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On the Path to Buddhahood—The Story of Buddha Sakyamuni

Le 19 July 2016, by Stefania Mitrofan

Buddha Sakyamuni’s statue near Belum Caves located in Andhra Pradesh, India. The Buddha was a prince by birth but decided to abandon his royal title and pursue spiritual growth after witnessing sufferings of human life. (Purshi/ Wikimedia Commons) The prince who became the purveyor of Buddhism traveled no easy journey on his path to enlightenment. This is his story displaying the courage of an innocent, truth-seeking heart to move beyond the dimensions of ordinary (...) continue

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Buddhism – Photography by Steve McCurry | 1985 to 2013

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Jhana and Samadhi

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Fundamental Verses on the Middle Way (VI) — by Nagarjuna

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 6: An Analysis of Desire and One Who Desires in the Context of Their Separateness and Concomitance (affection and the person affected) VI.1. If the "one who desires" would exist before desire itself, then desire may be regarded. When desire becomes related to "one who desires," then desire comes into existence. VI.2. If there is no one who desires, how then will desire come into being? And the question whether desire exists or does not exist likewise holds true for the one who desires. VI.3. Further, it is not possible for both desire and the one who desires to be produced (...) continue


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