Cancelled and Archived “Archarya Zen” wiki, a preview of a bigger post

The below wikipedia entry was in fact cancelled. This is posted as a separate post as I am preparing a larger post, hence readers can refer to this piece of info separately in an easier reading flow.

The content is not the main focus of my intended next discussion post; however if you take the time to review them, you may find some eager and controversial claims like ‘treating cancer’. Some links are no longer valid, but that is not important.

In brief, the focus is that the editor of this wikipost knew much details about Archarya Zen and his projects. I shall elaborate and expand my discussion in the next post. Readers could take the time to do a preview of this and assess too.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acharya_Zen (2010)

Acharya Zen

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Acharya Zen is one of the only Buddhist Brahmins from the West whose distinguished lineage authored most of the important Buddhist and Hindu scriptures over the centuries. He uniquely combines Eastern spirituality with Western Motivational Speaking and is the creator of the international epic ‘Karma: The New Revolution’. [1] Filmed all over the world, the epic will explore all aspects of Karma and Redemption from the often quoted axiom of “what goes around comes around” to the role of Karma in various newsworthy events like the apology of Tiger Woods and the death of Michael Jackson [2]. It will also feature powerful real-life stories of Westerners using the principles of Karma or Karma Yoga to overcome serious challenges like adult and pediatric cancer, heart-attacks, health-care, the credit crunch, and crime [3]. Acharya Zen is also reviving the legacy of the Buddhist Brahmins who were the original leaders of the major Buddhist traditions from Theravada and Mahayana to Vajrayana and Zen. [4]

Contents

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· 1 Reviving the legacy of Buddhist Brahmins

· 2 Karma: The New Revolution

· 3 Eastern and Western Philosophies

· 4 International Locations

· 5 Karma Marga in the Fight Against Cancer and Heart-Attacks

· 6 Release Dates

· 7 Noteworthy Quotes

· 8 External Links

· 9 References

 

[edit] Reviving the legacy of Buddhist Brahmins

Acharya Zen is one of the Prime Architects behind the revival of the original Buddhist philosophies of India that have been praised by many Western scholars from Bertrand Russell and H.G. Wells to Arnold Toynbee and Arthur Schopenhauer among others. Bertrand Russell is reported to have said “Of all the great religions of the world, I prefer Buddhism — especially in its earliest forms” and Carl Jung has stated “As a student of comparative religions, I believe that Buddhism is the most perfect one the world has even seen. The philosophy of the theory of evolution and the law of karma were far superior to any other creed”. [5] H. G. Wells is also known to have said that “Buddhism has done more for the advance of true culture and world civilization than any other in the chronicles of mankind. [6] Similarly Arnold Toynbee has stated that “The Coming of Buddhism to the West well may prove to be the most important event of the 20th century” [7] and Max Muller declared “The Buddha’s moral code is the most perfect which the world has ever known”.[8]

In this context, Peter Masefield wrote, “The canonical texts show the early Buddhists seeking their sustenance mostly from Brahmin families, and the dhamma-cakkhu (the insight into the Four Truths) that led to liberation was given almost exclusively to men of Brahmin descent.” Acharya Zen upholds the belief that “The Shrestha Buddhist Brahmins were not so much a part of the “caste system” as we know it but instead comprised the most iconic Buddhist visionaries who authored, preserved and maintained the most significant Buddhist texts over the millennia. In fact the Buddha described the Buddhist Brahmins as the embodiment of spiritual wisdom and dedicated an entire chapter to them called ‘Brahmana-Varga’ in The Dharmapadas. Since then, the Brahmins served as the pillars of the Dharma from Padma Sambhava who brought Vajrayana to Tibet to Bodhi Dharma who founded Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu; from the Buddha’s closest disciple Sariputra to Shantideva — the author of The Way of the Bodhisattva; from Mahayana founders Nagarjuna and Asvaghosa to Theravada‘s top commentator Buddhaghosa; from the legendary gurus Mahakashyapa and Mahakatyayana to Kumarajiva — the most revered ambassador of Buddhism in China and Nagasena of Milindapanha fame; from Shanta Rakshita — the Kashmiri Pandit and abbot of Nalanda University to Manjushri — the spiritual mentor to Buddhism’s greatest patron King Ashoka… the list goes on. History therefore upholds the contribution of Brahmins to Buddhism as truly peerless.” [9]Acharya Zen further clarifies, “Even in the Vedas the title of Shrestha Brahmin was not conferred merely on the basis of one’s birth but more importantly on the basis of one’s conduct and mastery over ‘apara gyan’ or lower knowledge represented by texts and rituals; ‘para gyan’ or higher knowledge based on ‘sarvodaya’ or universal altruism and real-life experience gained through living the Dharma and ‘tatwa gyan’ or inspired knowledge based on ‘bhashyas’ or spiritual commentaries and ‘brahmodyas’ or spiritual debates. Therefore a non-Brahmin could join this elite group of Brahmins if he were to master the demanding Brahmacharya lifestyle”.[10]

 

[edit] Karma: The New Revolution

Karma: The New Revolution is an international epic by Acharya Zen which details all the main aspects of Karma tailored for a western audience. It also highlights the role Karma has played in current news events from the arrests of O.J. Simpson and Roman Polanski to the travails of young Hollywood celebrities and the perils of self-indulgence in violation of the laws of Karma.[11]. The film will also throw light on the Buddhist approach to Karma and Redemption that were also referred to in the apology of Tiger Woods. Acharya Zen was quoted by various news agencies as stating that “Karma and Redemption go hand in hand and in Verse 173 of The Dhammapadas, the Buddha states that ‘a person who makes amends for his mistakes can light up the world like the moon merging from the clouds’. This suggests that Tiger Woods can redeem himself by following the Buddha‘s last words ‘Appo Deepo Bhava’ or ‘Be a lamp unto yourself'”.[12]. The film will also take a respectful look at the lessons one can learn from the life and death of Michael Jackson.

 

[edit] Eastern and Western Philosophies

In addition to “an unprecedented plethora of Buddha’s teachings on Karma tailored for a Western audience”, the film will also feature other venerated Eastern philosophies from The Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Yogananda Paramhamsa and Swami Vivekananda. Furthermore, it will also include the scholarly views of some of the greatest Western philosophers including Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Bertrand Russell, Mark Twain, Carl Sagan, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Voltaire, Max Muller, Plato, H.G. Wells and such icons to explain the Scientific basis of Karma and the justification of the axiom of “what goes around comes around”. [13]. The film will also explain the role of Karma in Christianity and from a Judeo-Christian perspective due to the strong interest from Christians.[14]

 

[edit] International Locations

The film Karma: The New Revolution has been filmed in 12 countries around the world including the US, Japan, France, UK, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Hungary. [15] The exotic locales range from the Louvre Museum of Paris and the Asakusa Temple of Tokyo to the Sal Forests where the Buddha taught in India and the beaches where Gandhi dreamed of changing the world. A special sequence will also be filmed inside the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris. [16]

 

[edit] Karma Marga in the Fight Against Cancer and Heart-Attacks

The film will also feature powerful real-life testimonials of people who have used Karma Marga and Dharmic philosophies to overcome serious adversity from heart-attacks to pediatric cancer. [17]. It will also show how everyday people have used an understanding of the principles of Karma to overcome the challenges of health-care and the recession as well as victims of abusive and unhappy childhoods. [18]. The film will also explain various explanations as to why bad things happen to good people and how one can overcome serious setbacks in one’s life.

 

[edit] Release Dates

The Release dates for the film and the original soundtrack will be announced soon.[19]

 

[edit] Noteworthy Quotes

Acharya Zen upholds the belief that “The Shrestha Buddhist Brahmins were not so much a part of the “caste system” as we know it but instead comprised the most iconic Buddhist visionaries who authored, preserved and maintained the most significant Buddhist texts over the millennia. In fact the Buddha described the Buddhist Brahmins as the embodiment of spiritual wisdom and dedicated an entire chapter to them called ‘Brahmana-Varga’ in The Dharmapadas. Since then, the Brahmins served as the pillars of the Dharma from Padma Sambhava who brought Vajrayana to Tibet to Bodhi Dharma who founded Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu; from the Buddha’s closest disciple Sariputra to Shantideva — the author of The Way of the Bodhisattva; from Mahayana founders Nagarjuna and Asvaghosa to Theravada‘s top commentator Buddhaghosa; from the legendary gurus Mahakashyapa and Mahakatyayana to Kumarajiva — the most revered ambassador of Buddhism in China and Nagasena of Milindapanha fame; from Shanta Rakshita — the Kashmiri Pandit and abbot of Nalanda University to Manjushri — the spiritual mentor to Buddhism’s greatest patron King Ashoka… the list goes on. History therefore upholds the contribution of Brahmins to Buddhism as truly peerless.” [20]Acharya Zen further clarifies, “Even in the Vedas the title of Shrestha Brahmin was not conferred merely on the basis of one’s birth but more importantly on the basis of one’s conduct and mastery over ‘apara gyan’ or lower knowledge represented by texts and rituals; ‘para gyan’ or higher knowledge based on ‘sarvodaya’ or universal altruism and real-life experience gained through living the Dharma and ‘tatwa gyan’ or inspired knowledge based on ‘bhashyas’ or spiritual commentaries and ‘brahmodyas’ or spiritual debates. Therefore a non-Brahmin could join this elite group of Brahmins if he were to master the demanding Brahmacharya lifestyle”.[21]

Explaining the Buddhist concept of Karma and Redemption, Acharya Zen elaborates, “One of the most powerful stories of redemption in any religion is the inspirational saga of Angulimala who overcame a life full of depravity to become one of the Buddha’s best-known disciples. In fact his lesson is highlighted in Verse 173 of the Dhammapadas where the Buddha states that ‘a person who makes amends for the wrong he has done can light up the world like the moon merging from the clouds.’ This suggests that Tiger Woods has a real opportunity to become an even bigger inspiration by proving that a true role model is not one who never makes mistakes; but one who always makes amends.”[22]

Addressing the strong interest from the Christian Community, Acharya Zen stated “although the film features an unprecedented plethora of Buddhist philosophies tailored for a Western audience, we received a great deal of interest from Christians eager to know more about Karma from a Christian perspective. I’m not sure as to whether Brit Hume‘s comments triggered this reaction but we will now be including a new sequence filmed inside the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris to highlight the role of Karma in Christianity and many will be surprised by what we reveal.” [23]

Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed says that “Karma” is becoming highly popular in Hollywood and other entertainment industries. [24]

 

[edit] External Links

The Official Site of Karma: The New Revolution

The Official Site of Acharya Zen

The Official Site of The Acharya Zen Organization

VedanticBuddhism.com

[edit] References

^ http://oregonfaithreport.com/2010/03/karma-film-targets-tiger-apology-michael-jackson/

^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/cinema-news/hollywired/Can-Karma-redeem-Tiger/Article1-517410.aspx

^ http://content.usatoday.com/topics/article/People/Celebrities/Actors,+Agents/Lindsay+Lohan/04hof0Tbzn36f/1

^ http://buddhism-news.newslib.com/

^ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Buddhism

^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=gRkHnL0jZ0MC&pg=PA69&lpg=PA69&dq=h+g+wells+%22buddhism+has+done+more%22&source=bl&ots=F04vFRVT7D&sig=cVgGwfVHiv5TtIEjpmPs0YwXS0k&hl=en&ei=3iSmS9SbHYaglAfRoNTXCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CBwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=h%20g%20wells%20%22buddhism%20has%20done%20more%22&f=false

^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnold_J._Toynbee#Reception_and_criticism

^ http://www.buddhanet.net/budintel/buddha/embodim.htm

^ http://buddhism-news.newslib.com

^ http://www.maithri.com/news_script.php

^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-michael-jackson-postponed-strong-christian/

^ http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/81836/Upcoming-film-explain-role-of-Karma-in-Tiger-Woods-famous-apology.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

^ http://oregonfaithreport.com/2010/03/karma-film-targets-tiger-apology-michael-jackson/

^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-michael-jackson-postponed-strong-christian/

^ http://us.imdb.com/news/ni1735366/

^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-michael-jackson-postponed-strong-christian/

^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-michael-jackson-postponed-strong-christian/

^ http://content.usatoday.com/topics/article/People/Celebrities/Actors,+Agents/Lindsay+Lohan/04hof0Tbzn36f/1

^ http://www.thestreet.com/story/10702687/1/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-and-michael-jackson-postponed-due-to-strong-christian-interest.html

^ http://buddhism-news.newslib.com

^ http://www.maithri.com/news_script.php

^ http://oregonfaithreport.com/2010/03/karma-film-targets-tiger-apology-michael-jackson/

^ http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/karma-epic-addressing-tiger-woods-michael-jackson-postponed-strong-christian/

^ http://spicezee.zeenews.com/articles/story55704.htm

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I am a maggot. I cannot properly worship my Lord, my Higher, I can only crawl. I shall grow to become a fly, thus I can spin my hands (ever wonder flies spin their hands?) to emulate a worship posture. When my Lord is walking and lecturing with His worshipers, followers, I emulate my worship with tears of joy, from far away on a waste hill; and with tears of lament, as I am full of filth. I wish not to fly near Him, I wish not to stink Him. He would hear my feeble voice from far away. And I am content.
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