May 27, 1994 |
I have no idea what the Buddhist equivalent of Sunday school is like, but I bet it has a similar effect to that of Bernardo Bertolucci's "Little Buddha. " Pitched toward children and, by extension, millions of Western adults who have no real knowledge of the religion, this unique film bears a warm, reassuring sweetness akin to a gentle sermon. It's quite a departure for Bertolucci, Italy's great examiner of man's darkest sexual ("Last Tango in Paris"), political ("The Last Emperor")
March 4, 2001 |
There is a hole stamped in the dust jacket of Karen Armstrong's new book, Buddha. In it rests a photo of a stone head of Buddha, who gazes downward, princely and serene. The effect is intriguing, even mysterious. It seems to suggest that we can know the Buddha only from a distance. Yet it hints, too, that Buddhahood, or enlightenment, awaits within, separated from our surface reality by nothing at all. For 2,500 years Buddha has been an elusive figure, as Armstrong, a religion scholar and best-selling author, discovered in researching her latest book.
May 4, 2002 |
When jockey Pat Day's phone rang early yesterday morning, the news was not good. His mount, Buddha, one of the favorites in today's 128th Kentucky Derby, was out of the race, scratched because of a bruised foot. Shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday, while the massive gray colt was being led out of Stall No. 7, Barn 48, on the backside at Churchill Downs, trainer James Bond noticed a limp. "This is tough," said the dejected Bond, 44, a 28-year track veteran from New York who believed he finally had his first Kentucky Derby-worthy horse, and even a potential winner, in Buddha.
May 25, 1996 |
One after another, women draped in baggy gray robes got up to sprinkle water and flower petals over a ceramic statue of the baby Buddha. The Enlightened Master turned 2,540 years old yesterday, the women said. To celebrate his birthday, the small contingent of the devout from the Philadelphia area's Vietnamese community had gathered in the converted garage of a ranch-style house in Salford to perform the ritual of the nine dragons, in which the Buddha is symbolically bathed with the water of the four seas.
May 17, 1986 |
On the narrow, blue-gray road that winds almost two miles up this mountain just outside Seoul, a block-long file cabinet has been erected under a feeble plywood shelter. In that crude wooden cabinet, 1,000 cubbyholes rest side by side. By late yesterday afternoon, almost all those cubbyholes had been filled with sheaves of paper - prayers for family, for friends, for health, for happiness and love; prayers for long life and the wisdom to make it worthwhile; prayers to Buddha, the enlightened one, on this, his 2,530th birthday.
April 14, 1991 |
IN A FESTIVE MOOD, members of the Palelai Buddhist Temple in South Philadelphia mark the Cambodian New Year, which began at 9:21 a.m. yesterday. The Year of the Goat was celebrated by offering food and flowers to Buddha, to the monks and nuns who live at the temple and to each other.
September 13, 1998 |
Outside the Chua Bo De Vietnamese Temple at 13th Street and Washington Avenue, Buddha smiles serenely. Smoke from incense curls around offerings of flowers, fruit, rice and tea that have been placed at altars by the front door. Inside, children sit at long tables, learning to read and write in Vietnamese. And upstairs, several hundred worshipers gather for Le Vu Lan, one of the four holiest days of their year. Vu Lan, translated as Mother's Day, is devoted to the physical and spiritual health of mothers, living and deceased.
November 6, 1988 |
The place is quiet now - far too quiet, many believe - but the ancient walls and time-worn artworks tell of once-great happenings here in this small village in the flat, steamy lowlands of southern Nepal. There is a 12-foot commemorative pillar, erected on this spot 2,300 years ago to honor an event that took place even earlier. There are scores of other now-ruined brick temples built to glorify what happened here; there is a centuries-old purifying bathing tank and an air of history that is almost palpable.
October 17, 1990 |
A couple of years ago, I saw a movie in one of those New Jersey strip mall movie theaters where last week's popcorn is still strewn around the lobby and the seats are sticky with . . . you don't want to think about it. In the vestibule was a lampstand whose large white shade was disfigured with brown cigarette burns and holes. Below the shade, anchoring the pole that supported the shade, was a gilded figure of the seated Buddha about two feet high. The lamp pole entered his head in the center of his skull.
October 25, 2012 |
The book chosen for next year's One Book, One Philadelphia tells a story many American families keep hidden in the attics of memory. For that reason alone, it's a very American tale. It's Julie Otsuka's Buddha in the Attic , a fictional retelling of the personal odysseys of hundreds of Japanese "picture brides" who sailed from Japan to the United States in the 1920s to marry men, most of them itinerant Japanese workers without other options, who had arranged for a wife to be sent over.