Evan Thompson of the University of British Columbia has verified the Buddhist belief of anatta, or not-self. Neuroscience has been interested in Buddhism since the late 1980s, when the Mind and Life Institute was created by HH Dalai Lama and a team of scientists. The science that came out of those first studies gave validation to what monks have known for years — if you train your mind, you can change your brain. As neuroscience has begun studying the mind, they have looked to those who have mastered the mind.
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While Buddha didn’t teach anatta to lay people, thinking it might be too confusing, the concept is centered on the idea that there is no consistent self. The belief that we are the same one moment to the next, or one year to the next, is a delusion. Thompson says that “the brain and body is constantly in flux. There is nothing that corresponds to the sense that there’s a
This version is similar to the seven-point meditation that is so commonly taught in the Lamrim. This four-point version was taught by Lama Je Tsongkhapa. Born in 1357 Tsongkhapa was a buddhist scholar and many believed him to be a saint. He passed in 1419. His focus was on bringing forth the best teachings from all traditions and making them available and spreading the Dharmas to everyone. He truly believe in these teachings from both Tibetan and Indian scholars and his intention was to spread them wide. This lead him to creating the Gelug monastery, where these specific teachings would be taught. It has since been moved from Tibet to South India. His main disciple was the first Dalai Lama Gendün Drup (1391–1474).
Some terms that I write about below can be hard to understand. Even the most experienced Monks can s
Korean temple - Bongeunsa
Once known as Gyeonseongsa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple is located to the north of COEX building, and was constructed in the 10th year of Silla King Weongseong’s reign (794). In 1498, Queen Jeonghyeon refurbished Gyeonseongsa Temple at the east of King Seongjong’s royal mausoleum and renamed the temple as Bongeunsa.
During the Joseon Dynasty, Buddhism in Korea was severely suppressed. However, The temple began to be known as Bongeunsa when was reconstructed in 1498 under the patronage of a Joseon Queen. The term Bongeunsa means the act of honoring the king, which here can be understood as taking the form of praying for king Seongjong's eternal life.
With the support of Queen Munjeong, who revived Buddhism in Korea for a short time in the mid-16th century, it became the main temple of the Korean Seon (Zen) sect of Buddhism from 1551 through 1936. Monk Bo-wu was appointed head of the temple in 1548 by Queen Munjeong but was killed soon afterwards as the anti-Buddhist fa
Hello, my friends! I've just come across this short video of Tenzin Palmo Jetsunma and I had to share it with you.
Although I've read and studied for a long time about the different types of attachment vs genuine love, so the topic is not new to me, when I heard this nun explain it in just 3'37'' minutes, I said
I'm sure you'll appreciate the clarity and gentleness with which she explains the difference between what we think love is and what love really is.
We need a warrior’s heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities. --JK
It's easy to connect with our warrior heart when someone we love is in the throes. I have a cat who is almost completely round (you know who I'm talking about) but if someone else calls him fat I will commit a war crime to defend his
But if it's my heart in question, it's harder to be brave. And for all I run my mouth about courage and diving in, I get timid and tender when I start to feel something all the way.
But look at this sky. Look at those hills. When I lived in this town I spent as much time as I could searching for the edges of this view, wanting to go beyond it and keep going and then go beyond that. I never reached the end because there's always another valley leading to another mesa harboring another canyon to wander into and suddenly I'd look around for perspective and realize I was in the middle of the universe. And something about being back in this
Axiom #1: The only person's behavior you can control is your own behavior. You are responsible only for your own action and the consequences thereof.
Implication: It is a tremendous waste of psychic energy to be self-hating and self-destructive by vice of what others think. The truth is nobody in this world has any idea what is really going on. The ultimate reality is attainable through meditation, when the mind has settled into placid calm. The mind is like space which contains everything in the universe. Precisely because of this property-lessness of space, space can 'afford' to be a container for everything. It's similar to the way we see. We can have vision because the lens of our eye is clear. If it were not for the invisibility of the lens then we would not know the gorgeous variations of color or shape, the form of reality. As the fundamental principle of Buddhism states,
that which is void is form, and that which is form is precisely void. They imply each other. The difference is the unity. This i
No matter if you are Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Jedi, Jew or believe in the flying spaghetti monster, we all have close to identical brainstructure.
Now don’t panic, there is an permanent picture of the Indian god Lord Ganesha on the back of your brain.
There is no need to get stirred up or begin changing religion I'm just pointing out the scientific facts.
There is an elephant gods face imprinted in your brain.
Just look at these pictures. The eyes, the ears, the trunks, the elongated nose and even the line in the middle of Lord Ganeshas nose is clearly seen in pictures of the brain.
The ventral view of the human brain, which is the brain from underneath shows the clear correspondence between Ganesh and the pons, medulla, and cerebellum.
The face of Ganesha corresponds to the pons, the medula corresponds to the trun
Korean temple 4 - Haeinsa
Haeinsa Temple was founded during the third year of King Ae-Jang's reign (802), by two monks Suneung and Ijung. The name
Haein originates from the expression Haeinsammae of Hwaeomgyeong (Buddhist scripture), which means truly enlightened world of Buddha and our naturally undefiled mind.
Along with the Tripitaka Koreana (National Treasure No.32) and Janggyeongpanjeon (National Treasure No. 52), 15 more public treasures and some 200 private treasures are enshrined at Haeinsa Temple, which has been appointed as a universal cultural heritage since December, 1995 for its many cultural properties and historical remains. Iljumun, Daejeokgwangjeon and the Tripitaka Koreana are recognized as famous treasures. Iljumun Gate was the first gate that every sattva must pass to become a Buddha and considered as a representative work of ancient architecture. Daejeokgwangjeon, the grand sanctuary, and the three-story stone pagoda in the yard possess the majestic appearance of the one thousand-year
According to the Buddhist sutras, the Sanskrit word
an auspicious flower from heaven. Volume 8 of the Buddhist scripture Huilin Phonetics and Interpretation says,
Udumbara is the product of ominous and supernatural phenomena; it is a celestial flower and does not exist in the mundane world. If a Tathagata or King of the Golden Wheel appears in the human world, these flowers will manifest due to their great virtue and blessings.
King of the Golden Wheel is Lord RayEl, and now you know that the
Golden Wheel is
Elysium, which looked golden to the ancients when they would see the sun reflect off of it.
Additionally, it is believed that Yeshua began his ministry during his 30th year of life. The earliest modern-day Udumbara found was in Korea in July of 1997 on a golden brass Tathagata (Buddha) sculpture in a Buddhist temple in Kyungki-Do, during Raymond Elwood's 30th year of life.
Judaism vs. Buddhism:
in my humble opinion, to feel holiness in observant judaism (and not OCD stress), one needs to approach it with buddhist awareness of samsara directed towards nirvana. (The difference is that the jewish 'samsara' is the path of mitzvos... and our nirvana is cleaving to Go'd through purging ourselves from sin and from negativity...
This world is full of millions of beliefs. How do we know which one is true? 4+4 = 8, correct? How can 4+4 = 10? That is what many people believe. How can all roads lead to God? There can only be one road. If all beliefs contradict one another, how can all of them be true? The answer is, they cannot.
There can only be one truth. 4+4 can only equal 8, not 10.
The word contradict is key. Yes, all religions teach some forms of morality. However, just because there is some good doesn't mean the entire belief system is the truth. For example, let's compare Jesus Christ (C) and Muhammad (M). How do their teachings differ?
Here are just a few of of their teachings:
(M) stoned women for adultery (C) said, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone
(M) said, I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, (C) said, He who lives by the sword will die by the sword
(M) permitted stealing from unbelievers (C) said, thou sh
Korean Temple 3 - Tongdosa
통도사, 通度寺, Tongdosa
Tongdosa ('Salvation of the world through mastery of truth') is a head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism and in the southern part of Mt. Chiseosan near Yangsan City, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.
Tongdosa is one of the Three Jewel Temples of Korea and represents the Buddha. (Haeinsa, also in Gyeongsangnam-do, represents the dharma or Buddhist teachings; and Songgwangsa in Jeollanam-do represents the sangha or Buddhist community.)
Tongdosa is famous because there are no statues outside of the Buddha at the temple because the
real shrines of the Buddha (relics) are preserved at Tongdosa. Courtyards at the temple are arrayed around several stupas (pagodas) that house the Buddha's relics.
Tongdosa was established by the monk Jajang after returning from China in 646 CE, during the reign of Queen Seondeok of Silla. It thrived throughout the Unified Silla and Goryeo periods, when Buddhism was the state religion, and remained strong eve
Up in the small town of Nowthen, Minnesota, nested back from the main road in the middle of rolling farm land, is a beautiful Buddhist temple named Wat Anoka Dhammaram.
A couple years ago, I moved up not too far from there. I was new in recovery, not even three months sober, but I knew I wanted to learn more about meditation. I had a pull, a desire, to dive into the practice of mindfulness.
I had no idea, out in the exo-burbs of Minnesota, I would find this gem. Not only find it, but a mere ten minute drive. Talk about synchronicity.
I love this place. I love the people there. I've been sober for two years now. Meditation helped change my life.
O nobly-born, let not thy mind be distracted. O nobly-born, that which is called death being come to thee now, resolve thus: “O this now is the hour of death. By taking advantage of this death, I will so act, for the good of all sentient beings.
– The Tibetan Book of the Dead, trans. Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup
An age like ours, defined by ever-faster change, accelerates the lazy orbit of the year and steady flow of seasons to a pace much greater than the one to which our ancient bodies are accustomed. Several million years of cyclical, reliable, and mostly gradual developments, and then – BAM! All at once, a few mere generations, and our species is a major geological phenomenon, each generation living in a world unrecognizable to anyone a hundred years before. Our mining, logging, fishing, farming, paving, building, wiring, launching, and manufacturing is (literally) a high-speed chemical reaction transforming everything at once. We’re children of a me
idam dukkham,this is pain
ayam dukkha-samudayo,this is the origin of pain
ayam dukkha-nirodha,this is the cessation of pain
ayam dukkha-nirodha-gamini patipada,this is the path leading to the cessation of pain.The key terms in the longer version > of this expression, dukkha-nirodha-gamini Patipada, can be translated as follows:
Gamini: leading to, making for[web 13]
Patipada: road, path, way; the means of reaching a goal or destination[web 14]
Or more simply:
Life is suffering
The cause of suffering is craving, desire or preference
We can control our suffering through controlling our need for desire much of this is due to ego
There is a path from suffering - All paths lead up the mountain
It seems that it can be expressed very simply as in:
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A person who keeps their desire to a minimum and reaches maximum rationality is a sage.
A sage always thinks about how they can benefit and help others.
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In this video, John Bush shares the basics of mindful breathing and how it has helped him to alleviate stress, deal with anger, start the day off in a good place, and how it has helped him with personal growth and development.
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The Mahayana Path is a belief that one can obtain liberation, enlightenment or nirvana in a single lifetime. It is the largest of the three traditions at about 55% practicing it while 35% practice Theravada and 6% practice Vajrayana. This path involves transforming our ordinary gross minds into minds that can encompass the supreme thought of bodhichitta. Bodhichitta is the wish to reach nirvana/enlightenment as fast as possible in order to help all sentient beings with great compassion. It also requires removing attachments and the
self. It is said that because of our delusions in thought it can take a long time for this, multiple lifetimes even. But as you might expect you must understand the obstacles that we face to overcome them right? That's what the Mahayana path teaches. You are expected to get a good grasp on these to develop the supreme state. This state to be reached is discussed in the Sublime Continuum (Ratnagotravibhaga Sanskrit text or Buddha-Nature).
All Nichiren Buddhists chant Daimoku and go Shaku-Buku whenever you can. Our Earth desires Kosen-Rufu now more than ever. You don't have to fear anything if you have Soka Spirit. The Gohonzon strengthens through Daimoku along with morning and evening Gongyo. This is a quote that explains how I feel, "How long will we be waiting for your modern messiah to take away all the hatred that darkens the light in your eye..." -Disturbed.