Spiritual Landmarks


      The Mystery of Shanxi’s Perfectly Preserved Bodhisattvas          By Qian Yang & Jiahui          In the 1980s, approximately 15 Buddhist mummies were discovered on Mianshan Mountain in Shanxi, China. To date, this is the largest group of Buddhist mummies found in the world.Also called flesh-body bodhisattvas, these bodies…
      The Zen Essence of a Japanese Garden                    By Deng Wei Qiang & Hu Bing               Both China and Japan have long and rich histories. Extensive cultural exchange between the two nations dates all the way back to the start of Han dynasty. During the late Han dynasty, the J…
      The Medicine Buddha The Powerful Answer to Sincere Prayer            The Medicine Buddha, also known as “The Medicine Buddha Lapis Lazuli Radiance Tathagata,” is the Patron Buddha in Bodhi Meditation. According to legend, during Medicine Buddha’s cultivation of the bodhisattva path, he made the Twelve Great Vows in order to relieve the suffering…
      China’s Rainbow Zhangye Danxia Landform          By Lavender & Narom             Zhangye, an ancient city along the Silk Road, is located in the middle section of the Hexi Corridor in China’s Gansu Province. The Qilian Mountains lie in the South while the Badain Jaran Desert is in the North. It is a gateway to Centr…
      A Life-A Compassionate Community in the San Francisco Bay Area   San Francisco Bodhi Meditation Center           Bodhi Meditation was first brought to the San Francisco Bay Area by core students Alice Zhou and Susan Chen in 2008, in the form of a two-day introductory class.  Without a dedicated place to practice, many of the meditation…
      A Life-A Fresh Breeze in a Bustling Metropolis         New York, the most populous city in the United States, is considered by many to be an ideal city in which to live.  Known as a key financial and cultural hub, Americans and immigrants, artists and bankers, single people and married folks pursue dreams on New York’s exciting, crowded streets. &nbs…
      The Picturesque Scenery of Ipoh, Malaysia           Not sure who first said: “Traveling is to go home eventually.” When I grew up and left my hometown to work in a larger city, my goal in life was to travel extensively so as to expand my knowledge and gain experience. At some point, I realized I had neglected the place I knew best — my hometown, Ipoh…
        The Mystical Nature of Nara   First Encounter            In my constant quest to be surrounded by Nature and to satisfy my longing for rich, distinctive local culture,I set forth on a journey to a charming Japanese town called Nara. Away from the urban hustle and bustle of the Land of the Rising Sun, Nara was a welcomed change. &nbs…
The Phoenicians were famed in the ancient world for their miraculous ability to create awe-inspiring comebacks from devastating loss. Their legend spanned over 4,000 years and still lives on today, teaching contemporary civilization about resiliency, transformation and peace.
Burma is a country of ravishing beauty, a land watched over by the holy gaze of ancient Buddhist temples. It is the largest nation in mainland Southeast Asia, with nearly 2,000 kilometers of uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Abundant natural loveliness in the form of verdant mountain forests and meandering rivers stands as a peaceful sentinel in the face of deca…