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Anh Ngữ: A Buddhist Santa Claus?

In all the Christmas rush and in what some perceive to be a "war against Christmas," America's growing Buddhist community seem to be missing in ction. There are two reasons that many Buddhists typically do not have a problem wishing "Merry Christmas" or participating in other aspects of the holiday season.

A Buddhist holiday in December

First, there is a Buddhist holiday on December 8th, known as Bodhi Day, which can be absorbed into the Christmas/Hanukkah season. Unlike most Buddhist holidays, based on a lunar calendar like the Jewish festival of Hanukkah  or the Christian festival of Easter, Bodhi Day does not move around the solar calendar from year to year.

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Ngày 14 tháng 12 năm 2010 (4469 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Early Buddhist Education and its Modern

  Buddhist Monasteries become the Centre of Education:

     After admission the students had to follow monastic rules along with their syllabus and they were classified according to merit. The period of Education was 12 years.

    The teachers were the guardian of the students.  They were responsible for physical, mental, spiritual and moral development of the students. Since Educational Institution (Monasteries) was residential therefore the relationship between the teachers and the students were very very cordial.

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Ngày 11 tháng 12 năm 2010 (3882 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Road Map (indoor game)

Players: 3 or more; referee
Materials: Blindfold for each player, large fold-out road map of your area, tape measure, red crayon, construction paper, cellophane tape, and any small articles of furniture that can be used to an obstacle occur

On the road map, find your location—whether city or street—as precisely as you can, and make a big X over it with the red crayon. Tape the map to the wall. Cut out little car shapes from the construction paper, one for each player. Attach a small piece of cellophane tape to each car shape. As a final preparation, arrange the small pieces of furniture so that the players will have an obstacle course to get through as they cross the room toward the map.

Standing on the opposite side of the room from the map, the players have one minute to study the obstacle course before all the players are blindfolded and the first player is handed a paper car by the referee. The referee spins the player around three times and sends her on her way.

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Ngày 10 tháng 12 năm 2010 (3858 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist


New York, USA -- If we want to be free of the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other -- in other words, if we want to be happy -- then we have to learn to think for ourselves.

We need to be responsible for ourselves and examine anything that claims to be the truth. That's what the Buddha did long ago to free himself from his own discontent and persistent doubts about what he heard, day-after-day, from his parents, teachers and the palace priests.

Although he was a prince born into a wealthy and powerful family, the young Siddhartha often just wanted to get away from it all. He wanted the space to think independently about who he was and what the spiritual path was about.Such freethinking was important to the Buddha's search for inner truth and his ultimate realization of enlightenment. These days more and more people in the West are following the teachings and example of the Buddha. But what are these teachings about? What is Buddhism? It looks like a religion, but is it?

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Ngày 06 tháng 12 năm 2010 (3961 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: QUIZ For People Who Know Everything

There are only nine questions. This is a quiz for people who know everything! These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

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Ngày 02 tháng 12 năm 2010 (3598 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: History of Buddhism

Siddartha Gautama: c.430 BC

At the age of twenty-nine Siddhartha Gautama, prince of a ruling house in Nepal, abandons the luxuries of home, and the affections of a wife and a young son, to become a wandering ascetic. He is following a pattern not uncommon in India at this time, when the rigidities of a priest-dominated Hinduism are causing many to seek a more personal religion. Only a few years previously, in a nearby district, a young man by the name of Vardhamana has done exactly the same - with lasting results in the form of Jainism. (The conventional dates for both men, revised by modern scholarship, have been a century earlier.)

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Ngày 29 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3363 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Giving Thanks Without Forgetting Others

I dedicate this essay to the memory of my closest friend, Ven. Bhikkhu Sumedha, who expired in Sri Lanka on Dec. 21, 2006, minutes after I finished writing it for the Bulletin. I dedicate it to him as a true monk and visionary: cave-dwelling meditator, spiritual patron of the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital, genius artist, and one who always, even when on the brink of death, deeply remembered others.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday that brings families and friends together for the purpose of strengthening old bonds. It is a time when people forget their cares and worries, return home - sometimes over long distances - and share a sumptuous meal.

After a year when we each pursue our private interests, we come together and light the lamp of loving affection over a table spread with roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and other culinary delights. The early American settlers who first established this holiday originally offered their thanks to God for the bountiful harvest he provided them in their new home, so far from the European motherland.

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Ngày 24 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3413 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Integrating Dharma into Our Lives

Alexander BerzinBok, Poland, December 13, 2002

Dharma Is for Dealing with Problems in Life

This evening, I’d like to speak about the practice of Dharma in daily life. The word Dharma means a preventive measure. It’s something that we do in order to avoid problems. The first thing that we need to do in order to involve ourselves with Dharma practice is to recognize the various types of problems or difficulties we have in life. The next is to realize that Dharma practice is aimed at helping us to get rid of these problems.

The practice of Dharma is not just to feel good, or to have a nice hobby, or to be trendy, or anything like that. The practice of Dharma is intended to help us get rid of our problems. That means that in order to practice Dharma realistically, we need to realize that it’s not going to be a pleasant process. We have to look at and actually face the unpleasant things in our lives, the difficulties we’re having -- not run away from them, but rather face them with the attitude that now we’re going to try to deal with them.

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Ngày 22 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3717 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Good Friends

Hold a Good Friend and Don't Let Go...

They love you, but they are not your lover.
They care for you, but they are not from your family.
They are ready to share your pain, but they are not in your blood relation.

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Ngày 19 tháng 11 năm 2010 (4406 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Let It Snow!

~You have just been hit with an e-mail snow ball!~

It's the start of.....
Snow Ball Fight 2010 One rule to this game....
You can NOT hit someone who has already hit you!

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Ngày 18 tháng 11 năm 2010 (5140 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Buddhist Ethics

Essentially, according to Buddhist teachings, the ethical and moral principles are governed by examining whether a certain action, whether connected to body or speech is likely to be harmful to one's self or to others and thereby avoiding any actions which are likely to be harmful. In Buddhism, there is much talk of a skilled mind. A mind that is skilful avoids actions that are likely to cause suffering or remorse.

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Ngày 16 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3331 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Poisoned Pincushions (indoor game)

Players: 10 or more
Materials: 3 or 4 big pillows or cushions

Except for IT, players stand in a circle holding hands and facing inward. IT stands at the center of the circle next to the “poisoned pincushions.” At the start signal, IT walks to one of the circle players and attempts to drag him to the center and toss him on one of the poisoned cushions. The players on either side of the dragged player may hold on, but they can’t step out of the circle or break hands with the players next to them. If IT succeeds in dragging the player to a poisoned cushion, the poisoned player dies and goes out of the game.

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Ngày 10 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3513 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Famous Buddhist Quotes

CDT viết "

In the following lines, we have mentioned some famous Buddhist quotes and sayings…

* One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?"
"No", answered Buddha.
"Then are you a healer?"
"No", Buddha replied.
"Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted.
"No, I am not a teacher."
"Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated.
"I am awake", Buddha replied.



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Ngày 06 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3485 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Trusting To Luck

Trusting To Luck

It is a very wrong idea to believe in good or bad “luck.” If we have such ideas in our minds, we should get rid of them while we are still children, and never again allow such wrong thinking to influence us. If we believe in “luck”, then we cannot believe in the Dharma.

Lord Buddha taught us that good effects, that is to say, good results, come from good causes, and that only bad results can come from bad causes. A person who does not do clear thinking and whose actions are not good, cannot reasonably say that the bad effects that come into his life are just “bad luck.” Bad thinking and bad living produce bad conditions of life, just as surely as two plus two add up to four. On the other hand, good thinking and good acting produce good conditions of life, just as surely as two plus two add up to four. It is superstitious to believe in “luck”, and anyone who has such a belief shows thereby that he does not have any deep understanding of the Buddha’s teaching.

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Ngày 03 tháng 11 năm 2010 (3517 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: What ?

WHAT ???

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Ngày 30 tháng 10 năm 2010 (5308 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Puzzle: How fast can you find him?

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This is bizarre - after you find the guy - it's so obvious.
Once you find him - you think, why didn't I see him immediately?
We all need a little mental exercise!

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Ngày 28 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3927 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Kids' Games

Scissor Legs (indoor game)  

Players:            8 or more
Materials:        Small rubber ball
Surface:           Smooth floor


            This game resembles a human pinball machine.  Each team tries to stop a rolling ball from scoring points by using scissor legs to block it.

            Teams sit on the floor opposite each other at a distance of around 20 feet (6 m).  If you have enough players, stretch them form wall to wall so that the rolling ball can’t go around the players, only through them.  Players of a team sit about 3 feet (1 m) apart with their legs stretched straight out and close together.

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Ngày 25 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3563 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: If you love flowers ! Beautiful !

Unbelievable floral display

For years Billee and I have passed this house and marveled at the floral display at 3725 No. Vassault St. in Tacoma. Last year there was no display and we had wondered if the Asian man who owns this house was ill. This year the display was back in force and we stopped this past Sunday to photograph it. Billee went up to the owner and told him how much we had enjoyed his garden all these years and he invited us to tour his creation. We found the backyard to be as beautiful as the front. He is Vietnamese, shy, very soft spoken, and speaks very little English, so we couldn't discuss too much with him about the garden. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did.

View from the street, which always catches our attention.

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Ngày 22 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3977 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Perseverance


This word perseverance means “keeping on.” That is, we keep on with whatever we start, such as coming to Dharma school, studying lessons regularly and well, and constantly and unfailingly doing whatever we know we ought to do. Of course, if we find we have mistakenly begun to do anything of an unwise nature, we must not persevere in such action as that. But, to know what is right and to begin to do it and then stop, usually means we are lacking in strength of character. This is certainly not our Buddhist way of living.

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Ngày 20 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3416 lần đọc)

Anh Ngữ: Keep the faith and drop the fear

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet.
He held up a sign which said:
"I am blind, please help."
There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and
dropped them into the hat.
He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words.
He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words

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Ngày 17 tháng 10 năm 2010 (3852 lần đọc)

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