Buddhism and Music
20/04/2010 03:14 (GMT+7)
In most countries  music has developed in  close affinity with religious observances. But the Theravada   ideology does not encourage sensual arts like music and dancing. That when Buddhism was   not only a religion. but the way of the life for the people. such performing arts received little patronage from the temple.
Music and Buddhism
18/04/2010 09:31 (GMT+7)
Music gives us the capacity to express the deepest feelings of the human soul.  Whether through holy hymns or sincere chants of praise, it is capable of lifting our minds to an almost sublime state, and, as such, is regarded as having an important role in the promotion of religious teachings.

Buddhist Music Comes West
18/04/2010 09:31 (GMT+7)
Buddhism in the West has reached its second century. If the Asian experience of Buddhist history is any judge, it may be another hundred years before a truly indigenous Western Buddhism flourishes here in the Americas and Europe.
Buddhist Ceremonies and Rituals of Sri Lanka
22/04/2010 04:07 (GMT+7)
The theme of this study, Buddhist ceremonies and rituals, may not appeal to the self-styled Buddhist purist who wishes to restrict the designation "Buddhism" exclusively to the teachings of the Buddhist scriptures, which he usually interprets in a narrowly intellectualist manner. The fact remains, however, that the practices and observances to be described here justly claim an integral place within the stream of living Buddhism as practised by its adherents.

Visakha Puja
22/04/2010 04:07 (GMT+7)
Today, Visakha Puja, is an extremely important day in the Buddhist tradition, for it was on this day that the Buddha was born, and 35 years later awoke to the unexcelled right self-awakening, and another 45 years later passed away into total nibbana. In each case, these events took place on the full-moon day in May, when the moon is in the Visakha asterism, which is why the day is called Visakha Puja.
In Buddhist funeral, spirit of deceased is elevated
22/04/2010 04:06 (GMT+7)
NEWMARKET — The Laotian community here will experience tomorrow one of the most elaborate ceremonies of their Buddhist faith.

Festival celebrates living: Obon service, dance unites community
22/04/2010 04:06 (GMT+7)
Marysville -- Inside the walls of the Buddhist Church in Marysville Saturday, more than 150 people gathered to remember and appreciate their loved ones who have passed on and to self-reflect during the ancient Japanese Buddhist festival, the Obon.
Kathina Robe-Offering Ceremony:
Historical and Spiritual Significance
22/04/2010 04:05 (GMT+7)
Today we have been engaged in a series of programme that are part of Kathina robe-offering ceremony. It is important that we understand about what we are doing -- in this particular case, about Kathina ceremony; to be aware of some thing we are undertaking is Buddhist way of doing things which is technically called Right Understanding.

Traditional cultural beliefs on the decision of Venerable Yin Shun
27/05/2010 21:08 (GMT+7)
Since 1840, being faced with the so-called “greatest change of Chinese history and civilization in the millenniums”, Chinese intellectuals strived hard for the reconstruction of social order and cultural value. Against this background, the traditional religion cultures like Confucianism and Buddhism had been revived, and foreign trends of ideas imported into China, Christianity as one of them.
Do We Need National Buddhist Traditions
27/05/2010 21:19 (GMT+7)
If we define the word “nation” we discover that there exist many concepts about it. But all these concepts about a group of people called “nation” are based on the limited experience and view of a certain place and time. In the same way as an individual identifies with a “self”, a nation identifies with its characteristics and typical features it proclaims.

The Pearl of the Tripitaka, Two Vaggas i
16/06/2010 05:30 (GMT+7)
From the deafening silence that the Buddha experienced during the moonlit moment beneath the Bodhi tree, flowed the teaching of the Dharma.  2,500 years has since passed, and the accumulations of the Teachings into various versions of the Tripitaka have swelled into monstrous proportions.
Chinese Institute of Buddhist Cultural Studies
21/12/2010 03:58 (GMT+7)
 The Chinese Institute of Buddhist Cultural Studies(CIBCS) was established in 1987. It is.a Buddhist cultural research institute under the Buddhist Association of China and a window for Buddhist cultural exchange and activities within and outside China.

Chan Tea 禅茶一味
13/12/2010 10:44 (GMT+7)
Chan is the Chinese word for dhyana(meditation).The culture of Chan tea stems from the Bailin Temple (the Temple of Cypress Woodsy), which is a Buddhist holy land, which dates back more than 1,700 years, in Zhaoxian County, Hebei Province
The Image of Kwan-Yin of Thousand Eyes and Thousand Arms
12/05/2011 03:27 (GMT+7)
Above is the picture of Kwan-Yin of Thousand Arms and Eyes. The real statue was 3.6 meters tall, carved from wood and painted and inlaid with gold, and is displayed at the Ancient Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the replica of the original statue still in use at the Ninh Phuc Temple – also known as the “Pencil Stupa” temple because of its pointed construction – in Bac Ninh, North Vietnam.

Buddhism and Music
04/07/2011 23:47 (GMT+7)
In most countries music has developed in close affinity with religious observances. But the Theravada ideology does not encourage sensual arts like music and dancing. That when Buddhism was not only a religion. but the way of the life for the people. such performing arts received little patronage from the temple. The Buddhist clergy, who constituted the main literati of the country.
Buddhist Music Comes West
04/07/2011 23:49 (GMT+7)
My experience with Chinese Buddhist music exemplifies the hybrid principle. Having immersed myself in Chinese Buddhist sacred music for three decades I have learned that at heart, in terms of music appreciation, I’m deeply a product of my Western upbringing. But I have discovered riches in Chinese sacred music that I intend to carry across the bridge into the West.

A Common Buddhist Chanting in English
04/07/2011 23:48 (GMT+7)
Chanting plays an important role in the practice, preservation and continuation of the Buddha Dharma throughout the centuries. Various Buddhist traditions have developed Buddhist chanting over time either in Pali or other national languages in harmony with their cultural and ethnic traditions
Religion,Culture or National Identify?
05/07/2011 00:06 (GMT+7)
In the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka stands the world’s oldest recorded tree – a sacred Bodhi tree planted in the 3rd century BC. This tree, planted from a sapling of the original Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in India more than 2500 years ago, is a representation of the deep roots that Buddhism has in Sri Lanka. Like this sacred Bodhi tree, the Buddhist Sinhalese tradition is the oldest living Buddhist lineage in the world, and the only religious culture that had managed to survive for more than 2300 years.

Mandala Architecture
15/06/2012 04:46 (GMT+7)
In Tibetan Buddhism, the mandala is a ritual instrument, much like a mantra, used to assist meditation and concentration. Throughout history, these pictorial temples--intricate, two-dimensional, multi-colored patterns of concentric circles, squares, and other shapes--have signified the human need for wholeness, order, and balance. But while many people of the West accept mandalas as representative of a cosmic force, few understand they are meant to be blueprints as well. Indeed, a Tantric Buddhist meditator studies a two-dimensional mandala like an architect, building up in his mind the image of a palace encompassing the sacred principles of Buddhist philosophy.
The Spirits Of The Dead: Christianity, Buddhism And Traditional Belief In Japan
12/07/2012 05:13 (GMT+7)
One of the popular features of the Anglican Church in Japan is the memorial service. At every Sunday eucharist, in almost every parish, the names of the departed whose memorial day falls during the week are cited and a memorial prayer is said. In every parish, there is a monthly memorial service for departed members. Even irregular communicants ask the priest to hold an annual memorial service for a departed Family member which a number of relatives and friends attend.

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