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New Lotus #128

(2014-03-31)

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History / Art / Antiquities

Vanishing Virtues: The Spirituality of China’s Ethnic Minorities

Vanishing Virtues: The Spirituality of China’s Ethnic Minorities

The author would like to thank Mrs. Lee Mei-yin for her inspired guidance and ad...

History / Art / Antiquities

A Thousand Buddhas on My Body: A Miao Girl’s Festival Attire

A Thousand Buddhas on My Body: A Miao Girl’s Festival Attire

Every now and then, one encounters an item of human culture that is so striking ...

Theravada

Ordination in the Theravada Tradition: Ordination During the Time of the Buddha

Ordination in the Theravada Tradition: Ordination During the Time of the Buddha

In this series, Jnan explores the practice of ordination within the Theravada tr...

Columnists and Opinion

Master Tanluan on the Primal Vow: Should we recite Amitabha’s name ten times?

Master Tanluan on the Primal Vow: Should we recite Amitabha’s name ten times?

Many within Buddhism itself criticize the concept of ‘other-power’ (他力) or Buddh...

Theravada

The Theravada Monastic Robe: The Design and Meaning

The Theravada Monastic Robe: The Design and Meaning

The saffron robe of a Theravada Buddhist monastic is instantly recognizable to B...

People and Personalities

Venerable Anandajoti - A Western Monk Shining in the East

Venerable Anandajoti - A Western Monk Shining in the East

In my search for people to help me with my research, it has been my lucky destin...

Applied / Engaged Buddhism

Dhamma Well: How Belief in Rebirth Might Protect the Earth

Dhamma Well: How Belief in Rebirth Might Protect the Earth

An American Buddhist friend of mine recounted a conversation she had with anothe...

People and Personalities

Ven. Hin Hung interview: “Buddhism confronts an uncertain but exciting future”

Ven. Hin Hung interview: “Buddhism confronts an uncertain but exciting future”

It is difficult not to admire the candor of the Centre of Buddhist Studies&rsquo...

Arts & Culture

Reflections on Buddhist Sites in Malaysia

Reflections on Buddhist Sites in Malaysia

Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of exp...

Columnists and Opinion

“When a fly falls into a cup of tea”: ahimsa and life-preserving actions

“When a fly falls into a cup of tea”: ahimsa and life-preserving actions

It’s been several years since I read Heinrich Harrer’s classic, Seven Years in T...

Arts & Culture

Path of the Pilgrim: Manifesting the Spiritual

Path of the Pilgrim: Manifesting the Spiritual

Then do folk long to go on pilgrimage, And palmers to go seeking out strange str...

Arts & Culture

A Glaswegian turned Buddhist:

A Glaswegian turned Buddhist: "Buddha Da" book review

Buddha Da was published in 2003 and was the first novel by Scottish Author Anne ...

Columnists and Opinion

Emperor Wu of Liang, the August Thearch Bodhisattva

Emperor Wu of Liang, the August Thearch Bodhisattva

The common narrative of Chinese dynastic history is a story of the “sons of heav...

Columnists and Opinion

Mindfulness of Death, Mindfulness of Life

Mindfulness of Death, Mindfulness of Life

When I was a child, my father died in a car accident. I learned about loss from ...

Arts & Culture

Nine-Story Mountain: Film Director’s Statement

Nine-Story Mountain: Film Director’s Statement

As an anthropologist and artist, the individualistic and community-focused eleme...

Health / Psychology

The Healing Power of Meditation: A Book Review

The Healing Power of Meditation: A Book Review

Sangeeta Bansal, PhD reviews The Healing Power of Meditation, an anthology on mi...