Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition

Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition

The sun is rising over Samkar lake.

The temperature is a bit chilly on the top of the hill, where the monastery sits and some fog covers the mountains.

It is possible to hear children playing, talking, and studying… They are out and about and have been awake since 4:30. Their day begins when is still dark, with prays and meditation. By the time they come out from the pagoda, the sun is giving its first signals. Continue reading “Almsgiving – giver and receiver are one in this Buddhist ancient tradition”

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Hurting ourselves

Hurting ourselves

The teachings of Buddha are often transmitted through little parabolas, stories that contain the essence of buddhism in a simple and cheerful way. In the zen monastery, where I stayed for few days in Vietnam, I was given a book with some of these stories, and I will share them here.

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