur nach identisch, nur im


Grad verschieden"; "Gegensätze sind dasselbe, sie unterscheiden sich nur im Grad"; "Jedes Paar von Gegensätzen kann in Übereinstimmung gebracht werden"; "Extreme begegnen sich"; "Alles ist und ist nicht zu gleicher Zeit"; "Alle Wahrheiten sind nur Halbwahrheiten"; "Jede Wahrheit ist halb falsch"; "Jedes Ding hat zwei Seiten" usw. usw.

Hier das ganze Buch:

Das Kybalion - PDF (German)

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The Hermetic comes from the old-Egyptian apprenticeship of the Hermes Trismegistos. Hermes Trismegistos (Greek for "Hermes the thrice-greatest") is the syncretism of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian Thoth. That the "actual" books which are designated as Corpus Hermeticum could not have emerged earlier than in the 1st century BC was proved of Isaac Casaubon 1614 through philological arguments.

The series which describe the Hermetik are The Tabula Smaragdina, The Picatrix, The Corpus Hermeticum and The Kybalion. Today I bring you the Kybalium. An Extract:

"Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled." -- The Kybalion.

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This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is dual"; "everything has two poles"; "everything has its pair of opposites," all of which were old Hermetic axioms. It explains the old paradoxes, that have perplexed so many, which have been stated as follows: "Thesis and antithesis are identical in nature, but different in degree"; "opposites are the same, differing only in degree"; "the pairs of opposites may be reconciled"; "extremes meet"; "everything is and isn't, at the same time"; "all truths are but half truths"; "every truth is half-false"; "there are two sides to everything," etc., etc., etc.


The complete book:

The Kybalion - PDF (English)
Category: Books & Magazines | Mystics & Alchemy |


Sunday, 31. August 2008
When UFOs Arrive

'UFO Files' is a documentary television series on The History Channel that covers the mysteries of the UFO phenomena. It first aired in 2004.

'When UFOs Arrive' examines the secretive government policies for dealing with extra-terrestrial visitation – from the military reporting guideline "JANAP-146", to a curious chapter in a FEMA disaster guide on what to do in case of a UFO crash.

'When UFOs Arrive' by History Channel, 2004,
Duration: 44 minutes



From the cover:

Go to the limits of human experience...and beyond. From the fringes of the galaxy to our own backyards, the UFO FILES searches for evidence of life beyond our world. Tracing the long, convoluted history of UFO encounters and research, this unique series opens new windows into the controversial field.

It's all hush-hush as we track a secretive global paper trail, delving into government plans on how to deal with other-planet visitors. Searching historical records, we find that protocols are in place--from the U.S. military's JANAP-146 reporting requirements to France's Cometa files, from Chapter 13 of the FEMA Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control titled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential", to a now-repealed federal law titled "Extraterrestrial Exposure".
Category: Movies & TV | Ufo's & Aliens |


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