The Community
02/01/2022 18:43 (GMT+7)
The Nikāyas concisely organize the types of merit into three “bases of meritorious deeds” (puññakiriyavatthu): giving, moral discipline, and meditation. Text V(...) connects the bases of merit with the types of rebirth to which they lead. In the Indian religious context, the practice of meritorious deeds revolves around faith in certain objects regarded as sacred and spiritually empowering, capable of serving as a support for the acquisition of merit. For followers of the Buddha’s teaching these are the Three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Saṅgha. Text (V...) extols these as each supreme in its particular sphere: the Buddha is supreme among persons, the Dhamma among teachings, and the Saṅgha among religious communities. 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 Visible Origin And Passing Away of Suffering
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

Appoarching The Dhamma
01/01/2022 19:01 (GMT+7)
The fact that such texts as this sutta and the Kālāma Sutta do not dwell on the doctrines of kamma and rebirth does not mean, as is sometimes assumed, that such teachings are mere cultural accretions to the Dhamma that can be deleted or explained away without losing anything essential. It means only that, at the outset, the Dhamma can be approached in ways that do not require reference to past and future lives. The Buddha’s teaching has many sides, and thus, from certain angles, it can be directly evaluated against our concern for our present well-being and happiness. Once we see that the practice of the teaching does indeed bring peace, joy, and inner security in this very life, this will inspire our trust and confidence in the Dhamma as a whole, including those aspects that lie beyond our present capacity for personal verification. If we were to undertake certain practices practices that require highly refined skills and determined effort.we would be able to acquire the faculties needed to validate those other aspects, such as the law of kamma, the reality of rebirth, and the existence of supersensible realms 
The Quest For Enlightenment - The Realization of the Three True Knowledges
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.’

The Quest For Enlightenment - 
Seeking the Supreme State of Sublime Peace
01/01/2022 17:03 (GMT+7)
“I considered: ‘Not only Āḷāra Kālāma has faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. I too have faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. Suppose I endeavor to realize the Dhamma that Āḷāra Kālāma declares he enters upon and dwells in by realizing it for himself with direct knowledge?’ 
The Tribulation of Unrelective Living
01/01/2022 15:50 (GMT+7)
We can see from these texts that the Buddha does not clamor for changes merely in the outer structures of society. He demonstrates that these dark phenomena are external projections of the unwholesome proclivities of the human mind and thus points to the need for inner change as a parallel condition for establishing peace and social justice

What is the origin of life
29/12/2021 22:13 (GMT+7)
"Inconceivable is the beginning,  disciples, of this faring on. The earliest point is not revealed of the running on, the faring on, of beings, cloaked in ignorance, tied by cravingSAṀYUTTA NIKĀYA
Wisdom in Buddhism
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

Being a Buddhist
28/12/2021 10:28 (GMT+7)
It is really important to start the day by remembering compassion. It doesn’t have to take long, but just for a moment be aware of how many beings there are and really wish that everybody becomes free from suffering. It makes a big difference if you wish that whatever you do will benefit them somehow.Hannah Nydahl, interview in Buddhism Today

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.
Researchers Measure Brain Activity of Monks During Monastic Debate
20/08/2017 16:51 (GMT+7)
A group of researchers from the Science for Monks project and Kent State University have been measuring the brain activity of Buddhist monks engaged in monastic debates. The research, which took place from 29 July–12 August at Sera Jey Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India, used electroencephalograph (EEG) technology to measure neural oscillation in the brain as the monks engaged in serious debates on topics ranging from emptiness to cosmology.

Building Bridges: Researching the Efficacy of Religious Buddhist Practice at the University of Hong Kong
09/08/2017 12:08 (GMT+7)
Recent years have seen a steady increase in scientific research into Buddhist beliefs and practices, in particular, research on mindfulness, which was pioneered more than 30 year ago, continues to attract mainstream attention. The large majority of this research, however, is conducted by Western researchers or Western Buddhists at universities in the West, and one starts to wonder whether the pursuit of finding scientific evidence for Buddhism’s religious claims is in fact a Western pursuit. It certainly ties in with the often-discussed observation of Tibetan masters who have taught in the West, that Western Buddhist are very good with knowledge, with trying to understand the teachings, but are somewhat lacking in the area of practice.
X-ray Scan Reveals 1,000-year-old Mummified Remains of Indian Buddhist Monk in China
22/07/2017 12:13 (GMT+7)
The mummified remains of a Buddhist monk who died some 1,000 years ago have been discovered inside a golden seated image at a Buddhist temple in the northern Chinese province of of Hebei. Remarkably well preserved, the remains reportedly include many intact bones and even a complete brain. The find was made in early July after the gilded figure, which has been stored at Ding Hui Temple, underwent an X-ray scan, revealing the hidden remains within.

Tibetan Buddhist Monk Offers Drug-free Medical Treatment in Northern India
17/05/2017 15:47 (GMT+7)
Yeshi Dhonden, a Tibetan monk who earned renown after working for some 20 years as personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, today continues draws visitors from the Tibetan diaspora and all over the world seeking alternative treatments for a variety of health conditions ranging from back pain to cancer and degenerative diseases. “If the sick come to me, I will take care of them,” says Dhonden from his private clinic in McLeod Ganj, a suburb of Dharamsala in the far northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. (France 24)
Buddhistdoor View: Mitigating and Managing Local and Global Ecological Crises
18/03/2017 21:30 (GMT+7)
With the exception of climate change deniers and those with a vested interest in rejecting any notion that the global ecology is under immense pressure from human activity, it should be evident that Earth is undergoing an environmental crisis. It is a crisis of multifaceted dimensions on a truly planetary scale, such as resource depletion, deforestation, climate change, and biodiversity loss.

Sacred Geometry and the Sri Yantra
14/03/2017 11:42 (GMT+7)
I remember once, as a child, accidentally spilling some sugar over the table and wondering to myself, “How come each grain has its place?” I mean, the sugar did not seem to scatter randomly . . . the grains were kind of symmetrically arranged. I stared at my little arms, gazing at the hair that grew out of my skin. Each hair had its place. For the first time, I felt that some kind of greater intelligence had placed the grains of sugar, just as it had placed the stars and planets in space.
Dharma In The Digital Age: Susan Piver
02/02/2017 21:34 (GMT+7)
“It’s not a thrill a minute. You’re not seeing auras and jumping into other dimensions,” says Susan Piver. “Meditation is not a life hack. . . . It’s a way to see clearly.”

Buddhistdoor View: The Dharma’s Place in the Global Climate Change Crisis
08/11/2016 10:27 (GMT+7)
The Earth recently reached a grim milestone. On 24 October, the World Meteorological Organization reported in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin that a strong El Niño weather phenomenon, triggering droughts in tropical regions of the world, had led to a spike in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) above 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in recorded history. Scientists estimate that the last time CO2 reached such concentrations was 3–5 million years ago. While human CO2 emissions remained relatively static in 2014–15, scientists point out that they remain a key factor in the overall increase, which was greater in the preceding 12 months than at any time in the past 56 years.
Buddhistdoor View: Science and Buddhism—Alliance and Friendship, Not Ideological Uniformity
08/10/2016 09:53 (GMT+7)
We do not like to think that humans are inherently cruel or violent. Even the suggestion that homo sapiens might, as a species, be inclined to violence sits uneasily with all but the most cynical misanthrope. Yet this is what a Spanish team of researchers from the Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas (EEZA) has suggested. According to the study published in the scientific journal Nature, the team discovered that 2 per cent of our primeval ancestors’ deaths were down to violent means, indicating that at some point in the distant past, humans became accomplished at killing each other for a multitude of reasons. Lethal violence, the researchers say, might be a fundamental part of humanity’s evolutionary history.

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