Little Monk Goes Viral

A little child dressed up as a monk in Fuzhou China has gone viral on Weibo

Robot Monk Unveiled In China

A buddhist temple, Dragon Spring Temple in Beijing, China has developed a robot monk named "XianEr" which was unveiled at the temple's National Day Gala celebration earlier this mont

Steven Seagal To Rebuild Buddhist Temple In Serbia

Steven Seagal Wants To Rebuild Europe's First Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Story - The Dog And The Pet Shop Owner

About A Dog And His Master, A Pet Shop Owner

Get Rid Of Bad Luck

Japanese Style

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Buddhism For The Deaf

Let's learn some terms relevant to Buddhism using sign language.

The above video is just a short clip of a Buddhist VCD for the deaf produced by the Dharma For The Deaf Society, Malaysia which was launched last year. More clips are available on Youtube.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Buddhist Personality : Anh Tuan

Name : Dang Anh Tuan
Nationality : Vietnam
Profession : Singer ( a member of boyband F5 )

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Buddhist Personality : Myokei Caine-Barrett

Buddhist Myokei Caine-Barrett is the first woman of African-Japanese descent, and the only Western woman, to be ordained as a priest in the Nichiren Order. She is the resident priest and guiding teacher for the Myoken-ji Temple, home of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas. She talks about her journey to Buddhism in "The Black Pulpit," a weekly series that explores faith in the black community.

My journey of faith began at age 11 when I began to study the Bible, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story" and enamored of Jeffrey Hunter in "King of Kings."

I yearned for the passion and devotion of faith, as expressed Hollywood-style, to deal with my isolation as a child of mixed ethnicity in a black and white world. I did not fit anywhere, and the path of faith seemed to offer the greatest sense of belonging.

My African-American father, a lifelong Methodist, and my Japanese mother, without a particular faith, insisted that my siblings and I attend church regularly -- even if they didn't. Because we were in the military, we were exposed to various religions: I explored Catholic and Protestant traditions, as well as Judaism. I had many questions and could not accept faith without understanding. Then, when I was 13, my mother's friend invited me to a Buddhist meeting.

My mother warned me not to join anything, but I was moved by the beauty of the chanting of "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo," known as the Odaimoku or sacred title of the Lotus Sutra. Naturally, because I was told not to, I joined. It was the beginning of a journey culminating in my ordination as a priest in the Nichiren Shu tradition.

Within the Nichiren Order, I am the first woman of Japanese and African descent, the only ordained Western woman and the first female priest in the Nichiren Order of North America.

Buddhism has been the mainstay of my life, enabling me to understand life's reality and providing a practice of faith to deal with that reality. I have learned to release the past and not give in to imagination or the future. Buddhism taught me that there is only now, the present moment.

Most people understand the law of cause and effect, or very simply "What goes around, comes around." When I asked the question "Why is this happening to me?" as I explored various faiths, I never received an answer that made sense. Buddhism taught me that my life is the result of causes made in the past and my future would be the result of causes made in the present.

The Lotus Sutra, which outlines the path of the bodhisattvas, or those who forgo their own enlightenment to assist others on the path, helped me see that I made the cause to come into this life to fulfill a mission. My personal struggles in life provided me the experience and knowledge to be a bridge for others to find liberation.

Buddhist practice around basic concepts has meant liberation from suffering discrimination, racism and even the loneliness of being the only one. Once I applied the concepts, I gained greater understanding that my suffering had purpose, and I could use that suffering to help others.

I understood the impermanence of suffering and that being attached to my suffering only created more.

My work within the prison system is a direct result of being able to see the Buddha nature within each person.

Five years ago, sangha members and I (three women of color) encountered a group of white male inmates, some of whom were white supremacists. All of us were quite surprised, but slowly we developed loving, compassionate relationships through which all of us were able to abandon our preconceptions about each other.

Today, our prison group contains people from African, Latino, Asian and European backgrounds, and our conversations touch on the issues of racism and prejudice as well as the development of faith. Society holds some people I've met in contempt and hatred; I have seen them grow and find value in themselves even as I grew to love each one of them.

Of the seven released since 2005, three are known to have continued in practice, and only one has re-offended.

The practice of Buddhism has much to offer communities of color; however, it may be difficult to find teachers and practitioners with the necessary experience. There is no national directory. We exist in myriad traditions and cities throughout the U.S. Ordination in many traditions is often difficult and expensive, and finding teachers willing and able to address issues relative to being African-American is sometimes impossible.

Yet, progress is being made as we create sanghas within communities of color and assume the roles of clergy and lay teachers. It is definitely time for practitioners of color to step up and make ourselves known. Our communities need us to be present now.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Insensitive Or Ignorant ?

Hong Kong people are grieving over the death of several of it's nationals in the recent bus hostage drama in Manila, Philipines. They are also angry and upset at how the Filipino authority mishandled the whole situation resulting in the death of their nationals. To add salt to a wound, the site of the drama was treated like a tourist spot by the locals.

To see what happened after the drama was over , click here

I don't know if these people were just insensitive or ignorant ?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just Photos - Buddha Bar Protest

Earlier this month, about 300 Indonesians gathered at the Buddha Bar restaurant to protest against it's operation. Prior to that, small scale protests were held in diffeent cities by Indonesians who were disturbed by the restaurant. Following are photos of some of the protests which were held recently ( few months ago ) in different places.

One of the protests that really caught my attention is this one. Unlike others, this one was not carried out by Buddhists but by a small group of Muslim Indonesians working in Malaysia and held in Malaysia. These Muslims wanted to show their solidarity for their fellow Indonesian Buddhists as according to them, the restaurant was not only an insult to Buddhism but to all religions in general. Elsewhere in Indonesia, local Christians also joined some of the protests. It's nice to see that people of different faiths actually got together in the name of religion.

To protest does not mean must go to the street. The following photos were taken during a forum to protest against the bar in Medan, Indonesia

Small group of protesters gathered in front of the Buddha Bar to protest against the bar

This is what angered the Indonesians and this is why they are against the operation of the bar.

( Mocking at the characters (which includes a monk) from the famous Chinese Buddhist folk story "Journey To The West" )

( Sleazy show staged inside the restaurant )

( Oh dear ! Don't know what to say about this )