- Category: History of Buddhism
- Published: Saturday, 22 January 2011 05:00
- Written by Der Huey Lee
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Emperor Wu of Liang (464-549), also called Xiao Yan, was born at Nanlanling Zhoudouli during the Southern dynasties (420-589). Xiao Yan reigned for 48 years and died at the age of 86. He was one of the longest living emperors in Chinese history, second only to Qing Dynasty emperor, Qianlong (1711-1799).
According to the Comprehensive Mirror for Aid in Government (Zizhi Tongjian), a classic of Chinese historiography, Emperor Wu “had a broad knowledge and was versed in literature, Yin-Yang Theory, riding, archery, music, both cursory style and clerical style calligraphy, and Chinese Wei-chi.”
The Buddhist flag is a modern creation and it was jointly designed by Mr J.R. de Silva and Colonel Henry S. Olcott to mark the revival of Buddhism in Ceylon in 1880.Colonel Henry Steele Olcott was an American journalist with a fascinating character. A former soldier and lawyer, he set up the Theosophical Society of New York.
The Bodhi Tree ("Tree of Awakening," also known as the Bo Tree) in Bodhgaya is a direct descendent of the tree under which Siddharta Gautama is attained enlightenment.After 49 days of meditation, it was here that Siddharta Guatama became the Buddha, the "Enlightened One."