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

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The 9th Alms Giving Ceremony of Southern Thailand

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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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Dhammakaya Mediation and Buddhist temple (Wat Phra Dhammakaya), Thailand.

Phramonkolthepmuni Dhammakaya Foundation : The Dhammakāya Foundation was founded in 1916 in Thailand by Phra Monkolthepmuni, the abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. Following the death of Phra Monkolthepmuni, the Foundation’s work was continued by his disciple, Khun Yay Mahā Ratana Upāsikā Chandra Khonnokyoong, a Buddhist mae chi. In 1970, a temple, called Wat Phra Dhammakaya, was constructed as a home for the movement. Located in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani Province, the temple was intended to (...) 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

The Jhanas - in Theravada Buddhist Meditation : 4. The Higher Jhanas

4. The Higher Jhanas In this chapter we will survey the higher states of jhana. First we will discuss the remaining three jhanas of the fine-material sphere, using the descriptive formulas of the suttas as our starting point and the later literature as our source for the methods of practice that lead to these attainments. Following this we will consider the four meditative states that pertain to the immaterial sphere, which come to be called the immaterial jhanas. Our examination will bring out the dynamic character of the process by which the jhanas are successively achieved. The attainment of the higher jhanas of the fine-material sphere, we will see, involves the successive (...) continue


Fundamental texts

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

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 11: An Analysis of the Past (purva) and Future Limits (aparakiti) of Existence (samsara) XI.1. The great ascetic Buddha said: "The extreme limit (koti) of the past cannot be discerned." "Existence-in-flux" (samsara) is without bounds; indeed, there is no beginning nor ending of that existence. XI.2. How could there be a middle portion of that which has no "before" and "after"; It follows that "past," "future," and "simultaneous events" do not obtain. Birth and death are not separate/different, not simultaneous/the same. XI.3. If birth is regarded as the former, and growing old and (...) continue


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Dalai Lama Encourages Buddhist Nuns on the Path

Dharmsala, India — It was a moment that Tibetan Buddhist nuns dream of — to be in the presence of the Dalai Lama and to hear his words of encouragement about their studies. Many of the nuns had risked their lives fleeing Tibet to see the Dalai Lama and to find the freedom to practice their Buddhist faith. His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks encouragingly to hundreds of exiled Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India about the importance of their roles in preserving the Buddhist teachings and as future teachers. (Photo taken on Nov 3, 2013 by Tenzin Choejor, Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) The nuns had just completed a one-month debate session with participants coming from eight (...) 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