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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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Records of the Week

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook — by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein

New book offers myriad resources to help us de-stress our harried (...)


The 9th Alms Giving Ceremony of Southern Thailand

Dana or Donation is an important concept in Buddhism. It is normally said (...)


Sarnath — Holy Place of the first Teachings

After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and (...)


David R. Loy — Buddhism and Poverty

Does Buddhism have anything special to contribute to our understanding of (...)


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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

Diamond Way Buddhist Centre Liverpool - UK

In Liverpool Diamond Way Buddhism was established in summer 2001 by a handful of friends, who started meeting for meditation in a terraced house in Aigburth. The overall aim of any Buddhist is to realise minds full potential, a state of mind also known as enlightenment. Diamond Way Buddhism Centre want to aid this objective by providing a place for meditating together, getting information and asking any questions that come up. The Centre is not an abstract institution, but instead a place (...) continue

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Lerab Ling

Lérab Ling est l’un des principaux centres perpétuant la tradition d’étude et (...) continue


Articles and talks

Letter - Ajahn Chandako on the Bhikkhuni Ordination in Perth 2009

Ajahn Chandako on the Bhikkhuni Ordination in Perth 2009 by Ajahn Chandako, The Buddhist Channel, Nov 5, 2009 Auckland, New Zealand — Greetings members of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Ajahn Chandako I hope you are well. I am sorry to have to let you know that I will not be attending the World Abbots Meeting (WAM) in Perth this December. Because my past contact with the Buddhist Society of Western Australia has been so positive, and because I am aware of how much time, money and effort has gone into preparing the retreat center for this event, it seemed polite and respectful to offer an explanation of why I will not be coming. As you may be aware, one by one, all of (...) continue


Fundamental texts

Vajradhara - The Primordial Buddha of Indestructible Blue Light

Vajradhara is the Adi-Buddha for both the Red-cap and Yellow-cap Vajrayana schools, as well as the lord of all mysteries and master of all secrets. Vajradhara, or he who holds the thunderbolt is said to conquer and subdue all evil spirits who are the enemies of Buddhism. He presides over the eight Dharmapalas who are the ferocious defenders of the dharma. I am Vajradhara who grasps the balance of the worlds I am the principle of judgment, of order, of organization in the universe My music is the rising and setting of the sun, the music of the spheres, the sound of the judge’s gavel and the executioner’s sword I maintain things as they should be I am the essence of the Law I am the (...) continue


Buddhism

Walking Meditation and the Metta Bhavana

It was a traditional practice at the time of the Buddha for monks and nuns to practice the Development of Lovingkindness meditation as they walked around. They would do this while walking through town, begging food. They’d radiate well-wishing in every direction as they walked along the streets and through the marketplace. Monks would also radiate Lovingkindness towards wild animals as they walked through the forests and jungles. India at that time was heavily forested, and attacks by snakes and other wild animals were common. It was considered that this practice was a good protection against snake attacks! Even if you’re not at risk from cobras, you might still want to try practicing (...) 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