Finding meaning in the legend
There are many legends of Buddha’s wife, some close to truth and some completely fabricated. But it’s an accepted fact that he was married and left his life in the palace sometime after his marriage.
This is not mentioned in the Tipiṭaka or Pali canon, the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. In the Tipitaka she is only ever referred to as Rāhulamātā, that is ‘Rāhula’s mother.’ In the earliest reference to her, she is called Bhaddakaccānā, which may be her real name (Bv.26,15) whereas Yasodharā is an honorific title meaning ‘Fame-bearer’ and became the name of legend. Other than this, there is almost no information
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The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
Buddha image taken at Borabador, Java
Introduction: The heart of wisdom Sutra is a short text defining the nature of existence as being non-existent. In other words it is describing the nature of existence that we perceive as an illusion.
What we think of as reality is perceived only within our own minds and consciousness, if you think for a moment that when you see something, the light is refracted from the object and that lighters reflected onto the retina in the back of the eye and from there an electrical signal passes to the brain which then interprets the signal and deciding what one is seeing. This is true for all our five
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And the nature of suffering
Most people at some stage in their lives, and more so if they fall into the middle and lower socio economic classes in Western society will disparage their life and experience of time passing. How often have you heard someone say that they hate their life or that they can’t wait for it to be over?
There are many reasons to take on such an attitude. When we are very young, adults tend to act very nonsensical and as such child’s minds are filled with trivia until such time as they can make sense of their world. There is a time and place to go “goo goo gaga” but very often parents do not know
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When he said “Ignorance is a Cause of Suffering?
Buddha is one of the most remarkable men in recent history. He was born between 600 and 700 BC* and is renowned as the first person who clearly defined the nature of suffering, then described the steps to be taken to end suffering.
There are two primary levels of suffering, there is the individual suffering the doubt and confusion of one’s own mind and emotions as well as the pain or discomfort in one’s own body. Then there is a collective suffering that is experienced by communities.
The suffering that we experience within ourselves and the suffering experienced by our wider community, (including all the wars and famines in the
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If one seeks happiness in this or any other life, the talk below provides a foundation for understanding Buddhism.
An Introduction to Buddhism with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
The birth date and teachings of Gautama Buddha
Siddhartha Gautama was born in north India (now Nepal) about some 600 – 1200 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth date has been contentious with a general agreement among many scholars that Buddha died within a few years of 480 B.C. giving a birth date about 560 B.C.
Some Hindu Pundits define his birth date as 566 B.C, others have said his birth was as early as 1200 BC. and many modern Western scholars generally put the time of his birth or enlightenment as between 300 and 500 B.C.
So there is no unanimously accepted date for the historical Buddha’s life amongst scholars and in 1988,
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Ignorance is not bliss
This is a question that many people struggle with as typically freedom implies a lack of any restriction to follow our desires where ever they may lead. However if our desires are based on ignorance, and if those desires result in harm to self or others then eventually this will create a bondage which is the opposite of the freedom that is sought.
When you consider that we experience our world through the sensory receptors within our own bodies and that our bodies are confined to this time and place, the idea of any freedom seems almost ludicrous.
Yet we have the desire for freedom and that freedom is about many aspects of self. Physically of
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