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

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Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

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Nature's Beauty

Mother Earth’s Monumental Masterpiece: Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

The Swiss Alps are recognized as one of the most spectacular mountainous regions in the world. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is the most glaciated part of the European Alps. Spanning over 82,000 hectares (316.6 square miles), it is located in the southwest of Switzerland. Jungfrau-Aletsch boasts many impressive peaks, nine of which stand at over 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) in altitude. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region became the first Alpine UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural, Organization) World Natural Heritage Site in 2001. The Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region has not only played a significant role in European art, literature, mountaineering, and sightseeing, but it also offers immense wealth of geological information regarding glacier and alp formation, as well as the natural ecosystems unique to the area. With global warming resulting in an alarming amount of unnatural glacial retreat, ongoing scientific research in the area is also considered to be of paramount importance. The Aletsch Glacier is the largest and longest glacial area of the European Alps. This frozen river begins its long winding 23-kilometer (14-mile) descent from an altitude of 4,000 meters (2.49 miles). Measured at almost 1-kilometer (3,280-feet) thick at various points, the glacial ice melts to feed crystal clear water into the Rhone River. Although snow, ice, and outcrops of jagged granite rock make up around 80 percent of the Jungfrau-Aletsch landscape, 529 species of durable vascular plants and mosses can be found here, and Norway Spruce and Swiss Pine trees are plentiful in the valleys below. The Jungfrau-Aletsch region is also full of animal life. There are plenty of mountain goats like the Alpine ibex, or the steinbock, as well as the chamois. The lynx is very much at home chilling on the glacial hillsides along with a number of red deer and smaller mammals such as foxes, hares, stoats, and squirrels. Almost 1,000 separate insect species have been recorded in the region. The 99 species of bird that have been identified here include the rock thrush, rock partridge, great spotted woodpecker, golden eagle, as well as boreal and pygmy owls. Indeed, this vibrant environment is full of life.
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10   912 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

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The World Around Us

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

The Benedictine Abbey of Admont was founded in 1074 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg. It is now the oldest remaining monastery in Styria, Austria, and one of the largest neo-Gothic sacred buildings in the country. The name Admont comes from the Latin word “ad montes,“ which means “at the mountains.” Situated amidst the gorgeous mountains of Gesäuse National Park, the magnificent Admont Abbey gloriously represents the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia: “So that in all things God may be glorified!”
The World Around Us
2019-07-30   2968 Views
The World Around Us
2019-07-30

Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 1 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Afghanistan: Ancient Culture and Beautiful Heritage, Part 1 of 3

Afghanistan is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan borders Pakistan to the east and south, China to the northeast, Iran to the west, and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north. Because of its strategically important location connecting the Middle East, India, and the Eurasian Steppe, Afghanistan served as a central gateway on the anc
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-10-13   369 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-10-13

The Native Esselen People of North America

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Native Esselen People of North America

“Inside a cave in a narrow canyon near Tassajara The vault of rock is painted with hands, A multitude of hands in the twilight, a cloud of men’s palms, no more, No other picture. There’s no one to say Whether the brown shy quiet people who are dead intended Religion or magic, or made their tracings In the idleness of art; but over the division of years these careful Signs-manual are now like a sea
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-25   875 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-25

“The Mamos and the Trees of Peace” & the Peacetree Foundation, Part 3 of 3

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Cinema Scene

“The Mamos and the Trees of Peace” & the Peacetree Foundation, Part 3 of 3

"This hurt me so deeply that something so beautiful is destroyed unconsciously this way. I simply cannot understand why so much is destroyed by humans. And above all, I’m a vegetarian, so I’m even sadder to learn that they use it for cattle farming, which consumes an incredibly large quantity of water and feed. This is not in harmony and in accordance with Mother Earth." "As the focus of the media
Cinema Scene
2021-08-20   653 Views
Cinema Scene
2021-08-20

The Aloha Culture of Hawaii

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Aloha Culture of Hawaii

In the United States, Hawaii is the happiest state according to a 2020 survey from Wallethub. In this report, Hawaii received top scores in the “Emotional & Physical Well-Being” and “Community & Environment” categories. In addition, Hawaii state has ranked number one in Gallop’s National Health and Wellbeing Index for seven years in a row. Aunty Pilahi Paki, the beloved Hawaiian poet and ph
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-18   566 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-18

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 2 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 2 of 2

Today we will continue to explore more aboriginal groups in this great country. The Orinoco River is the longest river in South America. The river created the Orinoco basin, a fascinating place with landscapes untouched by colonization. The people of the Basin still keep their indigenous housing styles and use canoes to travel. The Warao tribe is the guardian of the Orinoco River. The word
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-04   449 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-08-04

Sorcery Contest, Part 12 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 12 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

The precepts must be strictly kept. Veganism is very good. We should have love for all beings, otherwise, we would be learning from maya. If we don’t have any compassion for the helpless animals, how can we then tolerate our enemies? No matter what good deeds we do, I’m afraid that our love is not deep enough.I don’t know what it was like in the time of Jesu
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-31   3153 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-31

Sorcery Contest, Part 11 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 11 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

I’m telling you this by the way. This is a true story. Those ghosts really exist, and hell really exists. But everything is created by the mind. It depends on what we did in our past lives and what we do in this life. When we die, we will bring out that vibration, that kind of expectation and desire. Then we get used to it, as if we are frozen at that level.I told y
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-30   2449 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-30

Sorcery Contest, Part 10 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 10 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

In this universe, the “soft” always overpowers the “hard.” The more effortless, the more formless, the more invisible, the more gentle, the more powerful. See how important the air is for us! And water is able to wear away any rock. And qi can nourish the whole body and the whole universe. And that formless qi is the vibration of Quan Yin. That is more incredible. Nothing is better than tha
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-29   2717 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-29

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Indigenous People of Venezuela – Guardians of the Land, Part 1 of 2

Venezuela is an immigrant based country, consisting of four main ethnic groups: Around 52% of its population are from the Mestizo, a group with a mix of European, Amerindian, and African ancestries; 42 % are of a European descent; 4% are of an African descent; and 2% population are native Venezuelans. The earliest settlers of ancient Venezuela are generally believed to be Siberians who crossed the
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-28   583 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-28

Sorcery Contest, Part 9 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 9 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

OK, so I can promise you liberation in one lifetime, immediate enlightenment, and liberation of your five generations. That is no problem, because I know what I am doing. After initiation you are liberated from life and death, but you still have to practice. Because if your mind doesn’t allow you to become a Buddha, it will be hard.Thank you. Do I look like that? Do
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-28   2433 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-28

Sorcery Contest, Part 8 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 8 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

I will walk around outside. (OK.) Look at my magic! Look at my magic: Om mani padme hum! Isn’t it great? Q(m2): I can show You another move. Not even four or five monks together would be able to make me move. Master: OK, come up and push him. Recite the Five Holy Names. Tong, all come up. Push one by one, or two at a time. (Do you need someone to catch you fr
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-27   2164 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-27

Sorcery Contest, Part 7 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

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Words of Wisdom

Sorcery Contest, Part 7 of 12, Aug. 11, 1991

The qi inside the human body is physical. The Quan Yin Method is the superior qi and has superior power. The vibration is different. Without the power of Quan Yin, there would be no qi, no physical body, no talent and no magic. It’s not wrong to practice qi, but basically, everything originated from the Sound. Q(m1): You once told us that qi only exists when we have
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-26   2482 Views
Words of Wisdom
2021-07-26

The Brokpa People - Vegans for Thousands of Years

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Brokpa People - Vegans for Thousands of Years

The Brokpa are a unique indigenous community mostly living in the Ladakh area of India. They are also known as the Brogpa or Drogpa. They refer to themselves as Minaro, which means “Aryan.” The term Aryan in the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit translates as “distinguished” or “noble” and historically refers to a light-skinned people who spoke an Indo-European language. They entered ancient Ind
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-21   561 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-21

Brunei: The Abode of Peace

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Brunei: The Abode of Peace

Brunei is located on the northwestern side of the tropical island of Borneo. The island is also home to parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. The national flag features an image of two hands, representing the benevolent hands of the government and its promise to provide welfare, peace, and prosperity to the people, as well as the national motto (in Arabic): “Render service unto God’s Guidance.”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-14   515 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-14

The Rich Indigenous Culture of the Ryukyuan People

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Rich Indigenous Culture of the Ryukyuan People

The Ryukyuan people are an East Asian indigenous group native to the Ryukyu archipelago that dots the vast Pacific Ocean. Traditionally, the Ryukyuan people have been strongly influenced by ancient Chinese customs, and contemporary Ryukyuan culture has also integrated rich Japanese cultural elements. The earliest Ryukyuan islanders trace back to about 30,000 years ago. Ryukyu people have th
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-07   601 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-07-07

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 3 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 3 of 3

In this final episode, we will examine Ghana’s music, dance, and poetry. The traditional chiefs of the Akan people in southern Ghana have a special dance-drumming performance called “kete.” This ensemble is managed by the customary leaders and typically played at the funeral rites for Akan chiefs and in the inauguration of a new chief. Adowa dance is the most frequently performed social dance in t
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-30   817 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-30

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 2 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 2 of 3

Where did the kente cloth originate? A popular legend traces it back to the Ashanti Kingdom’s first ruler, His Majesty Osei Tutu. He invited weavers from across the region to visit the neighboring Ivory Coast to expand their weaving skills. The spider offered to teach the men how to weave the designs in exchange for some favors. The kingdom adopted their creations, and kente became a royal cloth r
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-23   619 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-23

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Ghana – The Blessed Land with a Vibrant Culture, Part 1 of 3

Ghana is located along the Guinea Gulf and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Spanning over 560 kilometers of tropical coastline, Ghana is a place of natural beauty and colorful cultures. The country’s cultural mosaic encompasses over 70 different tribes and six major ethnic groups. Although English is the most common language, Ghanaians also widely speak in native tongues, such as Twi and Ga. There a
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-16   1200 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-16

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 3 of 3

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Croatia: A Crossroads of Precious Cultures, Part 3 of 3

Today, we’ll continue to explore the country’s customs in regard to festivities, sports, crafts, agricultural products, and famous residents. Each spring on Whitsunday, the Procession of Queens is performed by young girls from the village of Gorjani in the Slavonia region of northeastern Croatia. Whitsunday is the 7th Sunday after Easter and it commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Chri
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-09   548 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2021-06-09

Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

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Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

Emperor Tamarin: Adorable Monkeys with a Royal Mustache

The Amazon rainforest is truly a paradise for us monkeys! My kind, the emperor tamarin, also known by scientists as saguinus imperator, is a small-sized monkey species found mainly in the southwestern Amazon Basin located in Peru, with our population also spreading east to the northern part of Bolivia and into the state of Amazonas in Brazil. Emperor tamarins are characterized by a monotone
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2021-06-04   997 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2021-06-04
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