White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene

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It found followers among all different social classes since its theories were simple and based on the principle that everybody can achieve salvation by strongly believing in the Buddha Amida. In a note added on H6ei 7 (1710). with the transmission taking place before the accession ceremony.8. Rely upon them; do not depend upon any other teaching." As I have noted, it is tempting to many to see the Buddha as essentially a philosopher and Buddhism as profoundly unlike other world religions -- perhaps not a religion at all.

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Tantric Buddhism in East Asia

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I am not on the schedule of practicing precisely every morning and evening, but I consider myself a Buddhist. The precept implies acting non-violently wherever possible, and many Buddhists are vegetarian for this reason. Around the age of thirty he left his privileged life in court to became an ascetic, and spent several years traveling and meditating on the human condition, considering especially the reality of suffering.

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How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

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Forest dwelling is an institution that doesn't really develop as such in Jainism and Buddhism, although we do have the Buddha repairing to a forest outside the traveling season -- a practice that will develop into Buddhist monasticism. We recognize that there are a variety of ways to spell proper names and places and we may use several of them. Because there are some cultish or cult-like groups within Tibetan Buddhism to infer from this Tibetan Buddhism in general is a cult is a generalisation that goes a bit too far for me, and it’s no valid proof either because you cannot infer validly „because one child of the family is crazy the whole family is crazy.“ You say: „You should regard your guru as a fully enlightened buddha […]“ but you miss to contextualise this teaching, which is mainly a training, and shouldn’t be understood on a literally level.

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Buddhist Daily Sutra Chanting: English/Chinese Edition for

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Therefore, I only asked some clarifying questions, but did not pursue much beyond that. Siddhartha Gotama, an Indian prince, founded Buddhism to teach enlightenment. Cultivating these personal qualities, in turn, serves as a foundation for spiritual awakening. While the Portuguese were occupying Ceylon, in 1580 the Kingdom of Portugal itself became a possession of Spain. Some forms of magic involved the manipulation of various substances, but we should not forget that the terms for physical things and actions were often used as symbols for mental processes.

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The Center Of The Sunlit Sky: Madhyamaka In The Kagyu

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They are all, even those not actually spoken by him, to be 'Buddhavacana' or the word of the Buddha. All Buddhist traditions go back to the Buddha and most emphasize studying the life of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. This god is said to have arrived in the island to fulfill this mission. Think that Buddha is in your heart, or you can visualize the elaborate refuge merit field, or just Buddha—who is the entire guru, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, and all the holy objects in the ten directions.

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Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen

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Sites of convergence, between land and river or two, or even better three, rivers, carry special significance and are specially sacred. This offering is regarded as especially meritorious. Initially, prajñā is attained at a conceptual level by means of listening to sermons (dharma talks), reading, studying, and sometimes reciting Buddhist texts and engaging in discourse. Sangharakshita sees that the underlying unity of Buddhism is the act of Going for Refuge to Buddhism’s Three Jewels of the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddha’s teachings), and the Sangha (the community of the Buddha).

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Beyond Happiness: The Zen Way to True Contentment

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The nirmanakaya is the mode of flesh and blood, physical existence. I learned of the site from Dharma Wheel: http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=3572#p181726 Yes, as usual, a religion has its additions and unnecessary rules. In many cases, these divisions stem from the teachings of great masters, who arise continually to lead bands of followers with a new revelation or path to salvation. The practice of Dorje Namjum is a practice for the purification of ourselves, others, and the environment.

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The Path of the Elders: A Modern Exposition of Ancient

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My issue is with the way it’s represented. Pönkya Gönpo Wanggyal counseled that a lhapa or lhamo practiced their vocation solely to help sentient beings and that their power must not be misused. The apparent failure of the first councils to unite the Sangha has to be gauged against the basic values of the teaching itself, the nature of monastic constitution, and the conception of internal authority. Buddhism is different from many other faiths because it is not centred on the relationship between humanity and God.

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Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your

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Characteristic of Tibetan Buddhism is the unusually large segment of the population actively engaged in religious pursuits (up until the Chinese communist takeover of the country in the 1950s an estimated one-quarter of the inhabitants were members of religious orders); its system of "reincarnating lamas"; the traditional merger of the spiritual and temporal authority in the office and person of the Dalai Lama; and the vast number of divine beings (each with its own family, consort, and pacific and terrifying aspects), which are considered symbolic representations of the psychic life by the religiously sophisticated and accepted as realities by the common people.

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Gendering Chinese Religion: Subject, Identity, and Body

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Obstacles to Growth :� The Three major sources of suffering are seen as primary obstacles to achieving nirvana. So to have a complete happiness, an ultimate happiness, one needs to bring the mind to a state of complete or ultimate happiness. To put a positive spin on the issue, seeing other people’s suffering gives us a sense of community and togetherness; it reinforces the idea that we’re all in this together. The two main divisions of Buddhism that developed were the Hinayana, or lesser vehicle, and Mahayana, or greater vehicle.

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