• Fifteen Good Years

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Fifteen Good Years
      I first traveled to Ladakh in the western Himalaya 15 years ago, after being invited by a lama I met on the beach in front of my apartment in Chicago, Sonam Kunga Rinpoche, the previous autumn. He was concerned about...

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    • An Unusual Sutra Revealed

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      An Unusual Sutra Revealed
      The Avatamsaka Sutra. This is sometimes known as the “encyclopedia of Buddhism” because it reveals the splendid and mysterious realm of the Buddhas. Shakyamuni Buddha uttered this sutra to all the sages in heaven and on earth soon after he attained Buddhahood. The sutra tells...

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    • Creating Space

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Creating Space
      As my husband Jason and I prepared to welcome Adelaide into our lives nearly ten months ago, I thought about the kind of home we wanted to create for her. I didn’t want to make a nursery in the ordinary sense, buying a crib and furniture. Instead, I reflected on ...

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    • Is Merit-dedication Allowed in Pristine Pure Land Buddhism?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Is Merit-dedication Allowed in Pristine Pure Land Buddhism?
      By definition, bodhisattvas are those who follow the Buddhist path in order to deliver other sentient beings from suffering. In the spirit of altruism, they transfer all the merits and virtues obtained through their own practice, either meditative or non-meditative...

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    • When Good Intentions Are Directed by Wrong View

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      When Good Intentions Are Directed by Wrong View
      When we inadvertently hurt someone, in order to justify that our intentions were pure we often tell ourselves that we didn’t do anything wrong and that our motivation is all that matters. While in some cases this may be true, we are often misled by false assumptions, and in an ...

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    • Walking the Motherhood Walk

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Walking the Motherhood Walk
      While my husband and I waited for the birth of our daughter nine months ago, I spent much of my pregnancy contemplating how I would incorporate my aspirations as a mother, nearly 20 years’ experience as a teacher, and my ongoing discipline as a Buddhist practitioner ...

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    • Lilac Meditation

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Lilac Meditation
      I remember biking home one day when I noticed the lilacs in bloom. I stopped and got off of my bike just to smell them, and smiled. This was a new thing for me, but the combination of the long winter and the pale glow of their particular hue, closer to blue ...

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    • Confusion, Doubt, and Misunderstanding in the Exclusive Practice of Amitabha-recitation

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Confusion, Doubt, and Misunderstanding in the Exclusive Practice of Amitabha-recitation
      Practitioners following the Path of the Great Vow in Pure Land Buddhism as classified by Master Shandao take exclusive Amitabha-invocation as their main practice. By exclusively practicing Amitabha-recitation for the remainder of their lives, they are assured rebirth in...

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    • Practicing Dharma in Daily Life

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Practicing Dharma in Daily Life
      In the morning when you wake up, visualize the Buddha on the crown of your head and think, "How fortunate I am that so far I have not died. Again today I have the opportunity to practice the Dharma. I again have the opportunity to take the essence of ...

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    • Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands
      The hand gestures, or mudra, assumed by figures of the Buddha and other deities are some of the most fascinating aspects of Buddhist iconography. Similar to the graceful hand gestures used by performers of traditional Indian dance, mudra are often the key...

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    • Dealing with Pleasure

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Dealing with Pleasure
      There are many statements in Buddhist literature that make pleasure sound like something we should totally avoid. It might take some careful reading to recognize that the threat isn’t pleasure itself, but an unmindful response to it. Pleasure in its various forms is...

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    • Learning to Receive

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Learning to Receive
      Generosity is a fundamental trait that is celebrated by all of the world’s religions. December means Christmas for my family, so I’ve been thinking about generosity and giving, especially in light of the Buddha’s teachings on this subject: ...

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    • Interconnected Consumption: Practicing a Mindful Lifestyle

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Interconnected Consumption: Practicing a Mindful Lifestyle
      Perhaps you are reading this editorial on your mobile phone and are looking to upgrade to a new model. The Fairphone, made by a Netherlands-based social enterprise of the same name, is a worthwhile option. Conceived as technology produced with...

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    • Buddhism for non-Buddhists

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhism for non-Buddhists
      Buddhism makes up the world's fourth largest world religion and one of the oldest. Religion in general has been slowly decreasing in many countries around the world as society changes and technology advances, but Buddhism has been one of the strongest ...

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    • The Hidden Meaning of "Sincere Mind"

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Hidden Meaning of ``Sincere Mind``
      “Sincere Mind” is the first of the “Three States of Mind,” in other words, “Sincere Mind,” “Deep Mind,” and “Mind of Merit-Dedication and Aspiration towards Rebirth.” The Contemplation Sutra says that sentient beings who resolve to be reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land,...

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    • Opening the Heart to Difficult People

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Opening the Heart to Difficult People
      He smiled though, and as I smiled back, I felt something much stronger than just liking him. I still wouldn’t seek Rick out for friendship, but I realized I loved him as much as any other being. Compassion had overcome my personal dislike and opened my heart to...

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    • Beopjeong Sunim’s Korean Way of Tea

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Beopjeong Sunim’s Korean Way of Tea
      When I was a nun at the Seon temple Songgwangsa, I would often take a walk up the steep hill that led to Bulilam, the hermitage of Beopjeong Sunim (1932–2010). Venerable Beopjeong was a renowned writer who had retired to this small hermitage ...

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    • Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim
      I arrived in Songgwangsa (one of the oldest Seon, or Zen, temples in South Korea) in 1975 on the first day of the biggest ceremony of the year, the commemoration of the death of national master Bojo. The next morning, Haemyong Sunim (Robert Buswell) took a young...

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    • Bathing the Buddha - A Vesak Ritual

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Bathing the Buddha - A Vesak Ritual
      Later in April and early May, people across the world will celebrate Vesak in many different ways, but they are bound together by a special commemoration in honoring the young Gautama. One particular ceremony during this festive time is called: “Bathing the Buddha”.

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    • Buddhist Life: The Stages of Enlightenment

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhist Life: The Stages of Enlightenment
      The different stages that lead to Enlightenment are described in terms of which fetters or bonds are abandoned, and these fetters are divided into lower and higher classifications. There is also, in many schools of Buddhism, an additional specification...

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    • Looking for Refuge in all the wrong places

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Looking for Refuge in all the wrong places
      In Buddhism, taking refuge is no longer expecting external things to bring ultimate or lasting happiness.

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    • Four sublime states of mind

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Four sublime states of mind
      Here brahma means sublime or noble as in brahmacariya (sublime life); vihāra means mode or state of conduct, or state of living. They are also termed appamaññā (limitless, boundless), because these thoughts are radiated towards all beings without limit or obstruction...

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    • Buddhist Singing Bowls

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhist Singing Bowls
      At our parish during Lent, a Buddhist singing bowl is used at the start of Mass in place of the gathering or entrance song. According to one popular resource (Wikipedia), singing bowls are "used as a support for meditation, trance induction and prayer." On the Internet several websites...

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    • Celebrating Ten Years of Mindfulness

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Celebrating Ten Years of Mindfulness
      Today's a big anniversary: ten years. For ten years I have been practicing Vipassana (Theravada) Buddhism, like that found in Thailand. The core of my Buddhist practice (and I hope that if I practice enough I will get good at it) is mindfulness meditation: 30 minutes, every day,...

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    • Superior Love through Superior Dhamma

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Superior Love through Superior Dhamma
      Because we are human beings, none of us are perfect. We all come with a baggage of deficiencies. We can cope with our own deficiencies but we cannot tolerate someone else’s. This is the human condition. Once we start living with another person, our own deficiencies and those of our...

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    • Mind and Matter (Nama-Rupa)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Mind and Matter (Nama-Rupa)
      “What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.” According to Buddhism, life is a combination of mind (nama) and matter (rupa). Mind consists of the combination of sensations, perceptions, volitional activities ...

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    • The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism
      The six-realm system is often depicted as a 'wheel of life' (shown to the right), especially in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Theravada teachings typically define only 5 realms. Various schools of Buddhism also define other sub-realms within these, and other types of realms ...

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    • The 7th Lunar Month, Is it an auspicious month or not?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The 7th Lunar Month, Is it an auspicious month or not?
      The 7th lunar month is regarded as the Ghost Month by the Chinese since the Tang Dynasty. The Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan) is observed on the 14th day of the month and the Ghost Day is on the 15th day, the full moon day of the month. On this month the gate of Hell realm is open ...

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    • Hard butt courtesy of my Buddhist friends

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Hard butt courtesy of my Buddhist friends
      Buddhism, which some practitioners refer to as a belief system, lifestyle, philosophy, or other concepts -- but not a religion. Is, in my opinion, an admirable all-of-the-above. In the East, not New York City -- the Far East -- Buddhism is referred ...

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    • How to become a Buddhist

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      How to become a Buddhist
      It is not essential to go to a temple to be a Buddhist. First and foremost believe in the Tripple Gem, Buddha (Lord Buddha himself), Dhamma (his teachings), & Sangha (His disciples) This is how you pray: Namo Thassa Bhagawatho ...

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    • Buddhism in Vietnam (1) - Mai Tho Truyen

      2/10/2017 9:04:54 PM
      Buddhism in Vietnam (1) - Mai Tho Truyen

      In what way did the Doctrine of Buddha come to Viet-Nam? How was it spread? What influence has it had on the life and thought of the people; on literature and arts? What is the Vietnamese conception of Buddhism and how is it put into practice?

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    • Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s contributions celebrated at conference

      1/1/2017 12:36:13 AM
      Vietnam Buddhist Sangha’s contributions celebrated at conference

      Ho Chi Minh City (Nov. 4, 2016) - Vietnam Buddhist Sangha has contributed to enriching and developing the country’s culture, the rector of HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities said at conference held on Wednesday.

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    • Buddha Relics from Thailand Find New Home in Melbourne

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddha Relics from Thailand Find New Home in Melbourne
      On Sunday 4 January, Quang Minh (Bright Light) Temple (QMT), located in Braybrook, Victoria, held a special ceremony to receive the Buddha relics donated to them by Wat Monglkodhammakayaram in Thailand.

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    • The Origins of Vu Lan festival

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Origins of Vu Lan festival
      On Vu Lan day, Buddhists honor their living parents and elders; they also pray for their deceased parents and ancestors. It is generally believed that one who performs a good deed accumulates spiritual merit. In addition, it is considered virtuous when...

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    • Message of The Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Message of The Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha
      Dear Dharma brothers, Sangha members and lay devotees, Today in a cordial atmosphere, we are Buddhists who represent all Buddhist schools from all over the world, being here in order to celebrate the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 (BE. 2558)...

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    • A journey back to Truc Lam Buddhism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A journey back to Truc Lam Buddhism
      Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit Yen Tu Festival on the 10th day of the first lunar month every year. They believe that even after 100 years of virtuous religious life, they cannot be called true religious people if they do not come to Yen Tu.

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    • Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony
      Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Huong Van Zen Monastery in central Thua Thien - Hue Province to pray to King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) for peace and prosperity.

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    • One Pillar Pagoda: the soul of Vietnamese capital

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      One Pillar Pagoda: the soul of Vietnamese capital
      Buddhist monks, Ha Noi officials and experts are trying to figure out the best way to preserve one of the most beloved cultural heritage sites of the Vietnamese people.

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    • Buddhism in Vietnam (2) - Mai Tho Truyen

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhism in Vietnam (2) - Mai Tho Truyen
      Vietnamese Buddhism is indebted to the former for many favours and an unreserved support and also for two treatises, one on meditation and the other on the Doctrine in general, both of which are of a high religious and literary standard.

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    • Theravada Buddhism in Vietnam

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Theravada Buddhism in Vietnam
      Buddhism came to Vietnam in the first century CE. By the end of the second century, Vietnam developed a major Buddhist centre in the region, commonly known as the Luy-Lâu centre, now in the Bắc Ninh province, north of the present Hanoi city.

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    • Introduction to Buddhism in Viet Nam and Vietnamese Zen

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Introduction to Buddhism in Viet Nam and Vietnamese Zen
      When Buddhism spreads to Vietnam, the Dharma, adapting to the times and the capacities of the people, consists of two traditions, the Northern and the Southern. The Southern tradition (Theravada) emphasizes everyday practical realities and swift self-emancipation, leading to the fruits of the Arahats or Pratyeka Buddhas...

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    • A brief history of Vietnamese Buddhism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      A brief history of Vietnamese Buddhism
      Vietnamese Buddhism has a long history of more than 2000 years. Its origin dates back to the 3rd century B.C., when numerous Buddhist missions were sent abroad by Emperor Asoka to disseminate Lord Buddha’s Teachings in such distant countries beyond the borders of India as those in Africa, West and Central Asia as well as South East Asia...

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    • Buddhist Contributions to Good Governance and Development

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhist Contributions to Good Governance and Development
      Under the name Lý hoặc luận (Righting the wrong) states clearly what role Buddhism can play in any society, especially the society of Vietnam of Mâu Tử’ s time: “The Buddhist way, when applied to the family is for: serving the parents; when applied to the nation is for : helping the people; when applied to one’s own life is for: perfection of oneself”

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    • Which Buddhist Teachings Might Be Most Helpful?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Which Buddhist Teachings Might Be Most Helpful?
      People who want to learn about Buddhism often ask me what book they should buy. This is hard to answer because there is no one Buddhism: there’s Zen Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Theravadin (my own original tradition), Nichiren, Pure Land, and a host of others. They developed in different parts...

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    • It need saying - Buddhism is a religion

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      It need saying - Buddhism is a religion
      This is the right time to say it. The bandwagon of secularization of Buddhism has gradually gathered momentum to the point where it now threatens the whole basis of what the Buddha bequeathed us. Buddhism is becoming popular, but it is doing so in a...

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    • Jizo: Japan’s Beloved Savior of Lost Souls

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Jizo: Japan’s Beloved Savior of Lost Souls
      The Buddhist deity Kshitigarbha, or “He who encompasses the Earth,” has a powerful and ubiquitous presence in Japan, where figures of him depicted as a bald-headed priest and often wearing red bibs or other articles of clothing are common not only in Buddhist temples...

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    • Reunification the dream for South Korea’s Buddhist patriarch

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Reunification the dream for South Korea’s Buddhist patriarch
      As the sun set over South Korea’s capital, the usual cacophony of sounds associated with a bustling major city was replaced by human voices — hundreds of thousands of them, chanting peacefully.

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    • 'Charya Nritya': Ancient Buddhist Dances of Wisdom and Healing in the Modern World

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      `Charya Nritya`: Ancient Buddhist Dances of Wisdom and Healing in the Modern World
      From antiquity to the present, Nepal has remained an epicenter and a sanctuary of Dharmic activity—a place of cross-pollination and preservation of ancient traditions. Nepal is magnificent in its dichotomies and seeming contradictions that have blended over time ...

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    • Haunting the Himalayas: Spirits, Demons, and Gods in Tibetan Buddhism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Haunting the Himalayas: Spirits, Demons, and Gods in Tibetan Buddhism
      Whether by the titanic mountains of the Himalayan range or the weird, lonely, lunar expanse of the plateau itself, it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the natural landscape of Tibet. It is small wonder, then, that from the earliest times...

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    • The Search for an Identity in Buddhist Studies

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Search for an Identity in Buddhist Studies
      Buddhist Studies in the academy is going through a gradual and understated trend. Yet, this trend is one of the most important stages in its intellectual evolution. Since the 1990s, Buddhist Studies has been welcoming more insiders...

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    • Other-Power in Pure Land Buddhism

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Other-Power in Pure Land Buddhism
      For many coming to Pure Land Buddhism for the first time it is perhaps a point which is not encouraging and sounding too much like other spiritual traditions. It is sometimes further suggested...

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    • Messages on the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations 2014

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Messages on the United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations 2014
      I extend my greetings to participants of the 11th Anniversary Celebrations and International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014, being hosted by the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha. For Buddhists across the world ...

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    • Amitabha Buddha’s Three Vows of Deliverance (Part III – The 20th Vow)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Amitabha Buddha’s Three Vows of Deliverance (Part III – The 20th Vow)
      In the 20th vow, sentient beings in the ten directions are always aware of, or feel concerned, or concentrate their thoughts, about the Land of Bliss upon hearing the name of Amitabha Buddha. They attempt to ‘plant the root of various virtues’...

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    • Amitabha Buddha’s Three Vows of Deliverance (Part I – The 18th Vow)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Amitabha Buddha’s Three Vows of Deliverance (Part I – The 18th Vow)
      In this three-part series, Pure Land columnist Alan Kwan examines the three most important vows of Amitabha Buddha’s forty-eight vows, which constitute Amitabha’s plan for saving sentient beings. These are known as the Three Vows of Deliverance.

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    • Buddhism, the Pearl River Delta and the Maritime Silk Road

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhism, the Pearl River Delta and the Maritime Silk Road
      The 2000-year-old Silk Road refers to the trade routes and transcontinental economy of Central Eurasia. However, its history is much richer when one looks into its maritime dimension. According to Central Eurasian scholar Christopher Beckwith, the naval passageways...

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    • Living on the Edge

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Living on the Edge
      The Diskit monastery is situated on the hill, just above the flood plains of the Shyok River, on its right bank in the Diskit village (3,144 metres (10,315 ft)) in Nubra Valley. Diskit Monastery has been built at the edge of the approach road. Approach to the monastery is through ...

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    • In each of us

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      In each of us
      Despite being a Hindu throughout my life, I have a very high regard for Buddha and Buddhism. I regard Buddhism as the highest pedestal of all other existing religions and philosophies in the world, because Buddha was always humble even after his ‘Enlightenment’. ..

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    • Buddhist Sutta / Sutras Overview

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhist Sutta / Sutras Overview
      In Buddhism, 'sutra' (Sanskrit) or 'sutta' (Pali) refers to canonical scriptures that are believed to be based on actual oral teachings of the Buddha. Although none of them were written down during his lifetime, tradition teaches that his senior disciples memorized his major ...

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    • Dalai Lama: Seek riches and you'll never be satisfied

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Dalai Lama: Seek riches and you`ll never be satisfied
      The Dalai Lama's second day in Louisville started on a solemn and contemplative note as he began two sessions of teachings at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday morning. He said he tells audiences in countries that are not traditionally Buddhist that he discourages ...

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    • My first encounter with a Buddhist Monk

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      My first encounter with a Buddhist Monk
      As I was approaching a mall in the middle of the campus, something astonishing happened. To the right of my field of vision, the door of a big stone building suddenly swung open and out stepped a middle-aged man with East Asian features wearing a yellow-orange robe. He was immediately followed by a tall American man, who then caught up with him, and the two walked side by side talking.

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    • Les 6 grands conciles bouddhiques (1)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Les 6 grands conciles bouddhiques (1)
      Introduction générale sur les 6 grands conciles bouddhiques, suivie d’une petite histoire racontant l’organisation de chacun d’entre eux et les raisons qui ont motivé ces réunions.

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    • South Korea Jogye Buddhist monks launch reforms

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      South Korea Jogye Buddhist monks launch reforms
      Buddhist leaders in South Korea have announced that they will bring in professional managers to run temple finances, following recent "misbehaviour" by several monks. The country's main Jogye Order has been dogged by in-fighting and criticism since the latest scandal.

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    • The Buddhist Revival in Burma

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Buddhist Revival in Burma
      Burma under British rule was not so much subject to religious suppression as Ceylon. Europeanization was not so great there as to affect much the cultural life of the Burmese, since the British administered Burma only as a part of India and the British colonial period there was much shorter than in Ceylon.

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    • Message The United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations From Supreme Patriarch of Thailand

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Message The United Nations Day of Vesak Celebrations From Supreme Patriarch of Thailand
      Buddhism is the teaching of the Buddha; briefly saying, it is to let us know the truth of life which is about Dukkha or sufferings, the nature of life. Saying in broad- view principles, it is the teaching of excluding the wrong doings, performing the good deeds and purifying one's mind.

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    • Message from Her Excellency Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Message from Her Excellency Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand
      Thailand is honoured to host the 9th International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak from 31 May to 2 June 2012. Over 5,000 participants from 84 countries include the Sangha members, Buddhist spiritual leaders and international academics.

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    • Buddhist delegation visits ancient viharaya in Kotapola

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhist delegation visits ancient viharaya in Kotapola
      Kotapola, Sri Lanka -- An international Buddhist delegation led by Ven Hou Jen Chun, the abbot of the World Buddhist Ch'an Jing Centre of the United States of America will visit Gatabaruwa Raja Maha Viharaya, Kotapola.

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    • Guan Yim: Goddess of Compassion

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Guan Yim: Goddess of Compassion
      Guan Yim/ Guan Yin/Kuan Yim/ Kuan Yin is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, the pinnacle of mercy, compassion, kindness and love.

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    • The Origin and Meaning of the Buddhist Flag

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Origin and Meaning of the Buddhist Flag
      The Buddhist Flag, first hoisted in 1885 in Sri Lanka, is a symbol of faith and peace used throughout the world to represent the Buddhist faith. There appears to have been a controversy over as to who designed the Buddhist Flag.

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    • Lotus lantern festival designated as Korea's "important intangible cultural

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Lotus lantern festival designated as Korea`s ``important intangible cultural
      Seoul, South Korea -- The Lotus lantern festival, “Yeondeunghoe” in Korean, was designated the intangible cultural heritage No. 122 by the Cultural heritage administration.

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    • Vesak Day 2012

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Vesak Day 2012
      Vesak is an annual public holiday observed traditionally by practicing Buddhists in South Asian and South East Asian countries like Nepal, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Pakistan and India. Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s birthday,” it actually encompasses the birth, enlightenment Nirvana, and passing (Parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha.

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    • Third World Buddhist Forum closes in Hong Kong

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Third World Buddhist Forum closes in Hong Kong
      The Third World Buddhist Forum wrapped up Friday in Hong Kong with messages of hope to create a harmonious world from leading Buddhist figures. Around 1,000 representatives from home and abroad attended the forum, including Buddhist leaders from different countries, well known Buddhist scholars, as well as individuals who are concerned with the development of Buddhism.

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    • Interfaith Celebration at ODU (4 April 2012)

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Interfaith Celebration at ODU (4 April 2012)
      Dong Hung temple was invited for the second time to ODUs Interfaith Celebration. Last year we recieved a warm welcome from the students and faculty and many questions about Buddhism.

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    • Progress of Buddhist Studies in Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Progress of Buddhist Studies in Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan
      Buddhism was probably introduced in Vietnam towards the end of the 2nd century A.D. when it was under the sway of the Chinese Emperior... Buddhism in this country went through many vicissitudes with changes in the political situation... Studies on Japanese Buddhism in recent times show remarkable progress in their critical approach.

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    • Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

      3/18/2016 9:54:35 AM
      Nourishing our Togetherness, Protecting our Planet

      As we approach our next retreat on “Sustainability, Mindfulness and Community Life” at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism (EIAB) in Germany from March 31st to April 3rd...

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    • YES! Enshrine Buddhism as Thailand State Religion

      3/8/2016 10:46:16 AM
      YES! Enshrine Buddhism as Thailand State Religion

      Buddhist teachings like any other religions, tries to influence its followers to do good and be morally and ethically correct according to the interpretation of its teachings. In many other countries, over time, some of these religious rules and teachings are interpreted and incorporated into the nation secular laws or becomes laws in themselves.

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    • Three Ways, Two Paths, and One Practice for Rebirth

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Three Ways, Two Paths, and One Practice for Rebirth
      Awakening the aspiration for enlightenment, believing deeply in the law of causality, and chanting the Mahayana sutras and encouraging people to follow their teachings.

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    • Borobudur to Become an International Destination for Buddhist Pilgrims

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Borobudur to Become an International Destination for Buddhist Pilgrims
      Indonesia’s coordinating minister for maritime affairs has said that Indonesia aims to make Borobudur, an ancient Mahayana Buddhist temple complex and UNESCO world heritage site in Central Java...

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    • Survey Reveals Over 12,000 Temples in Japan Lack Resident Monks

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Survey Reveals Over 12,000 Temples in Japan Lack Resident Monks
      A recent survey carried out by The Asahi Shimbun newspaper showed that 12,065 Buddhist temples in Japan are without resident monks, representing 16 per cent of temples affiliated with the 10 most popular schools of Buddhism in the country.

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    • Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks First Words Since November 2014 Stroke

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks First Words Since November 2014 Stroke
      Renowned Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, affectionately known to his followers as Thay, has spoken his first words since suffering a stroke in November 2014, according to an update on his condition from the monks and nuns of Thay’s Plum Village community...

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    • Rethinking Life Release

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Rethinking Life Release
      In recent years, the Buddhist practice of life release, or in Chinese, fangsheng (放生), has become a highly contentious topic, pitting life release advocates against environmentalists, animal rights activists, and even other Buddhists. While everyone agrees on the virtues of...

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    • The Journey of Women Going Forth into the Bhikkhuni Order in Bangladesh

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Journey of Women Going Forth into the Bhikkhuni Order in Bangladesh
      There is an ongoing controversy within the Theravada tradition over the validity of bhikkhuni or female ordination. However, with strong support from some senior and influential monks within the sangha, the bhikkhuni order is now undergoing a revival...

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    • Conscientious Compassion—Bhikkhu Bodhi on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Conscientious Compassion—Bhikkhu Bodhi on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World
      American scholar and Theravada monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi might not receive the same high-profile press coverage as the Roman Catholic Church’s charismatic standard-bearer Pope Francis, but it is becoming evident to Buddhism watchers and commentators ...

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    • Time to look within

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Time to look within
      The annual three-month Buddhist Lent, starting today, aims at giving monks time for intensive meditation and spiritual contemplation. Many devout Buddhists also use this period to observe more strictly the sila or moral precepts ...

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    • Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Thai Buddhists to help anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up radio station
      Thai Buddhists have offered to help a network of hardline anti-Muslim Myanmar monks set up a radio station to spread their message across a nation where sectarian hatred is on the rise.

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    • Dharma and the Erotic: How Should We Love?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Dharma and the Erotic: How Should We Love?
      A good deal of contemporary Buddhist literature exists that confronts unhealthy and deluded ideas of romantic and sexual love. Today’s popular media and advertising certainly peddles a distorted vision of erotic desire, or eros, as one of self-fulfillment and attachment...

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    • Nationalism, not Buddhism, is Thailand's true religion

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Nationalism, not Buddhism, is Thailand`s true religion
      Every time Thailand hits world headlines — be it because of forced or child prostitution, slave labor, human trafficking or political violence — the world asks: how could a Buddhist country commit such crimes?

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    • Buddhists invited to join nationwide celebration of Visakha Puja Day 2015

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhists invited to join nationwide celebration of Visakha Puja Day 2015
      The Department of Religious Affairs has invited Buddhists in Thailand to perform good deeds and wear white clothes on their visit to nearby temples on the occasion of Visakha Puja Day and Atthamee Puja Day 2015.

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    • Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 in Buddhist Studies

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Eighteen International Scholars Awarded 2014/15 in Buddhist Studies
      The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation announced on 12 May that 18 scholars who are seeking to shed fresh light on a range of Buddhism-related subjects have been selected for grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies.

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    • The Magha Puja Festival: A Time to Make Merit for Southeast Asian Buddhists

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Magha Puja Festival: A Time to Make Merit for Southeast Asian Buddhists
      The Southeast Asian countries Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are known for their many colorful and enjoyable festivals. One of the most popular is Magha Puja or Sangha Day, an important Buddhist festival that extends across many cultures and beliefs...

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    • Amitabha-invocation Should Not Be Mixed With Other Buddha-invocations

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Amitabha-invocation Should Not Be Mixed With Other Buddha-invocations
      in order to ensure rebirth in the Land of Bliss, Pure Land practitioners should not mix Amitabha-recitation with other Buddhist practices. It is essential not to mix practices because keeping the practice pure shows the practitioner’s full confidence and reliance on “Buddha power” in order to attain the Buddha’s merit and ...

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    • Thailand Celebrates Makha Bucha

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Thailand Celebrates Makha Bucha
      The Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha, or Magha Puja, was celebrated in Thailand this year on 4 March. The holiday is mainly observed in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos, and according to the lunar calendar, falls on the full moon day of ...

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    • Ancient Buddhist Sites in Pakistan in Urgent Need of Conservation

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Ancient Buddhist Sites in Pakistan in Urgent Need of Conservation
      Many ancient Buddhist sites in Pakistan are deteriorating due to the lack of any proper conservation effort. According to The Express Tribune, further damage has been done to these sites through indifference and neglect on the part of the government ...

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    • Is My Faith in Amitabha Buddha Not Deep Enough?

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Is My Faith in Amitabha Buddha Not Deep Enough?
      What is next after we place our faith in Amitabha’s deliverance? One is considered to have established the two kinds of deep faith when one is earnest in one’s aspiration to be reborn in the Land of ...

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    • The different kinds of Buddhists

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The different kinds of Buddhists
      If we really had to point it out, we can say that there are six "kinds" of Buddhists. Some of these Buddhists are born Buddhists, other find it, while some just think it's cool. Titling ourselves as Buddhist is like titling ourselves as one of the "cool kids" at school...

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    • Buddhism and freedom of speech

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhism and freedom of speech
      How to be truthful in a hostile environment? How to say things that need to be said to avoid coercion and violence from low tolerance of criticism? What should we respect more in an open society where different cultural norms often compete and clash ...

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    • Buddhism and Debt

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Buddhism and Debt
      The incomparable loftiness of the monk figure—placid and disinterested, having renounced desire—leads many to think of Buddhism as a religion detached from all worldly concerns, especially those of economy. But Buddhism has always addressed a continuum...

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    • Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Nuns

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Supporting the Ordination of Theravada Nuns
      On 29 November, 8 bhikkhunis and 47 novices were ordained at Thippayasathandhamma Bhikkhuni Arama, a nunnery located on the islet of Koh Yor in Thailand’s Songhkla Province. The ceremony was performed by...

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    • 10,000 Malaysian Students Receive School Items

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      10,000 Malaysian Students Receive School Items
      As part of the Educare mission to provide essential school items to children in need regardless of race or religion, a total of 10,000 disadvantaged Malaysian students nationwide received essential school items such as school uniforms, bags, shoes

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    • An Update on Thay’s (Thich Nhat Hanh) Health: 3rd January

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      An Update on Thay’s (Thich Nhat Hanh) Health: 3rd January
      In his current state, Thay is able to recognize familiar faces. He is very responsive to verbal stimuli and has brought everyone great joy by starting to smile in the last few days. One of Thay’s close attendants recounted some shared memories from being on ...

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    • Why the Dalai Lama says reincarnation might not be for him

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Why the Dalai Lama says reincarnation might not be for him
      Adherents of Tibetan Buddhism believe the Dalai Lama, the religion’s highest spiritual authority, has been reincarnated in an unbroken line for centuries. But the current Dalai Lama says he may be the last.

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    • Concluding Session of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Concluding Session of the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates
      Nobel Peace Laureates gathered in the Giulio Cesar Hall on Rome’s Capitol Hill for the final session of their 14th World Summit. Proceedings opened with Ekaterina Zagladina, President of Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace...

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    • The Pirivena System of Buddhist Education in Sri Lanka

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      The Pirivena System of Buddhist Education in Sri Lanka
      The Buddha is renowned as an accomplished teacher, and his sole purpose was to propagate the truth of life as he understood it. TheAriyapariyesana Sutta of the Majjhima Nikaya (Collection of middle-length discourses) explicitly indicates ...

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    • Merton, Non-self, and Surrender

      2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
      Merton, Non-self, and Surrender
      Reading another’s journal is like peering through a window into a person’s world. I recently read The Intimate Merton (1999)—the collected journals of Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk, writer, and mystic. It was quite illuminating....

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