• Debunking the Myth of Meditation

    Debunking the Myth of Meditation

    Finding a meditation center close to where you live is hardly a challenge these days—they are everywhere. There are even smartphone apps aimed at helping us meditate. With mindfulness studios and workshops springing up in major cities from San Francisco to New York, and London to Hong Kong, it is no wonder why this ancient practice has gone mainstream in our current era.
  • Dalai Lama Opens Three-day International Conference on “Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century”

    Dalai Lama Opens Three-day International Conference on “Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century”

    The three-day International Buddhist conference “The Relevance of Buddhism in the 21st Century: Perspectives and Global Challenges” was held over the weekend at the Rajgir International Convention Centre in Nalanda District, in the Indian state of Bihar. The conference was co-organized by Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM), a deemed* university, and the Indian Union Ministry of Culture. His Holiness the Dalai Lama opened the conference by lighting a traditional lamp.
  • Salvation Centre Cambodia — Fighting HIV/AIDS with the Buddha’s Army

    Salvation Centre Cambodia — Fighting HIV/AIDS with the Buddha’s Army

    Staring blankly into space, Pat Sorm sits on the steps of her house, hugging a photo of her son who died just a week earlier. Khon Kha was working in the military and had just turned 40. He had battled with AIDS for the last 10 years of his life. A funeral ceremony was performed in a simple, yet dignified manner, with support from a donation of US$30 that Pat Sorm received from the Salvation Centre Cambodia (SCC). Cremation alone had cost some US$50, but she was at least comforted that the proper Buddhist rituals would allow her son to move on in peace.
  • New Study Measure Impact of Chinese Buddhists with Vegetarian Diets on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    New Study Measure Impact of Chinese Buddhists with Vegetarian Diets on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    According to a recent study published in the Journal of Contemporary Buddhism, Buddhists in China who have adopted vegetarian diets are offsetting almost 40 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emission each year. Professor Ampera A. Tseng, a researcher from Arizona State University (ASU), revealed the findings about the environmental benefits of vegetarian diets after investigating the impact on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) in China.
  • Buddhistdoor View: Mitigating and Managing Local and Global Ecological Crises

    Buddhistdoor View: Mitigating and Managing Local and Global Ecological Crises

    With the exception of climate change deniers and those with a vested interest in rejecting any notion that the global ecology is under immense pressure from human activity, it should be evident that Earth is undergoing an environmental crisis. It is a crisis of multifaceted dimensions on a truly planetary scale, such as resource depletion, deforestation, climate change, and biodiversity loss.
  • Rebranded Buddhist Digital Resource Center Embarks on Ambitious New Mission

    Rebranded Buddhist Digital Resource Center Embarks on Ambitious New Mission

    HONG KONG—Marking its ambitious initiative to expand the scope of its mission to digitally preserve the literary traditions of Tibetan Buddhism to encompass Buddhist traditions in other languages,* the former Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center has announced that it has officially changed its name to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC). Established with the objective of preserving, cataloguing, digitizing, and disseminating Tibetan Buddhist literature, the BDRC will this year begin digitally preserving and making accessible Buddhist texts and traditions in other languages, including Chinese, Pali, and Sanskrit.
  • Sister Chan Khong Appeals for an End to Rohingya Oppression in Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

    Sister Chan Khong Appeals for an End to Rohingya Oppression in Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

    Sister Chan Khong, the eldest monastic member of the Plum Village community established by the influential Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and one of his closest collaborators and students, has written an open letter to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, appealing for compassionate action to halt the violent oppression of Rohingya Muslims in the country.
  • Sacred Geometry and the Sri Yantra

    Sacred Geometry and the Sri Yantra

    I remember once, as a child, accidentally spilling some sugar over the table and wondering to myself, “How come each grain has its place?” I mean, the sugar did not seem to scatter randomly . . . the grains were kind of symmetrically arranged. I stared at my little arms, gazing at the hair that grew out of my skin. Each hair had its place. For the first time, I felt that some kind of greater intelligence had placed the grains of sugar, just as it had placed the stars and planets in space.
  • US Congress Recognizes the Gyalwang Drukpa for Social and Environmental Activism

    US Congress Recognizes the Gyalwang Drukpa for Social and Environmental Activism

    On 5 March, Jigme Pema Wangchen, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa of the Drukpa Order, was recognized in a US Congressional Record for empowering women in the Himalayas and supporting green initiatives.
  • Mindful Technology For Right Livelihood: Foundations and Examples

    Mindful Technology For Right Livelihood: Foundations and Examples

    Dharma practitioners, and many people who uphold and live by ethical values, can sometimes be far from open minded, even old fashioned to the point of having preconceptions against modern ways of life and all sorts of technology-based tools, in particular the Internet. Practitioners who seek Internet connections for their retreat abodes are often frowned upon, as if Internet connectivity somehow invalidates the integrity of their practice and the purity of their practice boundary. In this column, I will seek to defend the view that technologies are not inherently at fault, but are merely instruments that can be used ethically or unethically.
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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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