History

As a 2,500-year old religion, Buddhism has a rich and diverse past
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    The Merit of Becoming a Monk Paid Member

    THE BODHISATIVA NAGARJUNA [2nd-century Indian adept] asked himself, "If we follow even the [Buddhist] precepts for laymen we can be born in the celestial world, attain the way of Bodhisattvas, and realize enlightenment. Why, then, is there any need to follow the precepts for monks?" In answer to his own question he replied, "Although it is true that both laymen and monks can realize enlightenment, there is a difference in the relative difficulty each encounters. Because laymen have to make a living, it's difficult for them to devote themselves completely to Buddhist training. If they attempt to do so, their livelihood will be endangered, while if they do the opposite, they must necessarily neglect their practice of the Way. To attempt to do both at the same time is not an easy matter. More »
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    The Man-made Obstacle Paid Member

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    The Many Meanings of Dharma Paid Member

    The Sanskrit term dharma—dhamma in Pali, chos (pronounced chö) in Tibetan, fa in Chinese, ho in Japanese, and pop in Korean—is a term of wide import in Buddhism. It is also notoriously difficult to translate, a problem acknowledged in traditional sources, where as many as ten different meanings are enumerated. Dharma derives from the Sanskrit verbal root dhri, which means “to hold” or “to maintain.” More »
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    The Buddha was careful to classify questions according to how they should be answered, based on how helpful they were to gaining awakening. Some questions deserved a categorical answer, that is, one that holds true across the board. Some he answered analytically, redefining or refining the terms before answering. Some required counter-questioning, to clarify the issue in the questioner’s mind. But if the question was an obstacle on the path, the Buddha put it aside. More »
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    Pleasure and Pain Paid Member

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    Meditation en Masse Paid Member