Saturday 22 August 2015

Buddhistdoor: About Teachings of Amitabha

Buddhistdoor: About Teachings of Amitabha

Alan Kwan is the founding editor of and a practitioner of the pristine Pure Land tradition, a school of Pure Land Buddhism based on the teachings of the de facto founder of Pure Land, Master Shandao. His column discusses the history, philosophy, and practice of the pristine Pure Land school, including its scriptures and their interpretation.

Pali Chanting playlist

Pali Chanting playlist

Theravada Funeral Chanting

Video: Funeral Chanting - Theravada Buddhism - Pali - Abhayagiri Monastics (+ chanting text)

Thursday 20 August 2015

Mental Illness according to Theravada Buddhism

Mental Illness according to Theravada Buddhism

Towards a Theory of Mental Illness Based upon the Buddha´s Teachings Bhikkhu Nandisena


An important contribution of Buddhism to the science of mental health and its treatment of mental illness would be to provide a “theory” that accurately describes reality. Considering that according to one recent report2 by the World Health Organization (WHO), within the next 20 years more people will be suffering from depression than any other health problem, the matter of understanding what really is mental illness is of the utmost importance if we are to find a successful treatment.

Is It Buddhism or Buddhisms?

Is It Buddhism or Buddhisms?

"Buddhisms" Versus the Dharma

Burton, David_Is Madhyamaka Buddhism Really the Middle Way? Emptiness and the Problem of Nihilism_(Contemporary Buddhism--An Interdisciplinary Journal)_Vol 2_No 2_2008

Burton, David_Is Madhyamaka Buddhism Really the Middle Way? Emptiness and the Problem of Nihilism_(Contemporary Buddhism--An Interdisciplinary Journal)_Vol 2_No 2_2008

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Gautam Buddha's Animated Life Story in English

Gautam Buddha's Animated Life Story in English

Published on Aug 18, 2015
Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later.

Friday 14 August 2015

Bhuddhism - Atlas Documentary Films

Bhuddhism - Atlas Documentary Films

Published on Aug 13, 2015
Bhuddhism - Atlas Documentary Films

Buddhism /ˈbudɪzəm/[1][2] is a nontheistic religion[note 1][3] or philosophy (Sanskrit: dharma; Pali: dhamma) that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha, commonly known as the Buddha ("the awakened one"). According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the northeastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE.[note 1] He is recognized by Buddhists as an awakened or enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving. Buddhists believe that this is accomplished through the direct understanding and perception of dependent origination and the Four Noble Truths.

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Access to Insight: Buddhism and Sex

Buddhism and Sex

M. O'C. Walshe
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This is the third, further revised version of the original Sangha Guide on Buddhism and Sex published by the English Sangha Trust, Dhammpadipa, London NW3. The greater part of it also appeared in the journal Sangha. As one of the older generation, I have felt very conscious of my temerity in trying to write something on this subject which younger people might be willing to read. In this connection, I am very grateful to Alan and Jacqui James for giving me the benefit of their criticism, a task for which they are doubly qualified, being both wise in the Dhamma and at the same time much closer in age to the younger generation who may read this. But the opinions expressed here are, of course, my own.
— M.O'C Walshe
March 1975

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Living and Thriving in Not-Knowing: Zen Buddhism and Cancer

June 11, 2013

Living and Thriving in Not-Knowing: Zen Buddhism and Cancer

Rev. Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Mindfulness and Ethics: Attention, Virtue and Perfection

Mindfulness and Ethics: Attention, Virtue and Perfection

by J. GarfieldMindfulness is regarded by all scholars and practitioners of all Buddhist traditions as essential not only for the development of insight, but also for the cultivation and maintenance of ethical discipline.

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Saturday 8 August 2015

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Monday 3 August 2015

Sravasti Abbey : Death, Grief, Loss

06-25-14 Grief and Buddhist Practice - BBCorner
Published on Jun 25, 2014
Guy Newland begins the first in a series of two talks on how working with grief can help us to develop a realistic perspective on life.

06-26-14 Helping the Bereaved - BBCorner
Published on Jun 27, 2014
Guy Newland gives the second talk in a two-part series on grief and Buddhist practice, focusing on how to help those who are overcome by grief.

07-28-15 Breaking the Silence on Grief - BBCorner

Published on Jul 28, 2015
Dr. Guy Newland breaks the silence on our "conspiracy" to suppress our grief, offering a personal perspective on how to heal by letting go of our clinging to past identities.

07-29-15 Opening Up Through Grief - BBCorner

Published on Jul 29, 2015
How our shared experience of grief connects us and can be a starting point for cultivating compassion for all sentient beings.

06-02-13 Looking At Death and Dealing With Loss - SDD

Published on Jun 2, 2013

Ven. Chodron teaches on the fourth verse from the 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas, on which she has given a commentary in her latest book, Don't Believe Everything You Think. She speaks about how being aware of and accepting the fact that we will die can help us to live our lives more vividly and meaningfully.

Saturday 1 August 2015

CCTV, Dunhuang Caves (1-8)

Flying Apsaras
This is the first of an eight-part series by China Central Television (CCTV) on the interplay between the murals in the Mogao Caves and contemporary art in China.
The caves house one of the largest art collections in the world, and they contain an enormous amount of historical information about dress, musical instruments and many other social artifacts.
In the modern period painters and dancers have been inspired by the caves and have dedicated much of their time to recreating their work based on the inspiration the caves provide.
The first of the series focuses on the apsaras (angels or heavenly maidens) that are found in many of the murals in the caves from all ages.
The caves were about 1,000 years in the making and art styles changed during that time, so we see in this film how the ways of depicting the apsaras changed and became more delicate.
We also have interviews with leading experts in the field to find out background information on the caves, and with artists who have been fascinated by the murals and looked to them when creating new works today.

CCTV, Dunhuang Caves