Christine G. Richardson - The Role of Women in Buddhist Myth

Le 31 May 2016

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN BUDDHIST MYTH Women are well represented in Buddhist myth, but they did not come by their status automatically. The Buddha and his early followers were skeptical about the ability of women to attain enlightenment, but the women were equally persistent. The Buddha’s mother, Queen Mayadevi of Nepal, played a relatively passive role. She dreamed that a white elephant descended from heaven and entered her womb. The elephant told her that she had (...) continue


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A guide To Shamatha Meditation — Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche (2/3)

The great teacher, Marpa, said that there are many different instructions (...)

Meditation : Why Buddhists don’t get the blues

According to Buddhist philosophy, meditation is the answer to many human (...)

A guide To Shamatha Meditation — Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche (3/3)

In the beginning our mind is not stable and this is why we can fall under (...)

Buddhist Meditation and Personal Construct Psychology By Phouttasone Thirakoul

This paper seeks to examine the phenomenon of Buddhist meditation within (...)

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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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Haein Temple - South Korea

Haein Temple, is one of Korea’s Three Jewel Temples. The geographical feature helped Haein Temple defend the Koreana Tripitaka against marauding Japanese forces during the late 16th-century invasions of Korea. ’Haein’ in ’Haein-sa’ comes from ’Haein samadhi’ of the Avatamsaka Sutra which means that reason of everything is revealed in agony-less mind just like figures of whole things appeared on the quiet sea. And ’Haein’ points out the world of ’as it is’, the world seen by true, wise eyes, the (...) continue

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Dechen Chöling

Dechen Chöling est un centre de méditation situé au cœur des paysages (...) continue

Articles and talks

The Five Precepts

The purpose of Buddhist moral precepts There are three fundamental modes of training in Buddhist practice: morality, mental culture, and wisdom. The English word morality is used to translate the Pali term sila, although the Buddhist term contains its own particular connotations. The word sila denotes a state of normalcy, a condition which is basically unqualified and unadulterated. When one practices sila, one returns to one’s own basic goodness, the original state of normalcy, unperturbed and unmodified. Killing a human being, for instance, is not basically human nature; if it were, human beings would have ceased to exist a long time ago. A person commits an act of killing because he (...) continue

Fundamental texts

Lao Tse - Tao Te Ching (XLI-L)

41 When a superior man hears of the Tao, he immediately begins to embody it. When an average man hears of the Tao, he half believes it, half doubts it. When a foolish man hears of the Tao, he laughs out loud. If he didn’t laugh, it wouldn’t be the Tao. Thus it is said: The path into the light seems dark, the path forward seems to go back, the direct path seems long, true power seems weak, true purity seems tarnished, true steadfastness seems changeable, true clarity seems obscure, the greatest are seems unsophisticated, the greatest love seems indifferent, the greatest wisdom seems childish. The Tao is nowhere to be found. Yet it nourishes and completes all things. 42 The Tao gives (...) continue


Medicine Buddha Mantra - The power of Sangye Menla

Medicine Buddha MantraThe mantra, or even the name of the Medicine Buddha (Skt: Bhaisajyaguru, Tib: Sangye Menla, Chin: Yaoshi-fo, Jap:Yakushi) is beneficial. Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche has said that a mantra is essentially an elaboration on the deity’s name, and that any mantra is the shortest possible form of the sadhana. The Sanskrit mantra of Medicine Buddha is: Tayata, Om, Bhaishaye Bhaishaye Maha-Bhaishaye Raja Samudgate, Svaha. or, pronounced the Tibetan way: Tayata, Om, bekandzeh, bekandzeh maha-bekandzeh, radza samungateh. Soha. ’May all beings benefit from the sublime love and power of Sangye Menla’ is often given as the meaning but it is not a literal translation. Since the (...) continue

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The Complexities Of Thai Buddhism

Thailand is often referred to as “The Land of Buddhism”, the best country in the world for those looking to study the teachings of the Buddha, at least the Theravada branch of the teachings. Thailand’s reputation as the center of Buddhism is well renowned, with numerous people from all over the world often times coming to Thailand and even learning Thai so that they can study Buddhism there. Buddhism is so revered in Thai culture that it is considered a tradition for Thai men to become monks at one point in their lives, even for a short period of time. Temples are considered sacred ground, with it being a taboo in Thailand to do any unwholesome acts on temple property. Land of (...) continue