Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why So Many Americans Think Buddhism Is Just a Philosophy

Taiwan Temple
Buddhist temple in Taiwan

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s death and entrance into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the holiday season of December, with a short talk for the children, a candlelight service and a potluck supper following the celebration.

Welcome to Buddhism, American-style.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Double 11: The Annual Chinese Black Friday Event

By Asia Pop Culture

Double 11 is also known as Chinese Singles' Day or Bachelor's Day (光棍節). The date, November 11th (11/11), is chosen because the number "1" resembles 光棍, an individual that is alone. This was a marketing idea originated by Alibaba with the aim of creating a shopping festival in between National Day at the start of October and New Year’s Eve.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Only in China: App Bots Removed Because They Hate the Communist Party

By Asia Pop Culture

A couple of months ago, Chinese tech giant Tencent was forced to remove two chatbots in its popular QQ messaging apps after both bots went rogue.  One chatbot named Baby Q was on the popular QQ messaging app before it started taking shots at the Communist Party. 

What Can We Learn from Chinese Philosophers?

By Alexus McLeod, The Conversation 

Zhuang Zhou (Michael Hofmann 2013), Wikimedia commons