Boudhanath (Boudnath) To Buddhadasa (Buddhism)

Boudhanath (Boudnath) The Great Stupa (in Tibetan, Jarung Kashor) at Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Nepal and the greatest center of Tibetan worship outside Tibet. Located five kilometers from Katmandu, the stupa is noteworthy because of its square base. It is 36 meters high and the base measures 100 meters on each side. It […]

Buddhaghosa To Buddhist Fast Days

Buddhaghosa (fifth century c.e.) Buddhist philosopher Originally from the Indian subcontinent near Bodhgaya, Buddhaghosa moved to the Mahavihara monastery in Sri Lanka. There he wrote commentaries on the Tripitaka, the Buddhist scriptures. In some versions he moved to Sri Lanka in order to translate the great Sinhalese commentaries on the Pali canon from Singhalese into […]

Buddhist flag To Canada, Buddhism in

Buddhist flag Buddhism in Sri Lanka underwent a revival in the 1870s as Buddhist leaders responded to what they saw as the colonial government’s attempts to undermine the faith by support for Christian missionaries. An early victory in the revival was the government’s declaration of Vesak Poya Day (Wesak) as a public holiday, beginning in […]

Cancellation of evil Daoist ritual (xiaozai jiangfu) To Chan Buddhism

Cancellation of evil Daoist ritual (xiaozai jiangfu) The cancellation of evil ritual is a type of exorcism practiced today as part of popular Chinese religion. This ritual is performed by Daoist priests of several sects in a public temple or at a private altar. An article of clothing from a person represents the evil or […]

Channa To China, Buddhism in

Channa Prince Shakyamuni’s groom Channa was the charioteer and companion to Sid-dhartha, the young Sakya prince who would go on to become the Buddha. Siddhartha had been restrained from leaving the palace by his father, who wished to spare his son from contact with the unpleasant realities of the world. However, Sid-dhartha eventually persuaded Channa […]

China-Hong Kong, Buddhism in To China-Tibet, development of Buddhism in

China-Hong Kong, Buddhism in Although Hong Kong’s history as a large city began only in the 1840s, when Britain gained possession and built it into a strategic colony, Buddhism had a presence in the area long before the British arrived. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries coexisted with local temples dedicated to local gods, as well as […]

Chinese Buddhist Association To Chogyam Trungpa

Chinese Buddhist Association In China today, Buddhism enjoys greater support from the government than either Daoism or Christianity. At the popular level, Daoism is far less popular than Buddhism, the largest religious community in China. unlike Christianity, still suspect as a foreign-based faith, Buddhism is viewed as a more indigenous Chinese religion. There are an […]

Chogye Order To Confucianism (Buddhism)

Chogye Order Korean Buddhism, though divided into a number of sects, is largely dominated by a single organization, the Chogye Order. The order was formally organized in 1935 when the two main branches of Korean Buddhism were merged, but its history really goes back to the 12th century and the revival of Son (Zen) Buddhism […]

Confucius (Kongzi, Kongfuzi, K’ung Fu-tzu) To Daibutsu (Buddhism)

Confucius (Kongzi, Kongfuzi, K’ung Fu-tzu) (551-479 b.c.e.) founder of Confucianism One of the world’s greatest philosophers, Confucius may have been the most influential person in China’s long history. He was a wandering teacher who worked on assignment for various rulers and gentry families during China’s early history. During his wanderings he lectured his hosts and […]

Dakini To Dao An (Tao An) (Buddhism)

Dakini Dakinis are female semidivine beings who seem to have emerged out of the folklore of India and assumed prominent positions in Tantric Hinduism, whence they passed into Tibetan Buddhist lore. In Hindu lore, dakinis are generally negative beings—demonic in both appearance and behavior. Dakinis assumed a much more positive position in Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism, […]