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The Significance of the Ganges River

The Significance of the Ganges River

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Note: This is next in series to the Symbolism of the Descent of Ganga (Gangavataran) in which I explained the deeper symbolism hidden in the descent of the River Ganga from the highest heaven...
The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

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What is that makes the message of the Buddha so attractive to people who are cultivated, who are intellectual? Because his message is something that is deeply rational and profoundly spiritual. Rationale because he...
What is Nirvana in Buddhism

What is Nirvana in Buddhism

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Thanissaro Buddho explains in this article the meaning of Nirvana. However, in his discussion, he drew an erroneous conclusion about ancient Indians. He seems to be unaware of the ascetic code of conduct which...
Buddha's Teachings on Kamma or Karma

What is the main goal of Buddhism?

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64. Saying, "Good friend," the bhikkhus delighted and rejoiced in the Venerable Sariputta's words. Then they asked him a further question: "But, friend, might there be another way in which a noble disciple is...
What is the difference between concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation?

What is the difference between concentrative meditation and mindfulness meditation?

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Many people tell us that the Buddha taught two different types of meditation -- mindfulness meditation and concentration meditation. Mindfulness meditation, they say, is the direct path, while concentration practice is the scenic route...
Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness

Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness

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So long as there is a limitation, deficiency, or imperfection, that far one should serve the teacher. Kaivalya Upanishad, From the Selected Upanishads. Kaivalya, the State of Aloneness When the self-restrained ascetic attains the state...
The Importance of the 10th Chapter in Bhagavadgita

The Importance of the 10th Chapter in Bhagavadgita

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Notes: I have translated the Bhagavadgita twice. The first one was a loose translation. The second one was a word to word translation with a detailed commentary. The commentary is however different from what...