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Buddhism the Noble Eightfold Path

The noble eightfold path is not just eight steps for a Buddhist but it is eight parts of a Buddhists life. Each of these eight parts can be sectioned into either: Wisdom (Right understanding/view, Right intention/ resolve), Morality (Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood), Meditation/ mental Training (Right effort, Right …

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The Buddhist Concept of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Insight Meditation: Insight meditation or vipassana takes quite a different approach to that of calm or samatha meditation. Whereas calm meditation is about concentrating the mind, insight meditation is about awareness of the present moment. A key word used for this type of meditation is mindfulness’. One of the …

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Zen Koan Wash your Bowl

Case: A new monk at the monastery asked Joshu Roshi, “What is the secret of Zen?” Joshu answered, “Have you eaten breakfast?” “Yes,” the new monk said. Joshu answered, “Wash your bowl.” Pointer: In the mind of an expert the tea cup is filled and not a drop can be …

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Cunda Buddhas Death

A Buddhist sutra, ‘Book of the Great Decease’ preserves for us several tellings of the historical Buddha’s life and death. Often, Buddha was referred to as Tathagata – One[He]Who Has Arrived – from the root “tatha” – just coming, just going. It was Cunda the Smith who delivered to Buddha …

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Zen Koan Case of the Moving Flag

The Zen koan about the case of the moving flag is a very deceptively simple one, and as are most Zen koans. This well known koan, is best known by its title:  ” Not the Wind, Not the Flag. ” This article is a discussion about this koan, and about …

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An Introduction to Buddhism

If you wish to be enlightened in the Buddhist way, eliminate earthly cravings and be stoic about suffering. To be a Buddhist is to want spiritual development more than worldly satisfactions. Identify with an empty vessel, open the mind. Desire, wait for fulfillment. Want to be in tune, at one …

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What Buddhists do in a Temple

The Buddhists do not extinguish sufferings by lighting incense and candles, and making pledges to supposedly supernatural things. One uniqueness of Buddhism is that it teaches moral behaviour without reference to heaven and hell. Buddhism advocates an impermanence of all existences, and it does not demand blind faith from its …

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The Fundamentals of Buddhism

Who was Buddha and did he intend to begin a religion? Buddhism is one of the three major religions to come from Asia ,with the other two being Hinduism and Confucianism. Buddhism was birthed in Hinduism. Each of the Asian religions attempts to do as all religions seek to do …

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