Nothing is permanent, therefore everything is precious. Here is a selection of some events, ephemeral or not, in the Buddhist world this week
Edinburgh’s Dalai Lama Inspired ‘Himalaya Café’ Survives by Reaching Fundraising Goal
The Himalayan Café in Edinburgh, Scotland recently avoided closure thanks to a fundraising campaign started by its owner, Reka Gawa. Daughter of Tibetan refugees, Gawa was inspired to open the store after a chance meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004. Gawa told BBC Scotland that she worked in catering at the Scottish Parliament and that she had been able to meet the Dalai Lama while he was there on an official visit. During their brief meeting, the Dalai Lama held Gawa’s hands and spoke about the importance of keeping the ancient Tibetan culture alive, and Gawa promised that she would. Gawa opened the Himalaya Café in 2007 to create a welcoming space based on the Buddhist principle of compassion. In addition to serving Tibetan and Indian dishes, the cafe also functions as a Tibetan cultural center, with a free meditation room in the basement. Sonam Tsering Frasi, the Dalai Lama’s representative in Northern Europe, the Baltic States and Poland, said he knows about coffee and Reka’s work. “I very much appreciate that Reka has been promoting Tibetan culture in Scotland for many years and wish to see their coffee business go uninterrupted,” he said, “offering the taste of Tibetan cuisine and tranquility to the Scots. of Edinburgh ”.
After 14 years of leasing the space, the café’s future was recently put in jeopardy when the owner decided to sell the premises. With only a brief window of time to purchase the building, Gawa turned to her community to help them raise the remaining £ 45,000 required for the bank loan. In a statement on GoFundMe, Gawa announced on Monday that the cafe had reached its goal. She wrote: “Although I knew it would work, it’s still a relief. The Himalayas are beloved and must continue, we all know that. The campaign is still accepting more donations on GoFundMe to help reduce the total bank loan by £ 125,000.
Apple launches rebranded Mindfulness app on latest watchOS
In his announcement of the new watchOS 8 version, Apple announced that the Breathe app has been renamed the Mindfulness app. The app aims to help users pay more attention on a daily basis with new features including an improved Breathe experience, a session called Reflect, and weekly audio guided meditations (but only for Fitness + subscribers). Breathe sessions now offer new visualizations and tips designed to help users focus, focus, and connect as they breathe, while each Reflect session presents a conscious intention to focus on throughout the day. At the end of these sessions, users are given a summary of their total mindfulness minutes and average heart rate to help users strengthen their “mind-body connection,” according to Apple website.
British Museum opens new exhibition featuring drawings by Buddhist artist Katsushika Hokusai
On September 30, the British Museum will present an exhibition of drawings by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), the Japanese artist best known for his woodcut masterpiece The great wave. Hokusai: The Big Picture Book of Everything consists of 103 designs originally created by Hokusai for an illustrated encyclopedia. Considered to be the work of another artist, the drawings were last recorded publicly at a Paris auction in 1948 and are said to have been part of a private collection in France before resurfacing in 2019, date to which they were recognized as those of Hokusai and quickly. purchased by the British Museum. Many of the drawings depict both natural and religious scenes from Buddhist India and ancient China, indicating a curiosity for the outside world that seemingly contradicts the isolationist culture of Edo-period Japan. The exhibition will be open until January 30, 2022. Additional information to plan a visit can be found here.
Thai monks deliver free groceries to vulnerable communities
In Thailand, a group of monks drove a golf cart filled with free groceries around the Bangkok area in an effort to help communities that continue to suffer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pornchai Kabmalee, a monk residing at Wat Siriphong Thamma Nimit, came up with the idea a few months ago. “I can say our truck basically has everything a supermarket has,” he said. told Reuters. “I’m afraid (of the virus) like other human beings, but for me I’m more afraid of not being able to help others.” The monks make their rounds every Sunday and allow the inhabitants to each pick up five bags of produce in the cart. While the monks initially paid for groceries out of pocket, volunteers began to contribute as well. As of September 30, about 23% of the Thai population was fully vaccinated.
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