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Zen Koan Case of Washing your Bowl

It was still morning in the monastery, and breakfast had already been completed. Zhenzhou had also finished eating, and he had washed his bowl, and placed it away with his own belongings, in his room. It was now a much different and changed bowl though, especially after the earlier events …

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Jesus the eternal life

Hope is a tangible reality rather than an intangible desire. Many see hope as something one musters up akin to positive thinking towards the desired goal. However, when Scripture speaks of hope, it speaks of something that is tangibly within the nature of Jesus. Likewise, when the Scriptures speak of …

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Testimonies Experiencing Buddhism

A TRUSTING CIRCLE OF FRIENDSHIPS: Experience of a Nichiren Buddhist Happy New Year 2008. 2008 is a very special year for me. January 20th marks 28 years since I committed my life to the practice of Nichiren Buddhism, and received my own Gohonzon(scroll). 1980 was the start of a new …

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Nichiren Buddhism and Soka Gakkai International

Nichiren Buddhism is based on the teachings of a man by the name of Nichiren Daishonin who was a Buddhist Monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and was a firm believer in the idea that everyone could attain Buddhahood through the chanting of a very simple phrase, “Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo”. …

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The eight Precepts in Buddhism

Enlightenment is a state that exists without suffering. In order to achieve enlightment one must contribute towards good and ward off evil, by abstaining from certain behavior. The Eight Precepts of Buddhism are merely a condensed form of practice, taken from the Eightfold path, observed mainly by lay people on …

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The History and Significance of the Vidyarajas

The history and significance of the Vidyarajas The Vidyarajas (Japanese Myo-o) are portrayed in Buddhist teachings as a group of superior beings that help humans lead a better life. They were first given prominence in China by the Shingon sect in about the thirteenth century. From China, the status of …

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Buddhism and Truths

In my search of the world’s religions, many failed to convince me of their beliefs, because I was seeking answers. Why do young people die ? Why did my husband die at the age of 31 ? What happens if you marry again ? How does that work with heaven …

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Basic Buddhism and Buddhist Thought Introduction

Buddhism was founded approximately 2,500 years ago by Siddhartha Gautama. According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama was the son of a wealthy chief in Nepal. This chief did everything within his power to ensure that his son would never encounter suffering. The old, the sick, and the dying were all kept …

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Dealing with Problems from a Zen Perspective

We often judge as too simplistic the idea that if we “change our thinking, we change our world,” yet this simple and fundamental truth is the foundation of most philosophies and spiritual paths. Although it sometimes becomes obscured beneath layers of religious narrative, superstition and mythos, it can even be …

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