Buddhist Teachings & Practice Paths

Adopt These 7 Buddhism’s Habits and Principles As They Can Change Your Life!

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Do you know that Buddhist monks always appear present, focused and calm?

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These 10 Brutal Truths About Life Will Help You Get Your Shit Together!

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Many people easily get annoyed at the fairy tale-like stories, which typically go like this:

  • I had a dream.
  • So then I achieved it!
  • And here I am now giving you advice.

However, the truth is that we always have a lot more to learn, despite the fact that life seems much harder thanks to such stories.

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According to Buddhism, Happiness is Based on These 5 Brutal Truths About Life…

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Once you learn these 5 brutal truths about life, you’ll be a much better person.

We have all gone through some obstacles at a certain point of our lives in the name of survival. We often tend to deny them as they are difficult to deal with. However, as difficult as they are to bear, it is imperative if we want to live a fulfilling life.

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Buddhism is not a Religion—It’s Something Much Better

“The dharma that I preach can be understood only by those who know how to think.”
~ The Buddha

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I get plenty of comments when I say that I’m not a religious person, but I am a practicing Buddhist.

Although Buddhism is known worldwide as a religion, for me it is not. Frankly, I used to perceive it as one, before knowing anything about it and delving into its culture.

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7 Buddhist Teachings That Will Help You Overcome Life’s Most Difficult Challenges and Find Peace

We all essentially suffer from at least one of the below challenges, if not more than one, which is why I feel that connecting with Buddhist wisdom, whether directly or through the lens of your own tradition (if you have one) is so powerful.

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25 Life Changing Lessons To Learn From Buddha

There is so much to be learned through Buddha that are continually relevant in our lives every year and with every circumstance you may face. The simple and beautiful wisdom provides eloquent lessons in life and reminders when you may need them. The following is a list of the top 25 most insightful and life changing lessons from Buddha’s wealth of knowledge.

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
~Buddha

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The Law of Karma

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I have come to a couple of related ideas which are common in Buddhism and they are the ideas of karma and rebirth. These ideas are closely inter-related, but because the subject is a fairly wide one, we will begin to deal with the idea of karma today and rebirth in another post.

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Reincarnation

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By Takashi Tsuji

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.

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Dependent Arising

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By Bhikkhu Khantipalo

Upon the Full Moon of the month of Visakha, now more than two thousand five hundred years ago, the religious wanderer known as Gotama, formerly Prince Siddhartha and heir to the throne of the Sakiyan peoples, by his full insight into the Truth called Dharma which is this mind and body, became the One Perfectly Enlightened by himself.

His Enlightenment or Awakening, called Sambodhi, abolished in himself unknowing and craving, destroyed greed, aversion and delusion in his heart, so that “vision arose, super-knowledge arose, wisdom arose, discovery arose, light arose – a total penetration into the mind and body, its origin, its cessation and the way to its cessation which was at the same time complete understanding of the “world,” its origin, its cessation and the way to its cessation. He penetrated to the Truth underlying all existence. In meditative concentration throughout one night, but after years of striving, from being a seeker, He became “the One-who-Knows, the One-who-Sees.”

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Buddhist Ethics

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~ Unknown

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.

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Introduction to Buddhism

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This article 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.

The Three Marks of Existence

Buddhism has been described as a very pragmatic religion. It does not indulge in metaphysical speculation about first causes; there is no theology, no worship of a deity or deification of the Buddha. Buddhism takes a very straightforward look at our human condition; nothing is based on wishful thinking, at all. Everything that the Buddha taught was based on his own observation of the way things are. Everything that he taught can be verified by our own observation of the way things are.

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Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth

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The Book of Protection

By Venerable Piyadassi Thera

Setting in Motion the Wheel of Truth
(Dhammacakkappavattana-Sutta)(1)
(The First Discourse of the Buddha)

(For seven weeks immediately following the enlightenment, the Buddha spent his time in lonely retreat. At the close of this period he decided to proclaim the doctrine (Dhamma), he had realized, to those five ascetics who were once struggling with him for enlightenment. Knowing that they were living at Isipatana (modern Sarnath), still steeped in the unmeaning rigours of extreme asceticism, the master left Gaya, where he attained enlightenment, for distant Varanasi, India’s holy city. There at the Deer Park he rejoined them.)

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The Four Noble Truths

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The first teaching ever given by the Buddha was to five student monks in a deer park. The Buddha spoke of the Four Noble Truths he had discovered while struggling for enlightenment, these are the central teachings of Buddhism. It was the Buddha’s first awareness that life brings with it illness, age, misery and death that lead him to search for a deeper understanding of how we live, and ways to end suffering.

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