The Practice of Chanting in Buddhism

Le 24 April 2015, by Buddhachannel Eng.

Chanting is very common to any religion. Buddhism is no exception in this regard. However, the aim and purpose of chanting is different from one religion to another. Buddhism is unique in that it does not consider chanting to be prayer. The Buddha in many ways has shown us to have confidence in our own action and its results, and thereby encouraged us to depend on no one but ourselves. This in fact is the sum and substance of His last message in the Mahaparinibbana (...) continue


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14-17 May : International Conference at Lerab Ling

This conference brings together some of the world’s most renowned meditation teachers and key figures in business, health and education to explore what happens when we get to know our minds. They will explain the true purpose of meditation—and envision what the world would look like if we were able to bring mindfulness and awareness into every aspect of our lives. This year we will welcome Sogyal Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Alan Wallace, Sharon Salzberg, Monique de Knop, Cathy Blanc, (...) continue

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A Single Bowl of Sauce Solves All the World’s Problems Message from Suan Mokkh Buddhadasa Archives Our world is ridden with problems and will be doomed unless it changes its course. For many decades, we have lived with the massive danger of the dozens of thousands of nuclear warheads and deliver vehicles stockpiled by the different sides. Aquarelle de Chrisitane Piat Retrouvez C. While nobody really knows how many warheads have been accumulated by the various nuclear states, who cannot be trusted to be honest about such things, a few thousand of them are more than enough to destroy the world many times over. (And we haven’t factored in the multitude of chemical, biological, and (...) continue

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What is the Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering? It is the remainderless fading and cessation of that same craving: the rejecting, relinquishing, leaving and renouncing of it. But whereon is this craving abandoned and made to cease? Wherever there is what seems lovable and gratifying, thereon it is abandoned and made to cease. There is this Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering: This Noble Truth must be penetrated to by realising the Cessation of Suffering ... This Noble Truth has been penetrated to by realising the Cessation of Suffering: such was the vision, insight, wisdom, knowing and light that arose in me about things not heard before. Contents The Truth Of (...) continue


Enjoy the Vesak Day festivities in Koh Samui, Thailand.

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Hong Kong opens £193m luxury Buddhist monastery to public

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