|01/01/2022 19:15 (GMT+7)|
The Buddha says that
his teaching is about suffering and the cessation of suffering. This statement
does not mean that the Dhamma is concerned only with our experience of
suffering in the present life, but it does imply that we can use our present
experience, backed by intelligent observation, as a criterion for determining
what is beneficial and what detrimental to our spiritual progress. Our most
insistent existential demand, springing up deep within us, is the need for
freedom from harm, sorrow, and distress; or, positively stated, the need to
achieve well-being and happiness
|01/01/2022 18:05 (GMT+7)|
“When I knew and saw thus, my mind was liberated from the taint of sensual desire, from the taint of existence, and from the taint of ignorance. When it was liberated, there came the knowledge: ‘It is liberated.’ I directly knew: ‘Birth is destroyed, the spiritual life has been lived, what had to be done has been done, there is no more coming back to any state of being.’
|01/01/2022 14:51 (GMT+7)|
Like other religious
teachings, the Buddha’s teaching originates as a response to the strains at the
heart of the human condition. What distinguishes his teaching from other
religious approaches to the human condition is the directness, thoroughness,
and uncompromising realism with which he looks at these strains.
|28/12/2021 15:24 (GMT+7)|
Prajñā or paññā in Buddhism is wisdom, understanding, discernment, insight, or cognitive acuity. It is one of three divisions of the Noble Eightfold Path. Such wisdom is understood to exist in the universal flux of being and can be intuitively experienced through meditation. In some sects of Buddhism, it is especially the wisdom that is based on the direct realization of such things as the four noble truths, impermanence, interdependent origination, non-self and emptiness. Prajñā is the wisdom that is able to extinguish afflictions and bring about enlightenmen
|16/12/2017 18:41 (GMT+7)|
One of the greatest Zen Masters of all time, who spoke powerfully to awaken without compromise, was Ch'an Master Lin-chi I-hsuan Hui-chao (Japanese, "Rinzai Gigen"). His recorded sayings, encounters and travels are preserved in the Lin-chi lu (Japanese, Rinzai-roku). The translation I'm using here is by Ruth Fuller Sasaki, working with a team of Japanese and American scholars, published in 1975 by the Institute for Zen Studies in Kyoto. It is a scholarly, rigorous work, yet preserves the color and vitality of the original language and dialogue.
|17/07/2017 16:24 (GMT+7)|
A growing community of Mormons in Salt Lake City, in the US sate of Utah, known as the Lower Lights Sangha, is practicing Buddhist mindfulness to deepen their spiritual lives. Meditation teacher Thomas McConkie, an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, guides the group through their mindfulness exercises.
|16/06/2017 17:54 (GMT+7)|
It is often said in Chan literature that there are 84,000 doors to the practice and 84,000 obstructions. The door that resonates with my practice are the teachings of Master Lin-Chi. “Teachings” is a misnomer, however, as there is nothing to teach and no one to learn.
|19/04/2017 09:33 (GMT+7)|
Tibetan meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has long been a vocal advocate for the benefits of meditation, and in a recent interview he underscored the growing scientific evidence that supports his teachings.
|08/03/2017 18:18 (GMT+7)|
The far-reaching benefits of meditation and mindfulness, as long recognized by many spiritual traditions, are gaining increasing traction in the West, both within and outside the Buddhist world. Perhaps nowhere is this postivie impact being more keenly felt, and with the greatest potential to improve the future, than at the growing number of schools that are incorporating these practices into their daily curriculums.
|31/01/2017 14:01 (GMT+7)|
Whenever I teach Japanese Buddhism, whether in the Americas, Europe, or East Asia, I frequently run into the same assumption among students that Buddhists, for the most part, practice meditation in order to attain nirvana or enlightenment. While this notion is certainly grounded in actual Buddhist beliefs and practices, it is too general and simplistic to accurately represent the full scope of the Buddhist tradition. Not only can one find a wide variety of practices within Buddhism, not all Buddhists strive to attain the same goal. In this article, I would like to introduce some of the meditative practices that can be found in Japan and the goals they are believed to guide the practitioner toward.
|02/01/2017 11:14 (GMT+7)|
The beginning of the holiday season and the end of the school year means there are kids at home all day. It means dealing with moments of boredom and mayhem, and having friends over to play. Recently, the sangha children were playing water tag around the house, running happy and wild in the sun, and there was a special feeling of camaraderie between them. There had been no teasing or conflict all afternoon, just a steady stream of snacks and fun.
|07/06/2016 11:40 (GMT+7)|
Essex, UK -- A BUDDHIST Centre in Brentwood is offering children and their families the chance to experience meditation on Saturday.
|28/11/2015 11:37 (GMT+7)|
New research conducted at Britain’s University of Sussex has shown that a single session of just seven minutes of loving-kindness meditation—the Buddhist practice of cultivating unconditional love and compassion for oneself and other sentient beings—is effective at reducing racial prejudice in the practitioner.
|22/10/2015 11:38 (GMT+7)|
London, UK - The Attlee Room in parliament will fall quiet on Tuesday to hear one of the country’s leading meditation teachers explain the basics of the 2,400-year-old tradition of mindfulness.
|11/08/2015 20:42 (GMT+7)|
New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art will host a series of sessions by Buddhist author Sharon Salzberg and other teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center in August and September to teach mindfulness and discuss the relationship between meditation and art.
|30/07/2015 15:44 (GMT+7)|
The Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT), which has been actively promoting Buddhist meditation for more than six decades, plans to hold its second annual camp for international students in August, aiming to present Dharma teachings in a manner more accessible to young people who are new to meditation.
|25/07/2015 21:47 (GMT+7)|
A few years ago I traveled to Nepal to hike in the Himalayas, learn a bit more about myself and about the world from the Buddhist spiritual teachers.
|18/07/2015 10:11 (GMT+7)|
“Whatever you are doing, everything should be done mindfully, dynamically, with totality, completeness, thoroughness. Then it becomes meditation, meaningful, purposeful. It is not thinking, but experiencing from moment to moment, living from moment to moment, without clinging, without condemning, without judging, without evaluating, without comparing, without selecting, without criticizing—choiceless awareness.” - Munindraji (1915–2003) (Knaster 2010, 1)
|15/06/2015 11:40 (GMT+7)|
At 9,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by long-haired hippies chanting, praying, singing, smoking marijuana, ringing bells, and waving vajras, I was born. Although my parents were not Buddhist in the traditional sense of having formally committed to the sources of Refuge as the supreme truth, they gave me the name Dorje. Dorje as a name is highly symbolic, with many levels of meaning in the Tibetan language. It is Tibetan for the word vajra, or the thunderbolt symbol held by the Hindu god Indra.