Buddhism

Buddhism and Meditation

Sensation and Awareness, the Yin/Yang of Consciousness Awareness is permanent but the sensation is temporary. This is a recent conclusion of mine after many years of meditation practice. And it …

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How to Rectify Karma through Grace

Everyone has his or her own unique perspective on life, and no two can be exactly alike. Perspective depends so much that can’t be replicated in another person (family, upbringing, friends, faith, …

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Self and No self in Buddhism

Buddha realized that in order to explain and guide people out of suffering and toward enlightenment he must rely upon explaining common human truths in our world that could be …

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Buddhism and other Religions

Some of the more notable aspects of most religions are that they compete with each other for believers, they dispute one another’s truths, they each claim to be the only …

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The Borobudur Temple

Borobudur, a Buddhist stupa in the Mahayana tradition, is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. It is located on the Indonesian island of Java, 40 km (25mil) northwest of …

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How to Become a Buddhist

If and when one wants to convert to Buddhism, there are some simple steps to take. One of the most crucial steps would be understanding Buddhism as a religion, a …

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In Buddhism who is Bodhidharma

In Buddhism who is Bodhidharma? In the tradition and teachings of Buddhism in East Asia, a very prominent individual is Bodhidharma. Bodhidharma’s life history is very ambiguous, yet his life …

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Life as a Buddhist

“Excessive self-deprivation is just as harmful to the soul as excessive self-indulgence.” This shouldn’t seem shocking or even new to a Buddhist. Gautama-Buddha is said to have found the Middle …

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Zen and Mind

Zen is a Buddhist sect of meditation, mostly practiced in Japan. When it was the first time introduced, then it was known as the most modern way of meditation. Zen …

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Basics of Confucianism

Confucianism is an intellectual, political, and religious tradition, or school of thought, that developed a distinct identity in the 5th-century bc from the teachings of the Chinese philosopher Confucius. In …

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Loy Krathong Festival Thailand

Loy Krathong (pronounced Loy Kra-tong) is a very good-natured festival held in Thailand, in November every year. Technically, the date is calculated at the 12th moon in the Thai Lunar …

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Zen Koan Case of Pa Lings Snow

Case: A monk asked Pa Ling, “What is the school of Kanadeva?” Pa Ling said, “Piling up snow in a silver bowl.” Pointer: Some called the Buddha “Tathagata.” This is …

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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 …

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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 …

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Buddhism and Morality

As with other major religions, Buddhism has an established moral code, or system of ethical dos and don’ts. For laypeople (Buddhists who are not monks or nuns) this is encapsulated …

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Breathing in Everyday Life

1. Breathing. Practicing Buddhism in everyday life is very specific. Words are necessary to give suggestions for practice in everyday life. The fewer, the simpler, and the more specific they …

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