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Yin and Yang

The Delicate Balance of Yin and Yang Has Been Broken The Yin and yang could be a very difficult concept to understand to us, because western philosophy is based on the theory of duality, which denote eternal opposition. In our dualistic perception of the world, there is evil and good, …

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An Introduction to Buddhism

To begin with let me state firmly and clearly, Buddhism is not a religion, it is a systematic way of training the body, speech and mind. This is a common misinterpretation of Buddhism, which must be understood as that, a misinterpretation, before a word can be uttered in the teaching …

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Royal Religios Rigoris

Siddhartha Gautama had a life of contradictions. He was born to a mighty warrior and a member of royalty. As was the custom a seer was called on at his birth to predict his future. The seer predicted he would either save humanity or become a great king. His father …

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Understanding the Symbols of Buddhism

There were offerings made to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after attaining his enlightenment. These were the eight symbols of good fortune. The Two Golden Fishes The two fish in the design represented the main and sacred rivers in India, the Ganges and the Yamuna. The rivers have been associated with the …

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Buddhas Mother

If one answers, Queen My of Sakya was Buddha’s mother, one denies the reality. If one denies that Queen My of Sakya was Buddha’s mother, one is ignorant of the reality. The only answer to the query, ‘Who was Buddha’s mother?’ is “Not so!” This question is wrong and cannot …

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What is Zen

In the sixth century an immigrating monk from India or Persia by the name of Bodhidharma introduced Mahayana-Buddhism to China.  His doctrine was then fertilized with Chinese Taoism resulting in the Buddhist system of Ch’an.  During the 12th century the teachings of Ch’an had reached Japan, whose followers then called …

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Is Buddhism a Religion or a way of Life

Religion or at least the tenets of any true religion should also be a way of life. So Buddhism is both. Buddhism has components of a religion but also outlines various beliefs that can be used to guide the individual in life. The Buddha is revered and in Mahayana Buddhism, …

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Who was Siddhartha Gautama

Siddhartha Gautama is the historical Buddha. Born a prince of the Sakya clan, in India, Siddhartha grew up a child of privilege. On the day of his birth, the king, his father, called for several wise men to augur the child’s future. Each held up two fingers saying that he …

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Zen Koan Matsu Drowning Monk

Case: It is sunrise in the temple courtyard. As the day’s first flowers bloom, Old Master Matsu takes his morning walk leaving no footprints and then settles in for life, death, or a deep meditation.  However, as of late a monk has been bothering The Venerable One in the middle …

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