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Buddhism is not about being vegan

Ask people what they know about Buddhists, especially people who have never met Buddhists, and you’ll probably get a few simple answers: They’re peaceful. They are nice. They are super cool. They don’t drink. And they don’t eat meat. Alas, there is no practice, religious or otherwise, guaranteed to make you any of these things. […]

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The Kendal Buddhist Society thanks Venerable Piyatissa for 20 years of teaching

For the past 20 years the Kendal Buddhist Society group has had the pleasure of hosting visits and lessons from Venerable Piyatissa who brings over 50 years of knowledge and experience to the group. Venerable Piyatissa, who began his journey into Buddhism at the University of Sri Lanka, and spread his teachings on meditation, Buddhist […]

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Research suggests people with strong Buddhist beliefs are more likely to be blood donors – Buddhistdoor Global

At vietnamplus.vn A recent study indicated that people with strong Buddhist beliefs are more likely to be blood donors. The research, conducted in China and published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychologysuggests that this is due to higher levels of moral attentiveness among Buddhist practitioners. Cited in a recent article on the psychology and […]

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The world can learn from the concept of benevolent love of Buddhism

As the world grapples with the trauma of Covid-19, World Kindness Day, celebrated annually on November 13, was a good opportunity to reflect on the healing potential of acts of kindness large and small. Indeed, it is the acts of kindness of essential workers that have helped save so many lives. As a specialist in […]

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A teaching to navigate in uncertain times

In his book The heart of the Buddha’s teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh tells us: We may think that our restlessness is ours alone, but if we look carefully we will see that it is our legacy from all of our society and from many generations of our ancestors. Individual consciousness is made of collective consciousness, […]

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A teaching from Lama Tsomo on slowing down our thoughts

A thought arises and we grab it. We generate another thought in response to this one, perhaps beautifying our thought in pursuit of something we desire, or perhaps changing the subject in an effort to fend off an unwanted experience. And so on and on, one tumbling thought after another, all stimulated by the “needs” […]

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Buddhism Meets Evolutionary Psychology | Psychology Today Canada

Robert Wright is an award-winning science journalist who has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the New York Times. He is also the author of a number of popular popular science books, including The moral animal: the new science of evolutionary psychology, published in 1994. Recently my ex-wife Melanie Trost sent me a […]

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Dalai Lama teaches young Tibetans

By Tenzin Dharpo DHARAMHALA, June 3: Leading Tibetan spiritual leader and Buddhist figure, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on Wednesday concluded a two-day teaching on Je Tsongkhapa’s “Fate Complete” to young Tibetans, where he reiterated his message of compassion and warmth. The Tibetan leader who led the online sessions said, “If you practice love and […]

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Recognize the South Asian roots of Buddhism

Vishnu Sridharan points out a blind spot in Western Buddhism: South Asia is exotic, while the origins of Buddhism in South Asian culture are ignored. “Buddha, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, in meditation”, India, circa 1780. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London | Donated by Major RG Gayer-Anderson Pasha and Colonel TG Gayer-Anderson, CMG, DSO […]

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Where does Buddhism get its reputation for peace?

When I teach an undergraduate course on ‘Buddhism and Violence’, I usually start by asking students to rank religious groups according to the number of followers they have in the British Army. Typically Christians are at the top of the student lists and Buddhists at the bottom. This reflects an unconscious prejudice that many of […]

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The manga monk: teaching Buddhism through comics

NYUZEN, Toyama Prefecture–Buddhist priest Yoshiyuki Kondo offers his own brand of enlightenment through a the manga comic series he created after his own life took a rough turn. Kondo, a former schoolteacher, said he hopes the series titled “Yankee to Jushoku” (Bad Boy and Chief Priest) will help others find wisdom when they encounter upheaval […]

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Stressed by COVID, Internet users discover the calming practice of Buddhism

(RNS) – When the pandemic hit the United States in March, Heather Hopkins suddenly had less to do and nowhere to go. Facing feelings of stress and uncertainty, she began to reflect on her life. “It gave me the time and space to think about what’s important in my life, what I want out of […]

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Young Japanese priests try to revive endangered Buddhism

TOKYO (AP) – Buddhism suffers from a bleak image in Japan. It is so closely related to death – funerals, graves and memorial rituals in which priests chant sutras based on Chinese rendering of Sanskrit texts that no one else understands – that people call it “funeral Buddhism.” The powerful forces of secularization and population […]

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5 of the best Buddhism books for beginners

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Buddhism sometimes seems mysterious. Other times it seems simple. Sometimes it seems like it’s unreachable. Sometimes it sounds like something we all do, whether we are aware of it or not. The following selections help demystify Buddhist principles […]

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The difference between divine and delusional

Recently I was practicing with a Buddhist friend, whom I will call Brian, and the concept of pride arose.. Brian is an older man who suffers from a physical disability, although he is able to live independently. Brian seems deeply committed to the practice, but often disparages his own progress. I suggested that he should […]

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Buddhism: principles of the teaching of Buddhism

Buddhism is a religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, born in the 5th century BC in what is today Nepal and northern India. He was called “the Buddha”, which means “awakened”, after experiencing a deep awareness of the nature of life, death and existence. In English, the Buddha is said to be enlightened, […]

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Four lessons from the Sutta Nipata on racism and classism

Thai forest monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu is a prolific translator of the Pali canon, the first complete set of the teachings of the Buddha. Than Geoff, as his students and friends call him, recently printed his translation of the Sutta Nipata (“The Discourse Group”). Composed of 72 suttas in total, the Sutta Nipata contains some of […]

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Why Americans See Buddhism as a Philosophy Rather Than a Religion — Quartz

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the Buddha’s enlightenment is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short children’s talk, candlelight service, and potluck after the celebration. Welcome to American Buddhism. Early Influences […]

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Why so many Americans think Buddhism is just a philosophy

In East Asia, Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha and his entry into final enlightenment in February. But at my local Zen temple in North Carolina, the enlightenment of the Buddha is commemorated during the December holiday season, with a short lecture for the kids, a candle light service, and a potluck dinner after […]

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Is Buddhism True? | America Magazine

Before “Buddhism” became the religious family of traditions it is now – with its many schools and an elaborate tapestry of beliefs, rituals, and doctrinal and metaphysical systems exhibited in voluminous scriptural sources – it was a path spirituality and a simple way of life as experienced and taught by a man his contemporaries revered […]

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Was Buddha God or Human? Are there gods in Buddhism?

[This article is part of the 10 Misconceptions about Buddhism series] Buddhism is known in the West as an “atheistic religion” in that, unlike the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, it does not recognize a single creative deity. However, it should not be deduced from this that Buddhism does not have gods. He […]

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Resources on Buddhism and mediation – CSS Blog Network

The author and Buddhist leaders from different schools gather at the White House in 2016 for a celebration of Vesak Day. Mediation perspectives is a periodic blog entry provided by CSS ‘ Mediation support team and occasional guest authors. Each entry is designed to emphasize the usefulness of mediation approaches in dealing with violent political […]

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Buddhism for beginners – Lion’s Roar

New to Buddhism or Meditation? Then you probably have a lot of questions – and you will find some useful answers here, in the form of articles by The roar of the lion and Buddhadharma. Buddha Shakyamuni. Lacquered wood, Myanmar, 15th century. Courtesy of LACMA. Contents What do Buddhists believe? Buddhists have many different beliefs […]

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Nurturing the roots of Chinese Buddhism in Africa – Buddhistdoor Global

I was born Simon Manase Masauko in Malawi on April 23, 1978. I received the name Dharma Ben Xing, which means “awakening” or, more literally, “the original root of awakening”, in 2000 from the famous Buddhist monk Venerable Master Hui Li, the first Mahayana monk from Taiwan to come to Africa and spread humanistic Buddhism. […]

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Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you think

Grade 12 student Jessica Robinson argues that Islam and Buddhism are more alike than you might think. SINCE the dawn of mankind, humans have attempted to answer the most complex and confusing questions in the universe through religious beliefs. Questions such as why are we here? How did we come? Religions around the world have […]