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As Buddhism spread outward from India, many new branches developed, often integrating existing traditions. Four main forms of Buddhism are practiced in Japan today - Pure Land, Nichiren, Shingon, and Zen. Learn the basics of these four distinct schools in this article.
Buddha Standard Time - Book Review
The latest book from Lama Surya Das, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now, is for anyone that finds themselves saying "I just don't have enough time."
The Kali Yuga, Or Current Time, in Buddhism
Some branches of Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, adhere to the idea that we are currently in a cycle of time called the Kali Yuga, often compared to Christian end-days or '2012'. Learn more about the Kali Yuga and what Buddhism teaches regarding it in this article.
Awakening the Sacred Body - Book/DVD Review
This excellent book and DVD combo is one of the few detailing Bon Tibetan energy practices - breath and chakra (energy center) meditations - in an accessible and down to earth way that anyone can benefit from.
Psychoanalysis and Buddhism - Mixing Minds Review
The book Mixing Minds: The Power of Relationship in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism is an in-depth exploration of both traditions, and especially of the relationship between analyst and analysand, and Buddhist teacher and student.
Intro to Buddhism and Buddhist Meditation Ebook
Whether your interest in Buddhism is personal or academic, this FREE ebook is the perfect way to begin. It includes the most popular BellaOnline Buddhism articles, as well as 'Personal Exploration' exercises you can use to explore practices, including different meditation forms, yourself.
Finding Your Mindfulness
Mindfulness - being fully present in the moment - is a central part of Buddhist practice. It has also been shown to reduce stress levels and increase productivity. Here's a simple introduction to finding your own form of mindfulness.
The Dhammapada is one of the oldest and most revered Buddhist writings, full of sayings attributed directly to the Buddha.
The Future of the Dalai Lama
The current Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people, is in his 70s, triggering concerns about who will succeed him and how they will be chosen. He has also recently resigned from the political aspect of his role. Learn why and what that means.
Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism
Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism, found in both Tibetan and Japanese schools, is an esoteric form of Buddhism emphasizing direct transmission of teachings and the possibility of enlightenment in this lifetime.
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