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Monday, November 24, 2003

Website
A great zen web experience at www.do-not-zzz.com/!
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Thursday, November 20, 2003

Art Exhibition
At the Fowler Museum on the UCLA campus:
From the Verandah: Art, Buddhism, Presence
October 5, 2003 to January 4, 2004

This simple experimental exhibition is a unique collaboration between the UCLA Fowler Museum, the UCLA Hammer Museum, and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Designed to evoke Buddhist concepts of heightened awareness and mindful engagement, the simple installation features the work of artists Wolfgang Laib and Hirokazu Kosaka, and the creative contributions of Michael Rotondi, Joe Goode, and Yuval Ron.

Teacher Workshops
In conjunction with this exhibit:
December 6 and November 22, 2003, 9 am-1 pm
ARTALK: Art, Religion, and Tradition in the K-12 Classroom
K-12 teachers are invited to celebrate, explore, and experience the visual and performing arts featuring in two exhibitions: The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia and From the Verandah: Art, Buddhism, Presence. Join guest scholars and artists for presentations and hands-on workshops in music, dance, meditation, and flower arranging. LAUSD salary point credit available. For an application call 310/825-7325. Registation deadline: September 29, 2003.
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Art Exhibition
Here is a link to the schedule at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Circle of Bliss is an exhibition of Tibetan, Nepalese, Mongolian, Indian, and Chinese paintings, sculptures, textiles, and ritual implements that communicate the ideals and teaching of key Himalayan Buddhist tantras. The exhibit ends January 4, 2004.

Includes a temporal sand mandala created specifically for the exhibit: The public also is invited to LACMA on Sunday, January 4, at 2 pm, for the dispersion ceremony, which will begin with elaborate religious and musical rituals performed by the monks. To acknowledge that everything is impermanent, The Circle of Bliss Sand mandala will be destroyed, its vivid sands ultimately swept away into the waters of the Pacific—to carry its blessings of planetary healing throughout the world.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Computer Toy
Maybe you'd be interested in this article on turning your hard drive into a prayer wheel.

Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, invites the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

They also believe you can produce the same effect by spinning the written form of the mantra around in a prayer wheel (called "Mani wheels" by the Tibetans). The effect is said to be multiplied when more copies of the mantra are included, and spinning the Mani wheels faster increases the benefit as well.
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