Thich Nhat Hanh contemplating. From the movie "Walk with me", releasing in 2017.

“Torches That Help Light My Path”: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Translation of the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings

"When I was seventeen and in my first year of novice studies at a Buddhist monastery in Vietnam, I had to memorize the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings. Over sixty years have passed and ...

Four heroic incarnations of Ksitigarbha, the “Earth Store” Bodhisattva — unfailing, never-tiring compassion

Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva revered by millions across East Asia — honoured by the Buddha Himself due to his "untiring limitless compassion" — and his vows to help all sentient beings. He is also popularly known as Lord ...

Refuge is the Ultimate Protection from Dangers: The Maha Samaya Sutta — The Great Meeting Sutra

The Maha Samaya Sutta is often chanted as a daily practice in Pali — and often at weddings and dedications of new buildings — and is considered a "protective blessing" as much as it teaches doctrine. The core ...

Dhaniya Sutta — “Go ahead and rain” Dhaniya the Cattleman: a mystical message meaningful in today’s stressful world

Among the most poetic and beautiful of Suttas, is the Dhaniya Sutta, which at times seems like a Greek Drama in verse, or the song of a great Troubadour. It is unique amongst the Suttas, and widely published, ...

Sutras: 10 Helpful ways to enjoy and learn more from reading Buddhist Sutras; tips for creating your own Sutra-Sutta reading club

Over 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama had a series of profound realizations that led him to become the Buddha, the Awakened One. In order to share his insights and knowledge with others, he began teaching and giving lectures, ...

The Seven Great Parables of the Lotus Sutra; some of the most important teachings of Buddha for the Mahayana Buddhist path

The lotus flower is among the most beautiful and delicate of blossoms. It grows in the mud and mire at the bottom of a pond, and yet it is not stained by the dirty water. Instead, the lotus ...

Yodhajiva Sutta — the warrior Sutta? The four great qualities of the warrior compared to the qualities of the monk: full English

The so-called Warrior Sutta is a fascinating, short sutra. The way of the warrior and the way of the monk are often compared from the point of view of discipline. In Tibetan Buddhism, there is the notion of ...

Buddha taught temporal cosmology, the multiverse and non-linear time — 2500 years ahead of modern science (and Marvel comics). How is this possible?

How is it possible that Buddha predicted the sun would consume the earth in roughly 7.5 billion years – a theory scientists only recently confirmed? That places Buddha at least 2500 years ahead of modern science — in ...

Limitless Buddhist Multiverse — Limitless You: Flower Garland Sutra and ultimate Buddhism: is-ness, thus-ness, all-ness

The multiverse is far larger than Buddhism, Hinduism, Quantuum realities — and Marvel Comic books. Tathata, literally, is bigger than all of these. The multiverse is, literally, as stated in the Suttas — "limitless." "There are innumerable universes ...

Why is Kṣitigarbha “Essence of Earth” Bodhisattva so revered and beloved in Mahayana Buddhism? Includes Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Fundamental Vow Sutra

Why is Kṣitigarbha so revered and beloved in Buddhism? What was Ksitigarbha's great vow to the Buddha? Why is Ksitigarbha revered as the Bodhisattva who saves those suffering in the lower realms? We'll try to answer these questions, ...

Dana, power of giving — a beggar offers the clothes off her own back to the Buddha and becomes a goddess

One of the most moving stories of generosity is found within the cycle of sutta stories featuring "The Great Benefactor" Anathapindika. Anathapindika, who was very wealthy, remains one of the most recognizable from Buddhist stories. He famously donated ...

Power of dana and generosity “within our means” — the Sutta stories of Anathapindika, who gave Buddha Jetavana park

Anathapindika is famous for his supreme generosity. He is the benefactor immortalized through his gift of Jetavana park — used in rainy seasons throughout the centuries by Buddhist monks for retreat. This great feat of generosity cost him ...
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