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The life of the Buddha

I would like first to examine the situation that happened in India before the time of the Buddha, that is to say, the pre-Buddhist background of Buddhism. It is impossible to have a clear understanding of Buddhism unless one takes into consideration the cultural, philosophical, and religious background of India before the time of the Buddha. I personally believe such an examination to be helpful because it enable us to understand the life of the Buddha and his teaching as well. [More]

 
The Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths are the most fundamental of the principles delivered by the Buddha. They virtually coincide with the whole of the doctrine of the Buddha. The understanding of the Four Noble Truths is synonymous with the attainment of the goal of Buddhist practice. [More]
 
The Five Precepts

In practical life a lay adherent is traditionally required to take refuge in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha, to observe the five basic principles of moral conduct. The five precepts are the basic principles of Buddhism best known to most people. It is customary for Buddhist people to be explained during almost every religious ceremony and those present at the ceremonies generally make a formal declaration of their intention to comply with the five precepts. People in Buddhist countries must have seen or heard monks enunciating the five precepts ever since the time when they were still very young and did not understand them. [More]

 
Vipassana Meditation
Meditation or Bhavana in Pali means to develop mental ability. As human being, we have the ability to make our minds stable, calm and peaceful. The mind remains undeveloped without correct mental exercise. The technique to develop our minds is called Meditation. When we meditate, we can clearly see how our mind is working. Mind is unstable, shaking or jumping from one object to another. It always comes across with anxiety, worry, tension, agitation, grief, and sorrow. So that, our mind becomes impure with evil thought. An impure mind indeed gives unhappiness and a pure mind happiness. To achieve real happiness, we need to discipline our mind by means of meditation practices. This meditation technique was discovered by the Buddha more than 2500 years ago. Although this was developed as a technique by the Buddha, its practice is not limited to Buddhists. Meditation technique is a universal remedy for universal problem and it has nothing to do with religion. Therefore, it can be practiced freely by everyone without conflict due to race or religion. It offers equal benefits to all who practice it and it is applicable to everyone. [More]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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