Understanding Chan Sect (Part 2)

Understanding Chan Sect (Part 2) The Second Patriarch – Hui Ko The transmission Gatha of Bodhidharma is as follows: My aim in coming to this country Was to transmit the Dharma and liberate all beings A flower of five pedals Cannot fail to fruit. The Gatha predicted that there would […]


10 Dharma Devotional Chants by Imee Ooi

10 Dharma Devotional Chants by Imee Ooi Imee Ooi (Huang Hui Yin) is a Chinese-Malaysian music composer, record producer, and singer. She specializes in the composition and arrangement of music for classical Buddhist chant, mantra, and dharani in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Mandarin. In 1997 she founded a record label, I.M.M. […]


Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 2)

Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 2) Second dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism The second dissemination of Tibetan Buddhism was brought about by Yeshe O, who was the king in the western part of Tibet. The lineage of lay Vajrayana practitioners still survived after the dark age of Tibetan Buddhism, though the monastic […]


Understanding Pure Land Sect (Part 2)

Understanding Pure Land Sect (Part 2) Focus on one Pure Land Referring to the Three Sutras and One Shastra in Pure Land sect, it is noted that they introduce the life history and the character of Amitabha Buddha, the development of Sukhavati under the 48 vows of Amitabha Buddha, the […]


Understanding Tien Tai Sect (Part 2) 

Understanding Tien Tai Sect (Part 2)  Classification of Teaching The Tien-tai sect classifies the Buddha’s teaching in Five Periods and Eight Teachings [五時八教]. The Eight Teachings are subdivided into two groups, one is the Fourfold Doctrines of Conversion [化法四教] and the other is the Fourfold Methods of Conversion [化儀四教]. An […]


Understanding Chan Buddhism (Part 1)

Understanding Chan Buddhism (Part 1) Ch’an [禪] is a Chinese word translated from the pronunciation of a Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’ [禪那] in abbreviation. The word ‘Dhyana’ is usually not translated, but rendered as ‘meditation’, which this sect emphasizes. Dhyana is the outcome of meditation. However, Dhyana is much more extensive […]


10 Quotes from The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy

10 Quotes from The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy is the closing sutra of the Threefold Lotus Sutra. The essence of this sutra is about purification of one’s life through meditation of the Law of Emptiness – a method of […]


Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 1)

Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 1) Bon religion in Tibet Tibetan Buddhism is considered one of the last great religions still alive in the world today. Tibetan Buddhism is not restricted to Tibet, though this tradition is named after it. It has had great influence to central and northern Asian countries, […]