December 31, 2014 |
Sitting in a Florida jail after being charged with drunken driving, Andrew J. Assini had no one to call and no one to blame. He was 24. "I realized," he recalls, "that maybe I had some part in the never-ending calamity that was my life. I realized, 'Something has to change here.' It was the end of the road. " Since then, nine clean and sober years - and a continuing spiritual quest - have helped Assini replace calamities with accomplishments. The Deptford resident, 33, has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Rowan University, where he's an instructor in the psychology department.
June 18, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral was darkened and the the Crossing choir was positioned in a circle, facing inward, with sound seeming to come from everywhere and nowhere. But even a healthy sense of trepidation had no place at Saturday's opening of the group's annual Month of Moderns festival, in which artistic director Donald Nally unveiled his latest stunning Baltic discovery, Chu dal by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece. Spiritually oriented texts, long disdained under communism, are often a route to blazing originality among Baltic composers; this piece meditates on bodies of water high (Mongolia's Namtso Lake)
April 26, 2013 |
A WEEK AFTER a beloved fruit-truck vendor was slain outside his South Philadelphia home, Don Ly's death still hung heavy over the quiet block of Vollmer Street where he lived - and violently died. Outside Ly's family's home, about 40 relatives and neighbors gathered last night for a candlelight vigil in memory of the 68-year-old man. In the early hours of April 18, someone viciously attacked Ly, plunging a knife into him seven times and leaving him to die on the street. During the vigil, Ly's son, Hoanh Ly, 38, thanked neighbors and investigators for their support since his father's slaying and begged for anyone who knows anything that may lead to his killer to come forward.
March 24, 2013 |
MEIKHTILA, Myanmar - The nation's president declared a state of emergency Friday in a central city shaken by sectarian bloodshed that has killed at least 20 people, as thousands of minority Muslims fled and overwhelmed riot police crisscrossed the still-burning town seizing machetes and hammers from enraged Buddhist mobs. Black smoke and flames poured from destroyed buildings in Meikhtila, where the unrest between local Buddhist and Muslim residents erupted Wednesday - the latest challenge to Myanmar's ever-precarious transition to democratic rule.
September 29, 2012 |
Dun Mark is the kind of person who makes Chinatown a community, not merely a place to live. Cross Spring Street early weekday mornings, cut through the alley to the basketball court tucked behind the Chinese Christian Church, and you'll find Mark teaching tai chi to senior citizens, free of charge. Some of his students are 80 or older. "They're healthy as hell," Mark said. So is he. At 88, Mark is fit, strong, and expecting to be around for a while. His mother lived to 107. On Saturday, he and his graying-but-vibrant students will perform at the 17th annual Mid-Autumn Festival, expected to draw 5,000 to Chinatown from across the Philadelphia region for kung fu exhibitions, Peking opera, health screenings, and a moon cake-eating contest.
May 20, 2012 |
BANGKOK - Buddhist monks led prayers as tens of thousands gathered Saturday in Bangkok to mark the second anniversary of deadly clashes between soldiers and "Red Shirt" protesters. The scene Saturday was a sharp contrast with two years earlier, when Thailand was at war with itself and troops moved in to crush a nine-week antigovernment protest that left more than 90 people dead and 2,000 injured. It was the country's worst political violence in decades. Many speakers addressed the crowd Saturday to demand justice.
June 12, 2011 |
On a recent business trip to Thailand, I took advantage of an off day to do some sightseeing. One option listed in the travel brochure in my hotel room that caught my eye was "The Tiger Temple Tour," described as "one of the most extraordinary sights you will ever see. " It turned out to be even better than advertised. As our tour bus arrived at Kanchanaburi, a remote forest region in western Thailand, it was clear that this was neither a temple nor a zoo. The grounds were inhabited by Buddhist monks, who live among such animals as water buffalo, deer, wild boar, peacocks (all roaming about freely)
April 28, 2011 |
ROME - Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, the outspoken beauty who served as South Vietnam's unofficial first lady early on in the Vietnam War and earned the nickname "Dragon Lady" for her harsh criticism of protesting Buddhist monks and communist sympathizers, has died at age 86, a Rome funeral home said yesterday. She died on Easter in a Rome hospital. The Gualandri funeral home said that she was registered as Tran Le Xuan, her original Vietnamese name, meaning "Beautiful Spring. " Madame Nhu lived in the former presidential palace in South Vietnam's capital, Saigon, with her husband, the powerful head of the secret police, and his bachelor brother, President Ngo Dinh Diem, who served from 1955 to 1963.
April 28, 2011
Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, 86, who served as South Vietnam's unofficial first lady early on in the Vietnam War and earned the nickname "Dragon Lady" for her criticism of protesting Buddhist monks and communist sympathizers, died Sunday at a Rome hospital. Madame Nhu, whose given name was Tran Le Xuan, lived in the former presidential palace in South Vietnam's capital, Saigon, with her husband, Ngo Dinh Nhu, the powerful head of the secret police, and his bachelor brother, President Ngo Dinh Diem, who served from 1955 to 1963.
January 20, 2008 |
In the Buddhist realm of nonbeing, form and color have no names. But here on the earthly plane at 38th and Chestnut Streets, the particles flowing from Losang Samten's "pen" are forming luminous fields of cobalt, rose, celadon and more, where elephants, skeletons, demons and foolish humans play. It's all an illusion, of course. It's the Wheel of Life. And you are its subject. Samten, a Tibetan-born monk, glanced up Thursday afternoon from the mandala of colored sand he is creating in the sanctuary of the Philadelphia Cathedral, seat of the Episcopal Diocese.