A gift of a thistle

Dear brothers and sisters,

Below is “A gift of a thistle”, a song in the film Brave Heart.

The film Brave Heart tells about Sir William Wallace, a late 13th-century Scottish knight who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The movie was produced and directed by Mel Gibson who also starred in the movie as the main character William Wallace.

Thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland.  Thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of King Alexander III (1249–1286). The time of King Alexander III was the time William Wallace grew up, the period of peace and economic stability. Đọc tiếp A gift of a thistle

Đời là ảo ảnh?

Chào các bạn,

Thiên hạ nhiều người lảm nhảm “Đời là ảo ảnh” để sống vô mục đích và vô cảm với đời. Đời là ảo ảnh, không có thật, cho nên có việc gì phải quan tâm? Ăn ngủ, ăn chơi cho sướng, rồi chết, có hơn không? Thiên hạ giết nhau trước mặt mình, đó cũng là ảo ảnh. Mặc chúng giết nhau, để mình nằm ngủ cho sướng đã. Đọc tiếp Đời là ảo ảnh?

Tình yêu của Bồ tát

Chào các bạn,

Đây là tình yêu của Bồ tát: “Bồ tát diệt độ vô lượng vô số vô biên chúng sinh mà thật không có chúng sinh được diệt độ. Vì cớ sao? Vì nếu Bồ tát còn tướng ngã, tướng nhân, tướng chúng sinh… tức chẳng phải Bồ tát.” (Kinh Kim Cang, Đoạn 3).

Diệt độ tất cả chúng sinh là yêu tất cả mọi chúng sinh, yêu tất cả mọi người, vô điều kiện, yêu như là yêu chính mình, không phân biệt mình và người khác, chúng sinh khác. Đọc tiếp Tình yêu của Bồ tát

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A vital mangrove forest hidden in Vietnam’s largest city could be at risk

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A vital mangrove forest hidden in Vietnam's largest city could be ...
The Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve, located in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, is one of the world’s largest areas of reforested mangroves.

BY MICHAEL TATARSKI ON 21 APRIL 2020Mongabay Series: Global Forests

  • A majority of the flora in the area was killed by defoliants sprayed by the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
  • Today, the replanted forest protects the city from storms, and stores huge amounts of carbon dioxide, though development plans and aquaculture pose threats to Can Gio’s continued health.

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — As the largest urban area in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is known for its kinetic pace of life, rivers of motorbike traffic, and relentless construction. With an official population of 9 million and a booming economy based on manufacturing, real estate and tourism, there is often little space for nature.

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For three decades, China has been building dams on the upper Basin of the Mekong River, worrying countries downstream that China could one day turn off the tap. New data shows that for six months in 2019, while China received above average precipitation, its dams held back more water than ever — even as downstream countries suffered through an unprecedented drought. These new findings confirm what many had long suspected: China is impounding much more water than it ever has before and is causing erratic and devastating changes in water levels down stream.

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