80 Minor Characteristics of a Buddha

80 Minor Characteristics of a Buddha Following the previous blog post on 32 Features of a Buddha (major characteristics), we proceed to the next which is 80 Minor Characteristics of a Buddha. Also known as Eighty Characteristics, Eighty Secondary Characteristics, Eighty Minor Marks, these characteristics are best viewed not literally, […]


32 Features of a Buddha

32 Features of a Buddha Sometimes, when you read the sutras, you will come across the term “32 Marks of the Buddha.” These are mentioned in many of the sutras, both the Theravada and Mahayana alike. The list of the “32 Marks of a Superior Being” was documented inIn Lakkhana Sutta. […]


10 Inspirational Quotes by Master Cheng Yen

10 Inspirational Quotes by Master Cheng Yen Master Cheng Yen is the founder of Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, commonly known as Tzu Chi. She often personally oversees many of the projects in Tzu Chi and gives innumerable guidance for her disciples and followers. The two Buddhist sutras promulgated […]


Four Social Rules

Four Social Rules Ever wonder what are the social rules from the perspective of Buddhism? There is a teaching named “The Four Social Rules” (四攝法) or “The Four Methods of Winning People.” These four methods are applied by bodhisattvas to influence and convince people of the power of Dharma in […]


10 Devotional Music of Guan Yin by Imee Ooi

10 Devotional Music of Guan Yin by Imee Ooi  Imee Ooi (Huang Hui Yin) is a Chinese-Malaysian music composer, record producer, and singer. She specializes in the composition and arrangement of music for classical Buddhist chant, mantra, and dharani in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and Mandarin. In 1997 she founded a record […]


Love Stories of the Buddha

Love Stories of the Buddha Buddhism is as enlightening as it is fascinating. The most fascinating aspect of Buddhism is the many past life stories of the Buddha that are documented throughout the compendium of sutras. In the Theravada teachings, many of the past live stories are documented in the […]


Body Language in Buddhism: Four Ways of Dignified Comportment

Body Language in Buddhism: Four Ways of Dignified Comportment Good communication is the cornerstone of not only a rewarding relationship but a successful life. Communications takes two forms—verbal and nonverbal. According to research, non-verbal communication, our body language, gives far more insights to the unspoken motifs and intentions than the verbal communication. […]


10 Love Songs to Celebrate Valentine Day

10 Love Songs to Celebrate Valentine Day Love is in the air … Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Do you know about the eternal love story between Siddhartha (the Buddha) and Yashodhara? The love story before Shakyamuni Buddha attained Supreme Perfect Enlightenment is deeply moving and inspiring. The love […]


10 Powers of a Buddha

10 Powers of a Buddha “Because Devadatta was a good friend of mine, I was able to fully master Six Paramitas; develop benevolence, compassion, joy, and non-attachment; and be endowed with Thirty-Two Features, Eighty Types of Physical Elegance, purplish-golden skin, the Ten Powers, Four Kinds of Fearlessness, Four Social Rules, […]