Buddhism comes from the teachings of the Buddha. There are many schools or flavours of Buddhism, so it can be confusing at times, especially to anyone unfamiliar with the subject. This category is about the religion Buddha founded, and includes information on the schools, people, practice, philosophy, and study of Buddhism. The fundamental ideas of Buddhism are: 1.) All human life is "dhukka" (impermanent unsatisfactoriness). 2.) All suffering is caused by human desire, particularly the desire that impermanent things be permanent. 3.) Human suffering can be ended by ending human desire. 4.) Desire can be ended by following the "Eightfold Noble Path": right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. From a metaphysical standpoint, these Noble Truths make up and derive from a single fundamental Truth (Dharma). The Buddhadharma is based on the idea that everything in the universe is causally linked. All things are composite things, that is, they are composed of several elements. Because all things are composite, they are all transitory, for the elements come together and then fall apart. It is this transience that causes human beings to sorrow and to suffer. We live in a body, which is a composite thing, but that body decays, sickens, and eventually dies, though we wish it to do otherwise. Since everything is transient, that means that there can be no eternal soul either in the self or in the universe.
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Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc
Offers an online Buddhist magazine, a worldwide directory of Buddhist centers, a library of ebooks, and a database of articles on Buddhism, including insight meditation, metta meditation, history, culture, and academic studies.
Confidential answers to your questions by the volunteer member.
BBC World Service
Guide to Buddhism with online audio.
Blog about spiritual teachings and teachers (genuine and not), books, events, particularly focussed on Kagyu and other Tibetan traditions, special reference to Sydney and NSW.
Family Dharma Connections
Devoted to Buddhist families with children and others interested in sharing Dharma and Buddhism with children. Covers divorce, parenting, and short reviews of books about parenting from a Buddhist point of view.
Kamat's Potpourri: Topics on Buddhism
Wide ranging topics from a biography of Buddha to Tibetan Buddhist refugees in India.
Manjushri Buddhist Community
Buddhist history, teachings, way of life, and the locations of the Buddhist Dharma centers and temples.
The Sasana: A Refuge for the Skeptical Buddhist
A Buddhist community with respect for tradition, but that does not blindly accept the baggage of the centuries.
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