|10/06/2012 06:31 (GMT+7)|
Although different people have different views of what Buddhism is, I think it’s difficult to say, “Buddhism is this, therefore it should be like that.”
It’s difficult to summarize Buddhism in a simplistic way. However, I
can say that Buddhism is different from what most Westerners consider to
|17/06/2012 05:27 (GMT+7)|
Buddhism originated with an Indian prince known as the Buddha, who
taught in Northeast India in the fifth century BC. Two centuries later,
with the support of the Emperor Asoka, Buddhism spread over the greater
part of India and from there traveled the full breadth of the Asian
continent. In several tidal waves of missionary zeal it rose up from its
Indian homeland and inundated other regions, offering the peoples among
whom it took root a solid foundation of faith and wisdom upon which to
build their lives and a source of inspiration towards which to direct
|23/02/2013 17:12 (GMT+7)|
The 36 precepts are taken at the time of ordination of a novice monk or nun.
|25/02/2013 22:50 (GMT+7)|
The subject we are going to discuss today is the most essential point of the 84,000 sets of teachings that the Buddha gave—the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (Heart Sutra). This sutra has various levels which are called the extensive, the intermediate and the short levels. It is called the most essential point because it contains the condensed meaning of all three levels of the Prajnaparamitasutras.
|07/03/2013 15:12 (GMT+7)|
Some people say Buddhism is a religion; some say it is a philosophy. But it is none; but the realization of the truth. You will understand this when you go through the definitions of the words ‘religion’ and ‘philosophy’.
|14/03/2013 22:39 (GMT+7)|
Theravada (pronounced — more or less — “terra-VAH-dah”), the “Doctrine of the Elders,” is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains 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, and Laos) and Sri Lanka. Today Theravada Buddhists number well over 100 million worldwide. In recent decades Theravada has begun to take root in the West.
|19/04/2013 20:41 (GMT+7)|
All religions have some basic rules that define what is good conduct and what kind of conduct should be avoided. In Buddhism, the most important rules are the Five Precepts.
|05/05/2013 12:31 (GMT+7)|
It is Perfect View, Perfect Thought, Perfect Speech, Perfect Action, Perfect Livelihood, Perfect Effort, Perfect Mindfulness and Perfect Concentration.
|06/05/2013 16:10 (GMT+7)|
“Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”
|12/05/2013 15:30 (GMT+7)|
We have come to a couple of related ideas which are common in Buddhism and they are the ideas of karma and rebirth. These ideas are closely inter-related, but because the subject is a fairly wide one, we will begin to deal with the idea of karma today and rebirth in another lecture.
|22/05/2013 16:50 (GMT+7)|
I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One, on a wandering tour among the Kurus with a large community of monks, arrived at Thullakotthita, a town of the Kurus. The brahmans & householders of Thullakotthita heard it said, “Gotama the contemplative — the son of the Sakyans, having gone forth from the Sakyan clan — has arrived at Thullakotthita. And of that Master Gotama this fine reputation has spread: ‘He is indeed a Blessed One, worthy, & rightly self-awakened, consummate in knowledge & conduct, well-gone, a knower of the cosmos, an unexcelled trainer of those persons ready to be tamed, teacher of human & divine beings, awakened, blessed.
|22/05/2013 16:59 (GMT+7)|
“Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be expected. Which eleven?