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The Practical Teaching of Buddhism

 January 14, 2009 The teaching of the Buddha was essentially practical. This statement may seem paradoxical to the reader who has some acquaintance with the Buddhist scriptures and he will exclaim that of all ..

The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism

 January 14, 2009 In the three or four centuries following Ashoka a surprising change came over Indian Buddhism, but though the facts are clear it is hard to connect them with dates and persons. But the change was ..

The Origin of Buddhism in Hindu India

 January 14, 2009 The Brahmans claim to direct the religious life and thought of India and apart from Islam may be said to have achieved their ambition, though at the price of tolerating much that the majority would ..

The Function of the Law of Karma in Hinduism

 January 14, 2009 All religious doctrines, especially theories about the soul, are matters of temperament. A race with more power of will and more delight in life might have held that the soul is the one agent that ..

The Different Sects of Buddhism

 January 14, 2009 We have a record of Indian thought for about 3000 years. It has directly affected such distant points as Balkh, Java and Japan and it is still living and active. But life and action mean change and ..

The Basic Teaching of the Buddha

 January 14, 2009 The existence of everything depends on a cause: hence if the cause of evil or suffering can be detected and removed, evil itself will be removed. That cause is lust and craving for pleasure. Hence ..

Books For Introducing Young Children to World Religions

 December 16, 2008 In our increasingly multicultural world, many of us are interested in introducing our children to religions other than our own. And what better way to do it than through books? The following list is ..

On "Anthem"

 December 16, 2008 Anyone who has read George Orwell's 1984 may find some resonance in Ayn Rand's Anthem. They both depict a futuristic world where those in power exploit the collective mass in the name of brotherhood, .

Legend of Khajuraho Temples - India

 November 17, 2008 A rather uncomfortable 12 hour train ride from the town of Varanasi to Satna in central India, will take you to the last part of the journey. A 121 km bus or taxi ride to Khajuraho. But suddenly you ..

Five World Religions, Five Women Mystics

 November 17, 2008 If you Google ‘women's spirituality', many of the listings you will get back are related to goddess worship or Wicca and pagan traditions that revere the sacred feminine. The popularity of ..

A Brief History of Buddhism

 October 06, 2008 Buddhism began in Northern India around the year 500 BCE. The Buddhist tradition gets its name from a man known by his followers as the Buddha, or the awaken one. He was born in a princely family in ..

Understanding Asian Vases and the Different Symbols of ..

 September 27, 2008 There are a number of Asian vases that are used by individuals who practice Buddhism in order to remind them of their basic beliefs, and the history of their religious values. In particular, there ..

How and What Buddhists Worship

 September 20, 2008 Early in the Buddhist tradition, we don't find statues or images of the Buddha, but Shrines. Holy places that are connected with the presence of the Buddha. These Shrines were associated with events ..

Basic Beliefs of Buddhism

 September 19, 2008 Which are the Basic Beliefs of Buddhism? Buddhism is a remarkable religious tradition, not only because it is the fourth-largest religion in the world, but also because it has concepts and beliefs ..

Buddhist Proverbs

 September 18, 2008 We find that the Buddhist tradition is expressed in very simple and memorable verses. Proverbs are one of the ways traditional teachings are conveyed, specially in an oral one like this. I'll write a .

Buddhist Self-Reliance and Devotion

 September 10, 2008 Its long and complex history has made the Buddhist tradition extraordinarily diverse. Buddhism is commonly known for its very austere tradition of self-reliance, found in the early Buddhist monastic .

Suffering in Buddhism

 September 08, 2008 The traditional summary of the Buddha's teaching is given in four categories, the so called Four Noble Truths. * The Truth of Suffering (Dukkha) * The Arising of Suffering (Samudaya) * The Cessation .

The Key (A Fairytale) Chapter 14 - Seven Days (Part 4)

 August 20, 2008 "There is only one way that my training can be taken to heart, " Weepasa warned, “and that is if mindfulness is uninterrupted each wakeful moment of each day. Do you understand what I have just .

Get a Grip on Yourself!

 August 19, 2008 Okay, don't get a grip if you don't want to! You can wait until your life partner leaves you, your career goes down in flames, or your health goes south. But then it might be too late to get a grip; ..

The Key (A Fairytale) Chapter 14 - Seven Days (Part 3)

 August 18, 2008 When I entered Weepasa's room the next morning, he asked me to sit down and immediately began talking about insight, “Insight results from a concentrated mind that is aware of everything it ..

The Key (A Fairytale) Chapter 14 - Seven Days (Part 2)

 August 16, 2008 Finally, I knew that I couldn't jump and reluctantly made my way back to the old man's room and stood there in front of everybody, pathetically defeated. Weepasa laughed heartily, “Well, you ..

The Key (A Fairytale) Chapter 14 - Seven Days (Part 1)

 August 14, 2008 Conqueror, my mystical horse, was not getting any younger. He had lived well beyond a normal lifespan and I wondered how many trips he could still make. Was that old, robed man, who brought an ..

The Key (A Fairytale) Chapter 13 - When the Dust Blows Away? ..

 August 11, 2008 "Everybody knows that you are here, " he said, putting up a good front. “Killing me will do you no good. " Expressing no emotion, I calmly asked, “Why would I want to kill you?" "You know .

Why is Change So Difficult?

 August 11, 2008 There are two main reasons why change is so difficult. 1. Is you have the entire weight of the Gaia consciousness telling you how to act as an organism within the planet. In the same way that you ..

What Interests You Most?

 August 07, 2008 This is a very important question; what interests you most, because your answer to this question determines your destiny. So before you answer, look carefully at all the options and decide which is ..

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