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The Benefits Of Offerings

The Benefits of Offerings

Making offerings to the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha – is a magnificent daily practice. A wonderful day to start a day is to cultivate bodhicitta and generosity for the day ahead. By doing it, we create positive karma and help other sentient beings. Making offerings is a practice

Inside A Buddhist Temple

Inside a Buddhist Temple

Tibetan Buddhist Temple Dress Modestly Either male or female should have both the legs and the shoulders covered. Take off your shoes. (When visiting a temple, make sure you take off your footwear at the entrance). Do not take pictures with your back facing Buddha statues. Taking photographs is acceptable

Does A Dog Have Buddha Nature?

Does a dog have Buddha Nature?

From a Buddhist point of view, dogs, cats, companion animals — in fact all animals and sentient life — are equally precious. According to Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings also have Buddha Nature — the potential to eventually become enlightened. Moreover, the doctrine of rebirth held that any human could

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The Laughing Buddha: Symbolism and Significance in Buddhism

The “Laughing Buddha” has many names: Happy Buddha, Fat Buddha, Pu-tai, Budai, or Hotei, even though it isn’t really a Buddha. Who is the Laughing Buddha? History and Meaning The bald, chubby, laughing fellow many Westerners think of as Buddha is a character from tenth-century Chinese folklore. In Buddhism, the

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New Year celebration in Zen Buddhism

In the winter Mahayana Buddhists around the world prepare to celebrate the New Year, a time of reflection, renewal, and intention-setting. While the date of this celebration varies among different Mahayana traditions, including Japanese Zen Buddhism, which often observes it on December 31st, the essence remains consistent—a time to contemplate

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A Guide to Temple Etiquette in China and Taiwan: Navigating the Sacred Space

Visiting temples in China or Taiwan immerses you in a profound cultural and spiritual experience, rooted in centuries-old traditions. Whether you’re there to pray, meditate, or simply to soak in the atmosphere, respecting temple etiquette not only shows reverence for the local culture but also enhances your experience. This guide

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Tibetan Prayer Wheels

Prayer wheels are common religious objects in Tibetan Buddhism, primarily used by Buddhists in Tibet and Nepal. Hand-held prayer wheels, carried by pilgrims and other devotees, are turned during devotional activities. A hand-held prayer wheel is a hollow cylinder, made of wood or metal, attached to a handle. The mantra

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Understanding Time in the Buddhist Universe

Exploring the Concept of Kalpa in Buddhist Cosmology Within the rich tapestry of Buddhist cosmology, time is measured in units known as Kalpas. Derived from Sanskrit, Kalpa signifies a vast period, encompassing the cyclical process of creation and destruction in Hindu and Buddhist cosmologies. Understanding the Magnitude of Kalpas A

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