Understanding Chan Buddhism (Part 1)

Understanding Chan Buddhism (Part 1) Ch’an [禪] is a Chinese word translated from the pronunciation of a Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’ [禪那] in abbreviation. The word ‘Dhyana’ is usually not translated, but rendered as ‘meditation’, which this sect emphasizes. Dhyana is the outcome of meditation. However, Dhyana is much more extensive […]


10 Quotes from The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy

10 Quotes from The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva Universal Worthy is the closing sutra of the Threefold Lotus Sutra. The essence of this sutra is about purification of one’s life through meditation of the Law of Emptiness – a method of […]


Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 1)

Understanding Tibetan Buddhism (Part 1) Bon religion in Tibet Tibetan Buddhism is considered one of the last great religions still alive in the world today. Tibetan Buddhism is not restricted to Tibet, though this tradition is named after it. It has had great influence to central and northern Asian countries, […]


Jataka Tale: The Brave Little Parrot

Jataka Tale: The Brave Little Parrot  Once, long ago, the Buddha was born as a little parrot. One day a storm fell upon his forest home. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed, and a dead tree, struck by lightning, burst into flames. Sparks leapt on the wind and soon the forest was […]


Understanding Pure Land Sect (Part 1)

Understanding Pure Land Sect (Part 1) Pure Land is generally referred to as the Buddhaland. In Sanskrit, it is called Parisodhana-ksetra, which means the field that purifies. Each Buddha has his own Buddhaland. For instance, the Buddha of our world, known as Saha World, is Shakyamuni, while the Buddha of […]


10 Inspirational Quotes from Disney Movies

10 Inspirational Quotes from Disney Movies Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Peter Pan and Cinderella…These colourful characters are so memorable that we can never erase their lovely presence in our childhood memories. Most of us grew up watching Disney movies, ranging from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Beauty and the […]


Understanding Tien Tai Sect (Part 1)

Understanding Tien Tai Sect (Part 1) Tien-tai is actually the name of a mountain in Chekiang Province in China. As one of the most prominent patriarchs, Chih-i [智顗] lived and taught his followers in Mount Tien-tai during the Ch’en and Sui Dynasties, the sect is named after the mountain. The other name […]


Understanding Amitabha Buddha Sutra from the Perspective of the Lotus Sutra

Understanding Amitabha Buddha Sutra from the Perspective of the Lotus Sutra Amitabha Buddha, or Amida Buddha, is the Buddha of special reverence in Pureland. In fact, Amitabha Sutra is one of the many expedient teachings expounded by Shakyamuni Buddha to enable all to attain Buddhahood. The pureland of Amitabha is […]


Four Dignities That Bring Confidence into Everyday Life

Four Dignities That Bring Confidence into Everyday Life By Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche The Shambhala teachings introduce four mythical animals—the tiger, lion, garuda, and dragon—which represent the principles of confidence that the ruler develops in order to bring wisdom and compassion into daily life. The confidence of the tiger is contentment. […]


What One Woman Learned from Past-Life Regression

What One Woman Learned from Past-Life Regression By Amy Weiss   During a past-life regression, Miracles Happen co-author Amy Weiss was taken back to a previous existence as an elderly Japanese man. Here, she describes her experience. Find out what spiritual lesson it taught her—and why we can all learn […]