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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Hong Kong Buddhist Association

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安居 Ango (1245) The Summer Retreat (a) Shobogenzo, Shasta Abbey, tr. by Hubert Nearman The Retreat (b) Shobogenzo [Book 4], tr. by Nishijima & Cross Practice Period (c) Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Meditation, ed. by K. Tanahashi The Training Period (d) Shobogenzo, the Eye and Treasury of the True Law, Nishiyama & Stevens 阿羅漢 Arakan (1242) Arhat (a) Shobogenzo, Shasta Abbey, tr. by Hubert Nearman The Arhat (b) Soto Zen Text Project, tr. by S. Weinstein The Arhat (c) Shobogenzo [Book 2], tr. by Nishijima & Cross The Arhat (d) Shobogenzo, the Eye and Treasury of the True Law, Nishiyama & Stevens 梅華 Baika (Baike) (Baige) (1243) Plum (...) continue


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