Ukiah celebrates Chinese New Year
China began to welcome in the Year of the Sheep on Feb. 19, and on Saturday, Ukiah did the same.
In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Ukiah Main Street Program and the Developing Virtue Boys School from the City of 10,000 Buddhas have partnered for the fourth year in a row, bringing the Lantern Festival to Alex R. Thomas Jr. Plaza.
We use chemicals everyday even though we may not think of them. We even know some reagents by their chemical names such as sodium cloride for table salt and sodium bicarbonate for baking soda. And it sounds very educated to call ordinary household bleach as sodium hypocloride. Here the students are combining several common chemicals with materials such as cereal and paper and observing the quick and dramatic effects. 1-2-3 Black! Fifty percent of the reactions turned black!
Applied 12 Links
One of the topics in Buddhism that is hard to grasp is the Twelve Links of Causal Conditions or Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, the practice of a pratyekabuddha, a solitary sage. The students were assigned to produce a visual project on this topic. They were given instructions to think of a situation--a global issue or a familiar story--and apply these twelve links to the issue or story.
Arhats and Bodhisattvas In Relation to Functions
From a non-buddhist point of view, Buddhism prevails in the society with mindfulness practices and virtues. While it is not untrue, there is more to it than the misconception that Buddhists are mere pacifists whose religious structure is free of rules and punishments. Contrary to popular beliefs, Buddhist cultivate in hope to become superior beings who has rid suffering and the infinite loop of reincarnation. There are two ways in which people choose to cultivate: one is to become an Arhat, a relatively expedient but arduous method, while the other is to become a Bodhisattva, benefiting people other than yourself along the way.