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Why is Buddhism so hip?

Le 22 July 2014, by Buddhachannel Eng.

London, UK — Buddhism has made an indelible mark on popular Western culture. In recent times it has been blessed by celebrity endorsement from the likes of Orlando Bloom, Richard Gere and the retiring rugby union star Jonny Wilkinson, to name just a few. A feisty working class Irishman named Laurence Carroll became the first known Irish Buddhist monk. Born in Dublin in 1856, he was ordained in Burma and became known as Dhammaloka. He campaigned against the colonial (...) 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

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Summer retreat - 6-16 August

PRESENTATION Lama Tenzin Samphel and the association Shedup Künsang Chöling invite you take part in a Vajrakilaya Drubchen in the presence of Kangyur Tulku Jigme Rinpoche and Khentrül Jigme Namgyal Dorje Rinpoche from the 6th to the 16th August 2014. The ritual will be based on the practices of the Putri Repung and Namchag Putri, termas of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. It will take place at the Abbey in Bonneuil en Valois in the OISE (60), a site particularly propitious for this sort of event (...) continue

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Southern California - Wat Bhuridattavanaram

The History of Wat Bhuridattavanaram. In 1986, a group of Buddhists in Southern California sought to practice in the way of Venerable Ajaan Mun, the father of the current Theravada Kammatthana Forest Tradition in Thailand. They began preparation to build Wat Bhuridattavanaram, the Buddhist Temple of America, to be named after Venerable Ajaan Mun. The community purchased 4.68 acres in Ontario, Southern California on what was then a strawberry orchard. The community then invited Venerable (...) continue

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Samadhi meditation in Buddhism

Luang Por Poot - The Path of Buddhism Venerable ones with hearts of virtue, today I feel that it must be due to the pirami and merit I’ve accumulated in the past that I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit you, people so firmly committed to practising Dhamma in the right way. The fact that all of you had so much faith in Buddism that you gave up everything in order to ordain as monastics is worthy of the highest praise. There’s nothing I have to offer you other than some encouragement and a few well considered reflections concerning the correct way to practice. The religion of Buddism is the religion of nature. He studied nature and its laws. After the (...) continue

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Hôkyôzanmai : Precious Mirror of the Samadhi

Hôkyôzanmai : Precious Mirror of the Samadhi Reality as like Buddha is, Buddha’s patriarchs have touched Her in secret. Now that you’ve got, I beg you, keep Her intact. Like a silver bowl covered with snow, Or a crane hidden in the glare of the moon, Things look like it without being equal. Even taken together, we know where they are. Her meaning is not in words, It evolves over circumstance. Touched, and here you are at the bottom of a hole. In contradiction, and you’re hesitant. Move away or touch: Both wrong. Neither one nor the other, mustn’t be She is as massive fire. Express with elegant words, And it gets dirty (...) 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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South Korea’s Rapping Nuns Lay It Down At Buddhist Prayer Competition

Seoul, South Korea — In case you needed any more reason to believe that nuns are the coolest people (and this, this and this didn’t convince you) then look no further. South Korea has some amazing Buddhist nuns ready to win your heart — and they can rap like no one’s business. More than 300 nuns and monks convened in a Seoul temple on Thursday to participate in a prayer competition hosted by the Jogye Order, Korea’s largest Buddhist organization. While most recited traditional prayers, several brave nuns took to the stage with rap and hip hop performances. A group of three nuns performed a variation on the classic Heart Sutra, beating on traditional drums and rapping their own (...) continue