Winter Solstice: Its Request of You, and Yours of It

Rebecca Grace Kehl – revised copy for December 24, 2016 More and more people are learning about the Solstices and Equinoxes, and how they are the original holidays and celebrations of which modern holidays, like Christmas, and all it’s flashing lights and noise, were created. Let’s revive what this time of

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The Tainan Earthquake: who is to blame?

It’s a little over 12 hours since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the southern area of Taiwan and wreaked destruction on the City of Tainan: the oldest city in Taiwan. It’s a relatively short time for those of us observing from afar, even just a few miles away, where buildings

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Why Xmas sucks, and what I’m doing about it

The Wild East / Comedy I’ve always enjoyed being in Asia for Christmas because they really don’t give a rat’s ass about it. For this very reason, we are able to have such niceties as Chinese restaurants to eat Christmas dinner in the West, for those who are too lazy

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Exclusive interview with hip-hop artist SHAMAN

The Wild East / Exclusive  Rapper/Songwriter The Shaman, a.k.a Shaman Dragon, Sha Dra  玄武, ELAV8, has released a hot new self-produced single, PEACE UP.  He took the time to grant  this exclusive interview to The Wild East magazine. The Wild East: Love the new video, PEACE UP! Shaman: Glad you liked

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Day in the Life of a Temple Sister

Trista di Genova, The Wild East During a recent visit to the Foguang Shan Buddhist Monastery in southern Taiwan, the Ven. Miao Tan shared her story of entering the monastery. After “having doubts about life”, she came from Singapore to live and practice Buddhism, and learn “the value of life.”

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New Buddha Memorial opens in Kaohsiung, thanks to ‘a million well-wishers’

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East The Fo Guang Shan (‘Buddha Light Mountain’) Monastery in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan opened to the public this month its new memorial to the Enlightened One, an 108m-high, 1,780-ton copper statue that is the largest of its kind in Asia. The monumental effort entailed

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Shhh! East West Culture Project holds Silent Retreat in Taipei

The East West Culture Project (EWCP) is organizing “Fall into Silence”, a one-day Silent Retreat, November 13 in the Daan MRT area. Contact: EWCP 0983 339 901; eastwestcultureproject@gmail.com The 2011 EWCP Autumn Retreat is an opportunity to spend a day in silence, refocusing the mind and regenerating the body. Both

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Fr. Barry Martinson on his new novel, ‘Ghost Friends’

Father Barry Martinson’s “Ghost Friends” weaves a spell-binding tale that speaks to timeless, universal experience, and tells of hardship, destitution, pain and suffering as well as compassion, understanding, love and ultimately salvation. Definitely a writer to watch, ‘Ghost Friends’ indicates Martinson has been cultivating a wonderful gift: the ability to touch the world audience. His other works are noteworthy literary and cultural treasures as well, particularly his fascinating account as a new missionary in Taiwan with Orchid Island’s Tao tribe.

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Death and Dying in Taiwan

A foreigner explains the traditions, beliefs and practices involved in coordinating funeral arrangements for his Taiwanese wife’s family Story and photo by Trista di Genova, The Wild East Shawn DeVries has been sporting beardly growth these days; not because it’s winter, or because it’s fashionable – in Taiwan it definitely

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Silent Retreat @ Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery

by Lisa Furtado for The Wild East Silence is a wonderful way to reconnect with one’s true self. When you take the time to be fully present in an environment of few distractions, it’s possible to connect with the peace and tranquility that resides within. This getaway offers a much-needed

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