Today is the official day for Qing Ming 清明节, a day (or period) where Chinese would traditionally remember their ancestors by visiting the cemetery and perform religious services for them.
A student from the English Dharma Class at SBF (Singapore Buddhist Federation) asked me what practices Buddhists should be observing during this day or period. . . . → Read More: Remembering and honouring the departed during Qing Ming 清明节
Life sized statue of the Buddha from the Tang Dynasty period (618-906 AD)
應以何身得度者，即現何身而為說法 does not translate to “Teach the Dharma in the local language”. The Chinese text would translate loosely to “Depending on the need of the audience, (one) shall manifest in whatever form/appearance to teach the (Buddha) Dharma”. This is the crux . . . → Read More: 應以何身得度者，即現何身而為說法 Teach the Dharma in the local language
How To: Pureland Practice (100 ~ 200) By Wakeupnow, on 3rd March, 2009
In this HowTo series, we explore the Pureland Practice. The contents herein is set at level 100 ~ 200, meaning it’s targeted at introductory to beginners’ level.
100 – Introductory 200 – Beginner 300 – Intermediate 400 – Advanced
This article . . . → Read More: How To: Pureland Practice (100 ~ 200)
The above is an interesting article about functional programming and why it fail to catch on.
Every introduction to a programming language shows you the recursive method to calculate Fibonacci numbers. It’s abstract, many people do not relate to it very well, but it’s only a . . . → Read More: Getting real
Here’s the web site for the Singapore Buddhist Federation http://www.buddhist.org.sg/sbf/
A snippet here:
English Dharma Course (Info on Chinese Dharma Course is available at the site above)
Objective: To develop participants’ understanding in basic Buddhist teachings for life enrichment.
Contents: Lectures and panel discussions on the life of Buddha, a brief history Buddhism, . . . → Read More: Singapore Buddhist Federation web site
Hope the new year is treating you well. I just came back from a three month retreat and thought I’ll share something here. (Strictly speaking, because of immigration requirements and some talk engagements I committed to, it was not a full three months! )
Below is an email excerpt I sent to fellow . . . → Read More: Applying meditation skills to daily encounters
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
It’s official – Digital Buddha Vacana is now available on Facebook.
So facebook users can have a Dharma verse while they “throw a sheep” at their friend or “poke” at them!
Add to Facebook
Simply put, no. One does not have to be a vegetarian or vegan for that matter, to be a Buddhist.
Vegetarianism as a pre-requisite to being a Buddhist is a misconception that had been advocated directly or indirectly in the Chinese Mahayana tradition.
I’ve received many queries and responses from lay people about vegetarianism. Some . . . → Read More: So does it mean that one have to be a vegetarian to be a Buddhist?