Buddhism Fast Facts
14/11/2013 22:21 (GMT+7)
Nov 11 -- (CNN) -Here's a look at what you need to know about Buddhism, the major religion of many countries in Asia. Known as Buddha-Dharma in the East.
The creed of the buddha
13/11/2013 17:48 (GMT+7)
The Buddha is generally associated with the doctrine of Ahimsa. That is taken to be the be-all and end-all of his teachings. Hardly any one knows that what the Buddha taught is something very vast: far beyond Ahimsa. It is therefore necessary to set out in detail his tenets.

What Buddha said about Sexual Misconduct?
12/11/2013 10:02 (GMT+7)
Buddha asked people to refrain from engaging in sexual misconduct. By ‘Sexual misconduct’, Buddha meant all wrong behavior including gays, inter-course with animals, prostitutes, and women/men other than your spouse, because all those things existed even during his life time.
Settling the mind down
11/11/2013 19:38 (GMT+7)
We cannot force our way into realizing our original nature which is what we are, intrinsically, but which remains hidden from us.  The agitation of our all-too-human mind which is hiding this nature, which is independent of such agitation, can only increase if we force our way.  By the same token, we still need to actively let this agitation settle through various means which includes seated meditation, walking, and pleasant work just to name a few ways.  With such a settled mind, the moment at which agitation completely stops—our original nature or pure Mind becomes clear to us.

Why Some People Are Rich and Others Aren’t (Cula Kamma Vibanga Sutta)
06/11/2013 14:37 (GMT+7)
There is the case where a woman or man is not a giver of food, drink, cloth, sandals, garlands, scents, ointments, beds, dwellings, or lighting to brahmans or contemplatives. Through having adopted & carried out such actions, on the break-up of the body, after death he/she reappears in the plane of deprivation… If instead he/she comes to the human state, he/she is poor wherever reborn. This is the way leading to poverty: not to be a giver of food, drink, cloth, sandals, garlands, scents, ointments, beds, dwellings, or lighting to brahmans or contemplatives.
What the luminous mind of the Buddha shows us
05/11/2013 10:40 (GMT+7)
Is Buddhism a religion?, part 5: The idea of awakening does not offer an escape from self, but a way to attend to its nature.

Buddhist group: Don’t allow religious and ethnic lines to worsen
03/11/2013 17:03 (GMT+7)
Isolation between races and cultures will lead to mistrust and fear as groups grow more separate, warns an international Buddhist group.
What is Abhidhamma?
02/11/2013 18:20 (GMT+7)
Abhidhamma is the analytical doctrine of mental faculties and elements. The Abhidhamma Pitaka contains the profound moral psychology and philosophy of the Buddha’s teaching, in contrast to the simpler discourses in the Sutta Pitaka.

The Middle Way or Eightfold Path
02/11/2013 10:28 (GMT+7)
Way to end all suffering is called the Middle Way because it avoids the two extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification.
The Buddhist pursuit of self-knowledge
31/10/2013 10:20 (GMT+7)
When I was moving towards Buddhism, what acted on my imagination was the image of the Buddha, the representation of a human being whose demeanour reflected composure and self-knowledge. It seemed to be the projection of a human possibility, perhaps illusory, but it threw into relief our ordinary human disarray, particularly at first my own. Later I came to find that Buddhist practice was at its most authentic when I sat in meditation alongside others, an incipient sangha (community of practitioners).

The Path of Secret Mantra
29/10/2013 11:00 (GMT+7)
For the benefit of all sentient beings, I am going to listen to the teaching on the Avalokiteshvara guru yoga method.Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed different paths, the Hinayana and Mahayana, or the Lesser Vehicle and the Great Vehicle, according to the capabilities of sentient beings, the objects to be subdued. Within the Mahayana path, there are two yanas, or vehicles: the Paramitayana and the Mantrayana.
What is Sexual Misconduct?
25/10/2013 08:43 (GMT+7)
What is “sexual misconduct” (kamesu micchacara)? Here are two definitions in the Buddha’s own words.

Finding peace through Zen
22/10/2013 15:35 (GMT+7)
October 22-- During the 6th century AD, the Indian monk Bodhidharma, 28th successor of Buddha, traveled to China to meet Buddhist monks and followers, study and meditate.
Do You Still Get Angry?
22/10/2013 15:24 (GMT+7)
One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.” Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”

The sources of Happiness
21/10/2013 19:13 (GMT+7)
Two years ago, a friend of mine had an unexpected windfall. Eighteen months before that time, she had quit her job as a nurse to go to work for two friends who were starting a small health-care company.The company enjoyed meteoric  success,  and within the eighteen months they were bought out by a large conglomerate for a huge sum.
Marriage – a Dhamma point of view
20/10/2013 12:56 (GMT+7)
Marriage forms an integral part of our lives. Thus, before we enter this union, we need to analyse carefully the reason why we marry. If we cannot find a good reason, it means that we are probably not ready to marry. Love alone is not reliable, because it is likely we may change our minds later. There should be something greater, something that makes a marriage worthwhile, a binding of two lives.

The significance of Vap Poya
20/10/2013 12:51 (GMT+7)
Vas season or rain-retreat is the time frame or the period where the Buddhist monks remain indoors or in their monasteries for months, commencing from the Esala Pura Pasalosvaka Poya to Vap Full Moon Poya Day. The Vap Pura Pasalosvaka Poya Day is also called the Cheevara Masaya or the month of robes.
Tisarana and Purification of Mind
17/10/2013 09:22 (GMT+7)
Those who are wise, who listen to and understand this doctrine, also comprehend the reality of Sansara (Round of Existence). This understanding causes one to seek relief from the unsatisfactory state of Sansara. Those who realize this, also realize that there is none other than the Samma Sambuddha who can show the way to achieving this goal. Those who understand, seek refuge in the Buddha, saying ‘Buddham saranam gacchami’.

The Advice given to Venerable Rahula – Think Wisely
14/10/2013 18:50 (GMT+7)
The Lord Buddha once visited Ambalattika temple where Venerable Rahula was living and, by using a mirror as a simile, explained to him how to purify the three outlets. It is clear that this explanation demonstrates the only way to the purification of the mind.
Talking about Secular Ethics and Continuing the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
14/10/2013 17:06 (GMT+7)
Mexico City, Mexico 13, October 2013 - Immediately after he had arrived at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico this morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with representatives of two local Buddhist groups. He was keen to explain to them that performing rituals and saying prayers is fine up to a point, but in the twenty-first century it is important to understand what Buddhism is about, which requires study. He also told them that scientists and others are taking greater interest in Buddhism for what it can tell them about the mind. A project is underway to compile materials from the Kangyur and Tengyur related to Buddhist science, philosophy and religion, which will make them easier to study in an academic way. He encouraged the making of such provisions in Dharma centres too.

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