Buddha

  • Jataka Tales: The Birth Story of the Great Monkey (Mahavanarajatakam) Paid Member

    This story is from the Jataka tales, stories of the Buddha's past lives. Though not from the Pali Canon, The Birth Story of the Great Monkey was written in Sanskrit by the poet Aryashura. It's taken from the Garland of the Buddha's Past Lives (Jatakamala), a collection of 34 stories. Enjoy!   More »
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    9 Minute Enlightenment Paid Member

    How can we really address the issue of awakening as lay people caught up in our day-to-day activities? Joseph Goldstein has come up with a plan: "The nine-minute-a-day turbo-charged path to enlightenment!"* It consists of three 3-minute meditation sessions throughout the day, based on the following exercises: 1) Who is knowing? 2) Breaking Identification with the Body and 3) As the Thought Arises… He writes about it in the current Insight Newsletter for the Insight Meditation Society. More »
  • Mahaparinibbana Sutta: Four Places of Pilgrimage Paid Member

    "There are four places, Ananda, that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence. What are the four?"'Here the Tathagata was born!' [Lumbini] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence."'Here the Tathagata became fully enlightened in unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment!' [Bodhgaya] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence."'Here the Tathagata set rolling the unexcelled Wheel of the Dhamma!' [Sarnath] This, Ananda, is a place that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence. More »
  • Week 2 Roundup: The Buddha's Original Ideas Paid Member

    We're finishing up week 2 of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," today. This week Gross discussed India's spiritual scene at the time of the Buddha. She reminds us that the Buddha didn't come up with his philosophy all on his own, that he made use of many of the ideas popular with his spiritual contemporaries. For example, the Buddha did not invent notions of karma, rebirth, and a vast cosmos.Gross has been wonderful at responding to comments left by retreat participants, especially ones that have to do with history. One participant comments that she thought of the Buddha's leaving home as a metaphor. More »
  • The Buddha's Original Ideas: Week 2 of Rita Gross's Retreat Paid Member

    Week 2 of Rita Gross's Tricycle Retreat, "Buddhist History for Buddhist Practitioners," starts today. This week, entitled "The Buddha's Original Ideas," explores the questions: How much of what the Buddha taught was original? How much of it was something that other people were already saying as part of the religious teachings of India in his day? There's an excerpt from Gross's teaching below and well of a preview of this week's video. Enjoy! More »
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    Lumbini will never be a Buddhist Mecca Paid Member