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Buddhism

What is Buddhism about

Buddhism is more of a way of life than a hard and fast religion. It is about personal journey of the body and soul. A lot of the teachings and premises from Buddhism are just plain common sense, its just labeled differently. – what goes around comes around – you …

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The Indian Buddhist Missionary Dharmakema

The Indian Buddhist Missionary Dharmakema Dharamasema was an Indian Buddhist missionary who was born in 385 who is famous for his translations of Buddhist scripts in Dunhuang, located in modern day Gansu Province in China. He stayed in Dunhuang for several years before he moved to Guzang, modern day Wuwei …

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Guide to Essential Words in Buddhism

Many of the words and terms essential to Buddhism are in the Pali or Sanskrit languages and have remained common derivatives from the original for centuries, even when speaking in other languages. These words often vary in spelling, as they have been transliterated from their original alphabets, so to understand …

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An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy

The argument has been put forward by some that Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion.  There is a lot of overlap, as both the definitions of religion and philosophy involve systematic bodies of knowledge. However, religion tends to concentrate upon the superhuman or supernatural.  The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, concentrated …

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How Buddhism Differs from other Religions

Buddhism is unique to the world’s belief systems in one major way: Buddhism is the look inwardly for the truth. Most of the world’s religions concern themselves with the nature of God or the nature of the gods. Monotheism envisions a reality where one central God is the end all, …

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Practicing Buddhism in Everyday Life

These past few weeks I have been unable to hold the positive energy that normally moves so naturally through me. I confessI have been discontented. This discontentment is nothing new really, for I am disgruntled once again about the same old sense of isolation I feel in my homebound daily …

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Flower Sermon Zen Buddhism

‘Nenge-misho’ is Japanese for “smiling and twirling a flower [between the fingers].[i]” ‘Nenge-misho’ is popularly known in English as ‘The Flower Sermon’ or ‘The Flower Sutra’. In respects to the direct transmission of Buddha’s enlightenment or awakening, this fourteenth century sutra is arguably the most important event in the teaching …

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