Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Vice president to attend Vatican event

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) is scheduled to visit the Vatican next month to attend the canonization of six beatified individuals, or “blesseds,” a source said. The Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) reported on the planned visit on Friday, one ...FULL STORY

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Chinese Practice 鏡花水月 (jing4 hua1 shui3 yue4) flowers in the mirror, moon in the water 在佛教中的概念「色」──梵文為「rupa」,英文為「form」(形式)──指的是地(或固體)、火(或熱)、水(或凝聚力)、風(或運動)等四種基本元素中的一種或多種的存在。所有物質的或有形式的東西,必然訴諸色(視覺)、香(嗅覺)、味(味覺)、觸(觸覺)等至少一種感官。 鳩摩羅什(西元三四四~四一三年)的父親是一位佛教僧侶,來自現今克什米爾,後移居現中國新疆省的龜茲國,其母親則是龜茲國的公主。鳩摩羅什後來定居長安,成為將原為梵文的佛經譯介到中文世界的推手,聲名遠播。慧遠(西元三三四~四一六年)是在中國創立淨土宗的佛教祖師。《遠什大乘要義問答》(又稱《大乘大義章》或《鳩摩羅什法師大義》),為鳩摩羅什和慧遠兩人之間討論大乘佛教的問答錄。 其中,鳩摩羅什闡述了「非色」,也就是沒有形式的東西:「如鏡中像,水中月,見如有色,而無觸等,則非色也」(就像鏡中的影像,或水中﹝反映﹞的月亮;這些東西看似有形,你無法碰觸它們,所以它們沒有形式。「鏡像水月」這說法即由此而來,這也是現今成語「鏡花水月」的原始形式,用來描述虛幻或無實體的東西。成語「鏡花水月」也是李汝珍一八二七年的神魔小說《鏡花緣》書名的靈感來源。 在英文中,所謂透過「rose-colored...FULL STORY

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