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Chan Buddhism by Mala Matina

Facing the wall

The history of Chan begins in India. In Buddha's lifetime, yoga as a practice in the concentration of the spirit was widespread. It is in the nature of yoga to concentrate the spirit on one point: the achievement of serenity through seated meditation.

In fact, the yoga methods of the day were limited at this time to restrictions on what was to be eaten, fasts, and certain vows such as the vow to remain standing on one leg for a prolonged period of time. Through such ascesis and a whole array of exercises, the yogi trained…

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Dhammapada by Lao Long

Buddha in Longmen Museum -  ( Image by Dr. Blog )

The Dhammapada or Treasury of Truth, consists of 423 verses in Pali uttered by the Buddha on some 305 occasions for the benefit of a wide range of human beings. These sayings were selected and compiled into one book as being worthy of special note on account of their beauty and relevance for moulding the lives of future generations of Buddhists.

They are divided into 26 chapters and the stanzas are arranged according to subject matter. One must take the title of the book with utmost seriousness; the sayings of the Buddha were not meant to…

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Epiphany, Theofaneia, Fota by Fotopoulou Sophia

The Greek word "Epiphany" means manifestation and applied by the Christians to the life of Jesus Christ, it specifically meant the manifestation of His divinity. St. John Chrysostom (died 407) elucidates: "Why do we call this day Epiphany? Because Jesus Christ manifested Himself to all people, not when He was born, but, rather, when He was baptized. Until that time He was unknown to the people, as testified by St. John the Baptist, saying,: 'There stands among you One, Whom you don't know!' (Jn. 1:26)." (cf. Homily on the Epiphany, 2)

The word "Theophaneia," means the manifestation…

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Footprints of the Buddha - Buddhapada by Maha Thera

In a temple of the province of Maghada there is a great stone. The Buddha once trod upon this stone; and the prints of the soles of his feet remain upon its surface. The length of the impressions is one foot and eight inches, and the width of them a little more than six inches. On the sole-part of each footprint there is the impression of a wheel; and upon each of the prints of the ten toes there is a flower-like design, which sometimes radiates light.

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