Happy Chinese New Year to all!
Here's some programmes coming up at the Buddhist Library for this Chinese New Year:
Wednesday 2 Feb Chinese New Year's Eve 年除夕
8:30pm ~ 9:30pm Special Chinese New Year Puja & Chanting led . . . → Read More: Happy Chinese New Year to all!
Robes and Books Offering 供袈裟与赠书仪式
Robes offering is an annual event in the Buddhist tradition. Monks during the 4 months of rainy season spend more time in temples and attend to lay devotees by teaching the Dhamma and helping them to practise meditation. At the end of the season, in order to show their . . . → Read More: z20101024 Oct 24 Robes and Books Offering 供袈裟与赠书仪式
The one place you would not expect to find demand of “Human Rights” would be in a college, a Buddhist College I mean. One would think that 1) a Buddhist College would be extolling values above and beyond mere human rights and 2) students (monks in this case) would not really care much about human . . . → Read More: Human Rights vs Human Responsibilities
So What? So What! So What!?
“So what” … sweet sound to the ears, and perhaps the mind as well. Two over months ago, Jan 3 2008 to be exact, during a Dhamma talk at Taipei Buddhist Centre, an participant uttered these magic words “So What?”. To some it was a challenge to the explanations . . . → Read More: So What? … …
Today is not Mother’s day, nor is it Father’s day. It is also not my parent’s birthday. Least of all, it’s also not my birthday. Today, they accompanied me to run an errand to Funan. (Yes, sometimes monks also need stuffs … *grin*)
Here I am back in the monastery, after a meditation class/session with . . . → Read More: To my Mom and Dad! …
A few thousand moons ago, 30612+ moons ago, or 2551+ years ago, to be exact. … That was how long ago when Buddha was in India, walking the land, going on alms, teaching the Dharma, meditating under trees, in the caves, couselling the monks, enlightening the seekers of Truths. And last two weeks, we went . . . → Read More: Back from India … the land that Buddha walked on moons ago
The Buddha said “The Highest Gift of all is the the Gift of Dhamma”.
For most lay people, Dana, the practice of giving, means giving material support. This includes giving Robes, Food, Lodging and Medicine, the four requisites. Some communities provide avenues for lay people to offer food on a daily basis before noon. Others . . . → Read More: How much would you give?
Putting money where one’s mouth is basically means showing due support for what we advocate. Also interpreted as “stop giving lip service and taking some real actions.”
Yesterday, Puay Khim commented to me that there is an interesting debate going on in some online forum about how it is wasteful or pointless or both to . . . → Read More: Putting one’s money where one’s mouth is
I recently met two old friends … no, not that they are old, but more that we knew each other a long time ago.
To protect their identity (I always like this! :p) … let’s call my friend … ok, ok, let’s cut the bull and get it over. If my friend has problem . . . → Read More: Catching up with old friends … …