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

Explore the Channel

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

00:15:33
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   288 Views
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10

Admont Abbey: A Magnificent Jewel of the Baroque Era

00:19:22
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   2539 Views
The World Around Us
2019-07-30

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

00:13:42
Words of Wisdom

Understanding the Mayan Calendar: Selections from “The Book of Destiny: Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans and the Prophecy of 2012” by Don Carlos Barrios (vegetarian), Part 2 of 3

In today’s program, we are going to explore the meaning of the Mayan signs governing each day of the Mayan months. Don Carlos Barrios wrote the following about the significance of the 13 months in the Cholq’ij calendar: The 13 numbers are conceptualized similar to a pyramid. From numbers 1 to 7 we are climbing with much effort. At the number 8 we are in a position where perfect harmony is possible
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-31   257 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-31

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

00:13:47
Cultural Traces Around the World

Germany – An All-Embracing Place to Be

Germany stretches across Western and Central Europe, covering about 357,000 square kilometers and shares its borders with nine other European countries. With a population of more than 80 million people, Germany is the second-most populous state in Europe after Russia. Germany’s economy is the fifth-largest in the world, and the German approach is considered a role model for other nations to follow
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27   226 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-27

The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

00:13:16
Cultural Traces Around the World

The iTaukei of Fiji: Islanders with Heart

Today, we are going to travel to a quintessential tropical island paradise with balmy breezes to learn about an indigenous people whose ancestors came to this beautiful archipelago around 3,500 years ago. Fiji is truly spectacular and features white sand beaches, turquoise oceans, palm trees and fertile land. It’s no wonder the ocean-faring Melanesians, called the Lapita, who found their way to th
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19   141 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-19

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings,” Part 2 of 2

00:12:21
Words of Wisdom

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings,” Part 2 of 2

3. How You Actually Listen Relying on the Six Ideas “Think of the instructor as a doctor. For example, when you are stricken by a severe illness such as a wind or bile disorder, you seek a skilled doctor. Upon consulting your doctor, you are greatly delighted and listen to whatever your doctor says, revering him or her respectfully. Likewise, seek in this way a teacher who imparts the teachings. O
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-08   181 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-08

Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples- Loving Efforts to Resolve the Climate Crisis

00:13:22
Cultural Traces Around the World

Celebrating International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples- Loving Efforts to Resolve the Climate Crisis

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on August 9 annually, in recognition of the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations that took place in 1982. On this day, the United Nations reminds us of the Native people’s contributions to the world. Globally, we honor their precious efforts to preserve and protect the planet for generation
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-08   202 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-08-08

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings,” Part 1 of 2

00:11:26
Words of Wisdom

Selections from “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment - Chapter 3: How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings,” Part 1 of 2

Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa was also known by the honorific title Je Rinpoche. Along with founding the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa also wrote several books, including “The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.” This volume highlights a unified message from all Buddhist teachings as well as explaining how to put them into practice. Now we are going
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-07   211 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-08-07

Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

00:18:13
Cultural Traces Around the World

Moon Lute – A Traditional Aulacese (Vietnamese) Musical Instrument - Part 1 of 2

Today, we will take you to Âu Lạc (Vietnam), to explore and enjoy the poetic and alluring beauty of the Moon Lute, a folk musical instrument classified as one of the national treasures of this beautiful country. The Moon Lute has other names such as “Kìm” Lute, Double-stringed Lute or Gentleman Lute. From its moon-shaped body, it was named the Moon Lute. The Moon Lute came to Âu Lạc during the Lý
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22   943 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-22

The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

00:14:10
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Heiltsuk of British Columbia: Take a little, Leave a Lot

During our time together, we will learn about a resourceful group of individuals in Western Canada called the Heiltsuk. Most of the Heiltsuk today live in the village of Bella Bella. The Heiltsuk have a well-defined code of ethics and morality, which has historically been taught through their oral tradition, music, dance, and artwork. The word Heiltsuk literally means “to speak or act correctly,”
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21   280 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-21

Innovative Technologies Saving Our Precious Endangered Animals, Part 1 of 2

00:18:33
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

Innovative Technologies Saving Our Precious Endangered Animals, Part 1 of 2

Poaching causes devastation to many animal species worldwide, especially to the endangered megafauna in Africa, where thousands fall victim to poachers and wildlife traffickers each year. Fortunately, there is a beacon of hope. Thanks to pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) technology, rangers can now outsmart the criminals and proactively save these precious animals. Today, I will introduce yo
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-07-17   260 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-07-17

The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

00:13:41
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Ainu - Indigenous People of Japan

The word Ainu means human in the Ainu language. Ainu mainly reside on Japan’s Hokkaido Island, with a very small number living in Russia. The traditional dress is comprised of a robe covered with geometric patterns. Genetic studies certainly reveal a fascinating picture of the Ainu people’s ancestry. It is thought that the Ainu are descendants of the Jōmon people whose culture flourished between 1
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15   361 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-07-15

American Bison: Naturally Self-Giving and Resilient

00:15:48
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants

American Bison: Naturally Self-Giving and Resilient

In the United States, the bison is an iconic animal, commonly referred to as the American buffalo. When we are babies, we are called “red dogs” because of our orange-red fur. As we grow up, the hair turns dark brown. We have distinctive physical features – a huge head with short, curving black horns, a big, muscular shoulder hump and a shaggy coat. The hair in the front is longer than in the rear.
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-07-10   266 Views
Animal World: Our Co-inhabitants
2020-07-10

The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

00:16:40
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Sublime Beauty of Traditional Thai Dance

Located in Southeast Asia, the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country steeped in rich cultural traditions. The name “Thailand” means “land of the free.” In this auspicious nation, one of the earliest signs of human existence was found. Through the centuries, the influence of neighboring countries such as India, China, and Cambodia have helped shape Thailand’s diverse and colorfu
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24   632 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-24

The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

00:14:08
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Resourceful Dorze People of Ethiopia

The Dorze live in the Gamo Highlands of Southern Ethiopia and have a population of about 30,000. Living approximately 2,600 meters above sea level, this hospitable community is renowned for its creative members who are skillful cotton weavers and builders. The Dorze are famous for the architectural design and construction of their homes. The residences are 6 – 12 meters high and are made in the sh
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12   232 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-12

Bermuda - A Happy Place to Be

00:12:08
Cultural Traces Around the World

Bermuda - A Happy Place to Be

In today’s show, we will explore the history, culture, and natural wonders of Bermuda. Located in the North Atlantic off the east coast of North America, Bermuda is the oldest British colony. The water at beaches in Bermuda is always crystal-clear year round, making it a perfect relaxing destination for holiday vacations. Bermuda has a population of about 63,000 people, inheriting colorful culture
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-03   318 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-06-03

Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

00:18:27
Cultural Traces Around the World

Holy Songs: Devotional Hindu Songs

Our program today will feature Hindu songs composed and performed by Mr. Ramanathan Brahmanandam, a respected Hindu scholar and musician. He is also a compassionate vegetarian, who practices ahimsa (nonviolence) to aid his own Self-realization. Apart from being a distinguished scholar of Hinduism, Mr. Brahmanandam is also well-versed in the classical music tradition of South India. He composes and
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27   371 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-27

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

00:16:26
Cultural Traces Around the World

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 2 of 2

As mentioned in the previous episode, Hawaiian mythologies, history, genealogies, and traditions were passed down from generation to generation through chant, or “oli,” and accompanying dance called “hula.” Today we are honored to have on our show Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) and choreographer, Ms. Nawahine Kuraoka. Ms. Kuraoka is here to share with us her knowledge of the beautiful hula dance.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13   680 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-13

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 1 of 2

00:19:49
Cultural Traces Around the World

Hula Dance, the Spirit of Hawaii, Part 1 of 2

The hula dance is an integral part of Hawaiian culture, and dates back 1,500 years ago, when the ancient Polynesians voyaged to Hawaii. In ancient Hawaii, there were different dances for various occasions. One of the rules in Hula dancing is “Kuhi no ka lima, hele no ka maka” or “Where the hands move, there let the eyes follow.” In other words, a dancer should always watch their hands at all times
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-06   313 Views
Cultural Traces Around the World
2020-05-06

From One Soul to Another: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3, May 15, 1999

00:28:19
Words of Wisdom

From One Soul to Another: Questions and Answers, Part 3 of 3, May 15, 1999

“God has two attributes: form and formless. And even in the attribute of form, Hes has two forms. If Hes wants to materialize in this world, Hes becomes like this. All of these are God materializations. That’s why the Bible says, ‘God dwells within you.’ It’s really funny how you don’t know you are God. And there is another form, invisible form, that God manifests also when you meditate within, to
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-29   599 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-29

From One Soul to Another, Part 2 of 3, May 15, 1999

00:26:02
Words of Wisdom

From One Soul to Another, Part 2 of 3, May 15, 1999

“God is always there because God is the Supreme Master within ourselves, within each of us, and Hes knows everything, Hes hears all the prayers, and Hes grants all wishes. But we must know how to listen to Hirm, we must have the direct contact with Hirm so we know what Hes wants us to do. In order to contact this Holy Spirit within us or God within us, we have to forsake the flesh for the spirit,
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-28   596 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-28

From One Soul to Another, Part 1 of 3, May 15, 1999

00:27:43
Words of Wisdom

From One Soul to Another, Part 1 of 3, May 15, 1999

We now invite you to listen to Supreme Master Ching Hai’s insightful lecture titled “From One Soul to Another, Part 1 of 3” delivered in Yerevan, Armenia on May 15, 1999. “It has been a very challenging job. But God has said that ‘I’ll give you all the power necessary. You just continue to serve Me, everything I will provide.’ This way has worked for me and has woked for many thousands, hundreds o
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-27   651 Views
Words of Wisdom
2020-04-27
App
Scan the QR code,
or choose the right phone system to download
iPhone
Android