Dalai Lama: Humans Created Terrorism, So Stop Praying To God For A Solution

Le 18 November 2015, by Buddhachannel USA

Prayer alone will not be enough to stem terrorist attacks like the shootings and bombings last week that devastated Paris and shocked the world, the Dalai Lama said. The Buddhist spiritual leader from Tibet said in an interview with German media outlet Deutsche Welle on Monday that terrorism is a problem caused by humans and, thus, must be fixed by mankind without God’s intervention. "People want to lead peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one (...) continue


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Sept-Oct 2015 - Retreat Program

Sept-Oct 2015 - Retreat Program at Dechen Choling Meditation Center Shambhala Training 4 - Awakened Heart Date: 12 - 13 September Weekend meditation retreat for advanced students of the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition. Mindfulness in Nature - Retreat Date: 12 - 17 September With: Mathias Pongracz Discover the transformative power of the natural world. Taught in French (translation available). Contemplative Photography Workshop (Level 1) Date: 18 - 23 September With: Hèlen Vink "Seeing From (...) continue

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Tapsa - South Korea

Tapsa and the Stone Pagodas of Mount Mai is a small Korean Buddhist Temple complex found in the Maisan (Horse Ear Mountain) in Jinan County, North Jeolla Province, South Korea. In 1885 a lone Buddhist hermit layman Yi Gap Yong (1860-1957), at the age 25, came to Maisan to meditate and cultivate himself. Over the next 30 years Yi Gap Yong constructed, single handed, as many as 120 conical natural stone pagodas, all without mortar. Yi Gap Yong constructed the stone pagodas here (...) continue

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The Noble Eightfold Path - by Bhikkhu Bodhi — Chapter IV : Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood

The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi Chapter IV Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood (Samma Vaca, Samma Kammanta, Samma Ajiva) Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi The next three path factors — right speech, right action, and right livelihood — may be treated together, as collectively they make up the first of the three divisions of the path, the division of moral discipline (silakkhandha). Though the principles laid down in this section restrain immoral actions and promote good conduct, their ultimate purpose is not so much ethical as spiritual. They are not prescribed merely as guides to action, but primarily as aids to mental purification. As a necessary measure for human (...) continue

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

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 14: An Analysis of Unification (Combination) XIV.1. That which is seen, sight, and the "seer": these three Do not combine together either in pairs or altogether. XIV.2. Desire, the one who desires, and the object of desire have to be regarded in the same way, As also the impurities which remain and the three kinds of "base of sense" (ayatana) which remain. XIV.3. Some hold: There is unification (samsarga) of one different thing with another different thing; but since the different-ness Of what is seen, etc. does not exist, those factors do not enter into unification. XIV.4. Not (...) continue


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Dec 30, 2009 Bangkok, Thailand — The forest monks of Wat Nong Pah Pong want the Council of Elders and the Office of National Buddhism to impose stricter controls on Western monks to stop them from ordaining women. Pandit Bhikkhu walks the path to spiritual enlightenment. GREG JORGENSEN They also want the properties of Thai temples in the West to come under the ownership of the Thai Sangha to ensure complete control. The monks are seeking the changes after the recent ordination of two women at Bodhinyana Temple, a branch of Wat Nong Pah Pong in Perth, Australia. The Ecclesiastic Council is opposed to female ordination. The Wat Nong Pah Pong clergy have excommunicated the dharma (...) continue

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A short meditation for fostering compassion

As you contemplate the various ways in which you are the beneficiary of contributions from so many people, including countless strangers, acknowledge that it’s the presence of others that makes it possible for you to live, it’s their presence that gives meaning to your existence, and it’s their deeds that contribute toward your welfare. Now allow your heart to open so that a sense of appreciation and gratitude may begin to arise in you. Abide in this state, and whatever positive thoughts and feelings you happen to experience, let them permeate your entire being. Next contemplate this thought: “Just as I feel happy when others wish me well, and feel touched when others show concern for (...) continue