Buddhistdoor International (BDI) Mission Statement
From left to right: Raymond Lam, Editor of Buddhistdoor International, Venerable Dhammapala, Spiritual Director of Buddhistdoor International, and Cathy Ziengs, Executive Coordinator of Buddhistdoor International.
Sharing and promoting Buddhist teachings, arts, and culture.
Based in Hong Kong since 2006, Buddhistdoor.com is a website owned and published by the Tung Lin Kok Yuen charitable foundation. As Tung Lin Kok Yuen's "cyber-temple" website, it provides content in Chinese and English about the Buddhist teachings, spirituality, arts, and culture to the global community on behalf of the foundation, its board of directors, and affiliated organizations.
Although Tung Lin Kok Yuen was founded by Lady Clara Ho Tung, a devout Pure Land Buddhist, the Buddhistdoor website is expressly non-sectarian and strives to promote solidarity of religious purpose among all mainstream Buddhist traditions. Thus, it seeks to build bridges with Buddhists in all countries in the spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood.
Buddhistdoor content is developed by separate Chinese and English editorial teams in a cooperative manner to best serve the needs of our different readers. The English site, Buddhistdoor International, is jointly managed by Venerable Dhammapala (the Spiritual Director), Raymond Lam (the Editor), and Cathy Ziengs (Executive Coordinator).
Buddhistdoor International focuses on a spectrum of issues of interest that appeal to Buddhist readers while welcoming anyone from other backgrounds desiring to learn more about Buddhism. Some key features include:
1. History and development of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana traditions.
2. Buddhist philosophy, psychology and social studies.
3. Meditation, personal development, and practical paths to happiness.
4. Applied and engaged Buddhism in society.
5. Buddhist news stories from around the world.
6. Buddhist Art heritage, its study and conservation.
7. Other forms of Buddhist cultural influence represented in music, modern art, dance, film and literature.
8. Global Bulletin Service – announcements, event planning, ticketing, etc.
9. Dictionary of Buddhist terms in Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan.
10. Development of E-learning and online education about Buddhism.
11. New Lotus: a free, monthly magazine for subscribers.
12. The I-Care programme, a tailored unique initiative that allows subscribers and visitors from around the world to talk with monastics at Wang Fat Ching She about personal problems live, face-to-face.
13. Regular editorials that highlight critical issues facing Buddhism and the Buddhist world today.
Buddhistdoor International is mindful of its mother organization's origins and therefore promotes an egalitarian vision of Buddhism where women and men can share equally in the tradition's spiritual riches. Although its main focus is Buddhist spirituality, Buddhistdoor International is respectful of other religious traditions and is open to cordial and friendly dialogue. Buddhistdoor International embraces a progressive approach to modern problems in Buddhism and society. As highlighted above, Buddhistdoor International's long-term objective is to function as a cyber-temple: a borderless Buddhist community that amplifies TLKY’s global reach and provides as diverse as possible a range of Buddhist resources.