Poignant, heartfelt, insightful and sincere thoughts, and perspectives from Afghan youths.
“Hundreds of Muslims in a northwestern China village trying to prevent the demolition of their mosque clashed with police, causing several deaths, Hong Kong media and residents said on Tuesday.”
“Chinese Catholics, believed to number between 8 million and 12 million, are divided between those who are members of the Church backed by the Communist Party and those loyal to the pope.”
“The Dalai Lama has formally relinquished his political and administrative powers, a spokesman said Tuesday.”
“Sometimes, in families, between Catholic convert and non-Catholics relatives tensions arise and Catholics are accused of being devoted to God, but devoid of filial piety, of forgetting the dead, thus generating a resentment towards the Church.”
“Today, on any given Sunday, there are almost certainly more Protestants in church in China than in all of Europe.”
***Look for the video link to “Jesus in China.” It’s only a 9 minute video and worth watching.
Mural of a Bodhisattva. China, 10th century
Chinese mural of a bodhisattva, ink and color on plaster, c. 952, dated to the Later Zhou Period.
Bodhisattva:The term Bodhisattva refers to someone on the path to Awakening. The Mahayana has conceived them as having renounced the ultimate state out of pure compassion towards all beings, and can therefore refers to anyone en route. In non-Mahayana Buddhism, it usually refers either to Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, or to the historical Buddha Gautama prior to his enlightenment - either during the life in which he became enlightened or in one of the innumerable lives before that in which he was developing the requisite virtues for enlightenment, such as generosity.
“The Chinese government appears to have few options left to halt the growth of religion. ‘This is a trend that is hard to stop,” Yang said. “In fact, it is almost impossible to stop’.”