Practices

  • The Life of Sariputra

    10/5/2022 10:13:36 AM
    The Life of Sariputra

    Sariputra (also spelled Sariputta or Shariputra) was one of the foremost disciples of the historical Buddha.

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  • How Buddhism has changed the west for the better

    9/21/2022 9:30:55 AM
    How Buddhism has changed the west for the better

    We are not who we were very long ago. A lot of new ideas have emerged from Buddhism and other traditions emphasizing compassion, equality, nonviolence and critical perspectives on materialism and capitalism.

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  • Finding Your Buddhist Teacher

    9/19/2022 11:03:50 AM
    Finding Your Buddhist Teacher

    The first step in finding a Buddhist teacher is clarifying why you need one. A teacher cannot give you the life you want or make you the person you want to be.

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  • Charity in Buddhism

    9/14/2022 11:00:51 AM
    Charity in Buddhism

    In the West, we often associate religion, Christianity especially, with organized charity. 

     

     

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  • Right Action and the Eight Fold Path

    9/9/2022 10:10:14 AM
    Right Action and the Eight Fold Path

    The Eightfold Path is the path to enlightenment as taught by the Buddha. It is illustrated by the eight-spoke dharma wheel because the path is composed of eight parts or areas of activity that work together to teach us and help us manifest the dharma.

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  • The two things all Buddhists need to know

    8/29/2022 10:58:14 AM
    The two things all Buddhists need to know

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- Along the pathways leading to the staging room where His Holiness the 104th Ganden Tripa Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche, supreme head of the Gelugpa tradition was waiting, were lined by great protectors of Tibetan Buddhism.

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  • The Buddhist Teachings of Self and No-Self

    8/22/2022 9:46:01 AM
    The Buddhist Teachings of Self and No-Self

    Among all the Buddha's teachings, those on the nature of the self are the hardest to understand, yet they are central to spiritual beliefs.

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  • A Better Way to Be Alone: Loneliness from Buddhist’s Perspective

    8/17/2022 9:00:44 AM
    A Better Way to Be Alone: Loneliness from Buddhist’s Perspective

    If you listen deeply, there’s just a slight shift of emphasis between “alone” and “all one.”

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  • Huayan Buddhism

    8/10/2022 10:10:22 AM
    Huayan Buddhism

    The Huayan or Flower Garland school of Mahayana Buddhism is respected to this day for the quality of its scholarship and teaching.

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  • The Perfection of Renunciation in Buddhism

    7/18/2022 10:47:25 AM
    The Perfection of Renunciation in Buddhism

    The word renunciation comes up frequently in discussions of Buddhism. What does it mean, exactly?

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  • Do Buddhists Pray?

    7/6/2022 9:37:26 AM
    Do Buddhists Pray?

    Dictionaries define prayer as a request for help or expression of gratitude directed to God, saints, or other godlike beings. Prayer is the central devotional activity of many religions.

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  • The First Buddhist Monks

    7/4/2022 10:56:57 AM
    The First Buddhist Monks

    What was life like for the first Buddhist monks? How did these followers of the historical Buddha become ordained and what rules did they live by? Though the actual story is shrouded a bit by the passing of centuries, the story of these first monks is fascinating.

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  • Paramitas: The Ten Perfections of Mahayana Buddhism

    6/27/2022 9:28:47 AM
    Paramitas: The Ten Perfections of Mahayana Buddhism

    Mahayana Buddhism developed six paramitas or perfections early in its history. Later, the list was fleshed out to include ten perfections. 

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  • Huayan Buddhism

    6/24/2022 10:10:00 AM
    Huayan Buddhism

    The Huayan or Flower Garland school of Mahayana Buddhism is respected to this day for the quality of its scholarship and teaching. Huayan flourished in Tang Dynasty China and deeply influenced other schools of Mahayana, including Zen, called Chan Buddhism in China.

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  • Brief Guide to Major Schools of Buddhism

    6/8/2022 10:56:53 AM
    Brief Guide to Major Schools of Buddhism

    Buddhism is not a monolithic tradition. As it spread through Asia over more than two millennia, it divided into several sects, each with its own liturgies, rituals, and canon of scriptures. There are also doctrinal disagreements. 

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  • What Is a Sutra in Buddhism?

    6/6/2022 10:05:37 AM
    What Is a Sutra in Buddhism?

    A sutra is a religious teaching, usually taking the form of an aphorism or short statement of beliefs. Sutra means the same thing in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism; however, the actual sutras are different according to each belief structure. Buddhists believe the sutras are the teachings of Buddha.

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  • Taking Refuge: Becoming a Buddhist

    6/1/2022 4:30:36 PM
    Taking Refuge: Becoming a Buddhist

    To become a Buddhist is to take refuge in the Three Jewels, also called the Three Treasures. The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

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  • Buddhism and Compassion Compassion, Wisdom, and the Path

    5/25/2022 9:41:37 AM
    Buddhism and Compassion Compassion, Wisdom, and the Path

    The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. 

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  • Converting to Buddhism

    5/23/2022 9:56:40 AM
    Converting to Buddhism

    In conversations about religion, there is often discussion about converting from one religion to another. For some people, Buddhism may offer an option if you are not finding yourself a good fit for the religion you currently practice.

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  • History of Buddhism in China: The First Thousand Years

    5/18/2022 9:51:52 AM
    History of Buddhism in China: The First Thousand Years

    Buddhism is practiced in many countries and cultures throughout the world. Mahayana Buddhism has played a significant role in China and it has a long and rich history.

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  • The Ten Perfections of Theravada Buddhism

    5/16/2022 9:48:32 AM
    The Ten Perfections of Theravada Buddhism

    In Buddhism, there are several lists of "perfections" (parami, Pali; paramita, Sanskrit). These various lists are of qualities that lead to buddhahood if practiced diligently and to perfection. 

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  • Thich Nhat Hanh's Five Mindfulness Trainings

    5/11/2022 9:50:50 AM
    Thich Nhat Hanh`s Five Mindfulness Trainings

    Thich Nhat Hanh (b. 1926) is a Vietnamese monk, teacher, author, and peace activist who has lived and taught in the West since the 1960s. His books, lectures, and retreats have brought the dharma to the world, and his influence on the development of Buddhism in the West is immeasurable.

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  • The Mindfulness Controversy of Buddhism vs Psychology

    5/9/2022 10:04:23 AM
    The Mindfulness Controversy of Buddhism vs Psychology

    In recent years, many practicing psychotherapists have adopted the Buddhist practice of mindfulness as part of their therapeutic toolkit. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), for example, are being used to treat conditions such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain. The results have been enormously encouraging.

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  • Prajna or Panna in Buddhism

    4/27/2022 8:45:50 AM
    Prajna or Panna in Buddhism

    Prajna is Sanskrit for "wisdom." Panna is the Pali equivalent, more often used in Theravada Buddhism. But what is "wisdom" in Buddhism?

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  • Atheism and Devotion in Buddhism

    4/25/2022 11:00:43 AM
    Atheism and Devotion in Buddhism

    If atheism is the absence of belief in a God or gods, then many Buddhists are, indeed, atheists.

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  • About Buddhist Nuns The Tradition of Bhikkhunis

    4/20/2022 9:22:50 AM
    About Buddhist Nuns The Tradition of Bhikkhunis

    In the West, Buddhist nuns don't always call themselves "nuns," preferring to call themselves "monastics" or "teachers." But "nun" could work. The English word "nun" comes from the Old English nunne, which could refer to a priestess or any woman living under religious vows.

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  • <div class=noidunghover><p class=tieudehover>What`s a Bodhisattva?</p></div>");' onmouseout="hidetip();">What's a Bodhisattva?

    4/18/2022 8:15:59 AM

    Buddhism calls itself a "non-theistic" religion. The historical Buddha taught that believing in and worshipping gods was not useful for those seeking to realize enlightenment. Due to this, many Buddhists consider themselves to be atheists.

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  • The Life, Teachings and Art of Zen Master Hakuin

    4/12/2022 10:01:09 AM
    The Life, Teachings and Art of Zen Master Hakuin

    Art historians have taken an interest in Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769) in recent years. The old Zen master's ink brush paintings and calligraphy are prized today for their freshness and vibrancy. But even without the paintings, Hakuin's impact on Japanese Zen is incalculable. 

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  • The Demon Mara

    4/10/2022 9:22:52 PM
    The Demon Mara

    Many supernatural creatures populate Buddhist literature, but among these Mara is unique. He is one of the earliest non-human beings to appear in Buddhist scriptures. 

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  • Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism

    4/6/2022 10:06:46 AM
    Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism

    The Japanese Buddhist school of Shingon is something of an anomaly. It is a Mahayana school, but it is also a form of esoteric or tantric Buddhism and the only living Vajrayana school outside of Tibetan Buddhism. How did that happen?

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