Bodhicitta in Buddhism – The Mind of Enlightenment

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Bodhicitta in Buddhism Bodhicitta in Buddhism is a concept which I will be going into in this article.  The word comes to us from Sanskrit, from the words ‘bodhi’ meaning “awakening” or “enlightenment” and citta which means “mind” or “consciousness” (from the Sanskrit root cit which means “that which is conscious”).  Put them together (pronounced Boh-dee-chee-tah) and you get a translation of “enlightenment consciousness”. Defining Bodhicitta Wikipedia defines Bodhicitta as “a spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by a falling away of the attachment to the illusion of an inherently existing self” … Continue reading

Tibetan Buddhist Holidays – Dharmapala Day

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Tibetan Buddhist Holidays – Dharmapala Day Today is one of the Tibetan Buddhist holidays called Dharmapala (Dharma Protector) Day.  This year it falls on March 8, 2016 which is incidentally International Women’s Day as well. Tibetan Buddhism is part of the Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back to the first millennium CE. This is a branch of Buddhism that was influenced by tantric in Hindu practices that were popular in the centuries following the Buddha’s death.  These are the more sublime and imaginative teachings of the Buddha which centers around the Mahayana idea of becoming a Bodhisattva for the … Continue reading

Buddhist Five Precepts – Explained

Buddhist Five Precepts – Explained In this article I will be going over the various Buddhist five precepts that are found in various forms of Buddhism.  Not only will I be going over the Five Precepts which form the core morality of Buddhism, but also some of the variations found among various Buddhist schools. Most world religions have their own code of ethics or commandments which are said to have come from deities. If these commandments are not kept, this is considered to be a transgression against the divine, which then results in divine punishment. However, in Buddhism there is … Continue reading

The Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism

The three marks of existence in buddhism

The Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism In previous articles I’ve mentioned the teaching of the Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism, but didn’t go into much detail so here I’ll go into more detail about what those are. So what are the Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism? In short, they are Impermanence (Anicca in Pali; Anitya in Sanskrit), Suffering (dukkha), and Non-Self (Anatta in Pali; Anatman in Sanskrit) and they describe the essential nature of conditioned existence. The Buddha taught: “Bhikkhus, whether Tathāgatas arise or not, there persists that law, that stableness of the Dhamma, that fixed course … Continue reading

Buddhist Dependent Origination – The Twelve Links

Buddhist Dependent origination

Buddhist Dependent Origination – The Twelve Links The Buddhist teaching of “dependent origination” describes how things thing arise, are, and pass away. According to this teaching no phenomena or beings exist independently of any others.  Which is to say that nothing, not even our egos have any inherent self-existence. If things did have an inherent existence, everything would exist in isolation in relation to everything else and change as well as life would be impossible. We know from our experience that this is not the case since we can see that everything changes from moment to moment.  Things arise, stay … Continue reading