Lesbian couple to take vows in Taiwan’s first public Buddhist same-sex union

July 10, 2012

The decision by a Buddhist master to host the event will help push awareness about sexual inequalities further into the public realm, the bride said.

Two devout Buddhist women are to hold the nation’s first gay Buddhist wedding next month as part of an effort to push for the legalization of same-sex marriages in Taiwan.

“We are not only doing it for ourselves, but also for other gays and lesbians,” Fish Huang said in a telephone interview.

The 30-year-old social worker at a non-governmental organization said that marriage never crossed her mind until she saw a movie last year.

The film portrayed two lesbians whose ill-fated relationship concluded after one died and the other was … Read more »

Athletic Ch’an–melding movement with meditation for relaxation, health

October 16, 2003

Taiwan Journal: Only a few months ago Taiwan was in the grip of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic. Now that the crisis has passed and life is returning to normal, the experience has engendered a positive legacy: realization of the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

In the post-SARS period, many have come to see exercise as an essential ingredient in the maintenance of good health and resistance to disease. Consequently, Taiwan has witnessed a marked increase in the number of people doing early-morning exercise in city parks and plazas or working out in gymnasiums.

A newcomer to the many varieties of exercise is one known as “Dharma athletic Ch’an,” promoted by the Dharma … Read more »