Perspective

Pravarana Purnima Full Moon Day

Pravarana Purnima Full Moon Day We celebrate the Pravarana Purnima or the Full Moon Day on 27th October. This day is celebrated as the end of the three months rains retreat which started on the Full Moon day of July. Monks and laity both having observed this retreat in meditation, listening to the discourses, making offerings to the monks, making dana in memory of the departed ones, observing precepts, doing…

Buddhists around the world

Buddhists around the world The number of Buddhists around the world is grossly underestimated. The statistics found in nearly all encyclopedias and almanacs place the number of Buddhists at approximately 500 million. This figure completely ignores over one billion Chinese people who live in the People's Republic of China. China is officially communist (although many free market conditions are already in place) and does not keep records on religion statistics…

Seeing gods

Seeing gods     The Buddha’s encounter with the ‘daughters of the death god’(Mara) and ‘preaching to gods’ are mostly considered fictional in this background. Seeing is not always believing – at least speaking of Buddhism.     Halfway through the meditation the meditator will encounter the illusions made within the mindset. Some take it as an improvement of the mental situation, but actually it is not. You have to be so…

Banning Ajahn Brahm’s speech on nuns was a spectacular own-goal

Banning Ajahn Brahm’s speech on nuns was a spectacular own-goal All religious traditions claim to exert moral and spiritual authority. Most of the great world faiths also like to believe they are aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations, the third of which is “to promote gender equality and empower women”. As Buddhists, it would therefore be a spectacular own-goal to diminish our moral authority on…

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism?

Why are Christians Turning to Buddhism? Six Examples by Jay McDaniel A small but growing number Christians in the West are turning to Buddhism for spiritual guidance. Many are reading books about Buddhism, and some are also meditating, participating in Buddhist retreats, and studying under Buddhist teachers. They are drawn to Buddhism’s emphasis on “being present” in the present moment; to its recognition of the interconnectedness of all things; to…

Why don't first Buddhists give up eating meat - a reply

Why don't first Buddhists give up eating meat - a reply  I certainly agree with Mr. R. I. Samaraweera that Buddhists should give up eating flesh. I go further and say Buddhists should not even trade in flesh. According to the noble Eight fold Path, dealing in flesh is also not permitted for a Buddhist. I find most of the eating houses, tourist hotels and guest houses have flesh in…

The Buddha only shows the way

The Buddha only shows the wayWe ourselves should tread the path In approaching Dhamma it is necessay to come to it with the right attitude, right understanding and right intention. By way of understanding the Dhamma, we should not take it to be something that demands to be accepted on faith. Also Dhamma should not be taken to be a set of doctrines to be played with; intellectually. Dhamma is…

If the Buddha is not a god, then why do people worship him?

If the Buddha is not a god, then why do people worship him? Ashish Wakode There are different types of worship. When someone worships a god, they praise him or her, making offerings and ask for favours, believing that the god will hear their praise, receive their offerings and answer their prayers. Buddhists do not indulge in this kind of worship. The other kind of worship is when we show…

Buddha’s Teachings on Social Harmony

Buddha’s Teachings on Social Harmony Yangon — In June and October 2012, scores of Muslims were killed and about 140,000 displaced in clashes between ethnic Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Rohingyas now live in squalid refugee camps, locked-down and under curfew. The conflict in Rakhine State also has an ethnic dimension; Rohingya are treated as illegal immigrants under Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law, and thereby denied the most basic rights. The…

What is the difference between Buddhism and other religions?

What is the difference between Buddhism and other religions? The key point in which Buddhism differs from other religions is that Buddhism does not believe in the existence of a Personal God who creates, controls, and governs the life of all sentient beings, including human beings. According to the Buddhist view, suffering or happiness is created not by God, but by each individual person together with the karmic force, which…

Them Park : The Horrors of Hell

In Thailand, the horrors of hell aren't just the stuff of kids' nightmares. Families can visit entire sculpture gardens featuring vivid depictions of what sinners face in the afterlife. Attention all other religions, your hell is a tame paradise compared to the dark, bloody underworld of Buddhism. In Thailand, gruesome sculptural depictions of the 136 fiery pits of Buddhist hell, known as Naraka, are scattered throughout the country in parks…

Communal or political violence?

The nation is witnessing the serious post electoral violence against the Hindu people across the country in the name of democracy. The Hindus are dragged and exposed by the ruling party who are prone to communal violence since long. The worst areas those are reported to have witnessed post electoral violence are Jessore, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Satkhira and Gaibandha. As the heading questions whether this violence can be termed as communal…

Proof that Group Meditation can Change the World

Proof that Group Meditation can Change the World Meditation has the potential to literally transform the world. In 1978, what is known as the “Maharishi Effect” took place when a group of 7000 individuals over the course of 3 weeks were meditating in hopes of positively effecting the surrounding city. They were able to literally transform the collective energy of the city which reduced global crime rates, violence, and casualties…