On the Path to Buddhahood—The Story of Buddha Sakyamuni

Le 19 July 2016, by Stefania Mitrofan

Buddha Sakyamuni’s statue near Belum Caves located in Andhra Pradesh, India. The Buddha was a prince by birth but decided to abandon his royal title and pursue spiritual growth after witnessing sufferings of human life. (Purshi/ Wikimedia Commons) The prince who became the purveyor of Buddhism traveled no easy journey on his path to enlightenment. This is his story displaying the courage of an innocent, truth-seeking heart to move beyond the dimensions of ordinary (...) continue


Zem — Fastoche

plus d articles

Records of the Week

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook — by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein

New book offers myriad resources to help us de-stress our harried (...)

The 9th Alms Giving Ceremony of Southern Thailand

Dana or Donation is an important concept in Buddhism. It is normally said (...)

Sarnath — Holy Place of the first Teachings

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

David R. Loy — Buddhism and Poverty

Does Buddhism have anything special to contribute to our understanding of (...)

Picture of the day

par Buddhachannel Fr.


Buddhism – Photography by Steve McCurry | 1985 to 2013

Begin: 01.05.2016 10:00 hour End: 06.11.2016 From Sunday 1st May 2016 the World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks is presenting one of the world’s best photographers in a large-scale solo exhibition. The exhibition: “Steve McCurry. Buddhism – Photography 1985 to 2013” shows a very special facet of the famous American magnum photographer Steve McCurry – his interaction with the culture of Buddhism. 40 large format photographs Steve McCurry took on his numerous (...) continue

Video of the day

Buddhist directory

Unjusa - South Korea

Unjusa is a Korean Buddhist temple located in Hwasun County, South Jeolla province, South Korea. It is 26 km southwest of Hwasun County or 40 km south of Gwangju. Compared with other temples in South Korea, this temple has an unusual collection of stone Buddha statues and stone pagodas, so Unjusa is often referred to as the mysterious temple. Among several assumptions regarding its origin, the most widely known one is that Monk Doseon founded the temple based on geomancy during the late (...) continue

Most recent author

Dechen Chöling

Dechen Chöling est un centre de méditation situé au cœur des paysages (...) continue

Articles and talks

Learning to knock on the Right Skull - By Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa (2/2)

Learning to knock on the Right Skull By Ven. Acariya Maha Boowa - Part 2/2 See the first part THE BUDDHA had brought up the topic of the mind which doesn’t experience rebirth—the skull of one whose mind was purified—no matter how many times Ven. Vangisa knocked on it, he couldn’t know where the mind was reborn, even though he had been very talented before, for the place of a pure mind’s rebirth cannot be found. The same was true in the case of Ven. Godhika: This story should serve as quite some food for thought. Ven. Godhika went to practice meditation, made progress step by step, but then regressed. They say this happened six times. After the seventh time, he took a razor to slash his (...) continue

Fundamental texts

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

Arya Nargarjuna Mulamadhyamaka-karikas Fundamentals of the Central Philosophy of Buddhism Section 21: An Analysis of Origination and Disappearance (coming to be and passing away) XXI.1. There is no disappearance either with origination or without it. There is no origination either with disappearance or without it. XXI.2. How, indeed, will disappearance exist at all without origination? How could there be death without birth? There is no disappearance without prior origination. XXI.3. How can disappearance exist concomitantly with origination? Since, surely, death does not exist at the same moment as birth. XXI.4. How, indeed, will origination exist at all without (...) continue


Col. Henry Steele Olcott: A great name in Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history

Col. Henry Steele Olcott: A great name in Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history Lanka Daily News, Feb 17, 2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka — World history finds its greatness and attraction through the services rendered by philanthropists. A person whoever he is achieves greatness through ideologies borne in his mind and to the extent of effectiveness and favourable consequences resulting therefrom. Col. Henry Steele Olcott awakened a nation If there was any person who was capable of uplifting the Sinhala Buddhists who were helpless due to colonial rule, although their forefathers enjoyed sublime virtues enriched with the advent of Arahath Mahinda. His achievement in reestablishing a golden era in (...) continue

Last Article

20-24 JAN : Traditional Chinese Qigong Retreat (levels 1-2-3)

Cultivate strength of body and calmness of mind through the healing Taoist practice of qigong. Take this rare opportunity to receive instruction in two unique lineages, The Pre-celestial Limitless Gate School (Xiantianwujimen) and the Yiquan School, neither of which have previously been fully transmitted to students in the West. Level I: we will practice techniques of inner and outer qigong, including tendon changing, marrow washing, self-massage and calisthenics, which strengthen the muscular-skeletal system, nourish the internal organs, circulate internal energy and still the mind. We will learn Chen Xiyi’s sleeping and walking qiqong and Wang Xiangzhai’s standing qigong. Level II: (...) continue