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How the Buddha Got Ism-ed

Magazine History & Philosophy

How the Buddha Got Ism-ed

Dwight Eisenhower, a president not particularly remembered for his wit, once remarked that “all isms are wasms.” He was presumably referring, rather presciently, to the largely forgotten isms that were once perceived as a threat to truth, justice, and the American way: socialism and communism. But his remark points to the vaguely pejorative quality of […]

By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
The Semantics of Samadhi

Magazine History & Philosophy

The Semantics of Samadhi

Science without religion is lame,religion without science is blind.Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) With all your science can you tellhow it is, and whence it isthat light comes into the soul?Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) The time comes when no reflection appears at all. One comes to notice nothing, feel nothing, hear nothing, see […]

By James Austin
Nirvana

Magazine Teachings

Nirvana

We all know what happens when a fire goes out. The flames die down and the fire is gone for good. So when we first learn that the name for the goal of Buddhist practice, nibbana (nirvana), literally means the extinguishing of a fire, it’s hard to imagine a deadlier image for a spiritual goal: […]

By Thanissaro Bhikkhu

MagazineTeachings

“That’s Very Zen”

“The Zen of what?”“Harmonica,” she said.“That’s what I thought you said.”   I was standing outside the door of a classroom at a New Age center in New York. The woman in question had.

By Clark Strand

MagazineTeachings

Mother of the Buddhas

THE PRAJNAPARAMITA SUTRA is considered the originating text of Mahayana Buddhism. Scholars agree that it began to emerge into prominence in India from about 100 B.C.E., about four hundred years after the final nirvana.

By Lex Hixon
The Bodhisattva Vows

MagazineTeachings

The Bodhisattva Vows

  The Great Vows, known as the Bodhisattva Vows, probably originated in China around the sixth century and may have been derived from an earlier Sanskrit gatha (a four-line verse that sums up an.

By Robert Aitken
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