The Dharma of Westworld

the dharma of westworld

The Dharma of Westworld Westworld is a recent 10-epsiode science fiction TV show on HBO that is based on the original book and film by Michael Crichton.  In this world, android AI robots have advanced to the point where they are nearly indistinguishable from humans and are called “hosts”. They’re made for a Western-themed park where the “guests” (those who pay to get in) can have the ultimate them park experience with little to no consequences for their actions.  In this world, guests can act out their darkest fantasies which includes murdering the robots (who die in a spectacularly human … Continue reading

Rebel Buddha Book Review

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Rebel Buddha Book Review Book Title: Rebel Buddha: A Guide to A Revolution of Mind Author: Dzogchen Ponlop Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2011 Pages: 224 Paperback Price: $11.24  Kindle Price: $9.99 The author of this book is the 7th Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche who is the abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, a renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar, meditation master and is also one of the highest Tulkus (reincarnations of previous lamas) in the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the author of such works as: “Emotional Rescue”, “Penetrating Wisdom”, and “Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen”.  He is a witty and humorous speaker who … Continue reading

Alara Kamala – Buddha’s Teacher

Alara Kamala

Alara Kamala – Buddha’s Teacher The Buddha was born to a King and Queen in ancient India and was raised in such a way as to shield him from the suffering of life.  At his birth, a seer predicted that he would either become a great king or a holy man so the King and Queen went to great lengths to ensure that he would become the King and continue the family dynasty. Despite all of their efforts, Siddhartha managed to convince his charioteer to let him see the outside world. On these chariot rides, he saw an old man, … Continue reading

The Death of the Buddha

The Death of the Buddha After his enlightenment sitting under a tree at Bodhgaya, the Buddha went on to teach for an additional 45 years before his death.  In this article, I’ll be covering the events and the cause of his death according to modern science based on accounts found in the Buddhist sutras. The main source for the events surrounding the death of the Buddha is the Mahaparanibbana Sutta which belongs to the Pali canon. The Buddha died at approximately 483BC, at the age of 80 in the city of Kusinara (present-day Kushinagar). Buddha’s Last Meal Three months before … Continue reading

Tibetan Book of the Dead Book Review

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Tibetan Book of the Dead Teaching Book Review Book Title: The Tibetan Book of the Dead – The Great Book of Liberation Through Understanding in the Between Author: Robert A.F. Thurman Publisher: Broadway Books Year Published: 1994 Pages: 275 Paperback Price: $12.21 Kindle Price: $13.99 This book is a translation which was done by Buddhist teacher and longtime friend of the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman.  Thurman, who is the father of the famed actress Uma Thurman, is also a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Columbia and is widely regarded as an authority and noted scholar in … Continue reading