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Vulture Peak

The Gijjhakuta, the Vulture Peak, was the Buddha’s favorite retreat in Rajagaha and the scene for many of his discourses. According to the commentaries this place got its name because vultures used to perch on some of the peak’s rocks. The several rock shelters … Continue reading

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4 Foundations of Mindfulness

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness provide the basic meditation manual, as taught by the Buddha. Contemplation of the body (Kaya) Contemplation of the feelings (Vedana) Contemplation of the mind (Citta) Contemplation of the mind objects (Dharma) (from Digha Nikaya 22, Majjhima Nikaya 10) The … Continue reading

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Invitation to Prathat BuddhaMetta 2014 at Wat Wangplado

All Buddhist devotees are cordially invited To attend the great merit making and Vipassana Meditation On this historic day of installing the crown of the Prathat Buddha Metta on top of Prathat Buddha Metta Stupa and the ceremony to permanently … Continue reading

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WHAT BUDDHISTS BELIEVE

Nirvana Nirvana is the highest bliss, a supra-mundane state of eternal happiness. The happiness of Nirvana cannot be experienced by indulging the senses but by calming them. … NIRVANA is the final goal of Buddhism. What is Nirvana then? It … Continue reading

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Buddhist Beliefs

Besides the fact that Buddhists are told to think for themselves, and that Buddhism as a philosophy exists across many cultures, time periods, and with varying teachings and practices, there are some core Buddhism beliefs that might be considered representative … Continue reading

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The appeal of Buddhism

Buddhism is one of the fastest growing religions and by some estimates, it is THE fastest growing religion, especially among those who convert from one religion to another. In 2005 the Swedish government conducted a survey and one of the … Continue reading

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Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th/6th century CE. He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Ch’an(Sanskrit: Dhyāna, Japanese: Zen) to China, and regarded as the first Chinese patriarch. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the Shaolin monks that led to the creation … Continue reading

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four-faced Buddha (四面佛, Sìmiàn fó)

Phra Phrom (พระพรหม; from Sanskrit: Vara Brahma) is the Thai representation of the Hindu god Brahma,[1] who is regarded in Thai culture as a deity of good fortune and protection. Worshipers of Phra Phrom usually offer incense, candles, jasmine flowers or jasmine garlands and young coconut milk (with water … Continue reading

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The Siamese in Kedah under nation-state making

The Siamese in Kedah under nation-state making Keiko Kuroda (Kagoshima University) 1: Historical Background Kedah have ever been one of the tributary states of Siam. Siam hadthe tributary states in the Malay Peninsula until 1909. These tributary states were Malay … Continue reading

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Palakit

Palakit is an auspicious talisman often mistaken for an obscene object. In fact it has been widely used by the Thai People for protection, enhancement of business, harmonious relationships, and most importantly, for warding off evil spirits or ghost. Sometimes … Continue reading

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