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Anh Ngữ: Jarvis Becomes A Buddhist

Red Tara Comes to San Quentin: Taking Buddhist Vows in Prison

Jarvis Masters is a prisoner on Death Row in San Quentin. His story, "Joe Bob Listens," appeared in the Fall 1995 issue of Turning Wheel. In 1989 he took his vows as a Tibetan Buddhist from the Tibetan teacher, Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, in prison. The following story of Jarvis's "empowerment ceremony" is told in different parts. The introductory section is by Melody Ermachild, a Buddhist herself and a member of his legal team, who arranged for the Rinpoche's visit. This is followed by Jarvis's narration of the visit, and inserted into it is Melody's transcription of what the Rinpoche said during the ceremony itself.

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Ngày 11 tháng 02 năm 2011 (4013 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Unusual Dates - Strage Operations

This year we will experience 4 unusual dates.... 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11.

NOW go figure this out, take the last 2 digits of the year you were born plus the age you will be this year and it WILL EQUAL TO 111.
Example: 90 (1990) + 21 = 111 
                85 (1985) + 26 = 111

Ngày 08 tháng 02 năm 2011

Anh Ngữ: The Lion Dance History

Lion is the king of animal. Though daring and brave, it is not as fierce as we think. Though it looks strong and powerful, it is benevolent and tame. Its heroic outlook makes other animals in fear. Since thousand of years ago, the Chinese respect and impress these qualities and characters of the lion. It status is at par with the symbolic dragon, phoenix and Qi Lin in the Chinese epic.

In actual fact, there is no lion in China. Lion came to China from India though the spreading of Buddhism. From the historical record, lion dance was started during the Han Dynasty. His Majesty Han Wu Ti made commercial ties with the West trough the Silk Road to China. Cultural interaction by means of functions in the palace in welcoming the guest from the West, like dances and songs were performed. During the performance, the dancers were wearing the mask of animals so as to entertain the guest. The guest later discovered that there was no mask of lion. They were told that there was no lion in China later, the traders from the west who were using the Silk Road to China to trade, brought along lions as gift to China. They also brought along their lion trainers. So lion shows, ( I.e : similar to what we see today in circus today. Lion hoping over flaming hoops) take place in China.

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Ngày 06 tháng 02 năm 2011 (6975 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Lion Dancing: An Ancient Art Form

Lion Dancing: An Ancient Art Form

GĐPT Liễu Quán Seattle, Washington 

By Bao H. Nguyen
Posted in Community, Features, News, Volume 38 No. 03

Bao Nguyen arrived in the U.S. at the age of ten and knew one English word: apple. No matter what he does for a living now, you can find him happily doing his real work volunteering as a youth group leader and Vietnamese teacher to kids of all ages.

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Ngày 03 tháng 02 năm 2011 (3972 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Sydney: Celebrate Lunar New Year in 'Saigon Place'

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Bankstown's CBD will once again come to life for the fifth annual Bankstown Lunar New Year Festival as Bankstown City Plaza becomes 'Saigon Place'.

Mayor of Bankstown Clr Tania Mihailuk will launch the new 'Saigon Place' initiative by unveiling new branded banners and the gateway at the Festival.

"The introduction of 'Saigon Place' recognises the unique character of the Vietnamese community right here in the heart of Bankstown. The new banners will announce to locals and visitors alike that they have arrived in Bankstown's own 'Saigon Place'. "

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Ngày 02 tháng 02 năm 2011 (3945 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Happy Lunar New Year

        Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) is the most important festival of Vietnamese people. February 3rd 2011 is the first day of New Year 2011 (Year of Cat). On this occation, I wish you and your family the best of luck, happy and success everyday in new year! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Ngày 01 tháng 02 năm 2011

Anh Ngữ: Traditions of Tết, the Vietnamese New Year

By Tung Nguyen

Vietnamese New Year is the most important Festival of the Vietnamese people. When Spring arrives, all Vietnamese are thrilled by the advent of Tet. Wherever they may be, they feel an immense nostalgia, wishing to come back to their homeland for a family reunion and a taste of the particular flavors of the Vietnamese festivities.

This scared Festival occurs sometime between late January or early February, depending on Lunar Calendar. Although officially a three-day affair, festivities may continue for a week or more with every effort made to indulge in eating, drinking, and enjoyable social activities. It is also a time for family reunions, and for paying respect to ancestors and the elders. Gifts of food are made to friends, neighbors and relatives in the days before Tet.

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Ngày 29 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4038 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Origin of Bánh Chưng, Bánh Dầy

Very long time ago even before the Birth of Christ, King Hung Vuong VI of the Hong Bang Dynasty, decided to retire from his throne after defeating the Chinese Invaders. It was time to choose his successor so that he could enjoy the remaining days of his life in peace and leisure. So, one day he summoned all of his sons, who by that time were already princes in different parts of the country, and said to them:

"In former times, our ancestors devoted great effort and energy to driving away our enemies and protecting our country, so that nowadays people are living in peace and prosperity. I want you all to remember the great sacrifices of your forbearers and show yourselves worthy of being their successors."

The king paused a moment and went on:

"As you already know, I am getting older. I intend to hand over the throne to one of you, but I don't know which one of you would have the ability and wisdom to lead the country. So, I decided to test your heart of conscience. Whoever among you could prepare the best dishes to offer to our ancestors and also satisfy my taste shall be succeeded to the throne."

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Ngày 26 tháng 01 năm 2011 (3685 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Origin of Táo Quân

There is a popular belief in Viet Nam that Táo Quân, the Three Kitchen Gods, are present in the kitchen of every home.

These gods observe everything that takes place there. At the end of the lunar year, on the twenty-third day of the twelfth month, they depart to make their report to Ngoc Hoang, the Jade Emperor, supreme divinity of the Taoist Heaven. On that day, Tao Quan are offered the best of food and spices and are presented with gifts of money and clothing.

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Ngày 22 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4424 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: About TET - Vietnamese New Year

        Tet, which means the first morning of the first day of the new year, is the Vietnamese New Year. The celebration lasts for 7 days. The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays.

        Preparation for Tet starts weeks before New Year's Day. Homes are cleaned to get rid of bad fortune associated with the old year. Families paint their homes to give it a new look. Everyone gets new clothes and new shoes. Pay your debts and resolve differences between family and friends.

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Ngày 18 tháng 01 năm 2011 (3975 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Theory of Karma (3)

Karma and Vipaka

"Karma is action, and Vipaka, fruit or result, is its reaction"

Just as every object is accompanied by a shadow, even so every volitional activity is inevitably accompanied by its due effect. Karma is like potential seed: Vipaka could be likened to the fruit arising from the tree – the effect or result. Anisamsa and Adinaya are the leaves, flowers and so forth that correspond to external differences such as health, sickness and poverty – these are inevitable consequences, which happen at the same time. Strictly speaking, both Karma and Vipaka pertain to the mind.

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Ngày 15 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4039 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Huckle, Buckle, Beanstalk (indoor game)

Players: 3 or more
Materials: Chair

This game sharpens your observation skills and makes you a good detective. You’ll be amazed at how long it’ll take some of your friends to catch on.

This game should take place in a room familiar to all the players. Place a chair in the center of the room, and choose someone to be “IT” from among the players. IT sends the other players out. He then selects some small object in the room—a book, a vase, a plant, a picture—and moves it to some outlandish place where it doesn’t belong but won’t be too conspicuous.

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Ngày 13 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4376 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Theory of Karma (2)


The Pali term Karma literally means action or doing. Any kind of intentional action whether mental, verbal, or physical, is regarded as Karma. It covers all that is included in the phrase "thought, word and deed". Generally speaking, all good and bad action constitutes Karma. In its ultimate sense Karma means all moral and immoral volition. Involuntary, unintentional or unconscious actions, though technically deeds, do not constitute Karma, because volition, the most important factor in determining Karma, is absent.

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Ngày 10 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4420 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Theory of Karma (1)

Karma is the law of moral causation. The theory of Karma is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism. This belief was prevalent in India before the advent of the Buddha. Nevertheless, it was the Buddha who explained and formulated this doctrine in the complete form in which we have it today.

What is the cause of the inequality that exists among mankind?
Why should one person be brought up in the lap of luxury, endowed with fine mental, moral and physical qualities, and another in absolute poverty, steeped in misery?

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Ngày 06 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4373 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Globe Spinners (indoor game)

Players: 4 or more in pairs
Materials: Spinning globe; atlas; clock with second hand; blindfold; pencil and notepad for each team

In this geography game, each team keeps track of the competing team’s progress. Players sit around a small table with their pads and pencils. At the center of the table, place a globe. Keep the clock and atlas on the table, too.

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Ngày 03 tháng 01 năm 2011 (4290 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: A Story of Appreciation

One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview, the director did the last interview, made the last decision. The director discovered from the CV that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate research, never had a year when he did not score.

The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "none".

The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?" The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.

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Ngày 31 tháng 12 năm 2010 (4109 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Three Signs

The Three Signs

The Lord Buddha taught us that there are three signs or marks that go along with everything in this world. Most grown-ups know them either by their Pali or Sanskrit names. In Sanskrit they are, (1) Duhkha, (2) Anitya, (3) Anatman and these words mean (1) Sorrow, (2) Never-ending change, (3) Lack of an unchanging soul. In Pali the words are similar to the Sanskrit and are: Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta.

Some people claim that these three ideas are very hard for a child to understand. This cannot be true. Even an infant, barely able to walk, has already learned about pain and disappointment. The baby often wants what it cannot have and sometimes shows strong dislike for what is can have. That is not all there is to the Buddha’s teachings about sorrow, but at least this way of putting it gives us a fair idea of the teaching.

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Ngày 28 tháng 12 năm 2010 (3853 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

            Storm Watch (indoor game)

            Players: 5 or more

            Materials: None

            Depending on the size of the room, any number of players can enjoy this game.  Name the four sides of the room after the four points of the compass, North, South, East, and West.  Players—the Weathervanes—choose a side and stand there.  One player is the Wind and stands in the center of the room.

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Ngày 24 tháng 12 năm 2010 (4189 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Buddhist Belief

Buddhism, as a religion, lays great emphasis on the adherence to the basic beliefs. The basic Buddhist belief comprise of the basic teachings and concepts of Buddhism. Lord Buddha urged His followers to concentrate on the Four Noble Truths, which helps in attaining freedom from suffering. In the following lines, we have provided more information on the basic Buddhism beliefs:

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Ngày 21 tháng 12 năm 2010 (4125 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Buddha's Chain of Conditions: Leading Us Towards Peace

With the Jade Buddha now touring the world, many communities are now taking the time to reflect upon peace. However, such reflection requires us to systematically think about what peace means to each of us individually. How can we attain peace? Where can we find it? What are the steps to peace? The largest obstacle to peace is suffering - in particular the acknowledgement of suffering.

The Buddha called for disciples to be of service to revealing the amount of suffering that not only they are subject to, but that all people are subject to. At times, we are not given the true level of suffering in the world. For example, many people are not aware of the alarming amount of violence in cities like Los Angeles, where gang activity has taken the lives of 10,000 youth in the last few years. There are 90 active gangs in the city of Long Beach alone. Long Beach is also the 4th highest in poverty in the state. Did we, as a community, know this? When we ourselves are unaware and in denial of the suffering around us, there is no possible way to attain peace. Below is an excerpt from the Buddha's teachings about the progression to peace, called his "Chain of Conditions."

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Ngày 17 tháng 12 năm 2010 (4114 lần đọc)

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