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Awakening the Kind Heart: How to Meditate on Compassion

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International Conference Proceedings, Bangkok: Dhammakaya Foundation 1994, pp. 131-140. [mainly on the Vietnamese Linh-Son monastery and its abbot Bhikkhu Thich Huyen-Vi] Raphael, Liogier, "La pertinence contemporaine du bouddhisme", Revue des deux mondes, (Paris) 5-8, 1996 p. 50-61. [outline of the philosophical and ideological reasons to explain the interest in Buddhism in France; as main reasons are stated: Buddhism can be seen as a cure for the soul, a theory of action, an individualism that deny the ego, or a reaction to the "imagologie", the cult of images of the 1980's France; AK] Raphael, Liogier; Etienne, Bruno, Etre Bouddhiste en France Aujourd'hui, Paris: Hachette Littératures 1997 [following the collection of titles on Protestant and Jews today, this issue focusses on contemporary Buddhists in France; AK] Rommeluère, Eric, "Le bouddhisme en France: une lecture critique de Frédéric Lenoir", Recherches Sociologiques: Le bouddhisme en Occident: approches sociologiques et anthropologiques, 31, 3, 2000, pp.103-119. [a critical review of Frédéric Lenoir's sociological inquiry.

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Publisher: Wisdom Publications (May 10, 2010)


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These could be considered ritual, yogic or magical. Some such elements existed in early Buddhism, and continue across the Buddhist tradition to this day, even in Theravada. However, there is much more of these in Shingon (Japanese), and even more in the Tibetan tradition http://www.aladinfm.eu/?lib/the-dragon-image-and-demon-or-the-three-religions-of-china-classic-reprint. Gautama ’s being was transformed, and he emerged the Buddha. [Huston Smith, The World’s Religions (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991), pp. 83-6] A unity platform for Buddhists, drawn up by Buddhism's first modern western convert. A Pantheist looks at contemporary Western views of Buddhism. by Andre Ferdinand Herold [1922], tr. by Paul C , cited: http://www.siaarchitects.com/?library/light-comes-through-buddhist-teachings-on-awakening-to-our-natural-intelligence. The birth of a new baby is celebrated with a formal shrine visit at the age of about one month, as are the third, fifth, and seventh birthdays and the official beginning of adulthood at age twenty. Wedding ceremonies are often performed by Shinto priests, but Christian weddings are also popular. In the early 1980s, more than 8 percent of weddings were held in a shrine or temple, and nearly 4 percent were held in a church , source: http://vprsanonymous.com/?freebooks/the-pema-chodron-audio-collection-pure-meditation-good-medicine-from-fear-to-fearlessness.
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