just my personal finds on buddhism. Not to be meant as a complete guide. Enjoy browsing. Dec 29
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Theravāda is the oldest surviving Buddhist branch. [ 1 ] The word is derived from the Sanskrit sthaviravada , and literally means "the Teaching of the Elders".
Meditation Centers (Laity)
The Thai Forest Tradition is a tradition of Buddhist monasticism within Thai Theravada Buddhism .
Chah Subhaddo (Chao Khun Bodhinyana Thera) ( Thai : ชา สุภัทโท , alternatively Achaan Chah , occasionally with honorific titles Luang Por and Phra ; 17 June 1918 – 16 January 1992) was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition . Respected and loved in his own country as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West.
Wat Nong Pah Pong Wat Nong Pah Pong is a Buddhist forest monastery located in the province of Ubon Rachathani, in the North-East of Thailand. It was established by Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhaddo in 1954 so that monks, nuns and laypeople would have a place to study and practice the Teachings of the Buddha under Ajahn Chah's guidance.
Women in Theravada/the "2009 Perth nuns ordination"
Mahāyāna ( Sanskrit : महायान mahāyāna , literally the "Great Vehicle") is one of the two main existing branches of Buddhism and a term for classification of Buddhist philosophies and practice.
greggorious wrote: Could someone tell me the exact reason why the mahayana was invented and why it decided to split from theravada? Or is this too open to debate? Was Zen the first Mahayana tradition? It's a HUGE topic, Gregorious -- one which could fill up hundreds of pages. And the bottom line is no one is really certain how it got started. The current thinking, as I understand it, is that Mahayana probably first developed as a sort of specialized focus among monastics during the centuries after the Buddha's parinibbana.
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The essence of the Buddha's teaching can be summed up in two principles: the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Five Hindrances are negative mental states that impede our practice and lead us toward unwholesome action. All of us have no doubt experienced how sensual desire, anger, sloth, restlessness, and doubt can overtake our minds—not to mention our meditation practice. These negative mind states have enormous potency, and it is difficult to pry ourselves loose from their grasp. In fact, sometimes we take perverse pleasure in indulging them, which of course makes them doubly difficult to overcome. We nurture desire for an inappropriate person; we brood over an argument with a friend; we content ourselves with an outmoded routine or relationship; we obsessively second-guess even the smallest of decisions; we allow ourselves to be consumed with doubts rather than resolving them. One of the goals of meditation practice is to realize how we support the hindrances and, through this insight, to dismantle them.
The Tipitaka, the Buddhist canon, is replete with references to the factors of enlightenment expounded by the Enlightened One on different occasions under different circumstances. In the Book of the Kindred Sayings , V ( Samyutta Nikaya , Maha Vagga ) we find a special section under the title Bojjhanga Samyutta wherein the Buddha discourses on the bojjhangas in diverse ways. In this section we read a series of three discourses or sermons recited by Buddhists since the time of the Buddha as a protection ( paritta or pirit ) against pain, disease, and adversity. The term bojjhanga is composed of bodhi + anga . Bodh denotes enlightenment — to be exact, insight concerned with the realization of the four Noble Truths, namely: the Noble Truth of suffering; the Noble Truth of the origin of suffering; the Noble Truth of the cessation of suffering and the Noble Truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering. Anga means factors or limbs.
In the early centuries after the Buddha's passing away, as Buddhism became a popular religion, the idea was formalized that there were three paths to awakening to choose from: the path to awakening as a disciple of a Buddha (savaka); the path to awakening as a private Buddha (pacceka-buddha), i.e., one who attained awakening on his own but was not able to teach the path of practice to others; and the path to awakening as a Rightly Self-awakened Buddha (samma sambuddha). Each path was defined as consisting of perfections (paramī) of character, but there was a question as to what those perfections were and how the paths differed from one another.