Despite a diminishing number of requests, here they are again,the deathless Buddhist Christmas Carols! Happy Holidays! Buddhist Carols
O Western Land of Utmost Bliss O Western Land of Utmost Bliss How pure we see thee lie. Your lotus flowers give birth to us, Our karma purified. The vows of Amitabha, The one of Limitless Light, Saves everyone who says his name, Reborn in pure delight.
At the ISKCON center in Mayapur they treat cows kindly. It's true for most of India, to be sure, but the Krishna Devotees have created an Old Cows Home that really does it right. I took walks there in the mornings last week while in India for the URI Global Assembly. The story goes like this: in West Bengal, if a cow gets old and stops giving milk, it's hard on the farmer's pocketbook to keep feeding her/him/it. But in India people rarely kill cows so what to do? The Krishna center at Mayapur decided to invite the farmers to donate their old, milkless cows to the Mayapur Goshala, or "Cow Home." The cows came, the devotees gave each cow its own name, its own stall (with name painted overhead) and sang the names of God to the cows all day long. Guess what happened? The cows started to give milk again. So much milk that it provided for all the yoghurt, ghee, and millk needs for the entire community, with surplus to sell.
Just returned from the United Religions Initiative's Global Assembly in Mayapur, India. Did a lot of singing this time. Traveling with a guitar has always been a problem and I believe I have found a solution. This trip I took a folding guitar, a Voyage-air, designed by Harvey Leach, in Colfax, California. It folds up into a backpack, then unfolds into a full-size, beautiful-sounding guitar. I used it a dozen times in front of hundreds of Interfaith friends, and here is the proof. Photos are by my traveling companion, Chung Guo-chi (Tru Chung). Click here for the photos!
I'm sitting in a tent at the United Religions Initiative's Global Assembly with 400 friends from 30 religions and 60 countries. An outstanding gathering of spiritual pilgrims and friends. I sang "Dedication of Merit" last night to conclude the program. Tomorrow we sail on the Ganges!
In the photo are the first URI friends I met in Mayapur: Sally Mahe and Charles Gibbs. Behind Sally and Charles are Abraham Karickam, a Mar Thoma Christian from Kerala, South India and Ratta Chana, a Sikh from Nairobi, Kenya.