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What is a Buddhist Moment

Moment. Be in the moment. Live in the moment. Be mindful of each moment. Just what is a moment? Anyone who studies Zen, Buddhist meditation techniques or spent time in a martial arts dojo has heard about moments. Every Sensei, speaks about the importance of each moment. We have all …

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Nichiren Buddhism and Soka Gakkai International

Toda Josei and Makaguchi Tsunesaburo co-founded Soka Gakkai in the early 1920s. The teachings and values of a 13th century Buddhist monk, Nichiren were its foundation. It began as a way to engender community harmony through education of lay people. Toda Josei quickly realized that a religious component was missing. …

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Who was Siddhartha

Siddhartha Gotama was born 2400 years ago (give or take a century) in the village of Lumbini in what is now Nepal. His father, Suddhodana was minor royalty of the Sakya clan and Queen Maya, his mother. You can read about the legend surrounding the circumstances of his birth in …

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What is the Truth of Suffering in Buddhism

Within the religion of Buddhism, there are what is known as the Four Noble Truths. Dukkha refers to suffering, pain, sorrow, affliction, misery, anguish, etc. These Four noble Truths on Dukkha are taught as the primary means to attain nirvana. Nirvana is the state in which one is no longer …

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Ten Reasons Buddhism is in all Religions

When one thinks of Buddhism, it is often considered as another of the many religions that permeate the world.  While it is in the top 5 (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism) in terms of number of “members,” it is often considered distinct from the others.  However, on closer inspection, the …

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Basics of Zen

The basic principles of Zen consist of cultivating a state of pure awareness or No-Mind. No-Mind is getting in touch with pure being, pure awareness, pure consciousness unfiltered by the learned limits of the rational mind. This cultivation of no-mind is sometimes a practice that takes decades. I’m sure you’ve …

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Morality in Buddhism

Moral codes in Buddhism are different depending on if you are a lay Buddhist or if you belong to the Buddhist clergy (Sangha). For a lay Buddhist, the moral code is defined in the so-called Five Precepts. A lay person should try his or her best to cultivate these precepts: …

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Zen Koan one Hand Clapping

Case: An adept asks his roshi, “What is the secret of Zen?” Roshi quickly replies, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” The adept takes his leave considering the case of ‘One Hand Clapping.’ Pointer: The audacity of this student to accuse Zen of secreting itself like a criminal! …

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Zen Koan Case of Pa Lings Snow

Case: A monk asked Pa Ling, “What is the school of Kanadeva?” Pa Ling said, “Piling up snow in a silver Bowl.” Pointer: Some called Buddha “Tathagata.”  This is an ironic name because Tatha means “Just coming – just going.”  However, Tathagata means “One who has arrived!” Others ask, “Why …

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Understanding Buddist Funeral Rights

There are many schools of Buddhism. Each school has a different version of truths and rites. All the sects seem to believe that the monks hold an essential part in the funeral rites. In China there are two main traditions that are observed. a. The funeral ceremony is quite lengthy. …

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