Eastern History & Heritage

The World Meditation Day : Painful Hiroshima

The World Meditation Day : Painful Hiroshima The most harmful disaster for human is “war” which is created by human. The absolute absence of war has never happened in any eras. So “peace” is the thing people seek for. On August 6th, 1945, the most harmful atomic bomb in the history was dropped on Hiroshima in Japan. This painful event in the World War II had made the world realize…

Buddhist Spectrum: Beginnings of Buddhist diplomatic mission

Buddhist Spectrum: Beginnings of Buddhist diplomatic mission By Dr. Lorna Dewaraja This fullmoon day of Unduvap the Buddhists of Sri Lanka honour the memory of Sanghamitta Theri who together with her brother Mahinda Thera was responsible for the establishing of Buddhism in this country 2300 years ago in the reign of Devanampiya Tissa. A significant feature is that when Mahinda Thera preached the Dhamma in Anuradhapura the most enthusiastic listeners were women;…

97 Years of Dhammakaya Knowledge (Vijja Dhammakaya)

97 Years of Dhammakaya Knowledge (Vijja Dhammakaya) Dhammakaya is the body of enlightenment of the Lord Buddha and “vijja” is the true knowledge; together, “vijja Dhammakaya” means the true and supreme knowledge illuminated by the Dhammakaya vision. This knowledge is the core principle of Buddhism that will lead to extinguishing of suffering and attainment of the state of supreme bliss known is Nibbana. The term ‘Dhammakaya’ has seen increasing reference…

EMPEROR ASOKA SPEAKS

EMPEROR ASOKA SPEAKS  Cultural liberation War over the Tragedy of Vedic Caste system: All Hindus pay respect to the Buddha. Problems come only in making Indian Governments and in following the Vedic caste system.  Those glorious days of Buddhists have gone due to Brahmin and Hindu rulers’ conspiracy Hindu and Brahmin rulers take over Buddhism, Buddhist symbols and Buddhist temples in India. A large number of Buddhist Viharas were usurped…

Jewel in the Crown: Bengal's Buddhist Revival in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Jewel in the Crown: Bengal's Buddhist Revival in the 19th and 20th Centuries by Ven. BD Dipananda In Buddhist Studies, a narrative I believe to be erroneous dominates the sub-discipline of Indo-Tibetan research. The story goes that Buddhism disappeared from the Indian subcontinent completely after the 12th century. I challenged this idea some time ago in my essay, “The Revival of Buddhism in Indo-Bangla Territory: A New Perspective”. I argued…

Bodh Gaya: Reviving ancient Buddhist dance

Bodh Gaya: Reviving ancient Buddhist dance March 21-- Bodh Gaya, Bihar:  At the Tergar monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, the long queues are an indication of the event to follow - a rare performance of the Garchen Tscechu Cham, a sacred lama dance of the Kagyu Sect of Tibetan Budhism. It begins with an invocation which is believed to help purify the land. The music is played by a chanting…

IN MEMORY OF A BUDDHIST MONUMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

In Memory of a Buddhist Monument in Afghanistan      Buddhism may have come to Bamiyan of  Afghanistan soon after 260 B.C when Emperor Ashoka of India occupied this reign. But the impetus to build the great monuments arose during the reign of king Kanishka, the ruler who in the 2nd century A.D made his estate covering the northern part of India subcontinent and Afghanistan, for a while the most powerful realm…

Emperor Ashoka for Theravada Buddhism

Emperor Ashoka for Theravada Buddhism                 Emperor Ashoka, the third successor of Maurya Dynasty assended the throne of Magadha in the year 273 B.C. In the Fifth year of his coronation, Ashoka invaded and conquered Kalinga (Orissa). The Suffering of the people caused by the terrible slaughter in this war, feeled his heart with intense remourse. The emperor decided to abstain from war for ever. Kalinga-war was not only the turning…

The Long Search – Buddhism: Footprint of the Buddha (BBC 1977)

The Long Search – Buddhism: Footprint of the Buddha (BBC 1977)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Long Search was a 1977 BBC documentary television series spanning 13 episodes. Presented by theatre director Ronald Eyre, the series surveyed several major world religions, including Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christianity. Other episodes surveyed Theraveda and ZenBuddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and even the New Age movement. Location filming took place in India, England, Italy, Japan,…

History of the last Burmese King Thebaw and Queen Supayalat

The last Burmese King and his defeat in the hands of British, History of the King and its analysis History of the last Burmese King Thebaw and Queen Supayalat Introduction: Through this novel The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh describes about Burma and the last King Thebaw Min and the last Queen Supayalat, and how Burma changed and as the British exploit their colony and how they comes to dominate the…

Yangon and Bagan, Two Beautiful Places in Myanmar

Yangon and Bagan, Two Beautiful Places in Myanmar When I saw the advertisement of Biman-Bangladesh Airlines in the newspaper saying that they were opening a new route Dhaka-Yangon-Dhaka from 9th  December, 2013, I decided to go on a short trip to Myanmar.  After an hour and a half, we were at Yangon airport - modern, very clean and surprisingly not crowded.  We proceeded to the immigration counter.  The officer spoke…

BUDDHA RELICS STOLEN : IN CAMBODIAN SHRINE

BUDDHA RELICS STOLEN : IN CAMBODIAN SHRINE Cambodian police said they were searching for a golden urn said to contain relics of the Buddha — including hair, teeth and bones — after it was stolen from a shrine. The theft of several small statues and the urn from a mountain shrine in the former royal city of Udong was discovered on Tuesday, according to national police spokesman Kirt Chantharith. The…

The future of the Bamiyan Buddhas

The future of the Bamiyan Buddhas The Lost  Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan By chance this documentary, which was produced as part of the Journeys to the Ends of the Earth series for the Discovery Channel in 1999, turned out to be really historical because it seems to have been filmed just a couple of years before the destruction of the Bamiyan statues and the invasion of Afghanistan following the 9/11…

The emergence of Buddhist Nuns in Thailand

The emergence of Buddhist Nuns in Thailand The Theravada Bhikkhuni order was never “officially” established in Thailand, although it exists in both Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The absence of Bhikkhuni in Thailand over the last century has led to the perception among many Thais that women are not meant to play a monastic role in life other than being a lay follower, or becoming a Mae Ji, or nun.                                                                                                                              _…

Moghalmari Buddhist Monastery

Moghalmari Buddhist Monastery: Moghalmari is a village and an archaeological excavation site in the Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. The excavation of the site which began in 2002-03, led by Professor Asok Datta of Calcutta University has revealed the presence of a Buddhist monastery dated between 6th to 12th Century. A detailed excavation of the site started in November 2013 by the State Archaeological Directorate led to discovery of…
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