Friday, March 23, 2007

Basic Buddhism beliefs practices

Some points about Buddhism beliefs practices are mentioned in this article.

On this page I will briefly cover Buddhism beliefs and then explain in more details some Buddhist practices that I have experimented with.

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What are the basic beliefs of Buddhism? Some answers.

This article explains the basic beliefs of Buddhism. These constitute the Buddhist doctrine of salvation and belief in the 3 Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

As regards the doctrine of salvation Buddhism is based on 3 precepts:-

a) Impermanence of all phenomena

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

How does meditation benefit stress?

How does meditation benefits stress?

In this article I will describe how to bring meditation to your day-to-day life so that you can deal with stress as it arises.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Basic beliefs of 5 Facts Buddhism explained

5 facts Buddhism are explained below in this article.

These are also the basic Buddhism beliefs. They make up the Buddhist doctrine of salvation. This doctrine of salvation along with the Buddhist beliefs in the 3 Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha form the accepted Buddhist beliefs common to all traditions at Buddhism.

These important facts are

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Buddhism religion history in India

In this Buddhism religion history, I will cover its history in India.

In actual fact Buddhism covered almost the whole of Asia - excluding perhaps Russia. But I cannot cover all these details in a short article.

The Shakyamuni Buddha founded Buddhism through his enlightenment and teaching. He livd between 563 BC and 483 BC

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

The close agreement of Buddhism and Facts

Buddhism and facts are in close agreement. In fact the basic propositions of most Eastern philosophies have now been verified by modern science. Modern science now seems to be reaching the same conclusions about the Universe as the ancient mystics of the East.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hinduism and Buddhism

In this article I will be discussing some points, which make up Hinduism and Buddhism a comparison.

Buddhism differs from Hinduism only in the way the doctrines are presented. Certain points are emphasized in Buddhism, which are mentioned in the Hindu scriptures but not stressed by them. Similarly the Buddhism teaching ignores certain other aspects of the Hindu teaching. So as far as Hinduism and Buddhism a comparison is concerned the difference lies in the emphasis of certain points.

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When was Buddhism founded

This article is an answer to the question, when was Buddhism founded?

Buddhism originally arose out of the teaching and enlightenment of Siddharth Gautama. Siddharth Gautama was the first of many Buddhas – or enlightened masters - who have enriched the Buddhist tradition.

The Buddha lived approximately between the years 563-483 BCE.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Chief god of early Hinduism

One of the chief God of early Hinduism is Vishnu (the preserver). The two other chief gods are Brahma (the creator) and Shiva (the destroyer).

In this article I will be focusing on the chief God of early Hinduism Vishnu (the preserver).

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Important holy sites of Hinduism

In this article there is information about some important holy sites of Hinduism. These are some of the Tirthas and Dhaams – the most important holy sites.

You can go to a tirtha as a tourist to discover the soul of India. For the devout Hindu however a visit to a tirtha is a voyage of personal and spiritual discovery. These places are charged with the power of God and he visits them for that purpose. The Hindu visits a tirtha as a penance for sins committed and also for the promise of moksha or enlightenment.

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A guide to important Buddhism religion facts

Some of the Buddhism religion facts are as follows: Buddhism is not a faith or even a doctrine. It is a method to attain enlightenment and it takes the form of a dialogue. Any dialogue must necessarily to tailored to meet the needs of one person with his individual requirements.

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Ten fact about Buddhism

The Buddhist doctrine is a vast field for study. Ten fact about Buddhism (in no particular order of importance) are as follows:

1) Be lamps unto yourself – Buddhism stresses experiential understanding and transformation. Hence it stresses self-effort and testing out teachings through personal experience.

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Interesting fact about Buddhism

An interesting fact about Buddhism is its history.

Buddhism first developed in India through the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha about 2500 years ago. His teaching is carried on in the Theravada tradition of Buddhism or the Teaching of the Elders.

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Taoism outline view on growing to virtue and capability

Taoism outline contains another key concept – that of Te (or virtue).

Te is not virtue in the sense of being contrived or cultivated virtue as happens when we follow a moral code. It is not moral rectitude. It is the power that enables the plants to grow; which keeps the blood circulating in our bodies. It is the power which keeps the heart beating. It is in our entire being and is not limited to our conscious attention or ego or personality that we identity with.

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Buddhism outline and its view on interdependence

This Buddhism outline will cover some of its messages as to the 4 Noble Truths, what is meant by Nirvana and how we can (intellectually at any rote) see what a liberated person sees.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Gaining poise and self confidence through witnessing

I was very much lacking in poise and self confidence when I was young. Partly because of my upbringing no doubt I had a lot of negative feelings about myself and indulged in a lot of destructive self-talk.

My situation is I think similar to most people on this planet although I was a particularly bad case in that I lacked poise. However most people lack confidence, frequently they do not feel good about themselves and they judge themselves harshly and have many opinions about themselves, which limit their growth and potential.

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Better relationships through mastery of self

Relationships should not be a problem to you at all if you really take the message of Eastern Philosophy and of this ebook to heart and change the way you look at the world and at yourself. If you can govern your responses and reaction, understand yourself – through mindfulness of feelings – and be whole, then all your relationships will change for the better.

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Beating stress through Eastern Philosophy

As you must have gathered by now I have no short term fixes to help you to deal with stress. I am asking you to accept, think over and make real to yourself certain concepts, which will result in your looking at the world in an entirely new way. This will result in your de-hypnotizing yourself from false beliefs. It will take time and effort but the resulting changed outlook will stay with you and help you for the rest of your life. And this will help beat stress and many other ills of modern life.

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Dealing with loss after death of a loved one

The death of a loved one can be a deeply painful incident for his family. This is even more true when the death is sudden and unexpected; caused by suicide or an accident. We are left to deal with our feelings of loss and grief and we do not quite know how to cope with them. In the modern, westernized culture we may find that people around us are just as unskillful and may not know how to console us and help us to let go.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Eastern advice on helping the dying

I have had no experience with helping the dying. My grandparents and a few other friends and relatives died in my lifetime but I was too young and not skillful enough to help them at the times of their deaths.

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Preparing for Death when the time comes

All of us wish for an easy and quick and painless death and the wish grows stronger as we grow older. Much of the terror that diseases like cancer and AIDS inspire is caused not by the fact that we die in the end. After all, all of us must die one day. The terror is caused by the manner of our passing if we contract these dreaded diseases. Our death will be slow, painful and terror stricken.

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Mindfulness on Death to help us live

Buddhist monks are sent to meditate on death to a cemetery for many months on end when they are newly ordained.

What are the benefits of such a practice. It seems morbid and depressing. And it seems completely opposed to the modern culture in most countries that stresses youth, activity, sex, achievement and consumption.

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Buidling resolve through witnessing

It you are like me then you have resolved many things and started many projects without following through on them. And this is a habit that most of us get into. We decide to quit smoking or swearing or to get up one hour earlier in the morning and go to the gym. But sooner rather than later our determination flags. We lapse back into our old habits and put off these goals for some future date.

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Defusing anger through Communication

To defuse anger straightforward non-hostile, calm and loving communication is vital. It is also vital to all important relationships, especially within the family.

It should be obvious that we will not know what the other person is thinking and feeling unless we communicate.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Changing your life through awareness of Impermanence

The importance of Impermanence in our personal philosophy oflife can be illustrated by the following story —

The story of the Two Rings

A rich old man died leaving two sons...

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Attaining the God experience

The existence of God.

I had hoped to give you in my ebook some conclusive logical proof regarding the existence of of the Absolute and of the soul (or Atman or Self). But there are none.

Immanuel Kant - the German Philosopher - proved conclusively in the 19th century that we cannot hope to prove of disprove or know God through logic or the intellect.

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Learning the material of the ebook

The best state of mind is to experientially realize our oneness with all of existence. In other words if we were to have a mystical experience it would solve all our problems.

But our problems are here and how and very real whereas mystical experiences are very far away. How then can we use these teachings to guide our day to day life.

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Dealing with anger - still more advice

Dealing with anger - The greatest lesson of George Gurdieff’s life.

George Gurdieff was an Armenian mystic. He has been praised by Osho Rajneesh as one of the most enlightened masters of modern times. This is the story of what Gurdieff claimed was the greatest lesson of his life.

When Gurdieff was a young boy his father died.

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Transforming the energy of anger

Habitual energies of anger are those tendencies inside of us that we have picked up as a result of our upbringing. Perhaps our parents were too critical or too short-tempered in the way they brought us up. Later in life we tend to react to situations in the same way as they did.

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Dealing with anger constructively

Anger, rage hatred, long term grudges and resentments can make a hell for us. They poison our relationships, harm our careers, and give us no peace. We feel the urge to lash out at the person who has made us angry. Frequently that person happens to be important for us and our well-being – such as a boss or our parents and we dare not take it out on them. So we lash out at others who have done nothing to harm us. In this way we spread misery and pain in the world.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Why Spirituality matters

The following quotation of the Buddha describes what spirituality is all about

When faced with the ups and downs of life,Still the mind remains unshaken,Not lamenting, not generating defilements, always feeling secure,That is the greatest happiness.

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The Universe - where modern science and eastern philosophy agree

The Universe is one organic whole.

You might think that the above statement the universe is one organic whole – is the conclusion of saints and mystics. In fact I have derived this concept from the relatively new discoveries of Physics – specifically Bells Theorum and Quantum Mechanics.

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The Buddha and our view of the World

Modern science is coming to the Buddha's view of the Universe.

As described later in the book the recent conclusions of quantum physics are that the universe is one organic whole.

This is what the eastern Religions have been saying through the ages - be it Hinduism, Buddhism or Taoism.

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The benefits of this course

I have published a multi-part course on how I used Eastern Philosophy to benefit myself.

The following article lists the benefits.

How would you like to gain a view of the world and of yourselfthat puts all your problems into perspective?

How would you like to feel so secure, at such peace with yourself that all your problems and challenges become almost irrelevant?

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Transforming your life through Eastern Philosophy

What is true happiness?

I have found the answer to this question in EasternPhilosophy and I encourage you to do so as well.

In today’s materialistic culture one can easily mistake happiness as being found in money, having lots of friends, a beautiful wife (or girlfriend, or a successful and charismatic husband), ...

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