Kondañña’s Earth-shattering Education
29/04/2017 12:15 (GMT+7)
There is a detail I have been pondering this semester. At least, it appears to be a detail, but it is one that challenges the very fabric of what education means to me. It arises near the end of an important Pali sutta. Poetically, I find myself at the end of a long semester. There is something fitting in that.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche: Science Shows Meditation Can Improve Our Quality of Life
19/04/2017 09:33 (GMT+7)
Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has long been a vocal advocate for the benefits of meditation, and in a recent interview he underscored the growing scientific evidence that supports his teachings.

Concerning Right Action and Right Livelihood
11/04/2017 12:07 (GMT+7)
What are Right Action and Right Livelihood according to the teachings of the Buddha?
Austrian Buddhist Shares Her Experience of 12 Years Spent in Mountain Retreat
09/04/2017 15:28 (GMT+7)
Tara Choying Lhamo, an Austrian Buddhist who has been living in retreat for more than 20 years—12 of which were spend in Milarepa’s caves in Lapchi, Nepal—is now sharing her unique experience and insights with audiences in Australia and New Zealand.

Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard: Veganism is the Key to Lasting Happiness
27/03/2017 12:02 (GMT+7)
Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has said that adopting a vegan diet is the key to long-lasting happiness. In a video posted by PETA UK, Ricard explained that animals also deserve to live freely and equitably from suffering and abuse. “I am extremely concerned by the fate of the 8 million other species who share this world with us, and who, like us, wish to avoid suffering and live out their lives,” said Ricard. (PETA UK)
Debunking the Myth of Meditation
24/03/2017 18:33 (GMT+7)
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.

Master Shandao’s Exegesis on the Deep Mind, Part One: Determinant Deep Faith Concerning Aptitude
10/03/2017 22:50 (GMT+7)
After his exegesis on the Sincere Mind, Master Shandao set forth to explain the meaning of the Deep Mind. The Deep Mind is the second of the Threefold State of Mind mentioned in the Contemplation Sutra. It is the longest passage among the three: the Sincere Mind, the Deep Mind, and the Mind of Merit-dedication and Rebirth-aspiration.
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.

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