May 2013

Buddhism and Modern Science

Buddhism and Modern Science by Dr. Granville Dharmawardena, University of Colombo “Buddha is the greatest scientist in the history of mankind.” I have often heard this at bana sermons. This is completely wrong. Scientists are people who are constrained to work solely within and accept only, the knowledge generated by the scientific method. They generally

Bodhi Mind

Bodhi Mind The Bodhi Mind (Bodhicitta) is the most important ingredient in Buddhism. What is Bodhi Mind? The mind that perceives the real behind the seeming, believes in moral consequences, and that all have the Buddha nature, and aims at buddhahood. Hank Fu Dalai Lama’s words about Bodhi Mind Bodhi Mind State of Pure Bliss


Grasping and Clinging How can we get away from and become completely independent of things, all of which are transient, unsatisfactory and devoid of selfhood? The answer is that we have to find out what is the cause of our desiring those things and clinging to them. Knowing that cause, we shall be in a

Healing Hatred

A human being is a part of the whole called by us “Universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest-a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires

Chinese Herbs

An introduction to Chinese herbs by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon The herbal tradition of China is valued scientifically, as well as being a fascinating and popular tradition. Scientists working in China and Japan during the past four decades have demonstrated that the herb materials contain active components that can explain

The Legend of Guanyin (Kuan Yin)

The Legend of Quan Yin One of the deities most frequently seen on altars in China’s temples is Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin, Kuanyin; in pinyin, Guanyin). In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or “Born of the Lotus.” Regarded by the Chinese as the goddess of mercy, she was originally male until the early

Modern World

Buddhism in the Western World By Venerable Dr.Walpola Rahula The history of Buddhism in the Western world goes back to a period before the Christian era. First there were those contacts and inter-cultural influences which gave Buddhism a hearing in the world into which Christianity was born and developed. Secondly, there were outstanding scholars in

The Sublime Ideas

All things conditioned are unstable, impermanent, fragile in essence, as an unbaked pot, like something borrowed, or a city founded on sand, they last a short while only. They are inevitably destroyed, like plaster washed off in the rains, like the sandy bank of a river – they are conditioned, and their true nature is

Vegetarian Heroes

Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdrol The Renowned Tibetan Master & Great Vegetarian Advocate 1) is a non-sectarian website dedicated to vegetarianism as a way of life for Buddhists of all schools. The site takes its name from Shabkar Tsodruk Rangdrol (1781-1851), the great Tibetan yogi who espoused the ideals of vegetarianism. url: 2) The teachings

Sentient Beings

A Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama Harmful actions and their tragic consequences all have their origin in disturbing emotions and negative thoughts, and these are a state of mind, whose potential we find within all human beings. From this point of view, every one of us has the potential to commit crimes, because