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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

Chongji Buddhist Order - South Korea

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Buddhism as an Education II

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Fundamental texts

Dhammapada(Dhp XV) - Sukhavagga: Happy

DHAMMAPADA 197-200 How very happily we live, free from hostility among those who are hostile. Among hostile people, free from hostility we dwell. How very happily we live, free from misery among those who are miserable. Among miserable people, free from misery we dwell. How very happily we live, free from busyness among those who are busy. Among busy people, free from busyness we dwell. How very happily we live, we who have nothing. We will feed on rapture like the Radiant gods. 201 Winning gives birth to hostility. Losing, one lies down in pain. The calmed lie down with ease, having set winning and losing aside. 202-204 There’s no fire like passion, no loss like (...) continue


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USA — The Buddhists in our backyard

Palm Beach, FL (USA) — Days before the Dalai Lama’s visit to Palm Beach County, Mimi Bailey steeples her hands close to her heart and joins the rhythmic waves of Buddhist chants rising in a sunny corner of Lake Worth. It is the first day of the Tibetan New Year, Year of the Iron Tiger, and besides that, a particularly festive day at the Palm Beach Dharma Center, where the Jupiter nurse worships amid an eclectic congregation. On this recent day, the congregation’s principal teachers, two venerated Tibetan-born monks visiting from their New York monastery, lead an afternoon of prayers and celebration before more than 80 people. The local faithful — or Sangha, as any Buddhist community is (...) continue

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Corpses, Pythons, Sleep Deprivation: Meditation Rituals in Thailand Can Be Intense

A decomposing body may not seem like an ideal meditation aid, but at some of Thailand’s tens of thousands of Buddhist temples, it is common to find monks reflecting while seated before a rotting corpse. The practice of corpse meditation, largely limited to Thailand today, is an ancient concept in Buddhism, sanctioned by the Buddha himself. There are centuries-old murals and manuscripts depicting scenes of meditation next to different types of cadavers, some infested with worms, others cut in two or being picked at by crows. The unpleasant sight and overpowering stench of flesh decaying in tropical heat can impart lessons about important Buddhist precepts, like nonattachment to (...) continue