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A brief introduction to Pure Land Buddhism by Maha Thera

Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light

Shakyamuni Buddha taught about a Buddha named Amitabha, the Buddha of "Boundless Light," also known as Amitayus, the Buddha of "Boundless Life", who presides over a Buddha-realm known as Sukhavati, a realm of rebirth in which all impediments to the attainment of final Enlightenment are nonexistent.

This realm, or Pure Land, or else known as the Realm of Bliss, is the result of the accumulated merit of the Bodhisattva Dharmakara, who practiced for eons before becoming the Buddha Amitabha. Dharmakara vowed that when he attained Buddhahood, the realm over which he would preside would include the…

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A Synopsis of The Lotus Sutra by Fotopoulou Sophia

Personally, I have found different versions, reflections, thesis, explanations, analysis, and opinions, about the Lotus Sutra. This Sutra is one of the most profound sutras in the timeline of Buddhism. It is supposed to have been one of the latest discourses of the Buddha. The following synopsis is the most interesting writings I've read... so, I place it here, for you to read... The composer calls it "The Drama of Cosmic Enlightenment".

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Asalha Puja day by Lao Long

Amitabha Buddha - ( pic by Dr. Blog )

After attaining enlightenment at Buddha-Gaya on the full moon of Visakha, the Lord Buddha was at peace with himself. It was not until two months later, at the Deer Park near Benares, that he delivered his first sermon to his first five disciples. This sermon brought into being the Buddhist religion.

It was on the full moon of Asalha, the eighth lunar month, that the Buddha delivered the first sermon to Kondanna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji. These five Brahmins had been in search of the highest wisdom. They accidentally met the Buddha and asked him…

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Asatru is a tribal or folk religion by Arthur Sigurssen

Freyr and Freyja

Trying to define Asatru can be rather like trying to nail jelly to a tree - whenever one is convinced it has stuck it finds a way around the nail to land once more at your feet. The word itself is easy enough - it was invented by Scandinavian antiquarians in the 1830's to describe the ethical and religious leanings of their forebearers. Literally it means "True to the Aesir", one of the families of gods and goddesses worshipped by the Vikings. But the concepts go back much farther, and are indeed much broader than medieval Scandinavia.

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