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Buddhism

The Life of the Buddha

The word Buddha’ means enlightened one’ or ‘awakened one’. The Buddha is also referred to as the Tathagata’ or the thus gone one’, which means the one who has achieved enlightenment. Buddhism has the notion of not just one Buddha but many. The historical Buddha is just one of these …

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The Buddhist View of Mind and Body

Recently I had the good fortune to study the Abhidhamma over a period of weeks in a guided group. The Abhidhamma Pitaka is one of the three baskets in the Buddhist Tipitaka and apart from the Pali Canon version there are others. As many Theravadan Buddhists including myself are daunted …

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Buddhism and Meditation

Sensation and Awareness, the Yin/Yang of Consciousness Awareness is permanent but sensation is temporary. This is a recent conclusion of mine after many years of meditation practice. And it has become clear to me that the two form independent minds which through meditation practice can effectively cooperate to create a …

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Zen Koan Case of the Drowning Monk

This Zen story is about learning, about learning the hard way, through being deeply loved, all the way through the hardships. We are always, always, each of us, this deeply loved by God. The story has been told by many masters and in many different ways, but the essentiality of …

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Nirvana the Ultimate

Samsara is the cycle of reincarnation. It is recognized in both Hinduism and Buddhism. This cycle takes place as a soul learns to end suffering by participating in wholesome Karma. Karma is not a matter of being judged it is simply a result of the actions of a soul. It …

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The History and Significance of Zen Gardens

Zen philosophies come from Mahayana Buddhism. The word “Zen” means meditation. The goal in Zen is to reach enlightenment through focused thinking. Zen gardens provide a place well suited for meditation. A zen garden is the Japanese celebration of nature’s beauty blending into a design where various colored rocks, big …

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The Silk Road and the Spread of Buddhism

Buddhism originated in what is now Nepal around 400 BC. It was founded on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as The Buddha (enlightened one). The Silk Road, actually a 4,000 mile complex of trade routes linking Europe and the Mediterranean with Central and East Asia, for over 3,000 …

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Best Buddhist Quotations

Buddhism can be defined as the “teachings of the Awakened One.” It embodies a set of philosophies based on the teachings of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha who was born a prince in ancient India but left the throne to seek serenity and enlightenment. His teachings are based on profound wisdom and …

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Basic Beliefs of Buddhism

The Buddha himself summarized the teachings (dharma) well when he said, “Avoid evildoing (harming), practice virtue well, subdue your mind”. This is the core of Buddhist beliefs. It is based on the principles of karma and the wisdom realizing emptiness. Karma, Nirvana and Emptiness Buddhists do not believe in a …

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