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    What Is Karma? Paid Member

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    Do Thoughts Ever Stop? Paid Member

    THE BUDDHA ADVISED his bhikkhus (ordained followers), "Bhikkhus, when you have assembled together you should do one of two things—have dhamma discussions or observe noble silence." Noble silence is the state of mind where there are no thoughts. The mind is totally silent. But thoughts can be stopped only if we train our mind to do so through correct meditation practice. More »
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    If There Is No Self, Who Is Born, Who Dies, Who Meditates? Paid Member

    ONE OF THE MOST PUZZLING aspects of the Buddha's teachings is the idea of no self. If there's no self, who gets angry, who falls in love, who makes effort, who has memories or gets reborn? What does it mean to say there is no self? Sometimes people are afraid of this idea, imagining themselves suddenly disappearing in a cloud of smoke, like a magician's trick. More »
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    Who Are You? Paid Member

    Who are you? My name is Peter. If you went to Nicaragua, you'd be called Pedro. Are Pedro and Peter one person or two? One, because I am only who I am. Are you a name? No, of course not. Then who are you? I am a man. You mean you are not a woman? No. I mean that I am a man. But you are only a man because you are not a woman. Who are you? I am an Englishman. If you went to Japan, would you be a Japanese man? No. Why? Because I was born in England and I speak English. If you had been born in England but raised in China, would you be Chinese or English? I would be English. More »
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    How Important is Faith? Paid Member

    IN PALI (THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BUDDHIST TEXTS), the word for faith is saddha. While sometimes translated as "confidence" or "trust," the literal meaning of saddha is "to place your heart upon." When we give our hearts over to a spiritual practice, it is a sign of faith or confidence in that practice. Faith opens us to what is beyond our usual, limited, self-centered concerns. In the Buddhist psychology, it is called the gateway to all good things, because faith sparks our initial inspiration to practice meditation, and also sustains our ongoing efforts. More »
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    Avalokiteshvara Paid Member

    Avalokiteshvara is recognized throughout the Mahayana Buddhist world as the bodhisattva of compassion. Having made the vow not to enter nirvana until all beings have attained enlightment, this bodhisattva remains in samsara in order to answer the cries of suffering—hence the name Avalokiteshvara, "Perceiver of the World's Sounds." In Tibet, Avalokiteshvara's principal manifestation is Chenrezi, the bodhisattva invoked by reciting the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. In China, the earliest paintings depict Avalokiteshvara as male, but by the seventh century C.E. he had assumed the willowy, feminine form of Kuan yin. This Chinese form was adopted in Japan, where she is called Kannon of Kanzeon, and is generally depicted as female or androgynous in form. More »