Basic Questions on Detachment, Nonviolence, and Compassion
13/11/2010 06:24 (GMT+7)
The Buddhist meaning of detachment is slightly different from what the word normally means in English. Detachment in Buddhism is connected with renunciation. The word renunciation in English is also misleading, for it implies that we have to give up everything and go live in a cave.
Integrating Dharma into Our Lives
13/11/2010 06:23 (GMT+7)
I’d like to speak about the practice of Dharma in daily life. The word Dharma means a preventive measure. It’s something that we do in order to avoid problems. The first thing that we need to do in order to involve ourselves with Dharma practice is to recognize the various types of problems or difficulties we have in life.

Daily Life and Practice of Western Buddhists
13/11/2010 06:23 (GMT+7)
This is why it's said that, for us, it is very difficult to relate directly to the Buddhas. I mean, their qualities are just beyond imagination. But, we can relate through the spiritual teacher. That's not just any spiritual teacher – not just some lama who's done a three year retreat and comes and teaches in a center.
What appeals to me most in Buddhism
17/11/2010 03:38 (GMT+7)
It was many years ago when I became a Buddhist and I was quite young, between 14 and 16, but I remember that it was first of all the two facts of rebirth and Kamma which convinced me of the truth of the Dhamma. I say "facts" because even among many non-Buddhists rebirth is now well on the way to being a proven truth, and once it is accepted the reality of Kamma must be accepted with it

How I Become a Practicing Buddhist
17/11/2010 03:37 (GMT+7)
We have all that we need. All we have to do is to start noticing what is around us. That's when the spark of Right View begins to arise. The result of Right View is that Right Aspiration or Right Thought arises. This happens to us in various ways. I'm sure it has happened to everyone here, especially when we have a traumatic experience, or something helps us to stop and think and observe.
The Buddha wasn't a Buddhist
03/12/2010 00:47 (GMT+7)
New York, USA -- If we want to be free of the pain we inflict on ourselves and each other -- in other words, if we want to be happy -- then we have to learn to think for ourselves.

The Mendicant Saffron Robe: Origin and Significance
07/01/2011 23:59 (GMT+7)
Kasaya in Sanskrit has nothing to do with clothing; it really means faded color, or muddy sludge, or perished and damaged. According to the Chinese texts, kasaya was transliterated to (1) fading color, or (2) dirty, polluted, thrashed, and also (3) neutral color or secondary color, or (4) tarnished, ruined, spoiled…
How would we know there are previous and future lives?
12/05/2011 03:28 (GMT+7)
The fundamental ability of a common person cannot see into his/her previous or future lives. Only the upper-level meditation practitioners, who are able to go deep into their own inner mind, who have attained many meditative stages, or who have acquired the divine celestial eye (s. Divyacaksus) and the divine transcendental knowledge (s. Purvanivasanusmrti), can see into their numerous previous and future lives.

The Image of Kwan-Yin of Thousand Eyes and Thousand Arms
12/05/2011 03:27 (GMT+7)
Above is the picture of Kwan-Yin of Thousand Arms and Eyes. The real statue was 3.6 meters tall, carved from wood and painted and inlaid with gold, and is displayed at the Ancient Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the replica of the original statue still in use at the Ninh Phuc Temple – also known as the “Pencil Stupa” temple because of its pointed construction – in Bac Ninh, North Vietnam.
A Talk on the Relationship between Masters and Disciples
12/05/2011 03:26 (GMT+7)
While Milarepa was training under lord Marpa, Marpa gave Milarepa nothing but a hard time in the beginning. For a long time Marpa did not grant him empowerments or instructions. During that time, Milarepa did not lose even the tiniest bit of trust in his guru, though on many occasions he did become somewhat discouraged.

“Buddhism is an academic subject”  the Dalai Lama
10/06/2011 01:53 (GMT+7)
Dharamshala, June 3 - “Buddhism is an academic subject and Nalanda was an academic centre. The principles and tenets of Buddhism should not be just left in the scriptures”, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama to a packed auditorium of young Tibetans at Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School, Dharamshala, today.
Is Buddhism of actual importance to our age?
11/06/2011 18:06 (GMT+7)
Within the short time of our communication here, hundred of thousands of people are being born or are dying. These occurrences are so self-evident that we hardly take notice of them...

The House of the Six Perfections
04/07/2011 14:17 (GMT+7)
When I was invited to write a paper for this conference, I was rather worried. I am not so much a scholar, so I am reluctant to attempt a learned paper. What should I do? Then it came to me — I would tell you a story. The story is about building a house, because building a house is a practical thing to do, and I am a practical person. I like to do things, rather than develop theories about how things should be done.
A Common Buddhist Chanting in English
04/07/2011 23:48 (GMT+7)
Chanting plays an important role in the practice, preservation and continuation of the Buddha Dharma throughout the centuries. Various Buddhist traditions have developed Buddhist chanting over time either in Pali or other national languages in harmony with their cultural and ethnic traditions

Do We Need National Buddhist Traditions?
04/08/2011 01:44 (GMT+7)
Abstract:If we define the word “nation” we discover that there exist many concepts about it. But all these concepts about a group of people called “nation” are based on the limited experience and view of a certain place and time. In the same way as an individual identifies with a “self”, a nation identifies with its characteristics and typical features it proclaims. In the same way many Buddhists identify themselves with a certain national Buddhist tradition. But the Buddha didn’t give his teachings to a certain nation, but to everybody who asked for advice or a teaching.
Should Buddhists Be Vegetarians?
30/09/2011 01:34 (GMT+7)
All Buddhists are expected to observe the five precepts. Out of these, when we observe the first precept, we promise not to take the life of any living being and not to harm any such being. It is quite clear that we cannot consume fleshwithout someone else killing the animals for us. If we do not consume meat or meat products, there will be no killing of animals. The first precept is an injunction against destroying life and hurting others.

What is the Zen master talking about?
12/07/2012 05:05 (GMT+7)
Intend in the following to make sense of Zen non-sense. Fundamental Zen terms like "naturalness" and "emptiness" and "nothingness" are used in disregard of the COIK principle: Clear Only If Known. For example, Shunryu Suzuki, a Zen master, said, "It is absolutely necessary for everyone to believe in nothing."
Spiritual Inquiry In Buddhism
28/08/2012 23:22 (GMT+7)
Buddhism stands unique among the world's spiritual traditions for its rich set of methods for integrating rigorous conceptual inquiry with the art of meditation. In Buddhist meditation we find intriguing techniques such as the Zen use of insight riddles (koan) and the sophisticated Middle Path (Madhyamika) method of paradoxical deconstruction (prasanga-vicara).

Compassion: An East-West Comparison
15/06/2012 04:40 (GMT+7)
Compassion is an emotion that occupies a central position in Mahayana Buddhist philosophy while it is often a neglected subject in contemporary western philosophy. This essay is a comparison between an Eastern view of compassion based upon Mahayana Buddhist perspectives and a western view of the same emotion.
Imitating the Buddha and Buddhist Studies
27/03/2012 06:10 (GMT+7)
What is Imitating the Buddha (xue fo)? I think we can refer to Master Yin Shun’s statement for a simple and straightforward definition. Quoted from Master’s book Buddha in the Human World is his statement: “Imitating the Buddha is emulating the Buddha, practicing by taking the Buddha as a model. How the Buddha has completed his practice of Buddhahood and we follow suit.” (p.128)

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