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Heritage of Russian Pianism: Pianist Alexander Shtarkman, Part 3 of 3

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Heritage of Russian Pianism: Pianist Alexander Shtarkman, Part 3 of 3

Today we are honored to continue the interview with Professor Alexander Shtarkman, who speaks about the value the arts and artists bring to society, as well as how he guides young minds who have a passion in music. "Music speaks to us. Music has this ability to go directly from heart to heart. And if one opens their ears, mind, eyes, and senses to it, I think it will touch you, in one way or the other. If it’s real art, it touches everyone, even if we don’t notice it, it affects us, let’s say. Music does more than just bring enjoyment. It probably can bring joy, can bring tears, can bring elevation, can bring many, many, many different things. If you feel other powers, other layers of powers, of this language, then I think it’s a different kind of experience. I think it is as simple as this: you cannot hear two same interpretations of the same musical piece. Even from the same person, in two minutes’ difference, it will sound differently. And of course, every person, everybody’s personality is unique, and I think that’s what makes it so precious and so much alive….”“I think that art and artists, as we talk about this group of people, artists, writers, poets, composers, artists, and everybody else in that (group), I think by just doing what they're doing, they make the world better, a better place. By default, art has a divine origin, has this ideal part of it. And by bringing it to the world, it has to make the world better. It’s balancing, balancing things, by beauty, by purity, by itself."Just like how his teachers nurtured his professionalism and accomplishments through the years, Professor Alexander Shtarkman also guides young pianists to pursue excellence in performance. His professionalism, dedication, and genuine care have touched his students and inspired them to do the same. To close, let us hear Professor Alexander Shtarkman’s touching speech as he accepted the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2017.
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2021-04-16   632 Преглед
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2021-04-16

Jen Armstrong (vegan): Sing for the Defenseless, Part 2 of 2

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Jen Armstrong (vegan): Sing for the Defenseless, Part 2 of 2

Jen Armstrong is a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom, who shares important messages on behalf of the animal-people through her music. Her nickname is “Vegan Queen V.” “And then you watch ‘Earthlings’ and you really understand just how horrible the dairy industry is. And the egg industry is as bad if not worse than the meat industry. And I was pretty shocked. And I went vegan almost straight away. And by far, one of the best decisions I've ever made.”After going vegan, Jen started using her musical talents to spread a different kind of message through her songs. “My song writing has changed a little bit because I really believe that especially now we need to be bringing more peace and positivity and happiness into the world. So now that is part of what I want to bring forward, just make sure people know that they are beautiful and they’re free and that they're important. You know, they’re really worthwhile.”When asked what makes veganism worthwhile for her, Jen replied, saying: “Animals, because they’re the innocent victims and they have no choice, but humans as well. This is the thing that people need to understand until we end animal oppression, oppression is just going to continue, because you can’t have peace and love and happiness whilst animals are being murdered and abused and enslaved. It just isn't going to happen.”Another of her songs, “Have Yourself a Merry Vegan Christmas” is an adaptation of the Christmas classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with music by Hugh Martin. Let’s hear Jen’s moving rendition of this Christmas favorite. “Have yourself a merry vegan Christmas Let your heart be light. From now on all animals will be alright. Have yourself a very vegan Christmas Make the food plant-based From now on the animals will all be safe. Here we are in the modern days Where compassion plays a part. Furry friends who are dear to us Hold a special place in our hearts. Through the years we’ll feed ourselves on veggies Whole foods grains no doubt. Fill your heart with love let the goodwill shine out. And have yourself a merry vegan Christmas. Remind yourself what Christmas time is all about.”
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2021-12-21   631 Преглед
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2021-12-21

The Magical Book, Part 2 of 4

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The Magical Book, Part 2 of 4

Join us as we follow the princess on her next adventure in Part 2 today. “This place is so peaceful! (Right. The world will be like this too, when humans and animal-people co-exist harmoniously.) Vegan food is so delicious! Why do we humans have to kill the animal-people [for food]? (They are sentient beings, just like us!)” “They are living beings just like us. When you look into the eyes of animal-people, sometimes you will realize, ‘My God! We are equal. We are the same.’ And that feeling will send shivers all over your body, and give you an enlightenment that you would never dream of having. I told you that animal-people, can also teach you, flowers and trees and everything. In the Bible, God said that, ‘I made animals to help you, as your helper, as your friend.’ That's why we should never eat them, not mistreat them.” “When I become Queen, everyone has to be vegan! (I am with you!)” “Just that bad officials can be replaced. But wars and natural disasters, how to avoid them? How?” “Killing animal-people, it’s the number one cause of war and famine and disaster and disease in the world. Because the animal-people, they also have souls. And when they die, before they die, they’re anguished, they’re lamenting, they’re calling to Heaven. In their own way, in their silent way, and the Heaven cannot just ignore their pleas. Even though humans are the best, but if we don’t behave as the best, then the karma still has to punish us.”“This is strange! Some of these details aren’t mentioned in the books from the royal library. (Worldly history books often contain errors or are not complete because the historians were rarely wise, just and unbiased.)” “In fact, we need to read it again and reconsider whether the history was recorded as it really was. Besides, who recorded the history? He was just an official, a person. People had their own bias and their own shallow and flawed wisdom. They might include their own opinions, personal feelings or grudges in their writings. Therefore, sometimes don’t just read the history and then believe it simple-mindedly. We should use our wisdom.”
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2022-05-12   631 Преглед
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2022-05-12

Delightful Flash Mob Surprises

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Delightful Flash Mob Surprises

Imagine when walking on the street, a group of people suddenly appear from nowhere and start to perform beautiful music or dance. Wouldn’t it be a nice surprise? Indeed, art brightens our days and soothes our minds with beauty and inspiration, especially when it happens unexpectedly. Flash mobs are such a lovely practice that delights the public’s eyes and ears. Today, we will present some amazing flash mob performances from around the world. The first one is performed by the Chamber Choir of Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogota, Colombia. They sang a beautiful song “Farewell to the Forest” composed by the famous German composer and musician, Felix Mendelssohn, on Bogota’s bus mass transit for the lucky commuters. This next one is a lively performance by Billi Brass Quintet. They presented a brass music surprise performance at a shopping center in Perugia, Italy. We’ll listen to the piece titled “Tango.” The bright brass sound and the accented dance rhythms of Tango created a joyful atmosphere and brought smiles to faces of the shoppers. The next flash mob performance, organized by the Good News Gospel Choir, took place at the Public Library of Valladolid in Spain. They sang a traditional Swahili song “Wana Baraka,” which means “blessed are the prayerful.” The folk hymn delivers assurance and trust in Lord Jesus Christ, reminding people to always pray. We will conclude today’s show with a dance flash mob performance in a mall in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The performance was to promote Garba, a style of Gujarati folk dance. Dancers wear colorful costumes, swirling in concentric circles, which symbolize that in the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, only the Goddess is infinite and eternal. Flash Mobs take professional music and dance performances out of theaters and into the mundane lives of ordinary people. By creating an immersive experience, such performances transport people to new places and leave them with memorable impressions. They are a powerful form of art that can touch hearts and uplift spirits.
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2021-08-19   621 Преглед
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2021-08-19

An Uplifting Supreme Master Ching Hai Day Celebration, Part 4 of 8

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An Uplifting Supreme Master Ching Hai Day Celebration, Part 4 of 8

Next, we’d like to invite initiates from Germany to perform a comedy. “Enlightened Magicians.” “Even if we’re thousands of miles apart, we still see Your elegant image. Even if we’re thousands of miles apart, we still feel Your Holy pacifying Love.” “I am the Ocean of Love Come to me. I am the River of Life Bathe in me. I am more to you than the sunshine I am above space and time! Rest in my bosom Then you'll know freedom. Rest in my loving arms Then you'll be far from harm. You will then realize I am everything That you've ever desired.”Now from Formosa (Taiwan), a “Ballet in the Rain.” Congratulations to the young initiates of Taipei for overcoming the challenge! The ballet dance in the rain is just like skating.Next, from Hong Kong, amusing singing and dancing. “Ask me how deep I love You, and how much I love You? My love for You is real. My love for You is true. The moon can speak for me. Ask me how deep I love You and how much I love You, my love for You will never change my love for You will always be the same. Spiritual practice can speak for me. Reciting the Five Holy Names triggers my aspiration. The deep love between Master and disciples teaches me to practice for eternity. Ask me how long I meditate. How deep I got into Samadhi, My heart is tranquil. My soul is raised. The world is getting brighter and brighter.I… I want I want Supreme Master I want Master’s Love I want Supreme Master Ching Hai! Why don’t you? Why don’t you? Why don’t you come here? Let us meditate together. Do Quan Yin together. Meditate together. Meditate and Quan Yin, Quan Yin and meditate. Meditate and meditate and Quan Yin and Quan Yin.” Thank you, initiates from Hong Kong. They tried very hard to get Master to go on the stage. “To get me to go to Hong Kong.” But instead, the (vegan) candies and the blessed food flew to the stage. Thank you, initiates from Hong Kong. Thank you. They will now offer flowers to Master. “It’s not that they wanted me to go on the stage. They wanted me to go to Hong Kong. So dense.”
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2022-02-23   601 Преглед
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2022-02-23

Coming Together to Celebrate Supreme Master Ching Hai Day, Part 7 of 10

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Coming Together to Celebrate Supreme Master Ching Hai Day, Part 7 of 10

The next song is from China. And the name of the song is “The Big Stage of China.” “Thank You, Master, for Your Love and compassionate care for the Universe.” “What a big stage, a big stage of China! Joyful tears from billions of people merge into an ocean. Magnificent are the colors of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers, creating a lively painting of this holy land. Joyful is my heart, for my beautiful dream has come true! A piano spanning thousands of miles on the Great Wall plays a celestial tune of the East with Heaven and Earth singing together.” So beautiful and so sweet. (It’s not easy to perform a cappella. Without diligent practice of many years, one can hardly reach this level.) The 17th program is a Peking opera, a cappella. “We must help Master preach the Truth. The words aren’t many but the meaning is profound. Why do cousins brave the storms and blizzards? To follow Master in saving sentient beings and spread the Quan Yin Method. I asked: What should I do? What should I be? Sisters, although we are young, we are not weak. Why can’t we share Master’s burden? If it’s a thousand tons on Master’s shoulders, Then, sisters, we should take upon us eight hundred. I have so many relatives I cannot count. We never visit each other without a reason. Although we hardly meet, we are closer than our kith. Since I perchance come across our brothers and sisters, I recognize them all the same. They are just like Master. They all have hearts of gold.” Bravo! The 18th program is a dance from the United States: “There is Still Hope.” “Although today I haven’t seen Hà Nội, although today you haven’t seen Sài Gòn, but in my heart, I haven’t lost faith, because our motherland will be in peace one day. Let’s strive to nourish the great love. Although today I haven’t seen Hà Nội, although today you haven’t seen Sài Gòn, but you and I both speak Aulacese. O let hatred in our hearts vanish to welcome laughter on our battered homeland. Although I have withered in waiting, although the smiles on your lips have faded, but we shall wait unwaveringly the morrows, because one day our homeland shall be in union. The blood and bones of the two sides have touched the heart of the world. Although today I haven’t returned to Hà Nội, although today you haven’t been in Sài Gòn, but inside our hearts, there's a glimpse of a common flag. Tomorrow we shall walk through all regions. The nation's heart shall no longer carry the wounds.”
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2021-11-16   599 Преглед
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2021-11-16

Peace On Your Plate Band, Part 1 of 2

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Peace On Your Plate Band, Part 1 of 2

Peace on Your Plate is a young UK-based band formed by like-minded vegan musicians to make music and songs for the animal-people. Established in 2019, the band has released songs with positive and compassionate messages that are energetic, easy to sing along, and appealing to the public.Both Gavin and Giles fondly recollect a special moment during the recording for their first released piece, entitled “Peace On Your Plate.” “We recorded it at the famous Abbey Road Studios. And there was an interesting moment where I was recording the vocals, and the engineer in the studio just between takes told me that I was singing in the microphone that the Beatles had used in the 1960s, which was a bit of an odd moment in my life as I’m a massive Beatles’ fan, so that was pretty amazing.” “And it was as if there was some energy, some spiritual energy that was in the microphone. That when we sang, we were able to transmit those blessings, I think as the Beatles did, of course. Paul McCartney was a long time vegetarian and now vegan, and George Harrison, and John Lennon at one time. They all had that path.”Although the band experienced certain setbacks when trying to promote their first song, they are persistently moving forward towards well-deserved success and recognition. The next released musical piece by the band was an upbeat song, named “Ask Me Why.” “Come on come on come on I’m on a quest for a better world, caring and compassionate A journey to end suffering, in every way I can. And you ask me why am I vegan? Well I am Because I’m a compassionate human. Excuse my imposition but are you aware of the fact That lives were made to suffer for what is on your dinner plate. And you ask me why am I vegan? When you should ask yourself why you’re not Because I know you got it in you to be. So come on come on come on, we can save the world go vegan Yes come on come on come on, give the innocents their freedom Make it happen.”
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2022-01-06   597 Преглед
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2022-01-06

Fascinating Sand Art, Part 1 of 2

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Fascinating Sand Art, Part 1 of 2

Sand is found all over the Earth. Sand has fascinated people of all ages and nationalities since ancient times. In Indian culture, many Hindu households use brightly colored sand to make floor decorations called Rangoli at the entrances to their homes during festivals. In Tibetan Buddhism, the creation and dismantling of mandalas from sand is an important tradition that symbolizes the transitory nature of material existence. The Navajo aboriginal tribe of North America believes that sandpainting originated from saintly people living underground. This art is deemed sacred and is believed to help with healing. Sand animation is a relatively new art form that was invented by the renowned animator, filmmaker, director, and producer, Ms. Caroline Leaf. Almost a decade later, the Dutch-Canadian film director and animator, Mr. Co Hoedeman, brought this technique to a larger audience with “The Sand Castle,” which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Since then, many sand animators have been practicing and perfecting this art, adding their own original ideas, and holding live performances. To learn more about the incredible art of sand animation, in August our Supreme Master Television team members interviewed sand art artist Mr. Chai Seung-woong from Korea. Since his debut presentation in 2012, Mr. Chai has performed at special events in Korea and abroad, produced videos, and won several art awards. Mr. Chai shared with us his perspective on sand art. “I have a strong conviction that sand art was the first form of art in human history. If you take kids, 3 to 4 years old, toddlers who can barely walk, to a beach, they will naturally start drawing in the sand. Then wouldn’t men have done the same in pre-historical times as well? It is new and novel, yet people have all done it before. That’s what sand art is. This contradiction makes it even more fascinating. It’s the oldest form of art, yet also most new and unique.” “I have tried using salt and wheat flour, but it doesn’t work well. Sand is the best material to draw with. About a decade ago, sand art became very trendy. It could have just passed by like other trends, but sand art is still growing.”
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2021-12-28   593 Преглед
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2021-12-28

Ecopoetry: For the Love of Nature and All of Her Inhabitants

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Ecopoetry: For the Love of Nature and All of Her Inhabitants

For millennia, the beauty of the natural world has been an infinite fountain of inspiration for artists of all races and nationalities who resort to poetry to express their love and appreciation of nature, and many of these verses survive to this day. Tagore, the world-renowned Indian writer and poet, saw nature as a manifestation of the highest universal principle in Hinduism, the Brahman, and composed many beautiful, wise verses on nature. Rūmī, a venerated enlightened spiritual Master of the Sufi tradition wrote many poems that not only describe the beauty of nature but also inspire readers to seek higher meanings beyond. “I Died as a Mineral” is one of them. “I died as a mineral and became a plant; I died as plant and rose to an animal; I died as an animal and I was a man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying? …” Poetry that has strong ecological content and takes a more critical view of humanity’s relationship with the planet is becoming more popular and relevant. Such work is known as ecopoetry and is a subgenre of ecocriticism, the study of literature and its relationship to the environment. “The Dead Seal at McClure's Beach” is an ecopoem written by multiple award-winning poet, essayist, and activist Robert Bly from the United States. The poem opens our eyes to really see the cruelty that humans are imposing on the people of the seal kingdom. Many Latin American poets also expressed their environmental concern through their works. Our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai has also written several ecopoems, such as “Please Wake Up!” that express Her deep sorrow and concern about the current state of our world, and call for people to be good stewards of Mother Earth and all of our animal-people co-inhabitants. Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poems are powerful tools to awaken people from their slumber. She once revealed the effect of one of Her poems after it was aired on Supreme Master Television. “You know, just one poem that I wrote, the poem of the piglet, 130,000 people turned into vegetarian for good.” Ecopoetry courses are now being taught at various universities. In the UK, ecopoetry competitions are held to raise awareness, gain insight, and evoke concern about the pressing environmental issues we’re currently facing.
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2021-12-16   591 Преглед
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2021-12-16

Gardens: Bringing Beauty and Comfort to Our Lives, Part 3 of 3

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Gardens: Bringing Beauty and Comfort to Our Lives, Part 3 of 3

Today we’ll look at historical and modern forms of gardening in Germany, along with its neighboring countries of Austria and the Netherlands. One famous German garden is Sanssouci Park, located in the historical city of Potsdam, near Berlin. Sanssouci and its gardens became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, and it’s now visited by over two million people each year from all over the world. Similar style gardens can also be found in Austria, a country that not only shares the German language with its larger neighbor but a lot of its culture. Some of its most charming gardens can be found at the famous Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria’s capital city. Schrebergartens, which are also called Klein Gardens or Garden colonies, are tiny plots of land, usually located on the edges of cities, which people can rent for a small fee. Since the 1950s, Schrebergartens have been used by urban dwellers primarily as an escape from the crowded cities, and they are becoming increasingly popular among young Germans as part of the positive shift away from consumerism, and towards a greater environmental consciousness and desire to grow their own food. But what about densely populated cities that don’t have the space for allotment gardens? Dutch architect Stefano Boeri, in the city of Utrecht, has a solution. His “Wonderwood” project consists of constructing a 90-meter high “vertical tower” which will house 10,000 plants of 30 different species. It will also provide about 200 apartments to help solve the city’s housing shortage. In Germany, the city of Stuttgart has been subsidizing rooftop gardens since 1986, and over 60 percent of the city’s area is now covered in vegetation. This highly successful project has been shown to significantly improve the city’s air quality. Dr. Rob Roggema, Professor of Spatial transformations at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, says that it’s possible for urban regions to provide 100 percent of their residents’ food, provided people are willing to change their diets and support the project. “And, on this area, if you use that for agriculture production, we can feed 25 percent of the total population of Amsterdam.”
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2021-09-14   576 Преглед
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2021-09-14

A Gentle Stroll in the Garden of Classical Music, Part 1 of 2

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A Gentle Stroll in the Garden of Classical Music, Part 1 of 2

In the old times, sometimes music was composed specially for people to dance to. Dance music has special characteristics, such as steady tempos and repetitive rhythms, which make people feel like moving along with the music. As time went by, composers also wrote dance music that was for listening only, and it’s true that when people listen to a minuet or polonaise in a concert hall, they don’t dance to it but simply appreciate its beauty. Today, please join us in enjoying some dance music from the world of classical music.We’ll start with baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s music made for gavotte, a type of dance that originated in 16th-century France. One of his gavottes is a movement from his English Suite No. 3 in G minor. The piece was written for keyboard and adapted for accordion, played here by multi-prize-winning Portuguese accordionist João Barradas.Next, we’ll listen to Chopin’s Polonaise in F-sharp minor, Op. 44. Originating in Poland in the 15th century, the polonaise was once a kind of peasant dance accompanied by singing but later entered royal courts and became mainly instrumental. The polonaise is played at a medium tempo with a steady rhythmic pattern while the melody freely hovers above the accompaniment. Chopin, who was born in Poland, dedicated his Polonaise in F-sharp minor to Her Highness Princess Ludmilla de Beauveau. The Polonaise is in ternary form, with a deep, stormy opening section and a more romantic middle section. Let’s now enjoy Russian pianist Sergey Belyavsky’s interpretation of the piece.What a performance! Our sincere gratitude to all the musicians who dedicate their time and effort to beautifying our world. May more people appreciate their work and support them in return.
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2022-02-01   576 Преглед
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2022-02-01

Street Art: Brightening and Uplifting Our World

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Street Art: Brightening and Uplifting Our World

Contemporary graffiti art began with tagging or scratching names on public places in New York City, USA in the late 1960s and evolved during the 1970s and 1980s into the creative spray painting of words and images. Graffiti conveying political and social attitudes evolved into beautiful public mural art.For many years a famous icon of repression, the Berlin Wall became one of the world’s largest canvases for anonymous street artists to express their freedom. Since its official opening on September 28, 1990, artists from 21 countries have contributed to the Wall’s display of colorful art works about freedom, peace, world unity, historical events, environmental protection, and other subjects.In recent years, street art has been used to decorate and beautify communities and the surrounding environment. Street art that creatively interacts with elements of nature helps to brighten up dull aspects of city life. “Tree Afro” is a style of street art that complements the trees in a neighborhood, using them to form the hairstyle for a drawn person.Originating in Italy during the 16th century, chalk art began when artists honored the Lady Madonna by using chalk to render Her image on city streets. Contemporary chalk art has three categories of practitioners: copyists who recreate famous art works, free artists who create their own original art, and 3-D artists who use perspective to create 3-D artworks.In this urgent time, street art is becoming an increasingly popular medium used to raise awareness about the climate and the environmental crisis. Many street artists are joining the force to save our planet. In Kreuzberg, Italian street art legend Blu painted a large mural entitled “Global Warming Hourglass” to call attention to melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Street art is also a popular tool for vegan activists to champion animal rights and promote the compassionate lifestyle, which ultimately leads to world peace. London-based vegan artist Louis Masai paints colorful murals of beautiful animals to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species nearing extinction.
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2021-10-22   574 Преглед
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2021-10-22

Songs of Oneness, Part 2 of 2

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Songs of Oneness, Part 2 of 2

At the 2020 World Unity Week conference, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded us: "It’s good that we have this opportunity to express our unity spirit and gratefulness to Heaven and Earth for our world really needs it. Needs earnest prayers and sincere effort to unite all beings on the planet. Because we are all nourished from Earth and blessed by Heavens. We are brothers and sisters including all non-human beings on Earth. It is the negative force that tries so hard since time immemorial to divide us and to make us hurt each other. But with pure prayers and sincere effort, we will win. However, just prayers and talk are not good enough. We have to act. We have to change our way of life to more benevolent, compassionate, loving and kind towards each other, regardless of race, species and nationalities." United viewers, let’s listen to three more songs on the theme of oneness. The first song is titled “A Spirit of Unity” and was written by Gakuou Ikenoue for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. “Come on! Let's have some fun and jam the Jamboree! We can make it real You and I are here for each other One – for – all – for – one Never ever gonna let The colors that we are fade away Different hues and different tunes All the different ways we came to be You and me are here today To make the call tomorrow needs Looking up at the sky we share up there Far and wide forevermore.” The next song, “Let Us Love,” was written and performed by a member of our Supreme Master Ching Hai Association. “Black white brown yellow and red Let us see the beauty in everyone Deep inside we are all the same After all we are One It's time to turn to stop the wrong No more hatred, no more killings Reach out your hands and we will be friends Heart to heart we can change the world Let us love, love Let us love, show your love.” The last song is called “Unite the Hearts of Thy Servants.” This is a Bahá’í prayer for unity written by His holiness Bahá’u’lláh. “O my God! Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose. May they follow Thy commandments And abide in Thy law. Help them, O God, in their endeavor, and grant them strength to serve Thee.”
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2021-09-07   573 Преглед
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2021-09-07

A Gentle Stroll in the Garden of Classical Music, Part 2 of 2

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A Gentle Stroll in the Garden of Classical Music, Part 2 of 2

Today, please join us as we continue to enjoy dance music written by classical composers. We’ll start with composer Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2. Being of Czech background, Dvořák often incorporated Bohemian and Moravian folk elements into his music, thus distinguishing himself from other composers. The piece we’ll hear today is one of his most famous and beloved Slavonic dances, a sentimental piece with a relativly cheerful middle section. The performance is by the Russian String Orchestra conducted by Misha Rachlevsky.Originating in 13th-century Germany and Austria and with a beat of “one, two, three; one two, three,” the waltz has become one of the world’s most popular ballroom dances. Now, let’s enjoy the waltz from Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 48. The piece is infused with elegance, grace, and a sense of playfulness. The performance is by Estonia’s Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. Lastly, we present Tritsch-Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss II. Known as “The Waltz King,” Johann Strauss II created more than 500 pieces of dance music. Among them, the most famous are “The Blue Danube,” “Voices of Spring,” “Emperor Waltz,” and the piece that we’ll now listen to, “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka.” Translated as “Chit-chat polka,” it’s a fun and humorous piece. The version we’ll hear is adapted for balalaika, a Russian musical instrument, played by Anastasia Tyurina, and accompanied by the National Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia. Please enjoy!Our heartfelt appreciation to the world’s musicians, past and present, for their talents that bring us great joy and comfort. May their noble efforts be recognized, valued, and respected by all.
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2022-02-12   572 Преглед
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2022-02-12

Samba: A Symbol of Brazil, Part 2 of 2

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Samba: A Symbol of Brazil, Part 2 of 2

In the 1980s, other samba genres appeared in the eastern state of Bahia. Olodum is an African-Brazilian percussion group. One of their most popular performances, “They Don’t Care About Us,” was recorded in 1996, with the king of pop, Michael Jackson. There are four main characteristics of samba music – the heavy drums’ ensemble called bateria, the steady, hypnotic rhythms, the repetitive simple cord emphasis on melody and rhythm, and finally the call and response style of vocals. Various kinds of drums make up the main instruments in samba. Surdo is a large-double headed bass drum, normally about 40 X 65cm in size. The caixa’s role is to control the feel or groove as well as the rhythmic sound of the band. The pandeiro, or hand frame drum, is held in one hand and struck by the palm of the other hand. The cuíca, is a sound box, or friction drum, with one end covered and the other end open. Brazilian music also utilizes small steel-stringed guitars called cavaquinho, which are used especially in samba and choro music. During the four days of the Rio carnival, the entire city is filled with smiles and happy faces. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the excitement and glorious atmosphere of the annual party that has become Brazil's symbol of national identity. The elements of Samba movements can also be found in Capoeira; a unique art form that blends dance, music and martial arts. Many people now play Capoeira as a game, usually within a roda, or a circle. The tempo and the style are set to music and singing, led by the berimbau, a single-string percussion instrument originating from Africa. In November 2014, Capoeira was enlisted as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. Samba music is widely featured in international television and media broadcasts, and many commercials use samba rhythms as background music because of how easy its fast and simple rhythm can attract the viewers’ attention.
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2021-08-24   570 Преглед
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2021-08-24

Dr. G. Yunupingu – Rainbow Child of the Australian Indigenous People

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Dr. G. Yunupingu – Rainbow Child of the Australian Indigenous People

Elcho Island, traditionally known as Galiwin'ku, is an island off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Galiwin'ku is also the name of the island’s largest aboriginal settlement with about 2,000 residents. This island is home to the legendary artist, Dr. G. Yunupingu, one of Australia’s most successful international musicians. Singing in several Yolngu languages as well as in English, telling stories about his land, Dr. Yunupingu’s mixture of traditional songs with modern compositions added a unique perspective to indigenous music.Commonly known as Gurrumul, Dr. G. Yunupingu was born as Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. He was conferred the honorary doctorate degree in 2012 by the University of Sydney. “I was born blind, and I don't know why. God knows why, because He loves me so. As I grew up, my spirit knew. Then I learnt to read the world of destruction. United we stand, divided we fall, together we'll stand, in solidarity.” “Gurrumul History (I was Born Blind)” is a song of mixed English and Yolngu Matha language in which Dr. Yunupingu shared an incredible story about himself. Dr. Yunupingu often shied away from the limelight and seldom granted any interviews as he preferred to allow his music to do the talking. He once said: "I don't have much to say to people when I talk. That is for other Yolŋu (people). But I can play and sing and tell people things through my songs." The documentary, “Gurrumul,” was released two weeks after debuting “Djarimirri.” It was co-produced by filmmaker Paul Williams and the brilliant musician himself. The documentary was screened around the globe and won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for best documentary, reflecting a wide international appreciation for Gurrumul’s story and songs. The Gurrumul Yunupingu Foundation was established in 2013 for the purpose of engaging and supporting young Indigenous Australians, especially those in remote communities, to realize their full potential and offer them hope for the future through long-term programs and activities.
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2021-05-11   535 Преглед
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2021-05-11

L’Écocirque: 100% Human Circus – Interview with André-Joseph Bouglione, Part 3 of 3

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L’Écocirque: 100% Human Circus – Interview with André-Joseph Bouglione, Part 3 of 3

It is our great pleasure to have André-Joseph Bouglione with us today as he continues to share his story and path to change. “When we review the surveys, we realize that nowadays nearly 70%, or even more, of the population condemn the exploitation of animals in circuses. The fact that I am doing it today is proof that my ancestors would have acted the same way. Maybe not for the same reasons – however, we are perhaps predisposed to that – to adapt! To adapt, to adapt to the present times, to the public, to the aspirations of society.” André-Joseph Bouglione now talks about his book “Against Animal Exploitation.” “In this book, I mainly try to explain my vision of the circus of the future. For me, the ideal would be for all circuses to give up exhibiting animals before the law forces them into it. Because that would be a bit humiliating, I think! It would be a sanction for our history, our heritage, our ancestors, to force the government to sanction us through the law, while this is our heritage. Out of respect for that heritage, out of respect for our elders, I think everybody should stop and start being reasonable and stop exhibiting animals. From that point on, of course, they wouldn’t need to ban it; it wouldn’t be necessary. There would only be the need to solve the problem of where to place the animals, and we would journey forward. It would be much less confrontational. I think the public would be much more grateful, because 70% of the population requests it.” André-Joseph Bouglione speaks about the “L’Écocirque 100% Human” project. “It will be a circus dedicated to the public. We want to put the audience back at the core of everything, at the center of our project. Whatever we do is for them, really.” “We are working as a circus without animals, but we’re doing it for the animals. From the moment we made that statement; we can no longer produce costumes with feathers, with leather! Beyond all that, we’re going to try to raise the public’s awareness in a very soft way, without making people feel guilty, without condemning or judging, but showing that we can do things differently. Because we have an audience comprised of children, especially school children.”
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2021-01-03   534 Преглед
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2021-01-03

An Uplifting Supreme Master Ching Hai Day Celebration, Part 7 of 8

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An Uplifting Supreme Master Ching Hai Day Celebration, Part 7 of 8

Next, a comedy from the USA disciples. “Âu Lạc at that time was ruled by a king who loved his country and his citizens. Unfortunately, the king passed away suddenly, leaving behind a prince and a princess who were still very young. Since childhood, both the prince and the princess have lived in the palace with all the luxury and wealth, being taught and spoiled by the late king’s officials. Therefore, as they grow up, the princess becomes more and more stubborn, arrogant and hard-headed. The young prince, instead of learning how to rule the country, indulges in the pleasures of the royal life.”“Your Royal Princess, I just caught three robbers who were snooping around in the palace.” “(Hold on. What did you guys steal from the palace? Let me see. Oh, my royal brother! This precious treasure has been passed down by our ancestors for thousands of years. Nobody has opened it yet.) My royal sister! (My royal brother!) My royal sister, this is the greatest gift that I have ever received, that I can see and hear God. I could not believe that She is so charming and beautiful. I feel like I just woken up from a long, long dream. (Yes, I feel the same.) At this time, in the presence of God, I would like to sing a song to offer to God. (I also want to dance as an offering to God. Let me call the concubines so that they can dance with me.)” “Mother gives me everything Her whole youth. Her tender love Larger than the sea, bigger than the sky. Mother is a pure, cool breeze A passion fruit, a sorbus tree. Mother is the flower, Mother is the fragrance, Mother is the source of miraculous love.” “Loving us, mum sang soothing words. To lull us to sleep, she didn't mind having wakeful nights. For many years, her tears flowed down like streams, flowing into our hearts, her hair was already gray.” “From now on, we will walk on the path of the Tao. I will use wisdom and love to rule the citizens in a wiser way. (And I will be a more exemplary princess. I will not be naughty, and will show love to others.) (Your Majesty, from now on, my two brothers and I will follow you, to help you deal with national defense, and spend the rest of our lives practicing spiritually.) (That’s very good! It is very hard to attain a human body. So, we must take this opportunity to practice spiritually. From now on, we will walk on the path of the Tao, to go back to the Kingdom of God.)”
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2022-03-08   528 Преглед
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Coming Together to Celebrate Supreme Master Ching Hai Day, Part 9 of 10

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Coming Together to Celebrate Supreme Master Ching Hai Day, Part 9 of 10

Now we come to the last part of the program. But before we go to that part, let me say something to Master. For myself, as a representative for the Thai people here, we don't know how to express how much (gratitude) we feel towards Master, for having You here and for having Bangkok as a retreat place. And together here, we feel so happy. Therefore, with the song, “Edelweiss, Supreme Master Ching Hai,” which we have written for You, just to express how we feel. Actually, we could not say in words, but this is just part of it, that we want to show how much (gratitude) we feel towards You. “(Edelweiss, Edelweiss, Every morning you greet me, Small and white, Clean and bright, You look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow, Bloom and grow forever. Edelweiss, Edelweiss, Bless my homeland forever. Supreme Master Ching Hai, Supreme Master Ching Hai, Every morning You greet me. Supreme Master Ching Hai, Supreme Master Ching Hai, Every morning You greet me, Small and white, Clean and bright, You look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow may You bloom and grow, Bloom and grow forever. Supreme Master Ching Hai, Supreme Master Ching Hai, Bless my Homeland forever.)”Coming up is the last part, also the most important part. We invite Supreme Master Ching Hai to come on the stage and cut the vegan cake for us. “All of your programs are very beautiful and very sincere. I’m really very touched. Thank you, all of you. Thank you so much. (Thank You, Master.) Also, I want to thank all the staff members, volunteer staff members, who donate a lot of sweat during this five-day retreat, to cook, to run around, to scream, to go around find people or to try to practice all these programs in this beautiful fantastic sunny weather. Also, the kitchen members who donate more sweat than anyone else. This is not to make competition, but they really worked very hard. After this program is over, I hope I will find time, and that you leave me some time, so that I can say ‘Hallo’ to all the personnel, the ones who run errands for us in these last few days, because they have made a very great sacrifice. Also, I will thank all the honorable guests who have spared their precious time and come here to sweat with us.”
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Dolly Parton: The Legendary Musician with a Gentle Heart, Part 2 of 2

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Dolly Parton: The Legendary Musician with a Gentle Heart, Part 2 of 2

With the profits from her successful creative pursuits and businesses, Dolly makes giving back a big part of her life. “If God’s been good to you, you should be good to other people. That’s how we spread the love around. It makes me feel good to do it, and I think it’s my duty to do it.” Dolly often expresses her gratitude to her parents, as her mother and her mother’s side of the family nourished her musical talent, and her father implanted a keen sense of how to manage a business. In 1995, the Dollywood Foundation expanded to include Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a wonderful project intended to inspire children to love reading and learning. On February 27, 2018, Dolly donated the 100 millionth Imagination Library book to the Library of Congress. In addition to her heartfelt efforts in education, she supports the American Red Cross and various health care causes, such as HIV/AIDS-related charities. Furthermore, Dolly’s love extends to animal people’s welfare, along with other causes such as youth homelessness, childhood diabetes, and military veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries, to name a few. She is a long-term supporter of the LGBT community and of same-sex marriage. Dollywood hosts her “Gay Day” event out of respect for them. In recognition of her artistic achievements and philanthropic work, Dolly was named the MusiCares Person of the Year in 2019, the first country artist ever to receive the honor. Behind the successful management of her frenetic career, extremely prolific creative life, and colossal achievements professionally and philanthropically, is Dolly’s extraordinary self-discipline and spiritual faith. She rises at 3 o’clock in the morning and starts the day with meditation and prayer. On January 19, 2021, Dolly celebrated her 75th birthday by publishing an open letter to share her birthday wishes and making a “heartfelt call for kindness.” “We can’t just hope for a brighter day, we have to work for a brighter day,” she said in her message. Dolly encourages people to do something kind in their efforts to make the world a better place by “unearthing love.”
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