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Is Mount Meru Still the Center of the Universe...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Buddhist texts and teachers sometimes refer to Mount Meru, also called Sumeru (Sanskrit) or Sineru (Pali). Mount Meru is a sacred mountain in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain mythology. For a time, the existence (or not) of Meru was a heated controversy.



Five Major Bodhisattvas - Great Beings of...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Bodhisattvas work to bring all beings to enlightenment. Countless transcendent bodhisattvas are found in Buddhist art and literature, but these five are the most important.



Linji Chan (Rinzai Zen) Buddhism in China

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Linji school of Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism is known for formal koan contemplation. Chinese Linji Chan is the ancestor of Japanese Rinzai Zen.



What the Buddha Taught About Sensual Desire and...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Buddha taught that sensual desire is a major hindrance to realizing enlightenment. But how do you free yourself from desire?



A List of Buddhists Lists, Part 3

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The third section of the List of Buddhist Lists, with lists of items of more than ten.



The Five Niyamas

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Five Niyamas are natural laws or causal factors that affect physical and mental phenomena. Karma is one of the Niyamas, but not the only one.



The Ten Bhumis of Buddhism

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Ten Bhumis are a list from early Mahayana Buddhism describing ten stages of development of the bodhisattva.



Buddhism in Vietnam

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Vietnamese Buddhism played a key role in critical events of the 20th century. Today it is subject to government control and oppression.



What the Diamond Sutra Is Really About

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

It is commonly said that the Diamond Sutra is about impermanence. This completely misses the mark.






Bodhicitta - Walking the Buddha's Path for the...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

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What Are the Thirty-One Realms of Buddhism?

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

As you study Buddhism you may run into mention of the 31 Realms. Here is a handy-dandy beginner's guide to them.






What Do Rituals Symbolize in Buddhism?

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Can there be Buddhism without the rituals? Maybe, but the rituals do have a purpose.



Buddhist Sutta-pitaka - Second Section of the...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Sutta-pitaka is the oldest record of what are believed to be the Buddha's sermons. What does it contain? How accurate is it?



The First Buddhist Monks

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Buddha and his first disciples had no fixed place to call home. They slept under trees and begged for all of their food. Their only clothes were robes they patched together from cloth taken from rubbish heaps.



Meet Avalokiteshvara, Buddhism's Bodhisattva of...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is beloved to Mahayana Buddhists as the embodiment of infinite compassion. Here is some background on this bodhisattva.






Anatman or Anatta Is the Foundational Buddhist...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Anatman or anatta is the Buddhist teaching of no-self. It is a central concept that individual identity is ephemeral and there is no unchanging soul.






What Are the Eight Auspicious Symbols of...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism are from ancient Indian culture and frequently appear in Buddhist art. Here are the symbols and what they mean.



New to Buddhism? Try One of These Popular Books

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

In the West, many of us begin our journey in Buddhism by reading a book. Here is a list of recommended books for learning about Buddhism.



How to Find a Good Buddhist Teacher

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Why do Buddhists need teachers? How do you find a teacher? How can you tell real Buddhist teachers from frauds? Here are some basic guidelines to help you find the right teacher for you.



History and Description of Kathina, the...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Kathina is an ancient ceremony for giving Buddhist monks and nuns gifts of cloth to make robes. This article explains the ceremony and its history.



About Buddhist Nuns - Their Lives and Role

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

There are Buddhist nuns as well as monks, but nuns have not always been supported by Buddhist institutions in Asia.



Overview of the Life and Role of a Buddhist Monk

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

An overview of the life and role of Buddhist bhikkhus (monks).



Samurai Zen

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

Many popular books and even some films have connected Zen Buddhism to Japan's samurai warrior culture. How much of the Zen-samurai connection is real, and how much is myth?



The Raft and the Other Shore: Exploring the...

2017-02-20T11:02:17Z

The Buddha compared his teaching to a raft that can be abandoned once you've reached the other shore. But what does that mean, exactly?



Sambhogakaya Is One of the Three Bodies of a...

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