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    • Women Ancestors of Zen Created: Sunday, March 01, 2009 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      There were women Zen masters from the earliest days of Zen in China. Here are five women from the early history of Zen
    • The Tibetan Buddhist Canon Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      The Tibetan Buddhist scriptural canon is in two parts, called the Kangyur and he Tengyur. Here is a basic introduction.
    • Review: The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David McMahan Created: Friday, July 18, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      David McMahan's The Making of Buddhist Modernism is recommended to anyone trying to understand today's Buddhism.
    • A List of Buddhas Created: Sunday, March 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      A list of Buddhas found in Buddhist art and scripture, with brief explanations of who they are.
    • Dharma Created: Sunday, January 06, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      In Buddhism, dharma most commonly is used to refer to the teachings of the Buddha. But the word has a great many other significant meanings.
    • The Thirty-Two Marks of a Buddha Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      The 32 Marks of a Buddha are characteristics said to distinguish Buddhas from ordinary people.
    • Shakyamuni Buddha Created: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
      Shakyamuni Buddha is name often given to the historical Buddha. This article discusses the significance of the name Shakyamuni.
    • The Life of the Buddha Created: Saturday, December 29, 2007 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
      This simple account of the historic Buddha's life covers his early life, the Four Passing Sights, the Renunciation, the Quest, his Enlightenment, and his later life as a teacher.
    • Working With the Five Hindrances Created: Monday, October 29, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      The Five Hindrances are states of mind that block the realization of enlightenment. The key to resolving the hindrances is to work with them." itemprop="description" Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      This is the story of the enlightenment of the Buddha, including his meditation under the bodhi tree and the temptations of Mara.
    • The Buddha's First Sermon Created: Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      The Buddha's first sermon is sometimes called the "first turning of the dharma wheel." In this sermon the Buddha presented the Four Noble Truths.
    • The Two Truths Created: Thursday, March 29, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The Two Truths Doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism explains the nature of reality.
    • The Jataka Tale of the Selfless Hare Created: Monday, January 24, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      The Jataka Tales are ancient stories of the Buddha's previous lives. In this story, the Buddha is a selfless hare who surpasses all of this friends in the perfection of generosity."
    • A Bubble in a Stream Created: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      A short verse is one of the most well-known passages from the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. What does it mean?" itemprop="description">> Saturday, June 28, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Vassa, a three-month Buddhist monastic retreat held during the monsoon rains, is a tradition that began with the historical Buddha.
    • The Thirty-one Realms Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      As you study Buddhism you may run into mention of the 31 Realms. Here is a handy-dandy beginner's guide to them.
    • The Trikaya Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The Mahayana doctrine of Trikaya -- the three bodies of Buddha -- teaches us about the nature of enlightenment, the nature of existence, and the way a Buddha manifests in the world.
    • Eight Awarenesses of Enlightenment Created: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The Eight Awarenesses, also called the Eight Aspects or Eight Flavors of Enlightenment, are both a guide to Buddhist practice and a description of a Buddha.
    • The Golden Deer Created: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The Jataka Tales are stories of the Buddha's previous lives. This story of the Golden Deer, also sometimes called the Ruru Deer, is a story about compassion." itemprop="des$zTP='t3'" --> itemprop="...
    • Dharmakaya Created: Friday, October 24, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The dharmakaya is one of the three bodies (trikaya) of the Buddha. It is the body that is unmanifested, beyond existence or nonexistence.
    • Right Concentration Created: Thursday, August 12, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Right Concentration is the eighth part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. Through Right Concentration, the mind finds its way to wisdom and enlightenment." itemprop="descriptit3'" --> itemprop="descri...
    • The Fifth Buddhist Precept Created: Thursday, October 15, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The Fifth Precept of Buddhism, translated from the Pali Canon, is" itemprop="description"> Thursday, December 20, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      The law of karma is a law of cause and effect, or an understanding that every deed produces fruit. The fruits of karma affect our lives and cause rebirth." itemprop="descriP='t3'" --> itemprop="des...
    • Bhaisajyaguru Created: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Many Mahayana Buddhists practice veneration to Bhaiṣajyaguru, the Medicine Buddha, on behalf of the sick.
    • Renunciation in Buddhism Created: Thursday, November 18, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Renunciation in Buddhism is not penance or self-punishment. Instead, it is an act of liberation from the things that bind us to suffering." itemprop="description" Saturday, April 04, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      What is Vesak? Vesak is a major Buddhist holiday observing the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death (Parinirvana).
    • Yogacara Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      Here is a very basic introduction to Yogacara, a philosophical school of Mahayana Buddhism.
    • Buddhist Economics Created: Sunday, April 12, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
      E.F. Schumacher built an economic theory on Buddhist values. Now his ideas, once considered heresy, seem prophetic.
    • Samadhi Created: Monday, January 30, 2012 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
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    • Introduction to Koans Created: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
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    • Brahma-vihara: The Four Divine States or Four Immeasurables Created: Friday, July 11, 2008 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
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