They both "are" and "are not" difficult to understand?
For example I just told my mum what the four or five precept are, starting with "no killing" -- because when we met in the morning we agreed that it had been a full moon overnight, and I mentioned it's a Buddhist holiday world-wide on full moon days, and she asked how Buddhist celebrate -- so I ...
Out of thousands schools, sub-schools, and hybrids, here are some of the most notable outlines:
Early Buddhism and conservative descendants
Mahasanghika (developed into Mahayana)
Gokulika (in Varanasi/Pataliputra)
Bahusrutiya (in Kosala)
Satyasiddhi / Tattvasiddhi (Chinese, extinct)
Prajnaptivada (in ...
There is an existent reference to the similarities between Theravāda & Mahāyāna which I will cite:
(I think it also applies to Vajrayāna although I may be wrong in this regard.)
Whatever our sects, denominations or systems, as Buddhists we all accept the
Buddha as our Master who gave us the Teaching.
We all take refuge in the Triple Jewel: ...
I personally use the following translations:
Paper copies of Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of Nikayas (for example Majjhima) for nice smooth English rendition.
Access To Insight for quick and convenient search.
Dharmafarer for in-depth analysis.
When in doubt, I do my own translation with a dictionary (Sanskrit, Pali, I also use a number of Pali-Russian ...
According to my understanding (in Theravada tradition) and with the context of your question (Violence in the context of "radical Buddhism"), there is no room for any form of violence. Buddhist teaching does not encourage violence by any means even in solving human conflicts and social problems.
For example in Dhammapada there are several verses discourage ...
rebirth is itself a origin of all the Dukhhas.
Not quite. Birth has a requisite condition as well. It's not the case that our birth was the ultimate origin of our suffering.
Doesn't it imply that buddhist laymen who are married should not have children to stop this cycle of rebirth.
Not having children will not stop those beings from being reborn. There ...
There are very strong similarities between Buddhism and Jainism but there are also a number of major differences as well.
It is very true that Buddhism and Jainism use a lot of very similar terminology, but these are mostly terms that were floating around among the Shramanas (ascetics) for some time. Karma, rebirth, the goal as escape from rebirth. etc... ...
Before we can pick a translation we must understand what it is that we are translating.
Prefix an- is a simple negation.
Hindu concept of Atman should not be confused with Aham (the simple reflexive "I", "ego" or "self") nor with Jiva (the vitality that makes an animate being an animate being). Atman means "inner spirit" or "core" and refers ...
It is correct, that the Dhamma is both universal and timeless.
The Dhamma is described as being an ancient path, that fully enlightened Buddhas discover by themselves and then teach it to other beings.
The words from a fully enlightened Buddha need not to be renewed or changed.
One needs only to practice insight meditation to find out if these words are ...
Agreed with Dhammadhatu.
Buddhism is incomprehensible when it is based on hearsay, cargo cult, and book knowledge.
Buddhism is simple and clear when you learn from the first-hand experience of the basic principles.
If your teacher shows you how to practice "no ego" and "suchness", and if you really "get" the practice, then all theories - both from the ...
How should one properly handle cases of insults, criticism and discrimination, according to the Buddhist teachings?
Here's what the Buddha had to say to the monks:
For even this external earth element, great as it is, can be seen as
impermanent, can be seen as liable to destruction, liable to fall,
liable to change; so what of this body, which is ...
Lay practitioner ==> monk is not a one way street. Some monks renounce their vows for various reasons (not always bad). A famous example in Western Tibetan Buddhism is Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who ordained in 1947 and renounced in 1970, but kept teaching in lay status all the way until 1987. He still sat on a high platform and enjoyed the same honors as an ...
I have a daughter who is nearly 4 now. I first took her to the local Buddhist Centre when she was about a year old on a family day that we organised. The Buddhist practice involved running around the shrine room and shrieking. Someone said at the time though that bring her at such a young age was auspicious and I'm enought of a romantic to lap this up. I ...
First a couple of comments...
It is to be expected that in a non-Buddhist country you wouldn't find as much authentic Buddhist literature as you would in Buddhist countries. In Thailand, for example, it is quite easy to obtain a full translation of the entire tipitaka... two different translations, actually.
Of course, the fact that the tipitaka is tens of ...
The five precepts are mentioned in Dhammika sutta. The main reason for teaching the fifth precept is said to be that intoxication easily instigates people to break other precepts by concealing the seriousness.
"Now I will tell you the layman's duty. Following it a lay-disciple
would be virtuous; for it is not possible for one occupied with the
It is most honorable to do whatever you can so that people who take what you give take it smoothly. However, what you can do in this area is limited.
To paraphrase Lama Tsongkhapa, if he who receives what you give is like a vessel turned upside down (not open to listen, to receive) nothing will enter; If he is like a leaking vessel (forgetful, not paying ...
The Buddha not only stressed the importance of right speech but also the right time and occassion to say it:
"So too, prince, such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be untrue, incorrect, and unbeneficial, and which is also unwelcome and disagreeable to others: such speech the Tath›gata does not utter. Such speech as the Tath›gata knows to be true and ...
Traditionally the original source of the teachings is Ananda. Ananda was the Buddha's cousin and primary attendant during a lot of his life up to the Buddha's death. Being
so close to the Buddha, he heard at first hand the Buddha's teaching and was able to commit them to memory. Shortly after the Buddha's death the First Council was convened and Ananda was ...
Is “the blind men and the elephant” a true Buddhist story? I would like to know if it is present somewhere in the Pali Canon.
Yes, the story is present in the canon:
"Once, monks, in this same Sāvatthī, there was a certain king, and the
king said to a certain man, 'Come, my good man. Gather together all
the people in Sāvatthī who have been blind from ...
There are the following links to Buddhist Schools:
Wikipedia - "Schools of Buddhism".
BuddhaNet - "Schools / Lineages".
Rigpawiki - "The four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism"
DharmaNet - "The Principal Spiritual Traditions of Buddhism"
Budsas "Two Main Schools of Buddhism"
"History & Timeline of Buddhism’s Spread"
SiddhartaBuddhism - "Buddhist Sects"
Here is a list of a few things you can do to live a longer and healthier life.
Meditate: Stress will make you age quicker and die younger.
Eat vegetarian meals: Most meats will cause inflammation which lowers your life-span.
Intermittent fasting or only eating for the first half of the day. This will help you keep thin, slow down your metabolism (the idea ...
If you understand it as gradual training it is much easier to follow Buddha's teaching. The only way you can eat an elephant is only one bite at a time. some people think that they have to eat the elephant in one bite.
The journey is more important than the destination.
The Buddha talked about the "world Systems" and other humans in them. This is a fascinating topic for myself as someone interested in astronomy. Here are some links speaking about world systems and related topics.
The Dhamma is sort of like the laws of mathematics and physics that govern this universe, universal to all sentient beings, everywhere. This is ...
There is nothing wrong with it at all. It is an extremely wonderful thing to speak the Dhamma in any form. In the Abhaya sutta (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.058.than.html) the Buddha said he used three factors to decide what and when to say something. They are truth, benefit, and agreeableness. The Buddha would only say something if it was ...
I don't think their intention is to entertain but to to teach.Social Networking Sites can be used as a form for communication.Especially in this day and age.It's likened to them writing a letter or giving a dhamma talk.Since i don't attend any Buddhist monastery or retreats or groups,I have benefited from monks teaching the Dharma on Youtube or contacting a ...
Do Buddhists believe that there's no purpose in living?
No.Buddhists believe the purpose in living is to free one's self from suffering.
And if there is, what is it based upon?
The universal need for happiness.
Where is the motivation to do anything if it isn't building up to something?
Now that you know the Buddhist goal is to be free from suffering ...
A good Dhamma teacher would frequently refer to sutta/vinaya references to back up his point. If s/he doesn't do that, there's no guarantee their point is valid or that it really comes from the Buddha's words. The Buddha instructed us how to handle such situation with the Four Great Referrals in DN 16:
Here, monks, a monk might speak like this: ‘I have ...
Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu answers a question about "guarding the senses" in this video (at time 34:40).
Guarding the sense doors is a way of protecting ourselves from being overcome by passion for the sensed object (which leads to dukkha). In his video Yuttadhammo mentions three ways to do this.
Physically avoiding the object (in relation to your example, when ...
Anger is a manifestation of one of the five hindrances, the hindrance of aversion/ill-will (byāpāda). According to the Buddha, the path to happiness and Nirvana is the path of understanding and abandoning these hindrances.
“Bhikkhus, if one were to say of anything ‘a heap of the unwholesome,’ it is about the five hindrances that one could rightly say ...