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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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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-Ale
Nature's Beauty
2020-07-10   1237 Views
2020-07-10
Nature's Beauty

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 glor
The World Around Us
2019-07-30   3269 Views
2019-07-30
The World Around Us

The Islands of Hong Kong

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Islands of Hong Kong

Hong Kong is located on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea; thus it has the nickname “The Pearl of the Orient.” Hong Kong is comprised of the Kowloon Peninsula and more than 250 islands. It is home to more than 7.5 million people of various nationalities and is one of the most densely populated areas on Earth. Because of its continuously bustling activity, some people call it “th
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-06-29   979 Views
2022-06-29
Cultural Traces Around the World

Rwanda: The Awakened Land of a Thousand Hills, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Rwanda: The Awakened Land of a Thousand Hills, Part 1 of 2

Located in the heart of Central Africa, just south of the equator, Rwanda is a landlocked country bordering Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. Situated on the far western edge of the Rift Valley, it is mostly covered by beautiful hills and mountains, which is why it’s also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills.” Because of its high latitude, the weather in Rwanda is
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-06-15   304 Views
2022-06-15
Cultural Traces Around the World

Discovering Iceland, Part 2 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Discovering Iceland, Part 2 of 2

Several festivals are held in Iceland every year, including art festivals, and music and public camping events. Before Christmas began being celebrated in Iceland, the country’s largest festival of the year was held on the winter solstice, after which the hours of daylight became longer, bringing warmer weather. Christmas in Iceland is a special time, attracting many travelers. At this time, you c
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-06-01   377 Views
2022-06-01
Cultural Traces Around the World

Gujarat: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi (vegetarian)

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Gujarat: The Birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi (vegetarian)

The majority of the Gujarati people are either Jains or Hindus, with over 60% of the state’s population vegetarian, making Gujarat a paradise for those who choose not to eat animal-people. Gujarat is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi Ji, the “Father of the Nation,” also known as the “Great Soul.” In Ahmedabad, Gandhi Ji built his Sabarmati Ashram, the headquarters of his nonviolent campaign.
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-05-31   196 Views
2022-05-31
Cultural Traces Around the World

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 6 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 6 of 12, May 22, 1993

There is no end to our abilities, no end to our happiness if we turn within and look for our treasure. I am offering this to you as one of the brothers or sisters who has discovered, or rediscovered, something nice, something good and wants to share it with the family members, because you share with me also what you discover or what you invent. Now, every one of us
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-28   1327 Views
2022-05-28
Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 5 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 5 of 12, May 22, 1993

We have heard that we have Heaven, we have many different dimensions of higher intelligence, higher civilization, so why don't we go and have a look? Actually, Heaven is within ourselves; all, the most intelligent source, is within ourselves. If only we take time to turn inward daily, sometimes, then we will find this highest quality, and then our life will become truly happy. &
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-27   1167 Views
2022-05-27
Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 4 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 4 of 12, May 22, 1993

I do not agree that there is nothing good in the society, or there is much more negative than positive; But most probably we are more attracted to something that is very “upheaval” or very tragic, very drastic, so the newspapers would like to report these things to us. This is all right, but then in the long term, it will affect our attitude and our spirit and our outlook on life.
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-26   1476 Views
2022-05-26
Words of Wisdom

Discovering Iceland, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Discovering Iceland, Part 1 of 2

Situated above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, surrounded by Atlantic waters, lies the Republic of Iceland, a Nordic Island country known for its natural beauty. Iceland is actually not a land completely covered with ice. The warm prevailing gulf stream keeps most of the land green and fertile. The country enjoys a cool and temperate maritime climate, with pleasant summers and mild winters.Characte
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-05-25   834 Views
2022-05-25
Cultural Traces Around the World

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 3 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 3 of 12, May 22, 1993

In the whole universe, everything must be in balance if it is to survive, if it is to prosper in the highest sense, in the highest level. So, in order to live our life in this world and understand Heaven at the same time, we should try to balance our life so that the spiritual part of our Self will be blossoming, and also the worldly part of us will be more developed.
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-25   1665 Views
2022-05-25
Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 2 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 2 of 12, May 22, 1993

(Master possesses the omnipresent almighty power. However, Master is unwilling to reveal Her power. Instead of dwelling on our outer appearance, She always talks about discovering our inner wisdom, compassion and universal love, developing our transcendental power within, and pursuing liberation from the cycle of transmigration.) “(As humans, we tend to believe in s
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-24   1405 Views
2022-05-24
Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 1 of 12, May 22, 1993

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Words of Wisdom

To Live a Balanced Life in This World and Heaven, Part 1 of 12, May 22, 1993

(Let me relate one of my own experiences to demonstrate how our Master, Supreme Master Ching Hai, has the incredible power of omnipresence.) “(Hallo, everyone. How are you? I’m so glad that you can join us today for this very special event. While many people think that we’ll surely become malnourished if we eat only plant-based food, scientific research shows
Words of Wisdom
2022-05-23   1869 Views
2022-05-23
Words of Wisdom

Saudi Arabian Architecture, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Saudi Arabian Architecture, Part 1 of 2

Visitors who come to Saudi Arabia are often fascinated by the incredibly diverse architectural landscape. These include the traditional rustic mud houses to grand mosques representing the Islamic faith, along with magnificent modern skyscrapers. Because of the immense diversity of weather conditions, nature imposes tough criteria for the architect when it comes to designing buildings. The Arabian
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-04-29   484 Views
2022-04-29
Cultural Traces Around the World

Pan Sel Myo: The Ten Flowers of Myanmar

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Pan Sel Myo: The Ten Flowers of Myanmar

Myanmar's thriving arts and crafts scene celebrates the countries' deep-rooted culture and religious traditions, dating back many centuries. The importance of the Buddha and His teachings are evident throughout the "Pan Sel Myo," or "Ten Flowers of Myanmar," which comprises the ten traditional forms of artistic craft-making conducted in the country. The first flower of the "Ten Flowers of M
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-04-22   448 Views
2022-04-22
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Kalash - Observers of the Sun, Moon and Stars

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Kalash - Observers of the Sun, Moon and Stars

The Kalash are a unique people living in the Chitral District of northern Pakistan. Considered to be the indigenous people of the area, the Kalash have a population of approximately 3,000 and their culture is believed to date back 3,000 years. They speak Kalasha, a Dardic language which belongs to the Indo-Aryan language tree.The Chitral District, home to the Kalash, is quite a fertile regi
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-04-20   363 Views
2022-04-20
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Wonderful Crafts of Ukraine

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Wonderful Crafts of Ukraine

One of the most famous artistic traditions of Ukraine is the decorative painting style known as Petrykivka painting. This painting style was originally a form of local indigenous art practiced by the Zaporozhian Sich people. Originally, the style was practiced mainly by women who were inclined to paint the interior walls of their family dwellings with large-scale decorative murals consisting of ri
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-03-25   689 Views
2022-03-25
Cultural Traces Around the World

Welcoming Myanmar

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Welcoming Myanmar

The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is the second-largest country in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is blessed with abundant water resources, fertile soil, and a favorable climate. Half of Myanmar's territory is covered by forested plateaus, valleys, and plains.Myanmar’s people are kind, gentle, friendly, and generous. The country is home to more than 135 separate ethnic gro
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-03-16   429 Views
2022-03-16
Cultural Traces Around the World

Advanced Inventions of Ancient Egypt, Part 2 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Advanced Inventions of Ancient Egypt, Part 2 of 2

Today we will continue this journey, with a look at ancient Egyptian inventions in the fields of handcrafts, metallurgy, medicine, music, and postal systems, and also share some of the ingenious ways they managed their large, complex society. The earliest forms of paper were made from papyrus plants by the ancient Egyptians around 3000 BC. Pottery was mass produced, and stone and clay pots
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-03-09   613 Views
2022-03-09
Cultural Traces Around the World

Traditional Musical Instrument - The Ukrainian Bandura

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Traditional Musical Instrument - The Ukrainian Bandura

The Bandura was believed to be a companion of humanity, producing heavenly reverberations to comfort our souls in this material world. This exceptional instrument originates from the spiritual culture of the ancient Sumero-Akkadian civilization. The Akkadians played early versions of the Bandura in their religious events as well as in festivities and for entertainment. Later, the charming instrume
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-03-07   783 Views
2022-03-07
Cultural Traces Around the World

Advanced Inventions of Ancient Egypt, Part 1 of 2

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Cultural Traces Around the World

Advanced Inventions of Ancient Egypt, Part 1 of 2

Egypt is a transcontinental country that connects Africa and Asia with a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula, bordered by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, Libya to the west, and the states of Palestine and Israel to the northeast. The longest river in the world, the Nile flows north-south through Egypt, and millennia-old monuments stand along the Nile River
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-03-02   989 Views
2022-03-02
Cultural Traces Around the World

The Amazigh - A Celebration of Kinship and Culture

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Cultural Traces Around the World

The Amazigh - A Celebration of Kinship and Culture

The Amazigh people have a rich history and are considered to be the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa. Their name, Amazigh, means free people and the plural form is Imazighen. Ancient Egyptians first made reference to the Amazigh people in 3,000 BC using the name Temehu.The Amazigh flag was created in 1997 by the Amazigh Congress. While the flag itself is a symbol of unity and cultural
Cultural Traces Around the World
2022-02-24   429 Views
2022-02-24
Cultural Traces Around the World
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