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Dharmapalas History and Significance

‘Dharmapala’ – hoary Sanskrit from India, terra firma giving birth to the Vedas;’ The End of All Knowledge’, innumerable deities, home of the Ganges river and Buddha The Awakened One – means “…guardian of the teachings[i]” Variously, the term is also used to mean defenders or protectors of the law …

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The Culture of Buddhism

When looking at Buddhism as a culture one has to take into context which form of Buddhism and in which country are we talking about. Originally Buddhism was a sect of monks that wore Saffron robes and carried beggar’s bowls. They were attempting to reach enlightenment and practice detachment as …

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Zen Koan Case of Meeting your Master

The real master is never a master who is external to you. There will come a time within everyone’s life, when they meet the only real master, and this is the master within themselves. Paradoxically though, once found, this same master must eventually be pushed aside. Self control and self …

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The Life of Buddha

The figure we know today as the Buddha, was born Siddhartha Gautama, around 500 BCE in Nepal. He lived a very affluent life and had parents that kept him sheltered from all means of suffering and death. Siddhartha’s father would demand that if one flower would begin to droop it would …

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Mahayana Buddhism Explained

Around the same time as Christianity began to spread across the Near East and the Occident, a new movement began to flourish within traditional Buddhism, which was called the Great Wheel – the Mahayana, to distinguish the Theravada School, which was disparagingly referred to as Hinayana, or Lesser Wheel. Understood …

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The four Noble Truths of Buddhism

In all forms of Buddhism, one of the main concepts one will learn would be the “Four Noble Truths.” The Four Noble Truths are one of the core principles to Buddhism as a religion, a philosophy, and as a way of life. The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism are the …

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Book Analysis the Zen Teachings of Lin Chi

The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi is the recorded sayings of a Master of the Ch’an school of Buddhism, Lin-Chi. While many other branches of the Ch’an school died out, the line founded by Lin-Chi continued, making this work particularly important. This text contains two primary themes, the hitting of …

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The Buddhist Attitude to other Religions

Father Pat was a Catholic Priest in West Texas who also ran the most popular Zen Buddhist center in the region. There were many visitors to the grounds as they were part of a large acreage that also hosted a Retreat Center for Catholic Christians, Buddhists, and what some call …

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Identifying Falun Gong

Many attempts have been made to define and understand qigong by English-speaking and Western people. This art has been studied in different disciplines such as exercise science, religion, political science and sociology. Regardless of the context in which they are written, these studies often vary and sometimes contradict each other …

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