Years ago, during a fundraising gala for the Chan Meditation Center, I met Master Sheng Yen’s first Western monastic disciple, Paul Kennedy, and we invited
The Compassionate Relief of Tzu Chi – Inspiring Great Love in the United States and Around the World
The American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only
The Zen-inspired activism of Hiratsuka Raichō
The first challenge I encountered during the first year of my monastic training as a postulant was overcoming the discomfort from the clothes we wore.
The city of Kamakura in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture is home to one of the most poetic and paradoxical works of Buddhist sculpture. The statue is
Inter-religious dialogue with the Order of Discalced…
According to the major sutras of Pure Land Buddhism, the Larger Sukhavativyuha and the Smaller Sukhavativyuha, Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land (Skt. Sukhavati) lies beyond 10 billion Buddha-lands west
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The Daily Practice of a Modern Chinese Buddhist Nun: Meeting Master Sheng-Yen and Taking the Bodhisattva Vows
I was introduced to the Chan Meditation Center in New York in 1997, when I came to work as a volunteer for almost a month.