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Who was Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama (566-486 B.C.E.) was a man who went through many transitions in life.  During his journey in life, Siddhartha had earned many titles. Siddhartha was a prince and a warrior. He was also a seeker.  In addition, Siddhartha was the founder of Buddhism, a spiritual teacher and a philosopher.  …

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The History and Significance of the Bdud

The Significance of the bDud in Tibetan Buddhism The Indian subcontinent gave the world one of the most fascinating religions to mankind, Buddhism, and its continual study has allowed people to gain not only insight into their own lives, but the lives of others. For scholars, the study of Buddhism …

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The Contemplation of Feelings in Buddhism

Contemplation of feeling (“Vedananupassana”) is part of the 7th “insight” (Right Mindfulness or “Samma-sati”) on the Buddhist’s Noble Eight Fold Path to Enlightenment. Feeling is one of 4 concepts here. The others are contemplation on body, on mind and mind-objects. All concepts explore the impermanence of reality, but the contemplation …

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Tibet vs China

 In her article “Praying for Tibet,” the author hoopee writes that many years ago, the Chinese decided that a portion of their country could not be ruled by a religious leader, the “honorable Dalai Lama.” This is a gross oversimplification of hundreds of years of Chinese and Tibetan history.  Such …

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Karma

If I were to try to describe the color red to someone, it would be next to impossible without referring to an object that is actually colored red.  And so it is with Karma.  The first law of physics says a body in motion stays in motion.  The law of …

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Buddhism Introduction to the Birth of the Buddha

The Buddhism was exactly started by the birth of the Buddha in India, but current Japanese Buddhism is a little bit different from one in India. Japanese Buddhists say that there are 2 categories of Buddhism in the world. Japanese calls them “Shou-Jou Buddhism” and “Dai-Jou Buddhism”. “Shou-Jou” Buddhists spiritually …

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The Basics of Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy, a way of life, a religion to some but to others mainly a system of ethics. The more than 300 million Buddhists in the world follow several different schools of Buddhism, but all schools are based on the teachings of the historical Buddha, Siddharta Gautama who …

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The Buddhist Concept of Friendship

Friendship is a pretty interesting subject in Buddhism. In Buddhism, you can be friends with anybody. However, you’re supposed to choose your friends wisely. Good friends are friends that are there for you and don’t give you any negative vibes. You’re supposed to look at people from within instead of …

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