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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

Begin: 01.05.2016 10:00 hour End: 06.11.2016 From Sunday 1st May 2016 the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is presenting one of the world’s best photographers in a large-scale solo exhibition. The exhibition: “Steve McCurry. Buddhism – Photography 1985 to 2013” shows a very special facet of the famous American magnum photographer Steve McCurry – his interaction with the culture of Buddhism. 40 large format photographs Steve McCurry took on his numerous (...) continue

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Buddhist directory

Kumbum Monastery - China

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Lerab Ling

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Sama Jataka - Sama, the devoted Son

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Fundamental texts

The Patimokkha - The Bhikkhus’ Code of Discipline

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The History of the Kagyu Lineage

The Kagyu lineage originated with the great yogi Tilopa who lived in Northern India around the 10th century A.D. Tilopa received the four special transmissions (Tib.: bka-babs-bzhi) and mastered them. Although there is some discrepancy in historical accounts regarding the identities of the masters associated with each of the four transmissions the most common consensus indicates that their sources are as follows: the first of the four came from Nagarjuna and consists of two tantras, the "Sangwa Düpa Tantra" (Skr.: Guhyasamaya) and the "Denshi Tantra." It also incorporates the practices called "Illusory Body" (Tib.: sgyu-lus) and "Transference" (Tib.: pho-ba). The second special (...) continue

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Discover Lerab Ling Temple - From April to the begining of November

In one of the most beautiful and natural environments northwest of Montpellier in France, you can find a magnificent temple, which is at the heart of the Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre, Lerab Ling. In all aspects, the temple is inspired by the art and architecture of ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas. Inside the temple is a 7-meter high statue of the Buddha as well as many authentic paintings and statues. To respect and maintain the atmosphere of meditation and retreat, Lerab Ling is only open to the public: Sunday Afternoon Visits - from 2pm to 5pm for visits from 1 April to 4 November. Before Lerab Ling opens its gates on Sunday afternoons to visit the temple, (...) continue