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Samadhi Wisdom

Samadhi [Chin.: sānmódì 三摩地| Sansk.: समाधि samādhi], the state of calm attained by meditation practice, has many levels depending on the degree of absorption of the Mind with the object of meditation. The word, Mind, means the mind, heart or consciousness; it is the basis in a person, which is "central", whereas everything else, including the five Skhandas [Chin.: wǔyīn 五陰 | Sansk.: skhanda स्कन्ध] is peripheral. Practically everyone has to develop the practice of samadhi, if they want to attain wisdom and a state of happiness beyond what…

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Heartfelt Bowing

A heartfelt bow is not an empty gesture; is a way to express a feeling of gratitude towards the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
Master Shi Yan Zhuo [Chin.: shìyánzhuó dàshī 釋延卓大师 | 1965 - ?]
Dharma [Chin.: fǎ 法] is the way for training the mind, the speech and the body. But the Buddha Dharma [Chin.: Fófǎ 佛法] is sometimes regarded in a way, which is too intellectual and theoretical so that there is a danger that it is not practiced as a way of training. To help with…

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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The eight Buddhist auspicious symbols [Chin.: Jíxiáng bā bǎo 吉祥八宝 | Sansk.: अष्टमंगल Aṣṭamaṅgala] consist of - a parasol, pair of golden fish, the great treasure vase, a lotus, the right turning conch, the endless knot, the banner of victory and the wheel of dharma. These originated from a group of early Indian symbols of royalty, which were presented at special ceremonies such as the coronation of a king. The symbols differed between different groups.

In Buddhism these symbols of good fortune represent the offerings that were…

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Mahayana

Theravada Buddhism focused primarily on meditation and concentration, the eighth of the Eightfold Noble Path; as a result, it centered on a monastic life and an extreme expenditure of time in meditating. This left little room for the bulk of humanity to join in, so a new schism erupted within the ranks of Buddhism in the first century AD, one that would attempt to reformulate the teachings of Buddha to accommodate a greater number of people.

They called their new Buddhism, Mahayana [literally, "The Great Teachings of…

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Sharing Words...

A heartfelt bow is not an empty gesture; is a way to express a feeling of gratitude towards the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.

Master Shi Yan Zhuo [Chin.: shìyánzhuó dàshī 釋延卓大师 | 1965 - ?]