Know of any good places to practice in China?

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Know of any good places to practice in China?

Post by eto » Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:17 pm

Hello. Anyone know of any good monasteries etc that one can practice in China? (Without any knowledge of the local languages?)

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Post by paul » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:33 pm

Vipassana-style retreat at Mahayana monastery:

https://www.buddhistdoor.net/features/t ... -monastery

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Post by eto » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:38 am

Thanks Paul. Unfortunately they ain't doing retreats now.

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Post by JamesTheGiant » Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:44 am

I don't know of any places, but how about this region of China? There are lots and lots of small monasteries in the area where this documentary was filmed.

Hmm, looks like you'd need to speak the language.
Why do you want to go to China to practise, especially if you don't know Chinese language?

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Post by Chanh Dao » Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:46 am

Dharma teachers are Dharma teachers regardless of language barriers.

It can make things a bit more complicated to traverse but the language barrier should not discourage anyone from seeking a teacher or Sangha

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Post by Manopubbangama » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:03 am

eto wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 6:17 pm
Hello. Anyone know of any good monasteries etc that one can practice in China? (Without any knowledge of the local languages?)
If you are really keen on the English language, you may want to try out Singapore. https://amuletmates.com/singapore/list- ... singapore/

Also the Chinese have a long tradition of Mahayana, although its hard to say how much of that is left after the Chicoms liquidated such "reactionary" heresies in the 70s.

Its difficult to imagine the peaceful temples surviving something like this: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/a ... 07,00.html
:sage:

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Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

Post by paul » Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:04 am

Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society:

https://www.hkims.org/home
Retreat centre:
Located in the remote hills of Lantau Island, Fa Hong Monastery is the mediation retreat center for the Hong Kong Insight Meditation Society. We conduct regular retreats here and members can also come meditate by appointment. Our practice is based on the Four Foundation of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta) taught by the Buddha.

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Post by manjughosamani » Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:08 pm

Hi,

It would be good to keep in mind that if you are a foreigner in the PRC, your presence at religious events and sites not specifically geared towards tourists might lead to increased attention being directed towards the local practitioners by the authorities. This is especially pronounced amongst minority populations in the PRC,and amongst practitioners of 'foreign' religions which can include non-indigenous Buddhist schools.

Best wishes.
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Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

Post by paul » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:17 pm

manjughosamani wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:08 pm
'foreign' religions which can include non-indigenous Buddhist schools.
Theravada is well represented in Yunnan although its official role is to support the Dai people.

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Post by manjughosamani » Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:35 pm

paul wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:17 pm
manjughosamani wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:08 pm
'foreign' religions which can include non-indigenous Buddhist schools.
Theravada is well represented in Yunnan although its official role is to support the Dai people.
Yes although it is primarily limited to Xishuangbanna and a few temples in other prefectures in Yunnan. Also, as you mention is primarily practiced by Dai people and a few members of other ethnic minorities in the region. I briefly visited the area last January and it is certainly possible to visit temples there, but hanging out for a long retreat as a foreigner would attract attention these days. As you are probably aware, the PRC has an interesting relationship with its non-Han Buddhist minority populations in its peripheral territories.

I'm just trying to encourage the OP to remain mindful of potential impacts for the host communities.
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Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

Post by eto » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:04 pm

JamesTheGiant wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:44 am
I don't know of any places, but how about this region of China? There are lots and lots of small monasteries in the area where this documentary was filmed.

Hmm, looks like you'd need to speak the language.
Why do you want to go to China to practise, especially if you don't know Chinese language?
Thanks, James.. I just happen to be in China and was hoping for a foreigner friendly place that might be good for a week or two before I do a longer stint in Myanmar.

I've seen that film before and will probably head in that direction soon whatever the case :)

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Post by Zom » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:44 pm

China is a poor place to practice theravada.

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Re: Know of any good places to practice in China?

Post by tamdrin » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:35 am

That documentary posted above is very nice to watch. I saw it some years ago.

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