Buddhistdoor View: Science and Buddhism—Alliance and Friendship, Not Ideological Uniformity
08/10/2016 09:53 (GMT+7)
We do not like to think that humans are inherently cruel or violent. Even the suggestion that homo sapiens might, as a species, be inclined to violence sits uneasily with all but the most cynical misanthrope. Yet this is what a Spanish team of researchers from the Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA) has suggested. According to the study published in the scientific journal Nature, the team discovered that 2 per cent of our primeval ancestors’ deaths were down to violent means, indicating that at some point in the distant past, humans became accomplished at killing each other for a multitude of reasons. Lethal violence, the researchers say, might be a fundamental part of humanity’s evolutionary history.
What Happens When We Die? Here's What Buddhism Says!
06/09/2016 17:24 (GMT+7)
The Buddha’s teachings offers the most satisfactory explanation of where man came from and where he is going. When we die, the mind, with all the tendencies, preferences, abilities and characteristics that have been developed and conditioned in this life, re-establishes itself in a new being. Thus the new individual grows and develops a personality conditioned both by the mental characteristics that have been carried over from the previous life and by the new environment. The personality will change and be modified by conscious effort and conditioning factors like education, parental influence and society but once again at death, it will re-establish itself as life in a new being. This process of dying and being reborn will continue until the conditions that cause it, the mental factors of craving and ignorance, cease. When they do, instead of being reborn, the mind attains a state called Nirvana.

Annual Geshema Examinations Held in Dharamsala
03/05/2016 18:09 (GMT+7)
The fourth Geshema examination began on Sunday at Gaden Choeling Nunnery in Dharamsala, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, representing a new milestone in the longstanding aspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the Karmapa for female monastics in the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas to have access to the same opportunities for formal Buddhist education as their male counterparts.
‘The Bodhichitta Arises Like That’
29/02/2016 11:47 (GMT+7)
“In order to develop compassion for all living beings, we need to understand all the sufferings of all the different beings in samsara, their different types of sufferings,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught in “Not One Single Difficulty to Work for Other Sentient Beings” published in Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive’s January 2016 e-letter. “So we have to meditate that it is all in the nature of suffering. Then we can develop compassion for every living being. Otherwise our compassion is very limited.

Buddhistdoor View: A Buddhist Vision of Media and Journalism
07/02/2016 18:46 (GMT+7)
The new and critically acclaimed cinematic drama Spotlight tells the story of the team of investigative journalists that exposed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of more than 70 child-abusing priests in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2002. It is one of the few movies in recent memory in which we see the press portrayed in a positive light. Even in the most acclaimed of films that show journalists at their most charismatic, they are still cast as acutely imperfect people (which is not an inaccurate charge!). Take the celebrated La Dolce Vita (1960), in which celebrity gossip columnist Marcello Rubini embodies self-indulgence, excess, and emotional rootlessness. In 2046, the 2004 sequel to the Hong Kong cinema classic In the Mood for Love (2000), news writer Chow Wo-man changes from a gentleman refusing to cheat on his unfaithful wife into a promiscuous and emotionally abusive hack.
The Butcher Who Laid Down His Knife and Became a Buddha
27/07/2015 12:26 (GMT+7)
In Chang’an, during Tang dynasty (618–907) times, there was a butcher surnamed Jing. Because Master Shandao urged people to undertake Amitabha-recitation, many had stopped eating meat. Butcher Jing resented him deeply. With a knife in his hand, he entered Shandao’s monastery with the intention of killing the monk.

British Study to Track Effects of Meditation on 7,000 Teenagers
17/07/2015 18:24 (GMT+7)
Psychologists and neuroscientists from Oxford University and University College London (UCL) are planning an unprecedented trial of the influence of mindfulness meditation on mental health, The Guardian newspaper has reported.
“Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh” – Book Review
13/07/2015 09:39 (GMT+7)
The exciting and thought-provoking new book “Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh,” by University of Illinois assistant professor Catherine Becker, divides conveniently into two sections, the first part examining the major early Buddhist remains in Andhra Pradesh and the second focusing on the social context of newly built Buddhist monuments in the state. The modern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh faces the Bay of Bengal, sandwiched between Tamil Nadu to the south and West Bengal to the north. The country’s long coastline never figured into the Buddha’s life story and therefore Andhra Pradesh was never included among the major pilgrimage destinations, such as Bodh Gaya in Bihar or Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. Nevertheless, Buddhism took firm root in ancient Andhra Pradesh, starting from as early as the 2nd century BCE.

From the Heartland to a New Epicenter: “Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China” – Book Review
12/07/2015 11:20 (GMT+7)
It is not always easy to imagine the intentions of those who write hagiography, which is formally defined as the biography of a saint or religious leader. However, in the case of Chinese treatments of Indian masters, hagiography was not merely a means to inspire Chinese Buddhists with the miracle-making and moral power of their Indian spiritual forebears. It was, at its core, a way to redefine models of Buddhist sanctity and legitimize China as an ideal land for the flourishing of Buddhism.
Can Amitabha-recitation Help One to Overcome Lust?
11/07/2015 10:16 (GMT+7)
For a Pure Land practitioner, the simple answer to the question of whether Amitabha-recitation can help one to overcome lust is “yes.” Lust is a kind of greedy desire, which turns to hatred if it cannot be satisfied and is delusive because it is conditional. Following rebirth in the Land of Bliss, there is no lust because there are no hungry ghosts (a rebirth related to greed), hell beings (hatred), or animals (delusion). Moreover, there is no gender (no females, or from the other perspective, no males) or sexual activity (as in a desire for reproduction) either.

Is Life Suffering? The Four Noble Truths in Daily Life: Part One
03/07/2015 12:15 (GMT+7)
When I first came across Buddhism, I heard that the First Noble Truth was “Life is suffering.” I quickly dismissed Buddhism as a pessimistic philosophy. Fortunately, I was later introduced to teachers who taught the Buddha’s path as one of wisdom and of joy, and now I’ve even become a nun! I come back to the Four Noble Truths often, and see that while a lot has been written about them, their daily application is not often discussed. Titled as “Truths,” it’s easy to assume that they are something to believe—but the Buddha’s path is one of experience, not blind faith. With this in mind, I’d like to begin a four-part series exploring the Four Noble Truths in daily life.
The Later Buddhist Logic on Causation (Pratityasamutpada)
24/02/2015 12:31 (GMT+7)
The usual realistic view of causation implies the simultaneous existence of two things of which one operate in producing the other. Cause and effect must exist simultaneously at least during some of the time. To the realist, the potter and the pot exist simultaneously.

More about the Correlation between Faith and Practice in Pure Land Buddhism
17/02/2015 11:44 (GMT+7)
Master Shandao (613–81) introduced an important concept about faith in Amitabha’s deliverance and the correlation with the practice of Amitabha-recitation in Pure Land Buddhism. Name-recitation itself implies, contains, and nurtures faith. Faith in Amitabha’s deliverance alone, without any recitation practice, is insufficient for rebirth in the Land of Bliss. Faith is inherently reflected in our practice, and Amitabha-recitation must be taken as an active, exclusive, and sustained practice to assure rebirth.
The Bengali Tea Boy
16/02/2015 18:58 (GMT+7)
Around the time I first became interested in the Buddha’s path, I was doing a construction internship in the southwest of the United States, living and working with 15 other people in the middle of nowhere. We got to spend a lot of time with each other. One woman on our crew, whom I’ll call Jessie, drove me nuts. In fact, I remember writing in my journal, “She makes me want to gouge my eyes out!” I can’t remember why I felt so agitated, but I still remember Jessie because of it. At the time, I was reading The Art of Happiness by HH the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler.

My Chan Story
17/01/2015 18:19 (GMT+7)
I was born into a middle-class family in North London in 1955. I have mild dyslexia, so even though I got into grammar school I only did well in math and carpentry, and left just before my 15th birthday. I served as an apprentice mechanic for 18 months and then joined the Royal Navy, working in the engine room during war exercises on the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. My parents divorced when I was 17, after which I lived on a series of canal boats, initially with my mother. I got married on my 21st birthday, had a son, and traveled the canals of England and Wales selling specialized rope work. The boat was pulled by my big horse, Jim. Three years later the marriage failed. I left with two new horses and a wooden Bow Top Gypsy caravan I had built myself. I then went to live and travel with the some of the last of the Gypsies, or Romany people, living in horse-drawn wagons in the UK. We traveled to horse fairs and beautiful rural locations, earning a living mainly by making wooden clothes pegs.
Education of the Heart
22/10/2014 22:43 (GMT+7)
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 21 October 2104 - After a long journey to Vancouver from India via Japan, on his fourth visit to the city, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s first public engagement today was at John Oliver School. He witnessed two classroom demonstrations.

Martial Arts Event Planned for Shaolin
27/08/2014 21:04 (GMT+7)
The 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple, located in China’s Henan Province, is to host a martial arts contest. While details are yet to be confirmed, on 18 August the news agency Xinhua quoted Venerable Shi Yongxin, the temple’s abbot, as announcing at the end of a Zen forum that the event would include individual and group performances in karate, taekwondo, and kung fu. According to Ven. Shi Yongxin, the competition is intended to promote global awareness of the temple: “Shaolin Temple expects to form ties with the world through various events, expand [the] impact of Buddhism and make Shaolin culture better known,” the abbot explained. This is the first event of its kind to be organized in the history of the temple, which is credited with the birth and preservation of kung fu.
The Dharma Primary School: Promoting Meditation and Mindfulness for Children in Britain
12/06/2014 16:58 (GMT+7)
It has been a busy period for The Dharma Primary School in Brighton. In May, pupils and teachers celebrated Vesak to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death (Mahaparinibbana) of the Buddha. Staff, pupils and parents organized a special puja (school assembly) and children read aloud the story of the Buddha’s birth. They sang songs of celebration, created a mandala, and took part in a walking meditation session. The school also plans to celebrate a Summer Fayre on June 21 from 11am to 3.30pm (with activities like massage and bushcraft, meditation in the Mindfulness Space, delicious lunches and homemade cakes in the School’s Vegetarian Café, traditional stalls, and children’s activities and games.

The Diamond Sutra
28/05/2014 22:37 (GMT+7)
The Diamond Sūtra is a Mahāyāna sūtra from the Prajñāpāramitā, or "Perfection of Wisdom" genre, and emphasizes the practice of non-abiding and non-attachment. The full Sanskrit title of this text is the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra.

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