A Five Minute Introduction
04/02/2010 16:52 (GMT+7)
Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35.
An Introduction to Buddhism
04/02/2010 16:55 (GMT+7)
This short essay is intended to give a brief introduction to Buddhism. It will discuss the way Buddhists perceive the world, the four main teachings of the Buddha, the Buddhist view of the self, the relationship between this self and the various ways in which it responds to the world, the Buddhist path and the final goal.

Bodhicitta: the Perfection of Dharma
04/02/2010 17:03 (GMT+7)
Lama Thubten Yeshe gave this teaching during a five-day meditation course he conducted at Dromana, near Melbourne, Australia, in March, 1975. Edited by Nicholas Ribush. This teaching appears in the November/December 1997 issue of Mandala Magazine.
Buddhism - An Introduction
05/02/2010 08:29 (GMT+7)
In the year 563B.C. on the border of modern day Nepal and India, a son was born to a chieftain of the Sakya clan. His name was Siddhartha Gotama and at the age of thirty-five, he attained, after six years of struggle and through his own insight, full enlightenment or Buddhahood. The term 'Buddha' is not a name of a god or an incarnation of a god, despite later Hindu claims to the contrary, but is a title for one who has realised through good conduct, mental cultivation, and wisdom the cause of life's vicissitudes and the way to overcome them.

Buddhist Ethics
05/02/2010 08:47 (GMT+7)
Essentially, according to Buddhist teachings, the ethical and moral principles are governed by examining whether a certain action, whether connected to body or speech is likely to be harmful to one's self or to others and thereby avoiding any actions which are likely to be harmful. In Buddhism, there is much talk of a skilled mind. A mind that is skilful avoids actions that are likely to cause suffering or remorse.
Questions And Answers On Buddhism
05/02/2010 09:05 (GMT+7)
The following questions and answers have been especially formulated with the newcomer to Buddhism in mind.Who was the Buddha? What does the word 'Buddha' mean? What did the Buddha teach?

Educating Buddhist Children in Sri Lanka
11/02/2010 04:57 (GMT+7)
The teachings of the Buddha recorded in the Pali canon and in the other scriptures written in Sanskrit, Prakrit etc. is called Dhamma in this context. It includes not only the doctrines such as Four Noble Truths, Three Characteristics, Dependent Coorigination but also the various ethical teachings relevant to both Sangha and lay society.
Sangha and Politics in Sri Lanka
11/02/2010 10:40 (GMT+7)
The role of the Sangha in politics in Asia has always been a hugely debated one.  In the light of events in recent times, the “saffron revolution” has once again dominated the headlines.

The Legend of Laba rice porridge
11/02/2010 10:35 (GMT+7)
  Buddhism was well accepted in the areas inhabited by the Han Chinese, who believed that Sakyamuni, the first Buddha and founder of the religion, attained enlightenment on the eighth day of the twelfth month. Sutras were chanted in the temples and rice porridge with beans, nuts and dried fruit was prepared for the Buddha.
The Buddhist Mortal System
11/02/2010 10:34 (GMT+7)
The Ten virtues and Ten vices–The cause of human stupidity is in the passions–The Five prohibitions–The Ten prohibitions–Klaproth's praise of Buddhism–But it is atheistic, and therefore this praise should be qualified–Kindness to animals based on the fiction of transmigration–Buddhism teaches compassion

The Ten Schools of Chinese Buddhism
11/02/2010 10:32 (GMT+7)
The Chinese possess a history of over five thousand years. An important component, which had yielded fruitful results on Chinese culture, is Indian Buddhism. One will realise this enormous influence when reading the cultural History of China. If one tries to talk about Chinese culture without touching on Buddhism
Texts of the Pali Canon
11/02/2010 10:31 (GMT+7)
The three principal “canons” of Buddhist scriptures survive today corresponding to the three main traditions of living Buddhism : the Pali or Theravada canon of the southern tradition of Sri Lanka and South-East Asia; the Chinese Tripitaka of the eastern tradition of China, Korea, and Japan; and the Tibetan Kanjur and Tenjur of the northern tradition of Tibet and Mongolia.

Buddhism and vegetarianism
25/02/2010 09:59 (GMT+7)
  Buddhism, along with Jainism, recognizes that even eating vegetables could contribute to the indirect killing of living beings because animal life is destroyed by tilling the soil or the use of pesticides. Jainism consequently considers death by starvation as the ultimate practice of non-violence, while Buddhism considers extreme self-mortification to be undesirable for attaining enlightenment.
Bad and Good Depend on the Individual Person's Interpretation
25/02/2010 03:43 (GMT+7)
Bad and good depend on the individual person's interpretation. In general, if you are able to spend your life collecting more virtue and less negative karma, that's a good life. Even spending half the life this way is quite good. Spending even one quarter of the day creating good karma is better than spending the whole 24 hours creating only negative karma.

Basic Buddhism A Modern Introduction to the Buddha's Teaching
25/02/2010 03:43 (GMT+7)
This introductory essay is confined to the basic doctrines propounded by the Buddha over 2500 years ago. This message is surprisingly modern, and more in keeping with the rational-scientific temper of our age than the various theistic systems to which most of the people of the world owe formal allegiance. A widespread interest in Buddhism in Australia is relatively recent.
Buddhist teachings and Practice Paths
25/02/2010 03:42 (GMT+7)
The underlying principle is non-exploitation of yourself or others. The precepts are the foundation of all Buddhist training. With a developed ethical base, much of the emotional conflict and stress that we experience is resolved, allowing commitment and more conscious choice. Free choice and intention is important. It is "I undertake" not 'Thou Shalt". Choice, not command.

Frequently Asked Questions on Buddhist Culture
25/02/2010 03:42 (GMT+7)
Buddhist don’t pray to a Creator God, but they do have devotional meditation practices which could be compared to praying. Radiating loving-kindness to all living beings is a practice which is believed to benefit those beings. The sharing of merit is a practice where one dedicates the goodness of one’s life to the benefit of all living beings as well as praying for a particular person.
On Marriage and Related Topics
25/02/2010 03:41 (GMT+7)
Many of today’s marriages become disastrous because they lack purpose; there’s no worthwhile goal for coming together. A couple should not come together out of grasping at each other; there should be more meaning to it than that. But our craving desire and lack of wisdom work together to create an extreme situation that finishes up causing conflict: the woman agitates her man; the man agitates his woman—in either case, it ends in “goodbye.”

On Reincarnation
25/02/2010 03:41 (GMT+7)
Do you Buddhists believe in rebirth as an animal in the next life? Are you going to be a dog or a cow in the future? Does the soul transmigrate into the body of another person or some animal? What is the difference between transmigration and reincarnation? Is it the same as rebirth? Is karma the same as fate? These and a hundred similar questions are often put to me.
The Law of Karma
25/02/2010 04:28 (GMT+7)
In its most basic sense, the Law of Karma in the moral sphere teaches that similar actions will lead to similar results. Let us take an example. If we plant a mango seed, the plant that springs up will be a mango tree, and eventually it will bear a mango fruit. Alternatively, if we plant a Pong Pong seed, the tree that will spring up will be a Pong Pong tree and the fruit a Pong Pong.

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