Saturday, November 7, 2015

The life of the Buddha

All religions have some basic rules that define what is good conduct and what kind of conduct should be avoided. In Buddhism, the most important rules are the Five Precepts.

1. No killing. 

2. No stealing . 

3. No sexual misconduct. 

4. No lying . 

5. No intoxicants.

"The kind of seed sown
will produce that kind of fruit.
Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.
If you carefully plant a good seed,
You will joyfully gather good fruit."
(Shakyamuni Buddha)

It was 500 years Before Christ that a young prince set out on a journey. He travelled through pain and suffering to reach Nirvana – the everlasting bliss we all dream of. “Symbol of peace, symbol of compassion, symbol of non-violence,”. He was the Buddha.

The life of the Buddha with pictures

The Buddhas' Sasana

Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma SamBuddhassa

the Buddhas' Sasana

Every evil never doing
and in wholesomeness increasing
and one's heart well-purifying:
this is the Buddhas' Teaching.


Think lightly not of evil,
"It will not come to me",
for by the falling of water drops
a water jar is filled.
The fool with evil fills himself,
he soaks up little by little.

Think lightly not of goodness,
"It will not come to me",
for by the falling of water drops
a water jar is filled.
The sage with goodness fills himself,
he soaks up little by little.

By oneself is evil done,
by oneself defiled,
by oneself it's left undone,
by self alone one purified.
Purity, impurity on oneself depend,
no one can purify another.

(Shakyamuni Buddha)

enmity and amity

Avalokiteśvara  Bodhisattva

Bow the Buddha

Bow to The Buddha

I'm bowing the Buddha

Good Question, Good Answer

Good Question, Good Answer
Bhikkhu Shravasti Dhammika

What is Buddhism?

The name Buddhism comes from the word 'budhi' which means 'to wake up' and thus Buddhism is the philosophy of awakening. This philosophy has its origins in the experience of the man Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, who was himself awakened at the age of 35. Buddhism is now 2,500 years old and has about 300 million followers worldwide. Until a hundred years ago Buddhism was mainly an Asian philosophy but increasingly it is gaining adherents in Europe, Australia and America.

The Dhamma light

The Dhamma light

Lay Follower

"Venerable Sir, to what extent is one a lay follower?"

The Five Precepts

Five Precepts:

1. No killing. 

2. No stealing . 

3. No sexual misconduct. 

4. No lying . 

5. No intoxicants.

4 Holy Places in Buddhism


Lumbini is in the foothills of the Himalaya, 25 km east of the municipality of Kapilavastu, where the Buddha is said to have lived till the age of 29. Kapilvastu is the name of the place in question as well as of the neighbouring district. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond - where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath - as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. At other sites near Lumbini, earlier Buddhas were, according to tradition, born, achieved ultimate awakening and finally relinquished earthly form.

Following the Buddha's Footsteps

Following the Buddha's Footsteps
Instilling Goodness School
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
Talmage, CA 95481 

As a child, Siddhartha the Buddha, was troubled by some of the same thoughts that children today have. They wonder about birth and death. They wonder why they get sick and why grandfather died. They wonder why their wishes do not come true. Children also wonder about happiness and the beauty in nature.



Vicissitudes of Life (Atthalokadhamma)




The Buddha knew it would be difficult for people to follow his teachings on their own, so he established the Three Refuges for them to rely on. If a person wants to become Buddhists take refuge in and rely on the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. These are known as the Triple Jewel. The Sangha are the monks and nuns. They live in monasteries and carry on the Buddha's teaching. The word Sangha means 'harmonious community'. The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha together possess qualities that are precious like jewels and can lead one to enlightenment.


Concentration on the Breath

A very simple way of meditating is concentrating on your breath. The breath is like a bridge between your body and mind. When you concentrate on your breath for a while, your body becomes relaxed and your mind becomes peaceful.

Zen Master

Zen Master  Thich Thanh Tu

Zen master Thich Thanh Tu

The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths

1. Life means suffering.

2. The origin of suffering is attachment.

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable.

4. The path to the cessation of suffering.

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Way to end all suffering is called the Middle Way because it avoids the two extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. Only when the body is in reasonable comfort but not over-indulged has the mind the clarity and strength to meditate deeply and discover the Truth. This Middle Way consists of the diligent cultivation of Virtue, Meditation and Wisdom, which is explained in more detail as the Noble Eightfold Path.

1. Right View
2. Right Intention 
3. Right Speech 
4. Right Action 
5. Right Livelihood 
6. Right Effort 
7. Right Mindfulness 
8. Right Concentration

Six Perfections

Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva
Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva

To Become a Buddha
A Bodhisattva Has to Practise Six Perfections:

the perfection of giving - dana paramita
the perfection of morality - shila-paramita
the perfection of patience - kshanti-paramita
the perfection of energy - virya-paramita
the perfection of meditation - dhyana-paramita
the perfection of wisdom - prajna-paramira

10 Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

10 Vows of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva

Samantabhdra is a popular Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva. He is also known as the Bodhisattva of Great Activity. A Bodhisattva is a "Buddha-to-be," and helps sentient beings along the path to enlightenment.

Samantabhadra listed ten great vows or practices to follow. These practices create merit and virtue helping one to become closer to enlightenment. These ten practices are:

A Rose for Your Pocket

A Rose for Your Pocket 
 by  Thich Nhat Hanh

The thought "mother" cannot be separated from that of "love". Love is sweet, tender, and delicious. Without love, a child cannot flower, an adult cannot mature. Without love, we weaken, wither.


Buddhists have many festivals throughout the year. These festivals celebrate events in the lives of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and famous teachers. During these occasions people can also take refuge and precepts, or leave the home life to become monks and nuns.

Buddhist Music

Namo Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva


Buddhist Vegetarianism

Buddhist Vegetarianism

All beings--human or beast--
Love life and hate to die.
They fear most the butcher's knife
Which slices and chops them piece-by-piece.
Instead of being cruel and mean,
Why not stop killing and cherish life?
(Cherishing Life, I 83)

Buddhist Vegetarianism
Buddhist Vegetarianism

Hoang Phap Pagoda

Hoangphap Pagoda_ Vietnam
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