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Buddha and Confucius — by Hendrik Van Loon

Le 28 October 2014, 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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Hsi Lai Vegetarian Buffet — Chew with purpose

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A Buddhist Monk’s Vegetarian Diet To Minimize Chemical Exposure

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Vegetarianism in Buddhism

A Vegetarianism is a difficult, but yet an important issue for Buddhists, (...)

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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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Longchen Foundation - UK

Longchen Foundation is a Buddhist organisation whose name is associated with one of the great yogins and scholars of the Tibetan Nyingma school of Buddhism, Longchen Rabjam who lived in the 14th century. Nyingma means ’old’ and refers to the earliest tradition of Buddhism that was originally established in Tibet. The Longchen Foundation can thus trace its roots back to the beginning of Buddhism in Tibet and even before. The Longchen Foundation was established in 1975 by Chögyam Trungpa (...) continue

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Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta - the Buddha’s first discourse

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu Alternate translation: Harvey Ñanamoli Piyadassi I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was staying at Varanasi in the Game Refuge at Isipatana. There he addressed the group of five monks: "There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — (...) continue


Master Han Shan - Ming Dynasty

Biography of Han Shan Master Han Shan Ming Dynasty Han Shan lived in China sometime between 630 and 830 CE. Since many writers refer to Han Shan as a late 8th Century poet, I will assume he flourished from around 750 to 800 CE. Han Shan is one of those Taoist-Chan Sages who are reported to have enjoyed very long lives due in part to their sheer luck, all that fresh air, gruel, pure water, long daily walks, rugged individualism, and all those secret Taoist herbs and unusual exercises. Han Shan was a hermit and poet of the T’ang Dynasty (618 - 906). Red Pine tells us that political intrigue may have led the handicapped young scholar-bureaucrat to flee the aftermath of the An (...) continue

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Australia’s First Buddhist-run Institution Blooms

Wollongong, Australia — Wollongong’s Nan Tien Temple has opened Australia’s first Buddhist-run tertiary institution with architecture that is as spiritual as its teachings. The Lotus Building directly reflects its symbol Designed by global architecture firm Woods Bagot for the Fo Guang Shan International Buddhist Association, the new Nan Tien Institute’s aesthetic references some of the Buddhist ideals including a strong connection to the environment and a focus on reflective spaces. At the heart of the design is the Buddhist symbol – the lotus flower – which Woods Bagot calls “a pristine, beautiful bloom that arises from the mud.” Along with aligning with the Buddhist teachings, (...) continue