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What is Theravada Buddhism ?

Le 15 April 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


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The 9th Alms Giving Ceremony of Southern Thailand

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Sarnath — Holy Place of the first Teachings

After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and (...)

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28-29 June - Teachings and initiations bestowed by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin

SAKYA KUNGA LING, Intercontinental Institute of Vajrayana, is happy to inform you that His Holiness the Sakya Trizin will be visiting Paris in 2014. The programme of teachings and initiations bestowed by His Holiness is as follows: Saturday June 28th, 2014: • AM: High initiation (wangchen) of Tchenrezi (Avalokiteshvara), Bodhisattva of Compassion • PM: Teaching on the practice (sadhana) of Tchenrezi Sunday June 29th, 2014: • AM: Public conference "How to be a Good Buddhist in (...) continue

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Diamond Mountain University, Arizona (United-States)

Diamond Mountain University is an unaccredited Tibetan Buddhist seminary and retreat center located south of Bowie, Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. Oriented towards the Gelugpa school, it was founded by the colorful and somewhat controversial Geshe Michael Roach in 2000 and opened to students in September of 2004. Diamond Mountain is run by volunteers as a not-for-profit organization and does not charge tuition. Its official mission statement reads: “Our mission at Diamond Mountain is (...) continue

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The Jhanas - in Theravada Buddhist Meditation : 6. Jhana and the Noble Disciples

6. Jhana and the Noble Disciples All noble persons, as we saw, acquire supramundane jhana along with their attainment of the noble paths and fruits. The noble ones at each of the four stages of liberation, moreover, have access to the supramundane jhana of their respective fruition attainments, from the fruition attainment of stream-entry up to the fruition attainments of arahatship. It remains problematic, however to what extent they also enjoy the possession of mundane jhana. To determine an answer to this question we will consult an early typology of seven types of noble disciples, which provides a more psychologically oriented way of classifying the eight noble individuals. A look (...) continue

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

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 4: An Analysis of the "Groups of Universal Elements" (the Aggregates) IV.1. Visible form (rupa) is not perceived without the basic cause of visible form (rupakarana); Likewise the basic cause of visible form does not appear without the visible form. IV.2. If the visible form existed apart from its basic cause, it would logically follow that visible form is without cause; But there is nothing anywhere arising without cause. IV.3. On the other hand, if there would be a basic cause apart from visible form, The basic cause would be without any product; but there is no basic cause (...) continue


Korea — Buddhist Monks May Be Banned From Holding Private Wealth

May 18, 2009 Seoul, South Korea — Buddhist monks could be banned from holding private wealth and be obliged to hand over property to their order after their death. Korean monks (Filepic) The Jogye Order, the largest Buddhist sect in Korea, said Monday that it was considering the establishment of an internal regulation governing the right of monks to hold private property. "There are cases where priests have private fortunes and hand them over to other monks who succeed them. So we aim to prohibit it strictly and have the property belong to the order,’’ a Jogye official said. After a period of canvassing opinion, the Buddhist sect will announce its final decision next month. At (...) continue

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Summer retreat - 6-16 August

PRESENTATION Lama Tenzin Samphel and the association Shedup Künsang Chöling invite you take part in a Vajrakilaya Drubchen in the presence of Kangyur Tulku Jigme Rinpoche and Khentrül Jigme Namgyal Dorje Rinpoche from the 6th to the 16th August 2014. The ritual will be based on the practices of the Putri Repung and Namchag Putri, termas of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. It will take place at the Abbey in Bonneuil en Valois in the OISE (60), a site particularly propitious for this sort of event according to the vision of Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche and Lama Tenzin Samphel. WHAT IS A DRUBCHEN ? Drubchen literally means ‘great assembly of accomplishments’. The Drubchen is an uninterrupted (...) continue