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What is Theravada Buddhism ?

Le 10 September 2014, by Buddhachannel Eng.

What is Theravada Buddhism ? by John Bullitt Theravada (pronounced — more or less — "terraVAHduh", the "Doctrine of the Elders"), is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the texts of the Pali Canon, or Tipitaka, which scholars generally accept as containing the earliest surviving record of the Buddha’s teachings. For many centuries, Theravada has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, (...) continue


Zem — Dès que l’on prend conscience de la cause d’un mal-être ou d’une maladie, le processus de guérison est déjà amorcé. Il ne reste plus que l’action ou la décision appropriée pour assister au retour de l’harmonie. Claudia Rainville

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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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Guinsa - South Korea

Guinsa, in the Yeonhwa area of the Sobaek Mountains located near Danyang in Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea, is the headquarters of the Cheontae school of Korean Buddhism. Guinsa is the administrative center of over 140 sub-temples and hermitages of the Cheontae sect. Although the architecture of Guinsa follows that of many other Buddhist temples in Korea, it is also markedly different in that the structures are several stories tall, instead of the typical one or two stories that (...) continue

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The Jhanas - in Theravada Buddhist Meditation : 4. The Higher Jhanas

4. The Higher Jhanas In this chapter we will survey the higher states of jhana. First we will discuss the remaining three jhanas of the fine-material sphere, using the descriptive formulas of the suttas as our starting point and the later literature as our source for the methods of practice that lead to these attainments. Following this we will consider the four meditative states that pertain to the immaterial sphere, which come to be called the immaterial jhanas. Our examination will bring out the dynamic character of the process by which the jhanas are successively achieved. The attainment of the higher jhanas of the fine-material sphere, we will see, involves the successive (...) continue

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

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 27: An Analysis of the Views About Reality (dogmas) XXVII.1. Those views relating to the limits of the past reality are: "The world is eternal," etc., And "I have existed in the past," "I have not existed in the past," etc. XXVII.2. The assertion: "I will not become something different in a future time," "I will become something different," and the alternative, etc., are relating to an end in the future. XXVII.3. The assertion: "I existed in a past time" does not obtain, Since this present being is not that one who was in a former birth. XXVII.4. Were he in a previous birth, (...) continue


Live to Love - Five Hearts from Five Directions

EXPLANATION OF LOGO The five hearts represent love from five directions, coming together in unity and harmony. The orange light in the centre represents the sun (of hope), with its glow of sunrays gradually growing to become red, the colour of strength and energy. This symbolises a heart full of love that illuminates from self to others, with the thriving selfless energy to extend love in the form of humanitarian activities to those beings in our world. The external circle which is orange in colour symbolises the perfection of the beneficial activities that are carried out with fearless confidence and definite success. LIVE TO LOVE Tibetan Buddhist masters and followers have (...) continue

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Why Do Buddhist Monks Wear Robes?

Why Buddhist Monks Wear Robes - An Insight into Modern Zen Buddhism Interestingly, modern Buddhist monks’ attire goes way back to Buddha’s times when the Monastic robes were simple pieces of cloth primarily made of bits of rags and discarded shroud adorned by both the males and females. Buddhist monks’ clothing, though freshly made today, still remains simple to represent the simple spiritual lifestyle that each one of them has vowed to keep. A deeper insight in the personal experiences of the monks reveals more truths behind their outward appearance. What Purpose do the Robes Serve? According to the Buddhist monks, the Buddhist clothing creates a visible way of uniformity and (...) continue