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Just As You Are: Buddhism For Foolish Beings

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The scriptures of Vajrayana have not yet been put in any kind of order. The number of participants is limited to 20. Applicants should submit an abstract of their thesis or dissertation (max. 500 words), a statement of motivation (max 1 page), a brief statement by the applicant’s supervisor, as well as proof of current university enrollment. The situation was ripe for change and thus two new sects, Jodo-shu (Pure Land) and Jodoshin-shu (True Pure Land) were born. The supposedly shared presupposition is the possibility of mysteriuosly cultivating an infallible or superhuman intuitive guidance system.

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The Heart Sutra & The Infinite Sutra

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Unlike Bhutan and Sikkim, Nepal has been strong enough to retain territory down into the Gangetic plain. Indeed, we are not the rulers, but the slaves to our own minds. After some Buddhist studies, one will find that the difference between Theravada and Mahayana on this issue is lesser than first thought: Even Mahayana deny the existence of an eternal and almighty Creator (while accepting Buddha Nature or Emptiness as the one underlying reality of all), and even Theravada admit the existence of mortal and limited divine beings (although of lesser consequence in Theravada than in Mahayana).

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How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment

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The monastic discipline soon involved many more rules, and the Five Precepts became simple moral injunctions that applied to the laity as well as to the monks and nuns -- until debate began about whether the Precepts needed to be observed at all. H. 14th Dalai Lama, with commentary by H. Dalai Lama, Nam-kha Pel - Chö Yang magazine Vol 1 No.1, 1986. With the ‘merit’ of a prayer affecting one’s future reality, and the number of times a prayer is said being important, Tibetans have developed ‘machinery’ to magnify the quantity of prayers.

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Awakening Compassion: Meditation Practice for Difficult

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Avoid active gesturing while speaking as it might be perceived as anger or lack of self-control. Such gifts are often given to the relics of the Buddha, to images made to represent him, and to other traces of his presence, such as places where his footprint can supposedly be seen. Seidenstuecker, Karl, "Die Weltmission des Buddhismus und das Abendland", in: Buddhistische Warte, 3. Tibet too has a very strong Buddhist Tantric background which continues, albeit many have been transplanted to monasteries in India, and claims to be a right-hand path, in contrast to the more varied Hindu counterparts (that include both left and right-hand practices).

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Way of the Realized Old Dogs

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Eisai established firm relations with the new military government in Kamakura and the military caste that held sway there. How should a person of weighty craving practice the Dharma? 84. This pagan doctrine has done much to enrich the Church and give the Pope tremendous power over the people. 7. Traditionally, monks and nuns have been seen as the real full-time Buddhists, and lay people as part-time supporters. If the ritual is performed for such a purpose, the participating monk would specially mention this fact and transfer the merits earned.

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Minding Mind: A Course in Basic Meditation

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In some important ways, the Buddhist view of the universe resembles the view developed by 20th-century physics. Often people think that to be a spiritual person, we must ignore or neglect our everyday life, and go into another, special realm. Directing anger-energy makes a powerful antidoteagainst our own negative emotion of anger. (See for example the meditation on anger on how this process works.) IS BUDDHIST TANTRA DERIVED FROM HINDU TANTRA?

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Buddhism in Sri Lanka

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This subtle difference means training not just to gain insights and personal release from Samsara, but also to actually become a Buddha, a fully enlightened being who compassionately helps others through their lives to attain wisdom and realisation. To this East-West gathering of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, arriving by helicopter under heavy security because of threats upon his life, comes the Dalai Lama. Taking Refuge is only the first step into becoming a better person.

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Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

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Esala Poya assumes prominence for yet another ritual of the Sri Lankan Buddhists. Nibbana cannot be described in terms of our normal experience, which is so limited. The bell may be rung or beaten to inform the community that a meeting or special event is about to occur. And some feel that either these passages about literal rebirth were added to the Pali canon at a later time, or that the writers misunderstood or mistranslated the teachings, or that Buddha was victim to the times he was born in, or that he put a lot of weight in meditation experience.

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The Book of Tea

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Earnest seekers of truth are therefore often faced with the unsavory task of wading through fragmentary teachings of dubious accuracy. This is understandable given the preservation of the Pâli Canon in Ceylon and the attention that this attracted from 19th century Buddhologists. But precepts, religious observances and rituals can have an important role for other purposes. Many groups hold that the body contains a series of energy centres (chakra - "wheel"), which may be associated with elements, planets or occult powers (siddhi).

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The Gateless Gate [Illustrated]

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He promises to obey the rules and concentrate the overcoming of dukka (suffering). As a religious faith, its doctrines are much the same as that of the Japanese Mahayana Buddhism, but its practice is modified by the same cultural patterns and influences which affect other Vietnamese. (5) Hoa Hao (Pronounced "Wah How"): This reform Buddhist group has doctrines which stress simplicity of basic Buddhist precepts, and was founded by Huynh Phu So in 1939. Moreover, modern problems such as abortion and euthanasia are still unresolved subjects of controversy.

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