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 ...

Why Dhamma (Dharma) is the most important of the Three Jewels: “The Dhamma is our arbitrator” — Ananada in the Gopaka Moggallana Sutta

One of the most unique and captivating of Pali Suttas actually records events after Buddha passed away. Why, then, if Buddha is not teaching, is this interesting? Aside from the fascinating historical perspective, it carries a vey profound ...

If you have time for only one Buddhist Practice — recite Diamond Sutra, or Vajra Cutter Sutra; containing the four main points of Mahayana practice — unlimited merit according to many teachers: full text of the Sutra

Recitation of the Diamond Sutra, or Vajra Cutter, is a vital indispensable practice, as recommended by many teachers, from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to the great teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche — to nearly every Mahayana teacher of ...

The Five Strengths and Powers or pañcabalā in Buddhism — the qualities conducive to Enlightenment: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom

The Five Strengths (Sanskrit, Pali: pañcabalā) in Buddhism — critical to our progress on the path to enlightenment — are: faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. They are one of the seven sets of Bodhipakkhiyadhamma ("qualities conducive to enlightenment"). You may wonder ...

Amitabha Sutra: His practice is easy and welcoming, and his merits are so vast that all beings can benefit

"When I have attained Buddhahood, if those beings who are in the ten quarters should believe in me with serene thoughts, and should wish to be born in my country, and should have, say, ten times thought of ...

Not Yours! “Whatever is not yours: let go of it.” — letting go of past, letting go of future: Na Tumhaka Sutta

One of the most popular short Suttas, often presented as a "must read" to new Buddhists is the famous "Not Yours" Sutta or what I like to call the "Letting Go" Sutta. Although Na Tumhaka Sutta is really ...
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