2017-02-20T11:02:17ZBuddhist 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZBodhisattvas work to bring all beings to enlightenment. Countless transcendent bodhisattvas are found in Buddhist art and literature, but these five are the most important.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Linji school of Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhism is known for formal koan contemplation. Chinese Linji Chan is the ancestor of Japanese Rinzai Zen.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Buddha taught that sensual desire is a major hindrance to realizing enlightenment. But how do you free yourself from desire?
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe third section of the List of Buddhist Lists, with lists of items of more than ten.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Ten Bhumis are a list from early Mahayana Buddhism describing ten stages of development of the bodhisattva.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZVietnamese Buddhism played a key role in critical events of the 20th century. Today it is subject to government control and oppression.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZIt is commonly said that the Diamond Sutra is about impermanence. This completely misses the mark.
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2017-02-20T11:02:17ZAs you study Buddhism you may run into mention of the 31 Realms. Here is a handy-dandy beginner's guide to them.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZCan there be Buddhism without the rituals? Maybe, but the rituals do have a purpose.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Sutta-pitaka is the oldest record of what are believed to be the Buddha's sermons. What does it contain? How accurate is it?
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZAvalokiteshvara Bodhisattva is beloved to Mahayana Buddhists as the embodiment of infinite compassion. Here is some background on this bodhisattva.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZAnatman 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism are from ancient Indian culture and frequently appear in Buddhist art. Here are the symbols and what they mean.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZIn 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZWhy 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.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZKathina is an ancient ceremony for giving Buddhist monks and nuns gifts of cloth to make robes. This article explains the ceremony and its history.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThere are Buddhist nuns as well as monks, but nuns have not always been supported by Buddhist institutions in Asia.
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZAn overview of the life and role of Buddhist bhikkhus (monks).
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZMany 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?
2017-02-20T11:02:17ZThe Buddha compared his teaching to a raft that can be abandoned once you've reached the other shore. But what does that mean, exactly?
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