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Buddha Life and Teachings


Buddha Life and Teachings

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of theire own minds and then believe them to be true.
-  Buddha

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The Three Jewels of Buddhism are:
Buddha is, of course, the Enlightened One who first showed others the path. Dharma is the collective term for the teachings of Buddhism. Sangha is the community of Buddhists around the world.
One becomes a Buddhist by taking refuge in the Three Jewels. This is normally done at a special ceremony at a Buddhist Temple, and that is the recommended path, but one can, if sincere, become a Buddhist at any time simply by reciting the following three times:

I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.
I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and of love.
I take refuge in the Sangha, the comunity that lives in harmony and awareness.

Buddha is the teacher showing the way,
the perfectly awakened one,
beautifully seated, peaceful and smiling,
the living source of understanding and compassion.

Dharma is the clear path
leading us out of ignorance
bringing us back
to an awakened life.

Sangha is the beautiful community
that practices joy,
realizing liberation,
bringing peace and happiness to life.

Dwelling inthe refuge of Buddha, I see clearly the path of light and beauty in the world.
Dwelling in the refuge of Dharma, I learn to open many doors on the path of transformation.
Dwelling in the refuge of Sangha, I am supported by it's shining light that keeps my practice free of obstacles.

Taking refuge in Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people recongnize their own awakened nature and realize the mind of love.
Taking refuge in the Buddha in myself, I aspire to help all people grasp the way of practice and walk together on path of liberation.
Taking refuge in the Sangha in myself, I sapire to help all people build fourfold communities and encourage the transformation of all beings.

The Three Jewels of Buddhism Buddham Sharanam Gacchami Hymn

On life's journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and
Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.


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Comment by Luna Arjuna on May 9, 2019 at 2:56pm

When the Buddha was asked,

“Sir, what do you and your monks practice?” he replied, “We sit, we walk, and we eat.” The questioner continued, “But sir, everyone sits, walks, and eats,” and the Buddha told him, “When we sit, we know we are sitting. When we walk, we know we are walking. When we eat, we know we are eating.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Comment by Nada Jung on April 25, 2019 at 8:46am

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See your body's nature of impermanence and interbeing. Observe that your body has no permanent entity, and you will no longer identify yourself solely with your body or consider it to be a "self”. See the body as a formation, empty of any substance that might be called "self." See your body as an ocean filled with hidden waves and sea monsters. The ocean might be calm at times, but at other times you can be caught in a storm. Learn to calm the waves and master the monsters without allowing yourself to be carried away or caught by them. With deep looking, the body ceases to be an aggregate of grasping, and you dwell in freedom, no longer caught by fear.

- Thich Nhat Hanh, in “The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching”.

Comment by Brenda Tenerelli on December 30, 2018 at 3:41pm

"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue."


Comment by Brenda Tenerelli on December 30, 2018 at 3:40pm

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."


Comment by Brenda Tenerelli on December 30, 2018 at 3:39pm

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."


Comment by Luna Arjuna on July 28, 2016 at 4:50pm

One becomes Buddha the moment one does not feel anger when one says or does something against one's interest and does not feel proud when one says good about one's goodness .........remain unattached in both situation ..........perhaps we lead our life towards this perfection and be BUDDHA

Comment by Nada Jung on June 4, 2016 at 4:11pm

I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.
― Eckhart Tolle,

The Power of Now:
A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Comment by desmond dillon on May 28, 2016 at 8:42am


.Refraining from all that is harmful

Attaining what is skillful

And purifying one's own mind:

This is what the Buddhas teach..

..early buddhist recitation 



Comment by Eva Libre on May 27, 2016 at 11:07pm

Classic Haiku

A huge frog and I,
 staring at each other,
 neither of us moves.

~ Issa (1763-1827)

Comment by Luna Arjuna on February 11, 2016 at 11:03pm

Photo : Ching Yang Tung

See yourself in others,
Then whom can you hurt?
What harm can you do?



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