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Tagged buddhism:

yagazieemezi:

When boys of the Shan tribe undergo the ritual “Poi Sang Long”, the focal point lies in, what in the Western world would be described as, “feminine values”. They are dressed up in bright colours and adorned with make-up. The aim is to mimic the young Prince Siddhartha before he became Lord Buddha. Even though the purpose of the ritual is to show that the boys are on their way to become mature and responsible men, it is loaded with aesthetic values and free from any physical trials. This is what sets it apart from other typical male rituals. By Ken Bamberg

Sep 28

dr0gon:

A monk at the Shaolin temple in Henan Province walks with a Burger King bag.

The next time someone asks me the meaning of multiple modernities, I’m just going to hand them this picture.

Mar 03
dr0gon:

A monk at the Shaolin temple in Henan Province walks with a Burger King bag.

The next time someone asks me the meaning of multiple modernities, I’m just going to hand them this picture.

peaceblaster:

70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day. 

File under: Things I Actually Would Not Believe Did I Not See Them. Cross-reference with: Choosing to Ignore the Possibility of Photoshop. Also cross-reference with: Damn, Son.

Aug 25

lonelyspelltoconjureyou:

13 Photos From Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Buddhist Marriage

Huang Mei-yu and Yu Ya-ting wed Saturday in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Their union still isn’t recognized by the Taiwanese government, though support for gay marriage is mounting across Asia.

By Jessica Testa on Buzzfeed

Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei performed the ceremony, giving the women his full support: “I am certain you will lead a life of happiness together, especially after you have overcome so much difficulty and societal discrimination,” he said. “You have blessings not only from the Buddha, but also from those whom you may or may not know who are in attendance.”

Aug 15

yagazieemezi:

When boys of the Shan tribe undergo the ritual “Poi Sang Long”, the focal point lies in, what in the Western world would be described as, “feminine values”. They are dressed up in bright colours and adorned with make-up. The aim is to mimic the young Prince Siddhartha before he became Lord Buddha. Even though the purpose of the ritual is to show that the boys are on their way to become mature and responsible men, it is loaded with aesthetic values and free from any physical trials. This is what sets it apart from other typical male rituals. By Ken Bamberg

dr0gon:

A monk at the Shaolin temple in Henan Province walks with a Burger King bag.

The next time someone asks me the meaning of multiple modernities, I’m just going to hand them this picture.
dr0gon:

A monk at the Shaolin temple in Henan Province walks with a Burger King bag.

The next time someone asks me the meaning of multiple modernities, I’m just going to hand them this picture.

dr0gon:

A monk at the Shaolin temple in Henan Province walks with a Burger King bag.

The next time someone asks me the meaning of multiple modernities, I’m just going to hand them this picture.

peaceblaster:

70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day. 

File under: Things I Actually Would Not Believe Did I Not See Them. Cross-reference with: Choosing to Ignore the Possibility of Photoshop. Also cross-reference with: Damn, Son.

lonelyspelltoconjureyou:

13 Photos From Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Buddhist Marriage

Huang Mei-yu and Yu Ya-ting wed Saturday in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Their union still isn’t recognized by the Taiwanese government, though support for gay marriage is mounting across Asia.

By Jessica Testa on Buzzfeed

Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei performed the ceremony, giving the women his full support: “I am certain you will lead a life of happiness together, especially after you have overcome so much difficulty and societal discrimination,” he said. “You have blessings not only from the Buddha, but also from those whom you may or may not know who are in attendance.”