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Buddhism: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

Posted: August 13, 2015 at 8:43 pm


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"Society" is a creation of the minds of those who inhabit it; it always has been and always will be. Thus, we have always been and will always be empowered to change society for the better.

"Even Tibetan masters are beginning to realize, if you want real devotion and focus, you have to look to the nuns," Tenzin Palmo says.

Many scholars, marked by the schism between Christianity and postmodernity, respond by exploring other spiritualities. Would it not be easier to simply return to Christian spirituality? This is, after all, the spirituality that shaped the West. All westerners still carry it inside, even if in a hibernated version.

Paolo Gambi

Scrittore, mental coach, giornalista. Presidente di Agape Coaching

At first thought, money seems like a simple concept. But what is its role in different faith traditions?

This morning the chapter I was reading is called "Nonagression and the Four Maras." It talks about the night in which Buddha was to attain enlightenment and he sat under a tree.

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August 13th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

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True Buddha School – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted: July 25, 2015 at 12:42 am


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The True Buddha School (Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhn F Zng; Peh-e-j: Chin-hut-chong) is a modern Vajrayana Buddhist sect based in Taiwan and parts of East Asia with influence from Sutrayana and Taoism.

Founded in the late 1980s, the founder of this sect is Lu Sheng-yen (), often referred to by his followers as a tulku, a Tibetan term for a reincarnated teacher or deity. He is called the Root Guru by his disciples. Lu claims to be a fully enlightened buddha, known by his disciples as "Living Buddha Lian-sheng" (). He is a writer who has written approximately 232 books to date.[citation needed] As of Feb of 2013, the organization claims over 5,000,000 became Buddhists through Lu.

Members of the True Buddha School emphasize the necessity to cultivate diligently for the benefit of spiritual advancement, as is practiced in general Vajrayana Buddhism. This is done through empowerment directly from the Root Guru, who himself proclaims to be an emanated being from the Pure Lands shed directly from Vairocana Buddha, then later achieving enlightenment in the human realm through his own rigorous practice and after being given several empowerments from other buddhas and bodhisattvas. A Tantric Buddhist practitioner cannot rely solely on listening or reading spiritual doctrines, or simply worshiping and paying respect to buddhas and bodhisattvas as the method to achieve the goal of spiritual liberation. All students are expected to follow the fourteen Root Tantric Vows (known as Vajrayana samaya) along with the Five Precepts that all Buddhists should follow, and to respect the Root Guru.

There is a structured curriculum to guide the student's practice, and at each level, a specific yoga is practiced. To advance to the next level, the student must achieve yogic response from the yoga being practiced in the current level and receive empowerment for the yoga of the next level.

As a beginner, there are specific yogas that are practiced to establish a strong foundation. The yoga practiced in the first stage is Vajrasattva yoga, a great repentance yoga to purify bad karma. The next level is Guru Yoga, followed by Personal Deity yoga and then the inner body practices of energy yoga.

True Buddha School has chapters across North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Latin America, though the size of each local chapter varies. The main temple is located in Redmond, Washington, it also served as the main residence where Lu resided while he was living in United States. He lived in Tahiti with his wife Lian Hsiang in solitude for six years before re-emerging in the US in 2006, returning to his home in Redmond.

The majority of the followers of the True Buddha School are located in Asia, and many devotees are from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Across North America, Australia, and Europe, the majority of the students are immigrants of Asian descent.

True Buddha School's funding relies heavily on donations. This is supplemented with the income from the publication of Lu's books and videos of his sermons. The money is used to publish its teaching materials and for charity work such as the South Asian Tsunami relief effort. True Buddha School disseminates Buddhist teachings through Lu's sermons, books and articles. These materials are supplemented with sermons and articles by other acharyas (other gurus) certified by the grand master. Lu's books are mainly published in Chinese, with a limited number currently being translated into English. However, more translations are slowly being made to reach a wider audience. Many of the major True Buddha School sadhanas (liturgies) and practices are available in English.

Venerable Hsuan Hua warned his disciples about Lu Sheng-yen's claims, lamenting that many modern people lack wisdom, and dismissing Lu by saying, "I don't know what this person is. I call him a demon runt."[1] Lu was criticized for eating meat, drinking alcohol, and "playing around with women."[2]

Despite being the largest Vajrayana sect in Taiwan, the True Buddha School has been criticized by six Buddhist organizations in Malaysia.[3] Although the founder has attained various Tibetan lineages, questions remained.[clarification needed][4][5]

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July 25th, 2015 at 12:42 am

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If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him Daily Buddhism

Posted: July 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm


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By brian@brianschell.com, on December 1st, 2008

Question:

I have heard the phrase If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him! many times. Can you explain this?

Answer:

It actually comes from an old koan attributed to Zen Master Linji, (the founder of the Rinzai sect). Its a simple one:

If you meet the Buddha, kill him. Linji

Im sure you already realize that its not being literal. The road, the killing, and even the Buddha are symbolic.

The road is generally taken to mean the path to Enlightenment; that might be through meditation, study, prayer, or just some aspect of your way of life. Your life is your road. Thats fairly straightforward as far as metaphors go.

But how do you meet the Buddha on this road? Imagine meeting some symbolic Buddha. Would he be a great teacher that you might actually meet and follow in the real world? Could that Buddha be you yourself, having reached Enlightenment? Or maybe you have some idealized image of perfection that equates to your concept of the Buddha or Enlightenment.

Whatever your conception is of the Buddha, its WRONG! Now kill that image and keep practicing. This all has to do with the idea that reality is an impermanent illusion. If you believe that you have a correct image of what it means to be Enlightened, then you need to throw out (kill) that image and keep meditating.

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July 20th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6 – YouTube

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm


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In which John relates a condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. John explores Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. He also gets into the reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.

Resources:

Awesome comic book about Ashoka by Anant Pai: http://dft.ba/-ashoka He did a huge series of comics about Indian history and religion: http://dft.ba/-AnantPai

India: A History by John Keay: http://dft.ba/-IndiaHistory

The Bhagavad Gita: http://dft.ba/-gita

The Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, and Rig Veda, all-in-one edition: http://dft.ba/-India

Credits:

Executive Producer: John Green Producer: Stan Muller Writer and historian: Raoul Meyer Script Supervisor: Danica Johnson Music: Jason Weidner

Thought Bubble is a product of the Smart Bubble Society: http://dft.ba/-smartbubble the Smart Bubble Society is: Suzanna Brusikiewicz Jonathon Corbiere Nick Counter Allan Levy James Tuer Adam Winnik

Set Design: Donna Sink Props: Brian McCutcheon

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May 6th, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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Buddhism For Beginners (Part 1: The Buddha & The Three Jewels) – Video

Posted: May 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm


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Buddhism For Beginners (Part 1: The Buddha The Three Jewels)
What is up! Thanks to your feedback online, this week we #39;ll be starting a new Mini-Series on one of my favorite most respected world philosophies, Buddhism! I #39;ll be giving you guys a brief...

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May 4th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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May 03, 2015 Fundamentals of Buddhism (34) by Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Acchariya at TDS Dhamma Class – Video

Posted: May 3, 2015 at 8:47 pm


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May 03, 2015 Fundamentals of Buddhism (34) by Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Acchariya at TDS Dhamma Class
http://www.tdsusa.org Theravada Dhamma Society, Daly City Bay Area, California, U.S.A. Dhamma Class by Venerable Sayadaw Ashin Acchariya on May 03, 2015. Title: Fundamentals of Buddhism (34) ...

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May 3rd, 2015 at 8:47 pm

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Buddhism Movie – Video

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm


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Buddhism Movie

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May 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm

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Our Western philosophical trajectory: Nietzsche, Buddhism and satori – Video

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Our Western philosophical trajectory: Nietzsche, Buddhism and satori
Philosophical survivalism and influence from a Nietzschean point of view. Bataille, Nietzsche, and what Bataille refers to as "theopathy". Cf. http://unsanesafe.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/the-shamani...

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May 2nd, 2015 at 12:46 pm

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Buddhism and alien abductions | by Ajahn Brahm – Video

Posted: May 1, 2015 at 6:52 am


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Buddhism and alien abductions | by Ajahn Brahm
Buddhism and alien abductions? - What #39;s Ajahn Brahm on about? Listen to the talk to find out. The dharma talks recorded by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia at Dhammaloka Buddhist...

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May 1st, 2015 at 6:52 am

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MOSAIC – Tibetan Buddhism 4.19.15 segment 4 – Video

Posted: April 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm


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MOSAIC - Tibetan Buddhism 4.19.15 segment 4
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