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Master Sheng Yan : “Life is but a bus ride, death is only boarding another bus”

Le 28 August 2014, by Buddhachannel Asia

Master Sheng Yan “Life is but a bus ride, death is only boarding another bus” By YIP YOKE TENG, The Star, March 15, 2009 No grave marks his death, but Taiwanese monk Master Sheng Yan will never be forgotte by the millions of followers whose lives he touched Master Sheng Yan devoted his life to dispeling common misconceptions about Buddhism. — Photo from Dharma Drum Mountain Taipei, Taiwan — Master Sheng Yan’s contributions towards making the world more aware (...) 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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Wat Phra Kaew - Thailand

The Wat Phra Kaew, full official name Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram, is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. It is located in the historic center of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace. The construction of the temple started when King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke moved the capital from Thonburi to Bangkok in 1787. Unlike other temples it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only the highly decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. (...) continue

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What is meditation ? (part 1) Working wih the mind

WHAT IS MEDITATION ? INTRODUCTION Some words directed at Westerners from Sogyal Rinpoche’s book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: "We are so addicted to looking outside ourselves that we have lost access to our inner being almost completely. We are terrified to look inward, because our culture has given us no idea of what we will find. We may even think that if we do, we will be in danger of madness. This is one of the last and most resourceful ploys of ego to prevent us from discovering our real nature. So we make our lives so hectic that we eliminate the slightest risk of looking into ourselves. Even the idea of meditation can scare people. When they hear the words egoless (...) continue

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The Dhammapada

THE DHAMMAPADA The Dhammapada consists of 423 verses in Pali uttered by the Buddha on some 305 occasions for the benefit of a wide range of human beings. These sayings were selected and compiled into one book as being worthy of special note on account of their beauty and relevance for moulding the lives of future generations of Buddhists. They are divided into 26 chapters and the stanzas are arranged according to subject matter. Here are some links where you can read the 26 chapters of the Dhammapada in english language: Dhammapada I - Pairs Dhammapada II - Heedfulness Dhammapada III - The Mind Dhammapada IV - Blossoms Dhammapada V - Fools Dhammapada VI (...) continue


The Edicts of King Asoka - Ven. S. Dhammika - part 3/3

The Edicts of King Asoka by Ven. S. Dhammika Part 3/3 King Ashoka, the Great Contents Part 1 - Preface - IntroductionPart 2 - The Fourteen Rock EdictsPart 3 - The Kalinga Rock Edicts - Minor Rock Edicts - The Seven Pillar Edicts - The Minor Pillar Edicts Who was Ashoka ? History of King Ashoka The Kalinga Rock Edicts Kalinga Rock Edict 1 Beloved-of-the-Gods says that the Mahamatras of Tosali who are judicial officers in the city are to be told this:[30] I wish to see that everything I consider to be proper is carried out in the right way. And I consider instructing you to be the best way of accomplishing this. I have placed you over many thousands of people that you may win the (...) continue

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Who is Ganesha ?

Student: I would like to hear more about the significance of Ganesha. Is he a symbol? ShantiMayi: Ganesha is not a symbol. He has symbols, but he is not a symbol. He is living deity breathing like you. He is as real as you are. His ears are so that he can take every drop of the Guru’s word, of his fathers word, his father was the original Guru: Shiva. First and foremost only Guru was Shiva; the destroyer of ignorance. Ganesha’s ears are so huge, so that nothing is lost. And his trunk… this elephant trunk can move and can uproot trees and pick up a peanut. It has the ability to uproot trees and be so delicate that it has the sensitivity to pick up one peanut. Ganesha rides a rat! (...) continue