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What is the Avatamsaka Sutra about?
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During the beginning of the 4th century CE, Buddhist scholars began composing a new series of Sūtras with the purpose of synthesizing and organizing concepts from earlier Mahāyāna Sūtras, a task which ...

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How does conversion work in Buddhism?
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Conversion into Buddhism from a Zen Buddhist perspective, initially requires the initiate to take refuge into the “Triple Jewels” in a formal ceremony headed by a religious leader. The “Triple Jewels”...

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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?
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According to Dr. Robert Thurman: The mudra “is a sacred gesture symbolically expressing inner wisdom, or, in tantra, a female consort for yogic practices that harness sexual energies to the ...

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What explains the membership of Shingon's 13 Buddhas list?
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Courtesy of Brian Gentz The list of 13 Buddhas used in Shingon funeral rites is based on the chief Buddhist deities found on two important mandalas used by Shingon practitioners in ritual practices: ...

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Is zazen practised for its own sake, or as a means to end suffering? Experts seem to say different things
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Zen teachings can be likened to "the finger pointing at the moon." Based on my experience at Dharma Field in Minneapolis, MN. They always mention zazen and the other Zen Buddhist practices are just ...

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What are Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields in Buddhism? What roles do they play in various lineages?
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The term Buddha-field is a literal translation of a compound Sanskrit word Buddhakṣētra, which is composed of two words Buddha (literal meaning: awakened one) and kṣētra (literal meaning: field, area, ...

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What is the oldest text/sutra of the Mahayana tradition?
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Keeping dependent arising in mind. The Gandharan Buddhist texts according to scholars contain samples of ancient Mahayana texts and teachings from the Dharmaguptaka school, the discovered texts have ...

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So many Buddhist schools!
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The lack of uniformity within Buddhism or Buddhist traditions should not be surprising at all, when you consider the dharma teaching on impermanence. A tradition requires the practitioners to share ...

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