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Universal Dharma Realms by Maha Thera

In Buddhism, there are ten states of existence, which are also called Ten Dharma Realms. Each Dharma realm has its own characteristics, and its existence is attributed to the retribution of the beings. These ten realms do not appear to be discrete in their forms, as their existence is virtually determined by the state of mind. Therefore, it is important to note that the ten Dharma realms are not beyond a single thought.

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Venerable Master Lin Chi by Jim Down

Lin Chi

Venerable Master Lin Chi Yi-Sen (Lin-chi Yi-sen, Lin-chi I-hsuan, Rinzai, Rinzai Gigen) founded one of the most influential school of Buddhism after the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. For centuries his followers were the leading Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist masters of China. In the twelfth century, his teachings spread to Japan and formed the Rinzai School of Buddhism.

Lin Chi's method of teaching was straightforward, blunt, and rough. He did not hesitate to use the stick on his disciples, if he thought they needed to be knocked out of their's attachment, or conventional reasoning and logic. Philosophical or…

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Venerable Ming Yang passes away by Yin Zhuo

Shanghai Long Hua Buddhist Temple

I will start this article with the final instructions of an Unforgettable Master. Venerable Master Hsuan Hua.

My intent is not to contend with anyone for fame or benefit. If there is any advantage that other people want, I don't want it. What others don't want, I pick up. The Buddha treated everyone with kindness, compassion, joy and giving. He didn't exclude or give up on anyone. Even though I'm not the Buddha, I want to learn to be like the Buddha.

After the cremation, scatter my ashes in the air. I…

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Vesak Day by Mala Matina

Vesak Day - Copyright 2002-2003 and on,

Vesak is the holiest day in Buddhism and a season of special holy significance to all Buddhists around the world. Vesak Full Moon is the holiest of all the full moon days. On this day are celebrated the birth, the Enlightenment, and the death of the Buddha.

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