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The Buddhist Precepts are the core ethical guidelines for practicing Buddhists. There are core 5 Precepts adopted by both lay and monastic practitioners, and then additional Precepts added for monastics. These Precepts are guidelines for practice, not commandments.
Many people associate reincarnation with Buddhism, but in fact the Buddha taught a doctrine of rebirth, not reincarnation. What is the difference, and what do the different schools of Buddhism teach about it? What is its relevance to Buddhist meditation and practice?
Buddhist Sacred Places
Many places around the world are held sacred by one or more branches of Buddhism. Some are associated with events of the Buddha's life, and others are the site of historic Buddhist monasteries and art. Learn about several in this article.
Buddhist Sutta/Sutras Overview
'Suttas' or 'sutras' are Buddhist scripture consisting of stories, discourses, aphorisms and poetry, most of which are considered to be based on direct oral teachings that the Buddha gave during his lifetime.
In each of the various cultures in which Buddhism has flourished, a rich set of symbols have developed to represent the Buddha and Buddhist teachings. View and discover the meanings of several in this article, including the Lotus Flower, Buddha's Eyes, the Endless Knot, and more.
Buddhist-Inspired Coloring Sheets
Whether you are a teacher or parent, coloring pages are a great tool for teaching children about Buddhism. And for adults, coloring Buddhist-inspired geometric patterns called mandalas is an excellent form of meditation and stress management.
Caves of the Thousand Buddhas
The Mogoa Caves or Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, is a collection of more than 600 Buddhist cave temples in China, containing some of the most revered Buddhist art in the world.
Interest in Buddhism in the West has partly been spurred on by the many sports and entertainment personalities that have said they are Buddhist (or have been rumored to be.) Here's a partial list, setting the record straight on a few.
Chakras in Tibetan Buddhism
Chakras or 'channel-wheels' are energy centers associated with points in the body, and meditated on within both Hindu yogic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This article describes some aspects of Tibetan Buddhist systems that employ chakras.
Confession of a Buddhist Atheist - Review
In Confession of a Buddhist Atheist, author Stephen Batchelor recounts his experiences as a Tibetan and then Korean Zen monk, his research into the Buddha's life, and how he has come to be a 'secular Buddhist', with an agnostic position towards the doctrine of rebirth.
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