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The two faces of the mind

Le 24 October 2014, by Buddhachannel Eng.

To develop love and compassion, we first need to understand our current situation. In order to develop authentic love and compassion, it is necessary to look at our emotional processes, and at the disturbances that arise in our mind. We should take our time in becoming aware of that which occupies the mind. In Tibetan, the word for "disturbing emotions" points to a mind that is continuously disturbed. It is not a question of having only one emotion in one moment, but of (...) continue


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Vegetarianism in Buddhism

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Nov 15 - Nov 22 : Silent Illumination Chan Retreat

"Silently and serenely, one forgets all words,
Clearly and vividly everything appears before you." The above comes from the poem “Silent Illumination,” composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue, a 12th century lineage holder of the Caodong (Jap. Soto) school of Chan Buddhism. They describe the mind of someone who has left behind all attachment to thought and conceptualization. Doing this, they clearly know the nature of things through the direct experience of enlightenment. Master Hongzhi wrote (...) continue

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Western Chan Fellowship - UK

The Western Chan Fellowship is a UK registered charity, an association of Western lay Chan (Chinese Zen Buddhist) practitioners. The principal activities are: Organising and leading intensive silent meditation retreats Coordinating our network of meditation groups Publishing the journal New Chan Forum, which includes a wide range of articles such as Dharma Talks, Retreat Reports, Discussion Articles and Critical Comment, Poetry, and more. The Western Chan Fellowship was formed in (...) continue

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What is this Thing Called Death ? - By Bhikkhu Thitapuñño

What is this Thing Called Death ? By Bhikkhu Thitapuñño EDITOR’S NOTE: The Birken Forest Monastery is located in Princeton, British Columbia in Canada. The following thoughts on death, dying and “mudita” or sympathetic joy by resident monk Bhikku Thitapunno are excerpted from the monastery’s Winter newsletter and are reprinted here with permission. "And what, friends, is death? ... The passing of beings out of the various orders of being, their passing away, dissolution, disappearance, dying, completion of time, dissolution of aggregates, laying down of the body - this is called death." The Buddha (M.141). EVEN THOUGH WE ARE perceptive beings we misapprehend or ignore the basic (...) continue

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Milarepa : The Saint-Poet and His Songs

MILAREPA The Saint-Poet and His Songs by Ivy Hsu Who Was Milarepa Milarepa was a yogi, sage, and poet much-beloved by the Tibetan people. He was often depicted as in the illustration shown here, with a hand raised to his ear in a listening gesture, symboling his way of teaching the Buddhist wisdom through songs. His skin had a greenish hue, due to the fact that over the many years of meditation, his diet often consisted of nothing but nettle soup. He was also significant to the development of Buddhism as an example of an ordinary person who attained enlightenment in a single lifetime. His life story was a testament of the power of both good and evil. Early Life - Becoming a (...) continue


Video - A buddhist man - Richard Gere

RICHARD GERE BUDDHIST AND HUMANITARIAN Mini Biography Humanitarian and actor, Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949, in Philadelphia. The second of five children, his father, Homer, was an insurance salesman, and his mother was Doris. Richard started early as a musician, playing a number of instruments in high school and writing music for high school productions. He graduated from North Syracuse Central High School in 1967, and won a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he majored in philosophy. Richard is a humanitarian. He’s a founding member of "Tibet House," a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture. He has (...) continue

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Buddhism and the Environment

Buddhism and the Environment To live in harmony with nature is a crucial Buddhist practice. Nick Wallis explains why. When we look at the traditional Buddhist texts there seems to be very little direct reference to what would these days be called environmental or ecological ideas. As we imaginatively enter the world in which the Buddha lived and taught, the reason for this becomes clear. The picture that emerges is one of a culture that lived in far greater harmony with its environment, if sometimes at its mercy, and an ’Environmental Movement’ simply wasn’t needed. The strong connection that people felt with nature is illustrated particularly in the story of the Buddha’s life, (...) continue