The Applied Chan Teachings of Master Lin-Chi
16/06/2017 17:54 (GMT+7)
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. 
The Good News of Suffering: Four Questions on the Four Noble Truths with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
04/10/2018 15:53 (GMT+7)
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a respected teacher and master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is noted for his ability to present the practice of meditation in a simple and accessible manner, relating it to both his personal experience and modern scientific research. Rinpoche is the founder of the Tergar Meditation Community, with centers and practice groups across the world, and is a best-selling writer, author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness (2007), Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom (2009), and Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism (2014).

Guarding the Doors of the Citadel: Dwelling in Awareness
12/06/2018 12:24 (GMT+7)
The disciple dwells in contemplation of the mind-objects, namely of the six “Subjective-Objective Sense-Bases.” He knows the eye and visual objects, ear and sounds, nose and odors, tongue and tastes, body and bodily impressions, mind and mind-objects; and the fetter that arises in dependence on them, he also knows. He knows how the fetter comes to arise, knows how the fetter is overcome, and how the abandoned fetter does not rise again in future. (Nyanatiloka 67, 1967)
The Body in Buddhism
10/06/2018 15:59 (GMT+7)
Our relationship with our body, in general, is unhealthy since our view toward it tends to be not only flawed, but even negative in a way that can be harsh and unkind. Many organized religions have a reputation for being “anti-body.” In his book Walking Words, the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano (1940–2015) understood this problem clearly and summarized it in a poem that pointed out these unnatural and unhealthy attitudes toward the body that are prevalent in both religious and secular society:The church says: the body is sin.Science says: the body is a machine.Advertising says: the body is business.The body says: I am a fiesta.

Book Review—The Light that Shines Through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life
08/06/2018 04:43 (GMT+7)
There are many reasons why Japanese Buddhism took hold in North America. While it is common to identify trends at the global level—the end of World War Two, the dialogue between American and Japanese writers and artists during the Beat Generation, and so on—we too often overlook the individuals who drove the diffusion of diverse traditions and the conversation between East and West.
Buddhistdoor View: Dialogues between Mahayana Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity
03/06/2018 16:56 (GMT+7)
Orthodox Christianity, which became a distinct communion of churches following the schism between Constantinople and Rome in 1054, is the majority religion in regions such as Greece, Eastern Europe, and Russia (with important minorities in Iran and Turkey). In recent decades, following the expansion of interfaith dialogue between Buddhism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, there has been gradually increasing interest in a potential dialogue between Buddhism and this specific expression of the Christian faith that is not only geographically and historically closer to Buddhist regions, but also shares some important thematic echoes. One milestone publication on the topic is Romanian theologian Ernest Valea’s 2015 volume Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange: An Orthodox Contribution to Comparative Theology, which presents a dialogue between the Mahayana vehicle and the Orthodox Church.

Formlessness and Fundamental Nature: The Prajnaparamita Sutras
31/05/2018 13:00 (GMT+7)
More than 2,500 years ago, Shakyamuni Buddha realized the ultimate truth of reality. Legend has it that he entrusted this wisdom to the ocean-dwelling nagas, who protected the texts known as the Prajnaparamita Sutras in their watery domain until humanity was ready to receive them. According to the legend, the nagas offered them back to the earthly realm in around 100 BCE. For many hundreds of years, the concepts expressed in the Prajnaparamita Sutras must have seemed supremely abstract to the rational, intellectual mind, until the ultimate truth of reality became personified in exquisite female form through the wordless language of figurative symbols. There was now another way that practitioners could learn to understand the Buddha’s Perfect Wisdom through devotion, reverence, and the embodiment of the creative divine feminine and Immortal Mother. Visual information in a form the intuitive mind could understand, bypassing the analytical and linear aspects of the brain.
A Better Question
02/05/2018 16:03 (GMT+7)
The Buddha’s First Noble Truth is hard to argue with no matter what your religious beliefs are. It states that life is full of suffering. It is certainly hard to escape the poverty, violence, war, starvation, health crises, and ecological disasters occurring in the world today. Everyone—the poor, the rich, the left, the right, the sick, and the healthy—faces some level of day-to-day stress and strain. Living is commonly understood to be a struggle, a battle that must be fought in a slow onward march toward old age and death.  

Metta’s Magic Tricks
06/03/2018 09:01 (GMT+7)
When I’m asked about my favourite aspect of meditation practice and location-independence—a combination I like to call lily padding—I often surprise people with my answer: it is the Dharma’s metta magic tricks.
Book Review: Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
14/02/2018 15:24 (GMT+7)
Mindfulness meditation has earned a big following in the West in recent years, thanks in large part to its therapeutic benefits. It is no surprise, therefore, that Robert Wright, a best-selling science journalist, would be drawn to this fascinating and occasionally contentious subject.

Creating a Compassionate Civilization: An Interview with Robertson Work
09/02/2018 18:02 (GMT+7)
It’s clear to most of us these days that compassion is a much-needed quality in the world. But what actually is it? And how can we help it grow and develop around us? In recent decades in North America, a growing number of Buddhists have recognized the need to bring Buddhism “off the cushion” and out into the world. For many, this call has been inspired by the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, and for some by the pioneering efforts of the Indian reformer Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. But for others, there is simply a direct realization that their values of compassion and wisdom mean little if they do not translate into action.
Taiwan Launches New Initiative to Promote Green Funerals
08/02/2018 16:11 (GMT+7)
HONG KONG—The Civil Affairs Bureau of Taichung City in western Taiwan has launched a “Card of a Fulfilled Life” as part of an initiative to promote environmentally friendly funerals and to encourage funeral autonomy—enabling people to express funerary preferences that may differ from traditional expectations.

The Story of the Sixth Patriarch: Hui Neng/Eno Daikan
04/02/2018 11:43 (GMT+7)
The Sixth Chinese patriarch is called Hui Neng in Chinese and Eno Daikan in Japanese. He lived 638-713 C.E. originating from Southern China and lived through the ‘flowering’ of Zen during the Tang dynasty.
The Big Uncertainty
02/02/2018 11:49 (GMT+7)
Imagine that you lived a few hundred or even a few thousand years ago. If you had told people then that there are going to be bad times for a while and that good times will follow, and the ups and downs will continue, it’s almost certain that your words would withstand the test of time and you might be remembered as a wise person who could predict the future of nations. This has to do with fact that almost every country in the world goes through ebbs and flows of well-being. Today, we are facing an unprecedented situation in which no one can predict the future of humanity at large. It’s not a great time for anyone who wants to be a wise man or woman giving predictions to dispel the public’s fear of the unknown. It seems that our brains have a bias against the unknown and constantly seek certainty. These neurological traits are very difficult to change. By comparison being a fortune teller or palm reader in the modern day would be a much easier job since their work only involves predicting the future for individuals.

Japanese Monk Promotes Cleaning as a Path to Well-being
26/01/2018 11:41 (GMT+7)
Japanese Buddhist monk Shoukei Matsumoto takes cleaning very seriously. In fact, he views it as an essential part of a healthy, positive life and Buddhist practice, going so far as to author a book on the subject that has become a bestseller in his native Japan and has recently been translated into English. 
Regaining Our Simplicity and Humanity: Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche on Practice in Modern Times
25/01/2018 19:01 (GMT+7)
On 1 November, Buddhistdoor Global caught up with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche for a conversation about the authentic practice of Buddhism in today’s ever more complex world. Born on 30 June 1993 in Nepal, Rinpoche is the incarnation of the late Vajrayana master and Nyingma head Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–91). Educated in Bhutan and having all the empowerments that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche received, he is intimately aware of the challenges facing Buddhism in today’s times. He is a deeply compassionate and perceptive teacher committed to the future of Buddhism.

Jhamtse Gatsal: Fostering Seeds of Compassion
23/01/2018 18:56 (GMT+7)
In the late 1990s, Lobsang Phuntsok was one of 10 Buddhist monks selected by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to undertake a two-year training program in India specifically for monks that would then travel to the West to teach Buddhism. A teacher from the Gelugpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism with exceptional language skills, Lobsang was invited by one of the rinpoches from Sera Jay Monastery in India in 2000 to translate for him during the UN Millennium Peace Conference in New York.
Maia Duerr: Zen, Life, and Livelihood
18/01/2018 14:25 (GMT+7)
Maia Duerr has worked as a qualitative researcher, an anthropologist, a writer, and an editor. She served as the research director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society (CMIND) from 2002–04 and as the executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship from 2004–07. In 2010, she wrote an introduction to engaged Buddhism for the PBS movie The Buddha, and launched a blog called the Liberated Life Project that same year. This past December she released the book, Work that Matters: Create a Livelihood That Reflects Your Core Intention (Parallax Press, 2017). This month we interviewed Maia about her life and her new book.

Approaching the Precepts and Monastic Rules
12/01/2018 14:07 (GMT+7)
When one begins learning the process of meditation, there are a number of things one must first be aware of, and preparations one should make. Since no one rooted in this world is as yet perfect, the Buddha saw that before one can attain and maintain mindfulness (Pali: sati), one has to develop a firm foundation in morality (sila) on the Noble Eightfold Path.
Buddhistdoor View: Revisiting Resolutions for Buddhist Media in 2018
10/01/2018 18:25 (GMT+7)
Our little blue planet has commenced a new orbit around our grand and ancient star. We have 365 new days to make 2018 a meaningful year that brings joy, comfort, and insight to as many people around us as possible. It’s perhaps best to approach New Year resolutions in this spirit: rather than worrying necessarily about specific targets, we should look at how we can make peace with habit patterns and neuroses that hinder us from “being well and being good.” Our resolutions should help us embody good examples, whether at the individual or collective level.

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