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The Five Precepts

Le 17 October 2014, by Buddhachannel Eng.

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 (...) continue


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Vegetarianism in Buddhism

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Nov 15 - Nov 22 : Silent Illumination Chan Retreat

"Silently and serenely, one forgets all words,
Clearly and vividly everything appears before you." The above comes from the poem “Silent Illumination,” composed by Master Hongzhi Zhengjue, a 12th century lineage holder of the Caodong (Jap. Soto) school of Chan Buddhism. They describe the mind of someone who has left behind all attachment to thought and conceptualization. Doing this, they clearly know the nature of things through the direct experience of enlightenment. Master Hongzhi wrote (...) continue

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Kwan Yin Chan Lin - Singapore

Kwan Yin Chan Lin Zen Centre (KYCL) was founded by Venerable Chi Boon in 1991. Its objective is to spread the Buddha’s true teaching so that KYCL may attain the true selves and help all sentient beings to relieve from suffering. By practicing the correct meditation, KYCL can find the correct direction of our lives and attain our true nature. We can also clearly perceive our correct situation, relationship and function at every moment, live in wisdom and compassion, to help our families, our (...) continue

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« The wish-granting prayer of Kuntu Zangpo »

A Terma – Tantra (Revealed Text) of Tertön Rikdzing Chenpo « Godemchan », Nogdrub Gyeltsen (1337-1408), extract of « The Northern Treasures », one of the « Five Treasures ». Godemchan was the supreme emanation , of the Spirit, of Guru Rinpoche and a reincarnation of one of his main disciple Nanan Dorje Dudjom. Tertön Rikdzing Chenpo « Godemchan  » «  THE WISH-GRANTING PRAYER OF KUNTU ZANGPO  » Epitome of the «  Dzogchen Kunzang Gongpa Zanghedu Tenpaï Gyud  » = «  Tantra of Immediate Transference to the Dynamic of Kuntu Zangpo and Dzokchen  » (1) «  HO  ! Phenomena and noumena, samsara and nirvana, (...) continue

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Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara — Chapter IV

Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara Chapter IV - Conscientiousness 1. Having firmly seized the Awakening Mind in this way. A Conqueror’s son must never waver; Always should he exert himself To never stray from his practice. 2. In the case of reckless actions Or of deeds not well considered, Although a promise may have been made it is fit to reconsider whether I should do them or not. 3. But how can I ever withdraw From what has been examined by the great wisdom Of the Buddhas and their Sons, And even many times by me myself? 4. If having made such a promise I do not put it into action, Then by deceiving every living being What kind of rebirth shall I take? 5. If it has (...) continue


Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche is considered to be "the happiest man in the world"

A hush fell over the room as Youngey Mingyur Rinpoche took the stage to begin his teaching. Rinpoche, the revered Tibetan Buddhist lama, teacher, and so-called "happiest man in the world" was commencing an Introduction to Awareness Meditation event, hosted by the New York Open Center. Nearly every seat in the large auditorium was occupied. "How many of you have learned meditation before?" he asked the crowd, solemnly. Many of the audience members raised their hands. "Oh, great. Then I don’t have to teach you!" he quipped, tilting his head back to chuckle. Though Rinpoche’s joking demeanor makes him a popular teacher, he is serious when it comes to meditation practices. Rinpoche’s (...) continue

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Karaniya Metta Sutta — The Discourse on Loving-kindness

Karaniya Metta Sutta The Hymn of Universal Love Introduction by Piyadassi Thera While the Buddha was staying at Savatthi, a band of monks, having received subjects of meditation from the master, proceeded to a forest to spend the rainy season (vassana). The tree deities inhabiting this forest were worried by their arrival, as they had to descend from tree abodes and dwell on the ground. They hoped, however, the monks would leave soon; but finding that the monks would stay the vassana period of three months, harassed them in diverse ways, during the night with the intention of scaring them away. Living under such conditions being impossible, the monks went to the Master and (...) continue