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    From the Academy: A Sangha-less Sangha Paid Member

    One becomes a Buddhist by going for refuge in the “three gems” - in other words by saying, “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the dharma, I go for refuge to the sangha.” But what exactly are these three gems? This was a question that vexed the early Buddhist community. When you go for refuge to the Buddha, are you going for refuge to his body, or to his mind? More »
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    Buddhist Journal Beat Paid Member

    A survey of material from Buddhist journals compiled by Rick Fields, Tricycle's Editor-at-Large:BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN STUDIES More »
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    RIVERS & MOUNTAINS More »
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    Buddha.com; The Web: Pure Land or Hell Realm? Paid Member

    In the metaphor of the diamond net of Indra, there is a glittering jewel at every juncture of the vast web of consciousness, a jewel intimately connected with, and reflecting, every other. It is a fitting analogy for virtual reality and the World Wide Web - an interconnected universe where one URL can ultimately link to every other. More »
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    Life in the MUD Paid Member

    Imagine a world in which the inhabitants create their own physical environments and characters by writing them into existence. In this world, it is possible to converse, exchange gestures, express emotions, and even have sex. Such are the virtual worlds of MUDs (Multi-User Domains) - popular computer-based multi-player simulations which have evolved from the fantasy role-playing game “Dungeons and Dragons.” More »