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The Heart Sutra & The Lotus Sutra

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No matter whether many people come to an organized event or not, even practicing it with one person is worthwhile. Since we have ongoing residential courses and retreats, we ask visitors to help support our students by keeping silence while here. Because Buddhism does not recognize such a Divine Power to who each man is personally responsible, "Sin" as understood in the Christian context does not exist. 11. The rituals that included animal sacrifices, according to the Vedas, were not meant for eating flesh.

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Naked Seeing: The Great Perfection, the Wheel of Time, and

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If the young man is a very responsible person, he probably wants to be sure of his feeling, and he may wait a long time before saying it. To an even greater extent than Buddhism, certain syncretic religions set forth ideas that stood in tension with the hierarchical, earthbound, and collectivist assumptions of the traditional Chinese state and society. His life story and teachings were at first passed down orally, then in written form, and became the foundation for what we now call Buddhism.

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Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of

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New sects abounded, including various skeptics (e.g., Sanjaya Belatthiputta), atomists (e.g., Pakudha Kaccayana), materialists (e.g., Ajita Kesakambali), and antinomians (i.e., those against rules or laws—e.g., Purana Kassapa). It will be used during worship ceremonies for the dead in the family home. The matriarch of the Drigung Kagyu lineage is grandmother, Achi Chokyi Drolma. Reincarnation is like pouring water from one cup into another. I sat there for awhile with a hot herb tea and relaxed in this fresh and clean home.

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Zen Bow, Zen Arrow: The Life and Teachings of Awa Kenzo, the

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The acceptance by Buddhists of the teachings of karma and rebirth and the concept of the no-self gives rise to a difficult problem: how can rebirth take place without a permanent subject to be reborn? Its doctrines and those developed by other forerunners of the Mahāyāna represented liberalizing solutions to cumulative tensions which had been present within the Sangha almost from the very beginning. This allows for the maintenance of perfectly straight spine. Groner, Paul. "Saicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School."

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Life of the Buddha According to the Ancient texts and

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Rather, time in the Bardo resembles time in the dream state where past and future come to be mixed up together. After his own spiritual awakening, he taught four basic lessons about the nature of life. San'indb [the road along the northern slopes of the mountains]. and 25 of the Lofur Sum. Western scholars identify this movement as Neo-Daoist but since it fixed the enduring forms of a “traditional text” and provided the first systematic commentaries, that cosmological conception has come to dominate traditional Chinese views of Daoism.

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Challenging Times: Stories of Buddhist Practice When Things

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Or, at any rate, there was considerable demand for information on how to raise vetalis. National holidays and family rites of passage, as well as matsuri, are celebrated at local or neighborhood shrines. One king, named Ashoka, was so troubled by the effects of the conquests on humanity that he converted to Buddhism. After some years I chose to take monastic vows. Instead, it should lead the Buddhist to see the value of every moment of existence, and be diligent in their meditation and other religious practice.

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This Precious Life: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on the Path

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As regards the offering of drinks and beverages, it is customary to offer these prepared from fruit-juices. Dynamism is that quality by which the Buddhist not only seeks to escape repetitious existences, but seeks to help others achieve Enlightenment also. Remember hearing about the “Cycle of Life?” A cycle is a series of changes. It's taken time, but such conversations have begun to trickle down to on-the-ground action in places such as Seattle, a city both known for its liberal culture and its segregated populace.

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Collected Wheel Publications: Volume X: Numbers 132 to 151

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This is placed on a separate decorated table on a side within the pavilion. The 700 year old ceremony is believed to make children more intelligent, luckier and healthier and is practiced by both Muslims and Hindus in the region. With Right Intent and correct understanding, we then remove desire, which in turn causes the suffering defined in the Four Noble Truths. The Pāramita deeds include six factors: giving, practicing ethical disciplines, right efforts, patience, meditation, and wisdom.

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Abiding in Mindfulness Volume 3: On Dhamma

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To become a Bhikkhu (Buddhist monk) however there is a long process of disciplinary training and education ceremony involving the novice (the name given to a person seeking to become a monk), the abbot (head of the monastery) and the Sangha (the community of monks). Also, they meditate around mandalas, circular diagrams that represent a universe. This is a deep, pervasive, but normal kind of alienation--one seemingly built into the nature of the human nervous system.

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Beyond the Sea: The Teachings of Mahamudra

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At the end of that period, close family members meet for a ceremonial meal and often give gifts to the poor or to charities. Besides the saffron and yellow robes, bonzes may wear either a brown or off-shade white robe. I only say this because I was like that and I recognize myself in a lot of fellow Buddhists who are like that. When Lord Buddha appeared, the people of India, although following the Vedas, had deviated from the primary goal of Vedic philosophy. It is a quick introduction, but was carefully prepared by competent researchers with the aid of many Japanese scholars and is still useful for reference.

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