It is the cultural accomplishment that satisfies our aesthetic senses, that bridges the gap of knowing and that guides us in discovering beauty.  ——Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel 

Culture implies all in which that gives the mind possession of its own powers; as language gives to the critic, and the telescope gives to the astronomer.  ——Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Knowledge is the crystallization of precious stones; Culture is the luster of precious stones. —— Rabindranath Tagore

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The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

The Mapuche have resided in modern day Argentina and Chile for over 2500 years. They make up the largest group of indigenous people in Chile, accounting for approximately 10% of the population. Another 300,000 reside in Argentina. The rituals and cultural traditions of the Mapuche people are designed to enable them to live in harmony with the stars, the earth and all her inhabitants. They believe humans and all animals, from the largest to the smallest insect, can only exist through the grace of a higher spiritual power. Humans are also viewed as essential and integral parts of everything that surrounds them, in the skies and on the earth.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11   133 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11

The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 1 of 2

00:12:53
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Chăm – Gentle and Simple-hearted People, Part 1 of 2

Âu Lạc (Vietnam), with civilizations spanning more than 4,000 years, is rich in beautiful, age-old traditional cultures. This charming land is home to 54ethnic groups who live together harmoniously. One of the most prominent ethnic communities in Âu Lạc, Chăm people also have other names such as Chàm or Champa and they mostly live in Bình Thuận, Ninh Thuận and An Giang Provinces. The Chăm’s ingenuity shows in their different architecture, because they build their houses according to the environment and climate of the region where they reside. The Chăm people are also well known for many traditional handicrafts, especially pottery and brocade weaving.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-06   87 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2018-10-06

Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani: The Benevolent Patron Saint of the Kurds

00:17:21
Life of a Saint

Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani: The Benevolent Patron Saint of the Kurds

Soon after His birth, amazing stories about Sheikh al-Gilani, the “child wonder,” began circulating. His virtuous mother tended to His upbringing and instilled many fine virtues in the Boy, guiding Him on a saintly path. Sheikh al-Gilani was 26 when He left Baghdad and undertook rigorous ascetic practices in the surrounding wilderness. For some 20 years. His leadership and expansive actions resulted in an Islamic revival spread beyond Iraq to many parts of the world. He breathed the spirit of charity, and made no distinction between race or creed, and prayed for all of humanity.
Life of a Saint
2019-05-05   390 Views
Life of a Saint
2019-05-05

Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 1 of 2

00:16:21
Cultural Traces Around the World

Celebrating the Traditions of Southern China’s Ethnic Groups, Part 1 of 2

Originating in Chain’s Spring and Autumn as well as the Waring States periods, the Dong Grand Song is a homophonic, ancient Dong folk chorus without accompaniment. One of its features is the imitation of sounds found in nature. The Dong do not have a written language. Since olden times, their folklore, history and song lyrics have all been passed on through oral transmission. There is a saying among the Dong tribes, “Rice nourishes the body; song nourish the heart.” For the Dong people, songs play a significant role in their lives; it is how they express their hearts and culture.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-04   103 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-05-04

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 2 of 2

00:14:04
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 2 of 2

As we continue our exploration of the Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina. The Mapuche traditionally lived in houses called rukas. The rukas were made of local materials. Like most aspects of their culture, music, singing and dance reflect the Mapuchen world view that they exist to live in harmony with everything around them- the earth, plants, animals and neighbors near and far. Many of the dances imitate and honor the animals that inhabit their environment. Let’s look at one of the more uplifting traditional dances.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-13   155 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-13

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

00:15:36
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Mapuche: The People of the Earth, Part 1 of 2

The Mapuche have resided in modern day Argentina and Chile for over 2500 years. They make up the largest group of indigenous people in Chile, accounting for approximately 10% of the population. Another 300,000 reside in Argentina. The rituals and cultural traditions of the Mapuche people are designed to enable them to live in harmony with the stars, the earth and all her inhabitants. They believe humans and all animals, from the largest to the smallest insect, can only exist through the grace of a higher spiritual power. Humans are also viewed as essential and integral parts of everything that surrounds them, in the skies and on the earth.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11   133 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-04-11

Prophet Zoroaster – In Quest of the Holy Fire

00:14:32
Life of a Saint

Prophet Zoroaster – In Quest of the Holy Fire

Prophet Zoroaster preached against idolatry worship. Rather, He emphasized that people should venerate only Ahura Mazda, the Superme Being and the absolute icon of Truth and light. Prophet Zoroaster also taught that each individual has the free will to choose, and that each soul will be personally accountable for his/her own actions. By engaging one’s free will to formulate good thoughts, words, and deeds, one will reap happiness or merit. Moreover, He highlighted the need to change the class structure of that time to give the people more liberty.
Life of a Saint
2019-03-28   113 Views
Life of a Saint
2019-03-28

Indigenous Brazilians- In Spiritual Connection with the Earth

00:12:39
Cultural Traces Around the World

Indigenous Brazilians- In Spiritual Connection with the Earth

The indigenous Brazilians have had a strong spiritual connection to the land for many years. Living closely with nature, the various tribes have relied upon the Mother Earth that has provided them with nourishment, healing plants and herbs, and inspirational beauty. There are approximately 305 indigenous tribes in Brazil, pass on their knowledge to the next generation orally through the telling of stories, as well as taking part in rituals. As well as sustaining life and health, the land serves as the resting place for their loved ones and the future for their children.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-23   142 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-23

Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

00:19:47
Cultural Traces Around the World

Living a Balanced Life: The Spiritual Qom People of Argentina

The Qom believe that the Creator is the Ultimate Giver, and that all of creation has invisible spiritual beings as caretakers. Each “vital space,” that is, each forest, swamp, river, and grassland-and each animal, fruit, or plant to be harvested - has a spiritual guardian. On the land(Gran Chaco), there is a spirit that takes care of the land, takes care of the animals, lives in the water and takes care. To the Qom people, life depends on maintaining a balance and peaceful harmony with all the created world, including with the spiritual guardians.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05   133 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-03-05

Holy Songs – Ethereal Indian Spiritual Songs

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Holy Songs – Ethereal Indian Spiritual Songs

Since ancient times, humans have expressed their love and longing for God through singing and music. These holy songs connect us with the Divine and remind us of our heavenly home. In a sense, these blessed singers and songwriters are the messengers of God helping deliver sacred messages in all musical genres. Supreme Master Ching Hai once expressed the following praise for these artists: The artists are able to emulate the heavenly melodies and the beauties from above and try to express them on Earth as much as they can through their physical instrument and vocal. Because in Heaven, everything is so glorious and beyond imagination — full of Divine light and celestial sounds of music.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-02-26   139 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-02-26

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 5 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

00:31:50
Words of Wisdom

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 5 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

What is God? God is the Truth, the Omnipotence of the universe, the infinitely miraculous Wisdom, the boundless and immeasurable Love. The human realm is the easiest one for a human being to become a Buddha. During initiation, at the first second, you will understand why only human beings can practice to become Buddha. “Immediate Enlightenment.” And you will understand what you never understood before. Why then does our world keep having more and more people? They were from other worlds, from hell, from plants, from stones, from animals; they became human beings. Or from other planets, who had merits, so they could come here to be human beings.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-23   79 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-23

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

00:27:57
Words of Wisdom

The Benefit of Spiritual Practice, Part 4 of 5 #159K, April 07, 1991

The Quan Yin Method which you asked me to tell you is to let people know their Buddha Nature. It will wake-up the Buddha inside you to manage your life, therefore your life becomes good and smooth. You don't use your worldly mind to work anymore. And I also told you that the Dharma (true teaching) which I know, is very peaceful but very noble. It can save human from life after life of misfortune and misery. It can also save five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten of your generations so they can be elevated. It can make the world brighter each day.
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-22   79 Views
Words of Wisdom
2019-02-22

African Dance: An Exuberant Celebration of Life

00:23:15
Enlightening Entertainment

African Dance: An Exuberant Celebration of Life

Africa, a continent graced by God with vibrant cultures, an ancient history and diverse wildlife, has long been a source of fascination and inspiration for people around the world. African dances dedicated to Supreme Master Ching Hai by the African people over the years. Let your spirit soar to the rhythmic beat of the African drums and the spontaneous, joyful movements of the dancers. Seeing oneself in the other, which is the way to still the great confusion of life. The end of all tribulation, This is our African dream.
Enlightening Entertainment
2019-02-12   140 Views
Enlightening Entertainment
2019-02-12

The Pig: Beloved Animal of the Chinese Zodiac

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Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

The Pig: Beloved Animal of the Chinese Zodiac

According to the lunar calendar and the Chinese zodiac, we are now in the Year of the Pig. Do you know much about us? Pigs are very jovial, intelligent, peaceful, social, and easygoing animals. In Chinese culture, we pigs are viewed as being honest, pure-hearted, and easily contented. Our chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune. Therefore, pigs are a symbol of wealth and good luck.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2019-02-05   126 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2019-02-05

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2: The Magnificent Art and Wisdom

00:11:11
Cultural Traces Around the World

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 2 of 2: The Magnificent Art and Wisdom

Walk-about was about learning, looking, listening, learning. Walk-about was about the song lines. So, these were pathways. These song lines were like pathways though the country. And along these song lines, we would dance and sing. At the same time the uncles will be pointing out certain trees, the names of them and the purpose for them. And one song line could entail walking for most of the day just doing song and dance. And then at night we would stop at a camp fire. And then the uncles would sit around, and share certain stories about the songs that we were just singing along them song lines.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-24   99 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-24

Buddha of Tây An – The Loving Father of The People, Part 2 of 2

00:14:34
Life of a Saint

Buddha of Tây An – The Loving Father of The People, Part 2 of 2

The Buddha of Tay An’s ”Ten Recommendations for Self-Cultivation“ has been honored by the devotees of Buu Son Ky Huong Buddhism as the highest teaching. And to the disciples, lovingly reminded: and righteous always Regardless of how people may treat you Contemplate on the Buddha day and night Practice spiritually with firm determination Recite the Buddha’s name diligently. To suit the spiritual understanding of sentient beings in the Dharma - ending Age, the Buddha of Tay An trained the people to be virtuous, and taught them to recite Buddha’s name so that they could rely on Buddha’s blessing to be reborn in a pleasant realm and liberated from the cycle of rebirth.
Life of a Saint
2019-01-20   99 Views
Life of a Saint
2019-01-20

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

00:11:03
Cultural Traces Around the World

Within the Australian Aboriginal Culture and Spirituality, Part 1 of 2: Muru Mittigar, A Place of Connection

A highly valued service of Muru Mittigar is how it weaves a powerful sense of connection, community, culture, and identity within the Aboriginal community. To average people it is very important because it is who we are, what we do. Culture is a very good part of our identity, so we have to stay connected with our culture. So when we do, these laws, three simple laws: respect each other, respect the animals, and respect the land, gave us a spiritual connection to everything.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17   107 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2019-01-17

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 4 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

00:31:29
Words of Wisdom

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 4 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

Must one ask for protection when one is busy meditating? Do we have free will or is everything predestined? Will Tai Chi help me reach a higher level of consciousness as a moving meditation? How does spiritual well-being or mental well-being relate or improve people’s health who have permanent illnesses? Can a person see God directly in meditation? I believe I have bad karma. How do I get rid of it? As an atheist, what are the benefits of Quan Yin to me? Who or what is Quan Yin? How do drugs affect one’s spiritual growth?
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-27   80 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-27

Interamericana de Producciones Presents, “The Nutcracker,” A Lovely Christmas Tradition, Part 8 of 8

00:20:33
Enlightening Entertainment

Interamericana de Producciones Presents, “The Nutcracker,” A Lovely Christmas Tradition, Part 8 of 8

Please stay with us, the grand finale of The Nutcracker. In our previous episode, Clara and the Prince experienced the beauty and elegance of the Flower Queen’s delightful presence. For the concluding episode, it’s the Sugar Plum Fairy’s turn to grace the stage, as well as the entire cast of The Nutcracker, resulting in a magnificent and exciting grand finale! Co-director & choreographer of The Nutcracker, Patricia Carreras, explains a little of the important social impact and multi-cultural aspect of the ballet. So, it is a very inclusive production. It is very beautiful.
Enlightening Entertainment
2018-12-26   90 Views
Enlightening Entertainment
2018-12-26

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

00:30:14
Words of Wisdom

The Mercy of God: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

God is all merciful and compassionate. How do You explain earthquakes, tidal waves, etc.? Your views on reincarnation, worship of ancestors, its benefits, the law of karma, cause and effect, and what do You say is the common thread that could unite all religions? How do we rid ourselves of our ego? Is there such a thing as evil spirits? How can I be and lead a spiritual life coming from a very formal religious Islamic background? How do I know what God expects of me, so as for me to practice and master those requirements? Can Master please explain to me who or what is the source of Her inspiration?
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-26   77 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-26

The Mercy of God, Part 2 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

00:33:56
Words of Wisdom

The Mercy of God, Part 2 of 4, Nov. 27, 1999

Death should be celebrated, not mourned because that is our final liberation. We will know everything. We will be into everything. We will be everywhere in a fraction of a second. We will have everything that we wish for come true immediately. But in order to prepare for a higher reward than just this, we should learn the art of mastery of our own destiny, of our own future, create our own Heaven, prepare our own future. Because we are the master. We are the children of the Ocean of Love, of God. We have dignity; we should walk like a God, we should act like a God, we should think like a God.
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-25   73 Views
Words of Wisdom
2018-12-25