Buddhism

  • Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha’s places

    Buddha Shakyamuni, Buddha’s places
    Buddha Shakyamuni (Gautama) lived from 566 till 485 BCE in central part of the Northern India. He was born in wealthy aristocratic family of Kshatriya caste in state Shakya with capital in Kapilavastu, on the border of present India and Nepal.
  • The Four Noble Truths. The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path

    The Four Noble Truths.  The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path
    When we meet such type of questions, we start to search the answers in different concepts of spiritual development. All directions give their special explanations and advices how to get these answers and deside the hesitations and quests. Somebody says: you should believe. Others say: you should serve. Or you should explore, get the experience.
  • The Life of Sariputta.Part I: From Birth to the Attainment of Arahatship

    The Life of Sariputta.Part I: From Birth to the Attainment of Arahatship In many temples of Sri Lanka you will find on either side of the Buddha image, the statues of two monks. Their robes are draped over one shoulder and they stand in the attitude of reverence, with joined palms. Quite often there are a few flowers at their feet, laid there by some pious devotee. If you ask who they are, you will be told that they are the Enlightened One's two Chief Disciples, the Arahats Sariputta and Maha Moggallana. They stand in the positions they occupied in life. Sariputta on the Buddha's right, Maha Moggallana on his left. When the great stupa at Sanchi was opened up in the middle of the last century, the relic chamber was found to contain two stone receptacles; the one to the north held the body relics of Maha Moggallana, while that on the south enclosed those of Sariputta.
  • Boudhanath Stupa. From the depths of the ages to our days

    Boudhanath Stupa. From the depths of the ages to our days Even in times of Buddha Shakyamuni people still perceived world as alive and spiritual. Buddha called Goddess of the Earth as a witness, talked to spirits that inhabited groves; many of these spirits became heroes of the Jataka Stories. Such perception of the world is typical of Buddhism as a whole. In the Jataka Stories we read that Gods and Goddesses live in buildings.
  • Triskandhadharmasutra - Sutra of the Three Heaps

    Triskandhadharmasutra - Sutra of the Three Heaps I, who am called by the name......, throughout all time seek refuge in the Guru; in the Buddha I seek refuge; in his Dharma I seek refuge ; in the Sangha I seek refuge.
  • Praises to the 21 Taras

    Praises to the 21 Taras

    Homage to Tara, the swift heroine,
    Whose eyes are like an instant flash of lightning,
    Whose water-born face arises from the blooming lotus,
    Of Avalokiteshvara: Protector of The Three Worlds.
  • Swayambhunath – the flower of the initial light

    Swayambhunath – the flower of the initial light Five figures of Meditation Buddhas, embodying timeless unity of all the Buddhas, stand in recesses, made in the basement of the stupa. Vairocana is positioned in the centre and is regarded as a master of the temple. Akshobhya looks to the east, Ratnasambhava to the south, Amitabha to the west, Amoghasiddhi to the north. The figures of their spouses are placed in neighboring recesses. They embody the female energy Shakti and mark intermediate directions: northeast, northwest etc.
  • Ākāśagarbha Sūtra

    Ākāśagarbha Sūtra
    Thus did I hear at one time. The Bhagavān was dwelling on the Khalatika Mountain, in the abode of the Sage’s hermits, together with an incalculably large assembly of monks and of great śrāvakas. Great bodhisattva mahāsattvas in numbers as limitless as the sands of the River Ganges, forming an incalculably immense assembly of bodhisattvas, were also staying there. The moment the Bhagavān completed his prophecy on the splendid vows of the tathāgatas, the Indranīla jewel appeared in the west. Many hundreds of thousands of precious wish-fulfilling jewels spread out and surrounded it. The light of that precious jewel rendered invisible the totality of manifest form in the whole trichiliocosm. Thus, with the exception of the tathāgatas, all gods and humans, śrāvakas, and bodhisattvas, as well as the manifest forms of the great elements of earth, water, fire, and air—however many manifestations there were of the great elements—all without exception were obliterated, and only the precious jewel remained visible. Everything appeared to be limitless, boundless, and ineffable like space. The Bhagavān, too, became most radiant, clear, and brilliant.
  • Maha-nidana Sutta: The Great Causes Discourse

    Maha-nidana Sutta: The Great Causes Discourse

    I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was living among the Kurus. Now, the Kurus have a town named Kammasadhamma. There Ven. Ananda approached the Blessed One and, on arrival, having bowed down to the Blessed One, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "It's amazing, lord, it's astounding, how deep this dependent co-arising is, and how deep its appearance, and yet to me it seems as clear as clear can be."

  • Sūtra of the Prophecy Bestowed upon Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva

    Sūtra of the Prophecy Bestowed upon Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva

    Thus I have heard:

    At one time the Buddha was in the ṛṣi-frequented Deer Park in Vārāṇasī, together with 20,000 bhikṣus and 12,000 Bodhisattvas. Among them were Lion Bodhisattva, Lion Mind Bodhisattva, Peaceful Mind Bodhisattva, Unsurpassed Mind Bodhisattva, Upholding the World Bodhisattva, Nārada Bodhisattva, Divine God Bodhisattva, Treasure Accumulation Bodhisattva, Guhyata Bodhisattva, Worthy Protector Bodhisattva, Radiant God Bodhisattva, Loving Joy Bodhisattva, Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva, Wisdom Action Bodhisattva, Dedicated Action Bodhisattva, Displaying No Obstruction Bodhisattva, and Maitreya Bodhisattva. Bodhisattvas such these were at the head of 12,000 Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas. 
  • Migajala Sutta: To Migajala

    Migajala Sutta: To Migajala
    At Savatthi. Then Ven. Migajala went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One: "'A person living alone. A person living alone,' thus it is said. To what extent, lord, is one a person living alone, and to what extent is one a person living with a companion?"
  • Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta: To the Plowing Bharadvaja

    Kasi Bharadvaja Sutta: To the Plowing Bharadvaja
    I have heard that on one occasion the Blessed One was living among the Magadhans at Dakkhinagiri in the brahman village of Ekanala. Now at that time approximately 500 of the brahman Kasi Bharadvaja's plows were yoked at the sowing time. 
  • Meditation in buddhism. Key points

    Meditation in buddhism. Key points
    Meditation is the state in which External and Internal worlds incorporate into the Emptiness. And this state, this practice transcends all religious dogmas. And at the same time it is the essence of all religions.
  • The three vehicles – the three paths. Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana.

    The three vehicles – the three paths. Hinayana, Mahayana, Vajrayana.

    The essence of knowledge given by Buddha exceeds the limits of human dimension. For a better understanding of this knowledge a certain form is set such as the Three Vehicles. Each contains specific instructions, methods of comprehension of the Knowledge.

  • Several important Buddhist teachings

    Several important Buddhist teachings
    All sentient beings suffer not from the lack of actions, but from the lack of understanding how to act rightly.
  • Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra. Contents

    Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra. Contents
    Ksitigarbha Sutra was first translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in the 7th century A.D., T'ang Dynasty by Venerable Tripiṭaka Master Shikshananda of Khotan in Central Asia. Speaking the Dharma for the sake of his mother, Lady Maya, this Sutra was spoken by Sakyamuni Buddha towards the end of his life to the beings of the Trayastrimsha Heaven as a mark of gratitude and remembrance for his beloved mother.
  • Into the true nature of reality. Vipassana

    Into the true nature of reality. Vipassana
    The word meditation is derived from the Latin meditari meaning "to think, contemplate, devise, ponder" and mederi meaning "to heal"
  • The Dharani Sutra of the Buddha on Longevity The Extinction of Offences And the Protection of Young Children

    The Dharani Sutra of the Buddha on Longevity The Extinction of Offences And the Protection of Young Children

    "Thus I, Ananda, have heard. At one time, the Buddha was at Mount Grdhrakuta, at the City of Royal Palace, together with a thousand two hundred and fifty disciples, who accompanied Him wherever He went.