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Padma – The Lotus Flower – The Zen Universe
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The lotus flower symbol has deep, mythic meaning for many cultures. The lotus blossom has been revered, attributed to deities, and meditated on for thousands of years.
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Zen – The Movie about Dogen
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Description: A dramatic reconstruction of the life of the great Japanese monk Dogen, who lived in Japan in the 13th century and introduced Soto Zen Buddhism from China.
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Japanese Art of Carving – Yosegi-zukuri – The Zen Universe
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The Heian period witnessed a flowering of Buddhist art and architecture. During this time, wood also replaced bronze as the most common material from which
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Happy Vesak Day! – The Zen Universe
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In 21 May 2016, Buddhists around the world are celebrating Vesak – the birth, Enlightenment, and passing away of the Buddha Gautama. The Vesak is one of
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Ikebana – a Japanese Flower Arrangement Art – The Zen Universe
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Ikebana or kado is the beautiful, often strikingly minimalist, Japanese flower arrangement art. Ikebana means “giving life to flowers” and kado translates
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Schools of Buddhism – Theravada Buddhism – The Zen Universe
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Theravada Buddhism is sometimes called ‘Southern Buddhism’. The name means ‘the doctrine of the elders’ – the elders being the senior Buddhist monks.
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Dogen Zenji (also known as Joyo Daishi)
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Eihei Dogen,  also known as Joyo Daishi or Kigen Dogen (19 Jan. 1200, Kyoto, Japan—22 Sept. 1253, Kyoto), was born into a family of the court nobility.
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Schools of Buddhism – Tibetan Buddhism – The Zen Universe
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Tibetan Buddhism, usually understood as including the Buddhism of Tibet, Mongolia, Bhutan and parts of China, India, and Russia, combines the essential
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Myoken Roshi – The Zen Universe
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Yvon Myoken Bec is a Soto Zen Master and the founding abbot of Mokusho Zen House in Hungary and Romania. Just before his death in 1990, Master Mokusho
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