22.10.2014 § Leave a comment
It is said these are blossoms from the Bodhi tree. I have never seen them in person, but I think they are beautiful.
The Bodhi Tree […] was a large and very old Sacred Fig tree (Ficus religiosa) located in Bodh Gaya, India, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later known as Gautama Buddha, is said to have achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi. [It is after the enlightenment of Guatama Siddartha that the tree is called the Bodhi tree.] In religious iconography, the Bodhi tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed. Bodhi trees are planted in close proximity to every Buddhist monastery in India. « Read the rest of this entry »
17.06.2014 § Leave a comment
One day I received an email forwarded from my meditation center. A catholic father who taught a world religion class was looking for someone to come to his junior/senior class for a Q&A on Buddhism. St. Viator High School is about a 15 minutes drive from Brentano, so I answered his call and have been going to his class every year for five years. « Read the rest of this entry »
08.04.2014 § 1 Comment
Last year I volunteered as a chef at the Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, NY, to cook vegan meals for 40 people during a 10-day retreat. DDRC is a beautiful place to be. I have been to over ten retreats there, but last year was my first time volunteering as a vegan chef.
24.07.2013 § Leave a comment
“Wisdom is not knowledge, nor experience, nor dialectic thoughts, rather it is an attitude of transcending self-centeredness.”
– translation from Chinese text by Chan Master Sheng Yen
18.09.2012 § Leave a comment
Many people get Chinese folk beliefs and Buddhism mixed up, so I am sure many people would think that a shrine like this is a Chinese Buddhist temple. It surely looks splendid in the photo, but it is gaudy in person. This photo was taken in the middle of Taiwan where I took an excursion during my Japan trip.
Buddhist temples are usually a lot plainer. « Read the rest of this entry »