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Human Behavior, Tendency, Beauty  &  Ugliness

Autumn & winter 2016 Edition


Foreign ZEN monk in Japan

Buddhism came to Japan through China and produced ZEN.  Since 60s, it has fascinated many foreigners including Mr. Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. founder.  Muhō Noelke is a German Zen monk and the abbot of a Japanese Zen temple.  Why dose he become a Zen monk in Japan?  Through the half of his life, we could glimpse the deep world of Zen.  

Consumer and Dis-crimination Culture's future

India has been enjoying the high economic growth.  On the other hand, the long-standing issues such as the gap between the rich and the poor, rape crimes, the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus and so on are getting worse.  A prominent Indian writer sharply criticizes the recent Indian society.  

Sadness in the Land of Snow

Tibet called the "land of snow" was invaded by China in 50s.  Since then, Beijing has severely controlled it.  The Dalai Lama criticizes the policy toward Tibet, calling it "cultural genocide."   What is actually going on there?  This important report, which was prior to the Tibetans' large resistance in 2008, clearly explains what the Dalai Lama means.

The Himalayan voice goes beyond borders

Ms. Yungchen Lhamo is a Tibetan refugee's “diva.”  She fled Tibet under the control of China and went across the dangerous Himalayas for freedom.  Her talent and passion has been attracting not only many ordinary audiences but famous artists all over the world.  Enjoy the voice of “pure Hima-layan wind"!  

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Dr. Ambedkar, an Indian social activist, has not been widely known in the world, but like Mahatma Gandhi, he is actually and truly a great hero in India.  He was an untouchable in the caste but became the first minister of Justice of Independent India who drew up the draft of the constitution.  His deep will condemning the caste system has been surely inherited by his followers and those who sincerely long for freedom around the world.  

The climbing legend, Mr. Reinhold Messner is the first climber who reached the summit of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen.  Since the first ascent in 1953, Mt. Everest is now very crowded and a "mecca" for commercial mountaineering, where more than 600 climbers reaches the top yearly and has various problems.  The legend deeply worries about the recent situation for the mountain.  

In 70s, ordinary women in the Himalayas took a risk to protect forests sustaining their livelihood from commercial logging, embracing trees.  Their nonviolent resistance based on Gandhi's thought and action was called "Chipko Movement."  "Chipko" means "embracing" in Hindi.  Since then, this movement has influenced and inspired many environmental protection and women's liberation movements throughout the world.  

In Afghanistan, which is the western edge of the Himalayan region, a great Islamic poet and spiritual master, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was born in 13th century.  His poetry and words have been inspiriting not only Muslims but other religious believers and furthermore those who are sincerely searching the meaning of life.  Sadly, recently Islam has been deeply misunderstood because of the terrorism by Islamic State, Taliban and others.  You will surely understand the essence and love of Islam through the master’s rich spiritual world.

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The Illegal caste's custom still deeply remains in the Indian society.

Tibetan monks depicts the “truth” of the universe, creating a "sand mandala"

Super technique by a famous Indian Sitar musician whom the Beatles once asked to teach them.  

"Who and what divide our human societies?"  

Words of a Japanese Zen master many foreigners including Mr. Steve Jobs love.

Dalit Muslims of India

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Words of
     the Himalayan Wisdom

  “A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people."


The Himalaya Archive Japan running Himalaya Awareness Archives is a Japanese nonprofit organization with the organizational concept “Thinking of the Earth, Thinking from the Himalaya.” 

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