A festive occasion thrice over, the eighth day of the fourth moon (or month) of the Chinese lunar calendar is the birthday of Tam Kung, an immortal Chinese sea deity, and also commemorated by Buddhists in this part of the world as the birthday of the Buddha. According to Buddhist legend, when the Buddha was born he stood straight, took seven steps, and declared “I alone am the World-Honored One.” And he pointed up with one hand and down with the other, to indicate he would unite heaven and earth. Before and after the Birthday of Buddha, celebrants also eat special green cookies, the cookies are deliberately quite bitter, as eating them represents passing through hardship to enjoy better things.
One of the grandest ceremonies is held at the Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island, home of the Big Buddha and you can find out more about Hong Kong’s Buddhist culture via a tour of Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden. Support bc magazineIf you find bc magazine's content interesting, we would be grateful if you can make a donation to help with the costs.
We are delighted to welcome back Tulku Yeshi Rinpoche May 13th – 15th and give the Yuthog Nyingthik empowerment and Tsalung Trulkor teachings.
Chotrul Duchen occurs on the full moon (the fifteenth day) of the first Tibetan month, which is called Bumgyur Dawa. The Rime Center will be hosting a series of Shakyamuni Buddha Pujas and open meditation sessions as an opportunity for you to come in and meditate throughout the day at your own pace and time limit. We are delighted to welcome back Lama Lodu Rinpoche returns to the Rime Center to share teachings and an empowerment focused on 1,000 Arm Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is said to be the essence of the speech of all the buddhas and incarnation of their compassion. Losar traces its origins to the pre- Buddhist period in Tibetan when Tibetans practiced a winter spiritual ceremony during which large amounts of incense were offered to appease the local spirits, deities and protectors.
For the past 20 years it has been my pleasure to serve as both spiritual and executive directors of the Rime Buddhist Center. I’d like to invite you to a very special event being held at the Rime Buddhist Center and it will be my last official duty before I retire. The Rime Center is pleased to host this 24-hour interfaith meditation for the earth in conjunction with meditation sit-ins across the globe. People of all faiths and no faith are invited to join us as we focus our meditative attention on climate crisis and environmental responsibility. DROP IN AT ANY TIME DURING THESE 24 HOURS – STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU WISH – TEA AND COOKIES PROVIDED!
Rime Dharma Talk Podcast Apps For Your Smart PhoneThe Rime Center now has smartphone Apps for our Dharma talk Podcast subscriptions for sale ($1.99) for either Android or iPhones. What Does it Cost?Our aim is to inspire a culture of generosity in the way we share Buddhist Teachings. The language is Chinese, except for a few Japanese characters on the illustrations of European countries. On the lower right South America is featured as an island south of Japan with a small peninsula as part of Central America, carrying among just a few place-names including four Chinese characters whose phonetical Japanese reading is a€?A-ME-RI-KAa€?. As mentioned above, this all was based on the Japanese version of Hsuan-Tsanga€™s Chinese narrative, the Si-yu-ki, printed as late as 1653.
While this map represents a significant step forward in the Japanese attempt to combine religious and contemporary geographic knowledge it remains in essence a Buddhist map. Rokashi Hotana€™s map became the model on which all future Japanese Buddhist world maps were drawn well into the 19th century. This is the earliest map of this type representing Buddhist cosmology and became the prototype of Buddhist world maps. Ayusawa, Shintaro, a€?The types of world map made in Japana€™s Age of National Isolationa€?, Imago Mundi, Volume 10 (1953), pp. Christiea€™s, Natural History, Plate Books and Cartography, June 7, 2006, sale 7225, lot 94. Nobuo Muroga, Kazutaka Unno, a€?The Buddhist World Map in Japan and Its Contact with European Mapsa€?, Imago Mundi, Vol. Rokashi Hotan [Zuda Rokwa Si]a€™s Nansenbushu Bankoku Shoka no Zu, 1710, a€?woodblock print, 118 x 1456 cm, Kobe City Museum, Japan. Contains a list of Buddhist sutras, Chinese histories and other literary classics on the left side of the map title.

In essence this is a traditional Buddhist world view in the Gotenjikuzu mold centered on the world spanning continent of Jambu-Dvipa. A A A  This is the earliest map of this type representing Buddhist cosmology and became the prototype of Buddhist world maps. Rokashi Hotan [Zuda Rokwa Si]a€™s Nansenbushu Bankoku Shoka no Zu, 1710, woodblock print, 118 x 1456 cm, Kobe City Museum, Japan.
Buddhists are told the seven steps represent seven directions – north, south, east, west, up, down, and here. To commemorate this, at Buddhist temples across Hong Kong, devotees gather to pay their respects to this revered deity by bathing statues of the baby Buddha, with the right hand pointing up and the left hand pointing down, in bowls of water. By combining special breath retention techniques with physical movements and visualizations, we move our wind-energy throughout the body, allowing it to reach deep places and open more and more subtle channels. It has the power to balance the energies of mind and body, and it also helps enormously to support one’s meditation practices. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days on which, in order to increase the merit and the devotion of future disciples, Buddha displayed a different miracle. As one of the Eight Great Close Sons, he is usually depicted as white in colour and holding a lotus. This celebration evolved into a Buddhist festival tied the introduction of time based on phases of the moon.
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and give.
Therefore all our meditation and Buddhism activities are offered on a dana basis - what you pay is left to your generosity.
This is the first Japanese printed map to depict the world, including Europe and America, from a Buddhist cosmographical perspective. Jambu-dvipa is the Indian name for the great continent south of the cosmic Mount Meru, marked on this map by a central spiral (see the excerpt on the left).
Japan itself appears as a series of islands in the upper right and, like India, is one of the few recognizable elements - at least from a cartographic perspective. Europe, which had no place at all in earlier Buddhist world maps, making this one of the first Japanese maps to depict Europe, is shown at upper left as a group of islands, which can be identified from Iceland to England, Scandinavia, Poland, Hungary and Turkey, but deliberately deleting the Iberian Peninsula. North of Japan, a land bridge joins Asia with an unnamed landmass, presumably North America. Here numerous details are given, including the interesting feature of the so-called a€?iron-gatea€?, shown as a strongly over-sized square, and the path taken by the monk whilst crossing the forbidden mountain systems after leaving Samarkand. Prior to this map America had rarely if ever been depicted on Japanese maps, so Rokashi Hotan turned to the Chinese map Daimin Kyuhen Zu [Map of China under the Ming Dynasty and its surrounding Countries], from which he copied both the small island-like form of South America (just south of Japan), and the curious land bridge (the Aelutian Islands?) connecting Asia to what the Japanese historians Nobuo Muroga and Kazutaka Unno conclude a€?must undoubtedly be a reflection of North Americaa€?. It is likely that Rokashi Hotan was aware important European style maps circulating in China at the time.
The confused cosmological view upon which his map is based, referencing at once religious, secular, and non-Buddhist teachings, matched the growing religio-secular conflict that would emerge in Japan during the coming centuries. The Nan-en-budai Shokoku Shuran no Zu (a world map), the date of which is still uncertain, and the Sekai Daiso Zu (a world map), the En-bu-dai-Zu (a world map), Tenjuku Yoch Ziu (a map of India), a trilogy by Sonto, a Buddhist, are derived from Hotana€™s world map. A land bridge connects China to an unnamed continent in the upper right corner, and the island of Ezo [Japan] with its fief of Matsumae is located slightly to the south of the mystery continent. While Mahayana Buddhists interpret “I alone am the World-Honored One” in a way that “I” represents all sentient beings throughout space and time – everyone, in other words. On May 17, head over to the eastern end of Hong Kong Island for the annual Tam Kung procession by local residents, which includes unicorn, lion and dragon dancing. It may have been the first celebration of what has become the tradition of farmers’ festivals. Printed by woodblock in 1710 (Hoei 7 = Year of the Tiger), this map was composed by the Buddhist monk Rokashi Hotan. China and Korea appear to the west of Japan and are vaguely identifiable geographically, which itself represents a significant advancement over the Gotenjikuzu map. Also, at the upper left corner 102 references from Buddhist holy writings and Chinese annals are mentioned to increase the credibility of the map.

Whether this represents ancient knowledge from early Chinese navigations in this region, for which there is some literary if not historical evidence, or merely a printing error, we can only speculate. The Mateo Ricci map (#441) is one such example and copies were known to have reached Japan in the 17th century. Ultimately this is one of the most important, beautiful, and influential printed maps ever to emerge in Japan. A less common example was published by the bookseller Bundaiken Uhei and corresponds to this example. The special features of these maps are the representation of an imaginary India, where Buddha was born, and the illustration of the religious World as expounded by Buddhists.
After the rudiments of the science of astrology were introduced in Tibet, the festival became known as Losar. Many books will be deeply discounted and the new 2016 calendars will be available to purchase . Zuda Rokashi Hotan (1654-1728) was a prominent Buddhist scholar-priest active in Japan during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. At its center is Lake Anavatapta, a whirlpool-like quadruple helix lake believed to be the center of the universe. Southeast Asia also makes one of its first appearances in a Japanese Buddhist map as an island cluster to the east of India. On the other hand, this map is much more than a world map and the main concept by the author was to celebrate a historically very important event.
It is curious that Rokashi Hotan chose to ignore it and other Eurocentric data in exchange for a religious world-view, while at the same time attempting to reconcile Buddhist and modern geography.
In the Buddhist world maps or Shumi World, the space for the regions called Nan-sen-bu and Nan-en-budai etc.
This lake, which is commonly associated with Lake Manasarovar in northern India, is believed in Buddhist mythology to be the legendary site where Queen Maya conceived the Buddha. It should be noted that at the time of its production, Japan maintained an isolationist policy that began in 1603 with the Edo period under the military ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, and lasting for nearly 270 years. Inspired by the 1653 publication of Si-yu-ki, a pilgrimage narrative of the Chinese monk Hsuang-Tsanga€™s (602-604) travels to India in search of sacred Sanskrit writings, Rokashi Hotana€™s map attempts to update Buddhist mythological cartography, as exemplified in the 1634 manuscript map Gotenjikuzu [Map of the Five Regions of India], to correspond with the Si-yu-ki, as well as with contemporary and ancient religious texts, Chinese annals, travel narratives, and even some European maps. From the quadruple beast headed helix (heads of a horse, a lion, an elephant, and an ox) of Manasarovar or Lake Anavatapta radiate the four sacred rivers of the region: the Indus, the Ganges, the Bramaputra, and the Sutlej (or Ganges, Oxus, Indus and Tarim). Although knowing the world map by Matteo Ricci, published in Peking in 1602, Japanese maps mainly showed a purely Sino-centric view - or with acknowledgement of Buddhist traditional teaching - the Buddhist habitable world with an identifiable Indian sub-continent. A strong crisp image suggests that this is one of the first examples that Bundaiken Uhei printed, as wooden plates tend to wear quickly and many other examples show signs that the woodblock was more heavily worn. It has been maintained that their artists could not have closed their eyes, as far as these parts are concerned, to the objective world maps made in Europe. Ultimately, this map makes a lot more sense when one understands that Rokashi Hotan scaled his world map not by distance but rather by religious importance. But these maps treat India as the heart of their World, and consequently we can say that they never recognized the European world maps.
The consequent product of Rokashi Hotana€™s work is this magnificent amalgam of disparate ideas and traditions. India, the birthplace of the Buddha, is the central locale in the Jabmu-Dvipa conception and on this map. In their maps the Buddhists connected the a€?Five Continentsa€? with the a€?Spiritual Worlda€? where the Spirit of human beings must go after death. Other countries, including China, Japan itself, and even more so the distant continents of Africa, Europe and the Americas, Rokashi Hotan considered a€?but mote-like countries in the Jambu-Dvipaa€? and a€?as small as a millet-graina€?. 1680 - 1720) was a Japanese bookseller and publisher active in Kyoto during the early part of the 18th century and is best known for his publication of this important Buddhist world map.

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