Buddha and Confucius — by Hendrik Van Loon

Le 18 February 2015, by Buddhachannel Eng.

The discoveries of the Portuguese and the Spaniards had brought the Christians of western Europe into close contact with the people of India and of China. They knew of course that Christianity was not the only religion on this earth. There were the Mohammedans and the heathenish tribes of northern Africa who worshipped sticks and stones and dead trees. But in India and in China the Christian conquerors found new millions who had never heard of Christ and who did not want (...) continue


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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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Italia - Lama Tzong Khapa Institute

Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Pomaia, Italy is one of the largest and most active Tibetan Buddhist Centers of the Gelug tradition in the Western world. Founded in 1977 by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, it is a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and the Italian Buddhist Union (UBI). It is particularly well known for the quality of its resident and visiting teachers as well as its structured study programs, the advanced level Masters (...) continue

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What is meditation ? (part 2) Calm Abiding, Shamatha

WHAT IS MEDITATION ? CALM ABIDING, SHAMATHA (samatha) "People learning the way should first empty and quiet their minds. This is because the mind must be empty before it can mystically understand the subtle principle. If the mind is not emptied, it is like a lamp in the wind, or like turbulent water, how can it reflect the myriad forms?" Yuan-hsien (1618-1697) - Excerpted from "The Teaching of Zen" edited by Thomas Cleary Prerequisites to achieve full-blown calm abiding: 1. Agreeable place: easy to obtain food without wrong livelihood, powerful place (blessed by holy persons) and quiet, not disease-ridden, proper companions and one should have heard and studied the teachings. (...) continue

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Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (VII) — by Nagarjuna

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 7: An Analysis of Composite Products (origination, duration, and decay) VII.1. If origination is a composite product, then the three characteristics of existence: "origination," "duration," and "dissolution" are appropriate. But if origination is a non-composite, then how could there be characteristics of a composite product? VII.2. When the three are separate, origination of either of the other two characteristics does not suffice to function as a characteristic. If united in a composite product, how could they all be at one place at one time? VII.3. If origination, duration, and (...) continue


Buddhism and abortion

Buddhism and abortion There is no single Buddhist view on abortion: ...Most Western and Japanese Buddhists come away believing in the permissibility of abortion, while many other Buddhists believe abortion to be murder. James Hughes Buddhists believe that life should not be destroyed, but they regard causing death as morally wrong only if the death is caused deliberately or by negligence. Traditional Buddhism rejects abortion because it involves the deliberate destroying of a life. Buddhists regard life as starting at conception. Buddhism believes in rebirth and teaches that individual human life begins at conception. The new being, bearing the karmic identity of a recently (...) continue

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Chinese New Year 2015: Best Messages, Wishes and Greetings in Mandarin and English

The Chinese New Year 2015 falls on 19 February and millions of people of Chinese descent as well as others will celebrate the day with much fanfare and enthusiasm. In Chinese, the upcoming lunar year is directly translated as ’Year of the Yang’ but the meaning of the word ’Yang’ is often lost in translation and could mean sheep, goat or ram. However, the most popular expression generally accepted is ’The year of the sheep’. The New Year period is the busiest and is considered to be the equivalent of American Thanksgiving in China. "The significance of the Chinese New Year is primarily familial — it is the one holiday that every member of the family will do his/her absolute best to return (...) continue