• The Applied Chan Teachings of Master Lin-Chi

    The Applied Chan Teachings of Master Lin-Chi

    It is often said in Chan literature that there are 84,000 doors to the practice and 84,000 obstructions. The door that resonates with my practice are the teachings of Master Lin-Chi. “Teachings” is a misnomer, however, as there is nothing to teach and no one to learn. 
  • Sacred Lotus Flowers in Thailand Blossom for the First Time in a Decade

    Sacred Lotus Flowers in Thailand Blossom for the First Time in a Decade

    For the first time in 10 years, a wetland nature reserve in Thailand has exploded into a sea of color as tens of thousands of sacred lotus flowers spread across its surface have blossomed into a spectacular expanse of pink and green.
  • Religious Leaders Urge G7 Environment Ministers to Protect the Planet

    Religious Leaders Urge G7 Environment Ministers to Protect the Planet

    In a joint statement, released on 9 June at an interfaith dialogue held in Bologna, Italy, religious leaders representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim communities called on the G7 environment ministers to protect our planet. As part of their call to action, they agreed to work together to overcome conflicts for the common goal of protecting the environment and the planet we call our home.  
  • Buddhistdoor View: Opportunity and Encouragement in the Midst of Trump’s Climate Change Skepticism

    Buddhistdoor View: Opportunity and Encouragement in the Midst of Trump’s Climate Change Skepticism

    Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the 2016 Paris climate accord was not particularly surprising. The gesture, made to prove a point to his right-wing base and other countries, is disappointing and reflects poorly on Trump, especially so since he was a signatory to an open letter in The New York Times in 2009 urging his predecessor Barack Obama to pass legislation restricting greenhouse-gas emissions! Many in the US, including multinational corporations that discouraged withdrawal from the accord, are understandably disheartened by his odd reasons for abdicating American responsibility.* Other countries, such as China, France, and Germany, have voiced disappointment at Trump’s environmental shortsightedness.
  • The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies Awards 26 Scholars and Institutions

    The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies Awards 26 Scholars and Institutions

    (15 June 2017 – Hong Kong) The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation announced today the selection of 26 scholars and institutions for grants under The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies, an award scheme open to applications worldwide.
  • Seamless Stitches: From Emptiness, Springs Form – Helene Rein's Crafted Works

    Seamless Stitches: From Emptiness, Springs Form – Helene Rein's Crafted Works

    A long-time Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner, Helene Rein moves seamlessly between contemplation and immersion in the natural environment of tactile crafts. As a child growing up in Norway, Helene created homemade gifts, such as embroidery, cross-stitched pillows, lavender sachets, and wall-hangings. Her mother embroidered all the flowers and designs on her bunad, a traditional Norwegian costume. She attended the Waldorf High School in Stavanger which helped deepen her experience of making things by hand. Helene’s Buddhist meditation teacher Lama Padma Drimed Norbu, also likes making things. Helene says he exemplifies making practical items that are pleasing and functional as a practice, and they both enjoy arranging beautiful objects in unusual ways, from small offerings to large retreat spaces.
  • Buddhist Monastery in Bangladesh Serves Iftar to Muslims During Ramadan

    Buddhist Monastery in Bangladesh Serves Iftar to Muslims During Ramadan

    Despite long-standing tensions between Buddhist and Muslim communities in many parts of Bangladesh, Dharmarajika Monastery, a Buddhist temple in the capital Dhaka, has since 2013 been serving iftar—the evening meal with which Muslims break their fast during Ramadan—to underpriviliged Muslims in the local community.
  • Tears and Unity at Multi-faith Vigil for Victims of London Terror Attack

    Tears and Unity at Multi-faith Vigil for Victims of London Terror Attack

    LONDON—A riverside vigil in the British capital on Monday to honor the victims of the London Bridge terror attack stood as a moving testament to unity and a powerful statement of the diversity embraced by Britian’s open society. Buddhist monks stood alongside Muslim clerics, Jewish and Christian leaders, and representatives of communities from all segments of London society to remember those who lost their lives just two days earlier.
  • A Panacea Called Contentment

    A Panacea Called Contentment

    The Buddha said, “Contentment is the greatest wealth.” His statement holds a timeless truth that rings true today more than ever. We are living in an age of unparalleled consumerism and materialism in which contentment is becoming an extremely rare commodity. Our society demands that we should yearn for more than we have and, as a result, many people feel that they have not yet reached the finish line in the game of “success.” This makes them feel profoundly inadequate and painfully envious at being unable to “keep up with the Joneses,” and invokes a hidden inferiority complex that can lead to harmful mental states and behaviors, such as self-hatred and addiction. 
  • Establishing Deep Faith in Amitabha’s Deliverance in the Context of a Person (the Buddha)

    Establishing Deep Faith in Amitabha’s Deliverance in the Context of a Person (the Buddha)

    To establish deep faith in Amitabha’s deliverance in the context of “a person (a Buddha),” Master Shandao indicates that, in addition to the fifth kind of deep faith, a Pure Land aspirant should have deep faith in the truths spoken by the Buddha. He states as follows:
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Celebrating Buddha's birthday in Vietnam
HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Buddhist Sangha (VBS) held a grand ceremony at the Ha Noi-based Quan Su Pagoda yesterday to celebrate Lord Buddha's 2557th birthday.
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Secret Tibetan Book of the Dead | History Channel Documentary
Bardo Thodol: The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, it is often referred to in the West by the more casual title, Tibetan Book of the Dead, a name which draws a parallel with the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, another funerary text. The Tibetan text describes, and is intended to guide one through, the experiences that the consciousness has after death, during the interval between death and the next rebirth. This interval is known in Tibetan as the bardo. The text also includes chapters on the signs of death, and rituals to undertake when death is closing in, or has taken place. It is the most internationally famous and widespread work of Tibetan Nyingma literature. According to Tibetan tradition, the Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State was composed in the 8th century by Padmasambhava, written down by his primary student, Yeshe Tsogyal, buried in the Gampo hills in central Tibet and subsequently discovered by a Tibetan terton, Karma Lingpa, in the 14th century.[7][8] There were variants of the book among different sects.[9] The Tibetan Book of the Dead was first published in 1927 by Oxford University Press. Dr. Walter Y. Evans-Wentz chose this title because of the parallels he found with the Egyptian Book of the Dead.[10] The Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State is recited by Tibetan Buddhist lamas over a dying or recently deceased person, or sometimes over an effigy of the deceased. The name means literally "liberation through hearing in the intermediate state".
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