• Practices

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    • Fifteen Good Years

      Fifteen Good Years
      I first traveled to Ladakh in the western Himalaya 15 years ago, after being invited by a lama I met on the beach in front of my apartment in Chicago, Sonam Kunga Rinpoche, the previous autumn. He was concerned about...

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    • An Unusual Sutra Revealed

      An Unusual Sutra Revealed
      The Avatamsaka Sutra. This is sometimes known as the “encyclopedia of Buddhism” because it reveals the splendid and mysterious realm of the Buddhas. Shakyamuni Buddha uttered this sutra to all the sages in heaven and on earth soon after he attained Buddhahood. The sutra tells...

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    • Creating Space

      Creating Space
      As my husband Jason and I prepared to welcome Adelaide into our lives nearly ten months ago, I thought about the kind of home we wanted to create for her. I didn’t want to make a nursery in the ordinary sense, buying a crib and furniture. Instead, I reflected on ...

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    • Is Merit-dedication Allowed in Pristine Pure Land Buddhism?

      Is Merit-dedication Allowed in Pristine Pure Land Buddhism?
      By definition, bodhisattvas are those who follow the Buddhist path in order to deliver other sentient beings from suffering. In the spirit of altruism, they transfer all the merits and virtues obtained through their own practice, either meditative or non-meditative...

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    • When Good Intentions Are Directed by Wrong View

      When Good Intentions Are Directed by Wrong View
      When we inadvertently hurt someone, in order to justify that our intentions were pure we often tell ourselves that we didn’t do anything wrong and that our motivation is all that matters. While in some cases this may be true, we are often misled by false assumptions, and in an ...

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    • Walking the Motherhood Walk

      Walking the Motherhood Walk
      While my husband and I waited for the birth of our daughter nine months ago, I spent much of my pregnancy contemplating how I would incorporate my aspirations as a mother, nearly 20 years’ experience as a teacher, and my ongoing discipline as a Buddhist practitioner ...

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    • Lilac Meditation

      Lilac Meditation
      I remember biking home one day when I noticed the lilacs in bloom. I stopped and got off of my bike just to smell them, and smiled. This was a new thing for me, but the combination of the long winter and the pale glow of their particular hue, closer to blue ...

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    • Confusion, Doubt, and Misunderstanding in the Exclusive Practice of Amitabha-recitation

      Confusion, Doubt, and Misunderstanding in the Exclusive Practice of Amitabha-recitation
      Practitioners following the Path of the Great Vow in Pure Land Buddhism as classified by Master Shandao take exclusive Amitabha-invocation as their main practice. By exclusively practicing Amitabha-recitation for the remainder of their lives, they are assured rebirth in...

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    • Practicing Dharma in Daily Life

      Practicing Dharma in Daily Life
      In the morning when you wake up, visualize the Buddha on the crown of your head and think, "How fortunate I am that so far I have not died. Again today I have the opportunity to practice the Dharma. I again have the opportunity to take the essence of ...

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    • Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands

      Mudra: Understanding the Buddha’s Hands
      The hand gestures, or mudra, assumed by figures of the Buddha and other deities are some of the most fascinating aspects of Buddhist iconography. Similar to the graceful hand gestures used by performers of traditional Indian dance, mudra are often the key...

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    • Dealing with Pleasure

      Dealing with Pleasure
      There are many statements in Buddhist literature that make pleasure sound like something we should totally avoid. It might take some careful reading to recognize that the threat isn’t pleasure itself, but an unmindful response to it. Pleasure in its various forms is...

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    • Learning to Receive

      Learning to Receive
      Generosity is a fundamental trait that is celebrated by all of the world’s religions. December means Christmas for my family, so I’ve been thinking about generosity and giving, especially in light of the Buddha’s teachings on this subject: ...

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    • Interconnected Consumption: Practicing a Mindful Lifestyle

      Interconnected Consumption: Practicing a Mindful Lifestyle
      Perhaps you are reading this editorial on your mobile phone and are looking to upgrade to a new model. The Fairphone, made by a Netherlands-based social enterprise of the same name, is a worthwhile option. Conceived as technology produced with...

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    • Buddhism for non-Buddhists

      Buddhism for non-Buddhists
      Buddhism makes up the world's fourth largest world religion and one of the oldest. Religion in general has been slowly decreasing in many countries around the world as society changes and technology advances, but Buddhism has been one of the strongest ...

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    • The Hidden Meaning of "Sincere Mind"

      The Hidden Meaning of
      “Sincere Mind” is the first of the “Three States of Mind,” in other words, “Sincere Mind,” “Deep Mind,” and “Mind of Merit-Dedication and Aspiration towards Rebirth.” The Contemplation Sutra says that sentient beings who resolve to be reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land,...

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    • Opening the Heart to Difficult People

      Opening the Heart to Difficult People
      He smiled though, and as I smiled back, I felt something much stronger than just liking him. I still wouldn’t seek Rick out for friendship, but I realized I loved him as much as any other being. Compassion had overcome my personal dislike and opened my heart to...

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    • Beopjeong Sunim’s Korean Way of Tea

      Beopjeong Sunim’s Korean Way of Tea
      When I was a nun at the Seon temple Songgwangsa, I would often take a walk up the steep hill that led to Bulilam, the hermitage of Beopjeong Sunim (1932–2010). Venerable Beopjeong was a renowned writer who had retired to this small hermitage ...

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    • Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim

      Learning from Venerable (Pangjang) Kusan Sunim
      I arrived in Songgwangsa (one of the oldest Seon, or Zen, temples in South Korea) in 1975 on the first day of the biggest ceremony of the year, the commemoration of the death of national master Bojo. The next morning, Haemyong Sunim (Robert Buswell) took a young...

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    • Bathing the Buddha - A Vesak Ritual

      Bathing the Buddha - A Vesak Ritual
      Later in April and early May, people across the world will celebrate Vesak in many different ways, but they are bound together by a special commemoration in honoring the young Gautama. One particular ceremony during this festive time is called: “Bathing the Buddha”.

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    • Buddhist Life: The Stages of Enlightenment

      Buddhist Life: The Stages of Enlightenment
      The different stages that lead to Enlightenment are described in terms of which fetters or bonds are abandoned, and these fetters are divided into lower and higher classifications. There is also, in many schools of Buddhism, an additional specification...

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    • Looking for Refuge in all the wrong places

      Looking for Refuge in all the wrong places
      In Buddhism, taking refuge is no longer expecting external things to bring ultimate or lasting happiness.

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    • Four sublime states of mind

      Four sublime states of mind
      Here brahma means sublime or noble as in brahmacariya (sublime life); vihāra means mode or state of conduct, or state of living. They are also termed appamaññā (limitless, boundless), because these thoughts are radiated towards all beings without limit or obstruction...

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    • Buddhist Singing Bowls

      Buddhist Singing Bowls
      At our parish during Lent, a Buddhist singing bowl is used at the start of Mass in place of the gathering or entrance song. According to one popular resource (Wikipedia), singing bowls are "used as a support for meditation, trance induction and prayer." On the Internet several websites...

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    • Celebrating Ten Years of Mindfulness

      Celebrating Ten Years of Mindfulness
      Today's a big anniversary: ten years. For ten years I have been practicing Vipassana (Theravada) Buddhism, like that found in Thailand. The core of my Buddhist practice (and I hope that if I practice enough I will get good at it) is mindfulness meditation: 30 minutes, every day,...

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    • Superior Love through Superior Dhamma

      Superior Love through Superior Dhamma
      Because we are human beings, none of us are perfect. We all come with a baggage of deficiencies. We can cope with our own deficiencies but we cannot tolerate someone else’s. This is the human condition. Once we start living with another person, our own deficiencies and those of our...

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    • Mind and Matter (Nama-Rupa)

      Mind and Matter (Nama-Rupa)
      “What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.” According to Buddhism, life is a combination of mind (nama) and matter (rupa). Mind consists of the combination of sensations, perceptions, volitional activities ...

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    • The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism

      The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism
      The six-realm system is often depicted as a 'wheel of life' (shown to the right), especially in Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism. Theravada teachings typically define only 5 realms. Various schools of Buddhism also define other sub-realms within these, and other types of realms ...

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    • The 7th Lunar Month, Is it an auspicious month or not?

      The 7th Lunar Month, Is it an auspicious month or not?
      The 7th lunar month is regarded as the Ghost Month by the Chinese since the Tang Dynasty. The Ghost Festival (Zhongyuan) is observed on the 14th day of the month and the Ghost Day is on the 15th day, the full moon day of the month. On this month the gate of Hell realm is open ...

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    • Hard butt courtesy of my Buddhist friends

      Hard butt courtesy of my Buddhist friends
      Buddhism, which some practitioners refer to as a belief system, lifestyle, philosophy, or other concepts -- but not a religion. Is, in my opinion, an admirable all-of-the-above. In the East, not New York City -- the Far East -- Buddhism is referred ...

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    • How to become a Buddhist

      How to become a Buddhist
      It is not essential to go to a temple to be a Buddhist. First and foremost believe in the Tripple Gem, Buddha (Lord Buddha himself), Dhamma (his teachings), & Sangha (His disciples) This is how you pray: Namo Thassa Bhagawatho ...

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  • Viet Nam

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    • Buddha Relics from Thailand Find New Home in Melbourne

      Buddha Relics from Thailand Find New Home in Melbourne
      On Sunday 4 January, Quang Minh (Bright Light) Temple (QMT), located in Braybrook, Victoria, held a special ceremony to receive the Buddha relics donated to them by Wat Monglkodhammakayaram in Thailand.

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    • The Origins of Vu Lan festival

      The Origins of Vu Lan festival
      On Vu Lan day, Buddhists honor their living parents and elders; they also pray for their deceased parents and ancestors. It is generally believed that one who performs a good deed accumulates spiritual merit. In addition, it is considered virtuous when...

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    • Message of The Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha

      Message of The Supreme Patriarch of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha
      Dear Dharma brothers, Sangha members and lay devotees, Today in a cordial atmosphere, we are Buddhists who represent all Buddhist schools from all over the world, being here in order to celebrate the United Nations Day of Vesak 2014 (BE. 2558)...

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    • A journey back to Truc Lam Buddhism

      A journey back to Truc Lam Buddhism
      Tens of thousands of pilgrims visit Yen Tu Festival on the 10th day of the first lunar month every year. They believe that even after 100 years of virtuous religious life, they cannot be called true religious people if they do not come to Yen Tu.

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    • Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony

      Hue Buddhists hold annual ceremony
      Thousands of people gathered yesterday at Huong Van Zen Monastery in central Thua Thien - Hue Province to pray to King-Monk Tran Nhan Tong (1258-1308) for peace and prosperity.

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    • One Pillar Pagoda: the soul of Vietnamese capital

      One Pillar Pagoda: the soul of Vietnamese capital
      Buddhist monks, Ha Noi officials and experts are trying to figure out the best way to preserve one of the most beloved cultural heritage sites of the Vietnamese people.

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    • Buddhism in Vietnam (2) - Mai Tho Truyen

      Buddhism in Vietnam (2) - Mai Tho Truyen
      Vietnamese Buddhism is indebted to the former for many favours and an unreserved support and also for two treatises, one on meditation and the other on the Doctrine in general, both of which are of a high religious and literary standard.

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    • Theravada Buddhism in Vietnam

      Theravada Buddhism in Vietnam
      Buddhism came to Vietnam in the first century CE. By the end of the second century, Vietnam developed a major Buddhist centre in the region, commonly known as the Luy-Lâu centre, now in the Bắc Ninh province, north of the present Hanoi city.

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    • Introduction to Buddhism in Viet Nam and Vietnamese Zen

      Introduction to Buddhism in Viet Nam and Vietnamese Zen
      When Buddhism spreads to Vietnam, the Dharma, adapting to the times and the capacities of the people, consists of two traditions, the Northern and the Southern. The Southern tradition (Theravada) emphasizes everyday practical realities and swift self-emancipation, leading to the fruits of the Arahats or Pratyeka Buddhas...

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    • A brief history of Vietnamese Buddhism

      A brief history of Vietnamese Buddhism
      Vietnamese Buddhism has a long history of more than 2000 years. Its origin dates back to the 3rd century B.C., when numerous Buddhist missions were sent abroad by Emperor Asoka to disseminate Lord Buddha’s Teachings in such distant countries beyond the borders of India as those in Africa, West and Central Asia as well as South East Asia...

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    • Buddhist Contributions to Good Governance and Development

      Buddhist Contributions to Good Governance and Development
      Under the name Lý hoặc luận (Righting the wrong) states clearly what role Buddhism can play in any society, especially the society of Vietnam of Mâu Tử’ s time: “The Buddhist way, when applied to the family is for: serving the parents; when applied to the nation is for : helping the people; when applied to one’s own life is for: perfection of oneself”

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    • Buddhism in Vietnam (1) - Mai Tho Truyen

      Buddhism in Vietnam (1) - Mai Tho Truyen
      In what way did the Doctrine of Buddha come to Viet-Nam? How was it spread? What influence has it had on the life and thought of the people; on literature and arts? What is the Vietnamese conception of Buddhism and how is it put into practice? And what is the present situation? These are the questions we shall try to answer to.

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