Practices

  • Daily Dhamma

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Daily Dhamma
    All growth is from within. This is evident in all nature. Every plant, every animal, every human being is a testimony to this great law. But in error we keep searching on the outside when we could be looking within.

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  • Om Mani Padme Hum:The Meaning of the Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Om Mani Padme Hum:The Meaning of the Mantra in Tibetan Buddhism
    Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer), Om Mani Padme Hum, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing the written form of the mantra is said to have the same effect -- it is often carved into ...

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  • How to Meditate

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    How to Meditate
    The practice of mindfulness/awareness meditation is common to all Buddhist traditions. Beyond that, it is common to, inherent in, all human beings.

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  • Significance of Buddhist Pilgrimage

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Significance of Buddhist Pilgrimage
    The earliest centres of Buddhist pilgrimages were the places associated with the life and Teachings of the great Master. These four places are Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kusinara. Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

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  • Is Buddhism a Religion?

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Is Buddhism a Religion?
    The Buddha himself never claimed divinity -- only clear-sightedness and purity of apprehension of truth through deepest intuition, leading to equanimity and enlightenment. He was a great and rare individual but not a god. If some simple and mistaken few have elevated him to godship and worship him with requests for favors and special dispensations, this does not alter the situation one bit.

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  • The Meaning of Buddha's Birthday - Gratitude

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    The Meaning of Buddha`s Birthday - Gratitude
    While many spend their birthdays celebrating their birth and well being, some birthdays deserve a bit more. Although Buddha achieved enlightenment, but he was eager to stay behind and help others to do the same. In this sense, Buddha's Birthday should not only be about celebrating with parades and lanterns, but thanking him for believing and spreading his wisdom.

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  • Buddhism & Vegetarianism

    2/6/2016 10:31:10 AM
    Buddhism & Vegetarianism
    There is a divergence of views within Buddhism as to whether vegetarianism is necessary, with some schools of Buddhism rejecting such a requirement. The first precept in Buddhism is usually translated as: I undertake the precept to refrain from taking life. Some Buddhists see this as implying that Buddhists should not eat meat, while others argue that this is not necessarily the case.

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