Buddhism

Hinayana Mahayana Buddhism

With the death of historical buddha, Mahayana Buddhism split from its earlier beliefs in Buddhism, Hinayana, the lesser cycle. Hinayana sought to preserve the original teaching of Historical Buddha as …

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What is the Middle way of Buddhism

Buddhism is one of the world’s great religions and is practiced by millions around the world. It was founded by the man known as Siddhartha Gautama, later called the Buddha (meaning the Enlightened One). It …

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What Buddhists do in a Temple

The Buddhists do not extinguish suffering by lighting incense and candles and making pledges to supposedly supernatural things. One uniqueness of Buddhism is that it teaches moral behavior without reference …

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Buddhism Precepts

In Buddhism, a precept is a principle or inner virtue by which an enlightened individual lives and conducts one’s self. Mahayana Buddhists, in addition to the ten grand precepts, also …

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The Ten Good Deeds in Buddhism

Buddhism’s “Ten Good Deeds” or “Ten Wholesome Deeds” are somewhat different and similar to the “Ten Meritorious Acts.” If you become familiar with Buddhism’s “Five Precepts,” then you should be …

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The four Noble Truths

The Buddhist’s way of viewing the human experience, particularly the experience of suffering as it pertains to reaching an enlightened state, require that one must embrace and accept the following …

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Best Buddhist Quotations

Buddhism can be defined as the “teachings of the Awakened One.” It embodies a set of philosophies based on the teachings of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha who was born a prince …

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Praying for Tibet

As they say Tibet is the roof of the world. The Tibetans are people of peace and live in harmony with each other and the natural world around them. This …

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Facts on Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion that was founded in India in the sixth century BC by Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha. The Buddha is not a God, or a messenger …

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Buddhisms Basic Principles

Buddhism is a religion with rather surprisingly few demands on behavior. This philosophy is guided by what is often referred to as Noble Truths, which actually can be distilled into …

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Tibet vs China

In her article “Praying for Tibet,” the author hoopee writes that many years ago, the Chinese decided that a portion of their country could not be ruled by a religious …

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Zen Koans Joshus Dog

Case: A monk decided to test the wily old teacher, Roshi Joshu, by tugging sharply at his beard with the question, “Does a dog have Buddha-nature, yes or no?” Giving …

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Zen Koans Roshi Polishes Brick

Case: It is meal time at the temple’s Great Hall and a line of monks are performing ‘kin-hin’ – awareness walking – between their living areas and the Great Hall.  …

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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 …

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Zen Koan Meeting your Master

Case: A wandering monk was walking down the road when he met a Zen master. The monk bowed three times, knelt, and then rose. “Excellent,” said the master, and the …

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Buddhism Holy Days and Celebrations

Buddhism is an ancient religion that is practiced all around the world, mostly in Asian countries.  Most religions have celebrations, holy days, and days of commemoration.  Buddhism is no different.  …

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