Thursday, 4 August 2011

Buddha and Cats - new Buddha's Face You Tube Video

Here it is as promised to the tune of Everyone Wants to be a Cat from the Aristocats a sterling collection of Buddha Cats and Buddha and a cat slideshow referred to in the previous post. Until I researched this I never knew there was so much interest in these two subjects. Right back to my day job and I sense a Buddha Cats 2 in the making in the not too distant future !

A cat that jumps on a hot stove will never jump on a hot stove again.

Neither will it jump on a cold stove.

Michael Cameron

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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Buddha Cats Picasa Slideshow

Coming soon a new You Tube video of these wonderful Buddha cat pictures which I've now uploaded to our Picasa web album. Enjoy.

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Buddha Cat Statue

We like cats at the Buddha's Face so I thought I would put my mind to see if the two topics of the Buddha and cats could come together in a single entity and lo and behold there is . This wonderful statue is of a meditating Buddha cat who exhibits the serene contemplation associated with the enlightened Buddha.

There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.

Wesley Bates

Kill the Buddha

After years sitting on his cushion, a monk has what he believes is a discovery: a glimpse of enlightenment, the Buddha mind, the expectant final payment for his years of spiritual toiling and longing. Describing the experience to his master, all the same, he is told that what has occurred is par for the course, nothing special, perhaps even detrimental to his pursuance. And then the master gives the student demoralising advice: If you come across the Buddha, he says, kill him.

Why kill the Buddha? Because the Buddha you come across is not the true Buddha, but a construction of your yearning. If this Buddha is not killed he will only stand in your way.

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense." Buddha

Lucky Thai Buddhist Amulets - the power to stop bullets !

We’ve written about the Thai amulet business before on the Buddha’s Face blog and it is an area where age old traditions and superstitions combine with millennial old Buddhism to create a typically Thai amalgam. In fact Thai soldiers who went to fight in the Iraq War had special amulets created that were thought to have powers to ward off bullets - I wonder if Superman woar one ?

My Thai father–in–law – sadly departed was a great believer in their power as he got older added more and more to his collection which he wore around his neck which was an unusual sight to the unitiated

In the following You tube video is a great news report with English sub titles about this unusual and fascinating area of Thai-Buddhist culture.

Alien Buddha Head Pop Art -The Ambient Buddha 2

I like this Buddha head - a lot - the artist has taken the classic Buddha head (he has the long ear lobes associated with the Buddha) and given it an Andy Warholian pop art twist. If aliens existed on other planets in the universe then sentient life can said also to exist and if this is so then it is not far-fetched to think that the concept of trying to understand their existence would be part of their culture and beings would come about that would have more insight and depth to this study. So Buddhas or enlightened ones could exist in galaxies far away. Whatever the truth - it is out there - but in the meantime we should concentrate on the truth that lies within ourselves and try to solve the problems enough that we have on our own planet.

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.


Beautiful Red Buddha Painting

Just found this beautiful Red Buddha meditating whilst looking for stuff to blog. I love the stylised clear lines and the fact that the artist has chosen an unusual colour to use. Almost like graffiti art which I have covered before - particularly the famous Banksy Broken Buddha.

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday,

and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow:

Our life is the creation of our mind.”


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Monday, 1 August 2011

Buddha and the Moon - War,Pacifism and Non-Violence

A great quote from the Buddha and one many politicians and newspaper editors and proprietors would do well to heed. The moon is a mysterious entity dominating the night sky so near and so far we think we know it and yet we know it not at all. Man has landed on it but what difference have we made.

I always remember that when the US landed on it in 1969 it seemed like a seminal moment in the history of mankind but the same government that carried out this amazing technological feat was dropping record tonnages of bombs on the people of North Vietnam. It is worth remembering 3 and half million Vietnamese lost their lives and for what. The Buddha’s unerring stance on war and violence speaks loudly to us today and in fact more so as man’s horrific ability to destroy has grown exponentially than it did when he first formulated his philosophy 2500 years ago. When your heart is filled with love and compassion then war is unthinkable and undoable.

Howl at the moon and bow your eyes - peace must surely come when we have exhausted all the other possibilities for resolution.

Read more at the Buddha's Face:

Vietnamese Buddhist monk's self immolation

The Buddha's stance on war and violence

I am a steadfast follower of the doctrine of non-violence which was first preached by Lord Buddha, whose divine wisdom is absolute...

All forms of violence, especially war, are totally unacceptable as means to settle disputes between and among nations, groups and persons.

Dalai Lama

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Do cats exhibit Buddha nature ?

Some say cats exhibit Buddha nature – they live in the moment - not the past or the future for them. What they think the most - they probably become – they are certainly deserving of their own love and affection. However they live by violence as an inbuilt means to survive and they lack the wanderlust ability to leave their human ‘owner’ and seek truth – preferring the warm hearth and lap of domesticated civilisation – PERHAPS THIS IS THE TRUTH ? Also as they have problems reading I don’t expect any feline comments on this entry to contradict my half –hearted assertion. Any way this was just an excuse to include a photo of a cat and a Buddha and remind us of a cat and a beautiful kitten I encountered in a Buddhist temple in Thailand earlier this year.

"Of all animals, he alone attains the Contemplative Life. He regards the wheel of existence from without, like the Buddha. There is no pretense of sympathy about the cat. He lives alone, aloft, sublime, in a wise passiveness." Andrew Lang

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The Buddha does Coke - typical South Park over the toppery !

South Park is of course famous for pushing the boundaries of taste. When the adult animated cartoon first came out I was a fan of it scurrilous ground breaking , anarchic approach but it must be said I've tired of it as it widens the boundaries every wider to find topics to lampoon. So it's not surprising that along with Muhammed and Jesus the Buddha gets a mention. In this short clip we see him being admonished by Jesus for snorting coke. The real Buddha of course would be 'higher' than any coke could make him - and it would be longer lasting too. Give me Lisa Simpson becoming a Buddhist anytime !

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