|15/01/2019 21:01 (GMT+7)|
I have my favorites when it comes to Buddhist writing (who doesn’t?)—there are texts that speak to me and others that don’t. Some sources are clear and straightforward, while others are . . . well, not so straightforward. Some Buddhist texts are so convoluted and flamboyant, it’s like rummaging through a crowded attic looking for hidden treasure.
|19/06/2018 11:41 (GMT+7)|
Prince Siddhartha left the cloistered world of his palace home to wander in search of truth. His father had striven to shield him from the four aspects of suffering (Skt: duhkha), namely, birth, illness, aging, and death, that form the basis of the First Noble Truth of 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.
|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.
|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.
|15/05/2018 12:25 (GMT+7)|
Vancouver, Canada - The mere fact that Buddhism exists is proof that harmlessness can be the root motivation of human life just as powerfully as the 'western' world's embrace of righteousness as the best metric. In the Buddhist world view it is more important to be kind than to be right. As our world gets smaller the need for wisdom about how to live together on the planet grows in urgency.
|13/05/2018 16:13 (GMT+7)|
By the end of this century, a whole host of rare languages will have disappeared in the same way that endangered species are extinguished from face of the Earth. You might like to call this the extinction of language. Some ancient languages such as Latin and Sanskrit are still around, but they are considered dead because no existing societies use them in everyday life.
|16/12/2017 18:41 (GMT+7)|
One of the greatest Zen Masters of all time, who spoke powerfully to awaken without compromise, was Ch'an Master Lin-chi I-hsuan Hui-chao (Japanese, "Rinzai Gigen"). His recorded sayings, encounters and travels are preserved in the Lin-chi lu (Japanese, Rinzai-roku). The translation I'm using here is by Ruth Fuller Sasaki, working with a team of Japanese and American scholars, published in 1975 by the Institute for Zen Studies in Kyoto. It is a scholarly, rigorous work, yet preserves the color and vitality of the original language and dialogue.
|16/10/2017 18:26 (GMT+7)|
As citizens of Earth, we have layers of identity that make us unique from those around us as well as affiliating us with certain groups. Religion usually plays an important role in forging our personal identity. In developed countries, you don’t necessarily have to subscribe to a particular organized religion, although the same is not true in countries where theocratic governments demand that their citizens pledge allegiance to a particular faith. Moreover, the law in these societies doesn’t permit people to convert from one religion to another—such governments often have a declared state religion that allows adherents from other traditions to join, but not the other way around.
|19/09/2017 12:01 (GMT+7)|
People believe that everything they see and conceive of, including their so-called bodily selves, is fixed and permanently there to be used for fulfillment and enjoyment, yet this is not true and is based on delusional wrong view.
|31/07/2017 10:19 (GMT+7)|
Kingship is no longer a mainstream form of governance in Asia. However, it survives in certain Buddhist countries (such as the Chakri dynasty in Thailand, Bhutan’s House of Wangchuck, and the elected monarchy of Cambodia), and throughout history, kingship has been the principal model by which Buddhist thinkers have discussed (and are discussing) politics and ethical rule.
|19/05/2017 20:24 (GMT+7)|
Throughout its 2,500-year history, Buddhism has engaged with its wider social and cultural environments. In its earliest days, it was tied to mercantile forces and traders traveling across Asia: businessmen would seek wealth, while the monks traveling with them sought followers. Temples would be built near or in the heart of bustling trade hubs and trade ports. From Indonesia to Central Asia, when business was thriving, temples prospered; and when cities lost their commercial advantages or prosperity, monasteries nearby struggled.
|01/04/2017 13:04 (GMT+7)|
It is important to ask questions of ourselves, such as is it enough to only practice meditation or sadhana on the cushion? Are we becoming self-indulging Dharma junkies unless we go out and take concrete action, caring for the poor or fighting for justice on the behalf of the weak? Since altruistic actions are an integral part of our spiritual practice, we should aspire to engage with the world and become involved in social or political issues. This can be regarded as the way of the bodhisattva.
|09/03/2017 11:56 (GMT+7)|
The simple question of “What is a Buddha?” was raised in a casual discussion with a venerable Pure Land master in Vancouver. The group leader asked the participants to comment on this question before the master responded. The group was ready with their answers. After all, every Buddhist should have something to say on this vital topic, and most have enough information for a composite answer via Wikipedia or Google.
|14/02/2017 10:55 (GMT+7)|
I truly enjoy my conversations with the quiet, authoritative Anam Thubten Rinpoche, and I was glad to learn last year that he likes coming to Hong Kong to teach. This patient and soft-spoken Nyingma master has a devoted, urbanite, and educated following in the cosmopolitan enclave. “I really enjoy being in Hong Kong and I feel that I’m learning how to teach in Hong Kong and understand more about the culture and people. The people have been wonderful, and the learning experience for me overall and sharing the Dharma has been a source of joy. The people who come to my teachings have been very sincere and intelligent, and I feel that these people really have the capacity to understand the depth of Buddhism,” he told me when we met in December.
|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.
|20/04/2015 08:51 (GMT+7)|
Rebirth is assured by practicing with “right mindfulness” When interpreting the Third Contemplation in his Commentary on the Contemplation Sutra, Master Shandao wrote: “If when a person hears of the Pure Land teaching, he has mixed feelings of regret and delight and is shocked with his hair standing on end, he must have heard and practiced this teaching in his past lives. Now, hearing it again in this life, he thus rejoices in it. If he practices with ‘right mindfulness,’ he will be reborn [in the Land of Bliss].”*
|11/01/2015 21:20 (GMT+7)|
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost.” - Dalai Lama
|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.
|06/04/2014 10:20 (GMT+7)|
“Contemplation about death is very beneficial. If you contemplate more about death, you’ll cherish more life. A monk is supposed to remember every morning that he’s going to die… so that he would have more energy to practice, and if he practices well, he’ll overcome the fear of death.” These are words of wisdom Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh offered in 2010, and they make us pause because the issue of death is an uncomfortable subject for so many. But in Buddhism, death is considered an issue that warrants our direct attention and regular contemplating. As a master of humanist Buddhism, local Hong Kong monk Venerable Hin Hung (衍空法師) is also intimately familiar with issues of death and impermanence.