Giving - The Key To Good Fortune
04/01/2022 17:08 (GMT+7)
 “Then again, a certain person makes a gift to an ascetic or a brahmin, offering him food … or lighting. He now hears of the long life, the beauty, and the great happiness of the devas of Brahmā’s company, and he wishes to be reborn among them. He sets his mind on that thought, keeps to it firmly, and fosters it. This thought of his aims at what is low, and if not developed to what is higher, it will lead him to just such a rebirth. After his death, when his body breaks up, he will be reborn among the devas of Brahmā’s company. This, however, I declare only for the morally pure, not for the immoral; only for one free of lust, not for one who is lustful. Because he is without lust, monks, the heart’s desire of the morally pure succeeds.
Merit: The Key To Good Fortune
04/01/2022 16:55 (GMT+7)
The text proposes an interesting twofold distinction of the Dhamma Jewel: among all conditioned things (dhammā saṅkhatā), the Noble Eightfold Path is supreme; among all things conditioned or unconditioned (dhammā saṅkhatā vā asaṅkhatā vā), Nibbāna is supreme. Merely having confidence in the Three Jewels, that is, reverential trust and devotion toward them, is itself a basis of merit; but as the verses attached to the sutta make clear, the Buddha and the Saṅgha additionally function as the recipients of gifts, and in this role they further enable donors to acquire merit leading to the fulfillment of their virtuous wishes. More will be said about this aspect of merit just below.

The Law of Kamma
04/01/2022 16:11 (GMT+7)
 “Thus, student, the way that leads to short life makes people short-lived, the way that leads to long life makes people long-lived; the way that leads to sickliness makes people sickly, the way that leads to health makes people healthy; the way that leads to ugliness makes people ugly, the way that leads to beauty makes people beautiful; the way that leads to being uninfluential makes people uninfluential, the way that leads to being influential makes people influential; the way that leads to poverty makes people poor, the way that leads to wealth makes people wealthy; the way that leads to low birth makes people low born, the way that leads to high birth makes people high born; the way that leads to stupidity makes people stupid, the way that leads to wisdom makes people wise. “Beings are owners of their actions, heirs of their actions; they originate from their actions, are bound to their actions, have their actions as their refuge. It is action that distinguishes beings as inferior and superior.”
The Family
01/01/2022 20:52 (GMT+7)
Then the Blessed One spoke thus: “If, householders, both wife and husband wish to be in one another’s sight so long as this life lasts and in the future life as well, they should have the same faith, the same moral discipline, the same generosity, the same wisdom; then they will be in one another’s sight so long as this life lasts and in the future life as well.”

Environmental Expert Warns that Buddhist Practice of Life Release Could Spark Ecological Crisis
22/01/2019 21:07 (GMT+7)
An environmental expert in New Zealand has cautioned Buddhists against practicing life release—the act of saving the life of an animal by returning it to the wild—warning that unmindfully releasing animals into environments to which they are not native can be deadly for the animals being freed and in some cases can wreak havoc on delicate ecosystems.

What is Happening?
17/01/2019 18:30 (GMT+7)
American singer-songwriter and Noble laureate Bob Dylan wrote in his song Ballad of a Thin Man:Because something is happening hereBut you don’t know what it isDo you, Mister Jones?
The Past and the Future of Women in Buddhism
07/09/2018 17:38 (GMT+7)
In contrast to the common belief that religion in general is antagonistic toward women, Buddhism has in many ways been women’s ally in supporting their rights and honoring them by promoting the equality of all human beings. This might be quite a difficult narrative to sell for a number of reasons, yet by looking at the early history and fundamental philosophy of Buddhism, we’ll come to understand this to be true. From its start in the Indian subcontinent, Buddhism emerged as not only a new form of spirituality, as part of the sramana movement that challenged the established religions and their clerics, but also as a spiritual and social movement bringing more equality and eradicating customs that no longer serve the wellbeing of the general populace.

Contemplative Practices: Helping Children Enjoy Meditation
05/09/2018 11:49 (GMT+7)
All children, regardless of race or nationality, when given equal opportunity and a conducive environment, learn fast and enjoy learning—especially when the lessons are practical and include audio and visual stimuli. By emphasizing the practicality of a lesson, the children can see the relevance of the teachings to real life and embrace what they learn.
My Story: Walking the Path of a Female Monastic in Bhutan
21/08/2018 09:41 (GMT+7)
I am a humble Buddhist nun from Bhutan. As a young girl, it was my dream to become a nun and I am happy that my strong past karma took me to the place I wished to be and allowed me to realize this dream. I grew up as the only girl among five siblings and, at the age of 14, I left home to become a nun. Fortunately, my family supported my dream and they have continued to do so to the present day.

Bhutan, the World’s Only Carbon-negative Nation, Sets an Example of Environmental Stewardship for a Planet Grappling with Climate Change
16/07/2018 17:05 (GMT+7)
While the world scrambles to offset the increasingly extreme effects of anthropogenic climate change on weather patterns, food production, ecosystems, and animal populations, the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan last year became the first and only carbon-negative country on the planet. A living example and model that there are better, more workable approaches to economic development and sustainability, Bhutan did something every country has the power to do: it stopped destroying its environment and started protecting it.
Embodying the Bodhi Tree
07/07/2018 16:21 (GMT+7)
This Lily Pad Sutra column explores my years of combining meditation practice with location-independence, what I call lily-padding.May’s article described my own metta-morphosis whereby my meditation practice went purely metta, both as an act of self-compassion and to support my fellow meditators. And earlier columns explored the extraordinary people and animals I’ve met jumping from lily pad to lily pad. What I haven’t yet shared here is the story of the remarkable trees that lined my path.Yes, trees.

Siddhartha in São Paulo
19/06/2018 11:41 (GMT+7)
Prince Siddhartha left the cloistered world of his palace home to wander in search of truth. His father had striven to shield him from the four aspects of suffering (Skt: duhkha), namely, birth, illness, aging, and death, that form the basis of the First Noble Truth of Buddhism. 
Women of Buddhism
11/06/2018 12:29 (GMT+7)
Buddhist women—lay and monastic alike—make up half of the Fourfold Sangha. Naturally, they too should benefit from equal access to all Buddhist institutions, but the painful truth is that this ideal has not always been realized throughout history, and even today women continue to be underrepresented and denied rights and respect.

Buddhist Temples Across Japan Soon to Offer Rented Accommodation for Tourists
07/06/2018 14:33 (GMT+7)
With a new law coming into effect later this month, Buddhist Temples across Japan will be able to rent out their spare rooms to tourists, opening up opportunities for temple stays across the country and allowing them to tap into Japan’s tourism boom.
Sustainable Investing: Taking a Buddhist Approach to Business
17/05/2018 16:59 (GMT+7)
Rather than being a far-fetched ideal, the implementation of Buddhist ethics in the business world is increasingly becoming a reality in our interconnected global society. Bhutan’s concept of the Gross National Happiness, for example, has received much publicity for providing alternative ways of thinking about and measuring economic progress and growth.

Everyone with a Cow Owes Me a Favor – Dancing, Healing, and Spiritual Realization, Part One
06/05/2018 21:41 (GMT+7)
Twelve years ago, as part of Core of Culture’s dance research and documentation of ritual dances in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, we brought with us Mike Borre, a 45-year-old American man, to meet six traditional healers over the course of a month. Several of these healers used dance, or were connected with ancient dance lineages. More generally, there is a movement continuum between dance, martial arts, meditation, massage, sound, and healing—whether a two-man Ayruvedic massage rippling non-stop from wrist to ankle, or the conferring of power from a reincarnated master of an ancient lineage of visionary dances, movement is a means of transformation. Healing processes use movement as a gateway to other dimensions of the self where change can occur. 
A Better Question
02/05/2018 16:03 (GMT+7)
The Buddha’s First Noble Truth is hard to argue with no matter what your religious beliefs are. It states that life is full of suffering. It is certainly hard to escape the poverty, violence, war, starvation, health crises, and ecological disasters occurring in the world today. Everyone—the poor, the rich, the left, the right, the sick, and the healthy—faces some level of day-to-day stress and strain. Living is commonly understood to be a struggle, a battle that must be fought in a slow onward march toward old age and death.  

Understanding Buddhist Astrology: An Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Kotyk
11/04/2018 12:22 (GMT+7)
Buddhism and astrology might seem to be unrelated fields. Buddhism affords a set of teachings intended to liberate us from cycles of rebirths, while astrology concerns itself with how human activities are affected by the planets. However, astrology appears in Buddhist texts and practices throughout history. Jeffrey Kotyk is one of the few scholars who specializes in this subject. His doctoral thesis at Leiden University in the Netherlands was on “Buddhist Astrology and Astral Magic in the Tang Dynasty” (funded by the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the BDK Canada Fellowship). Originally from Canada, Kotyk completed his MA in Buddhist studies at Komazawa University in Japan. Presently, he is a visiting researcher at the International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität) in Germany. In this interview, he elucidates the connections between the two equally fascinating worlds of Buddhism and astrology.
The Growth of Wisdom and Compassion: An Interview with Drukmo Gyal Dakini, Part One
27/03/2018 15:34 (GMT+7)
In the Buddhist tradition, dakinis are worshiped as female emanations of wisdom that hold the key to the esoteric knowledge of Vajrayana Buddhism and reveal the path to complete freedom. They inspire and assist practitioners on the spiritual path and manifest in different forms beyond time and space. In Tibetan they are referred to as khandroma, which means “she who walks in space,” referring to the fundamental wisdom of emptiness, which is considered a female principle.

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