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Posts marked: Theravada

The Evolution of Mindfulness 3.

This week we are going to look at an exciting development in Buddhism – the emergence of the ‘Mahāyāna’ – the greater vehicle, and within this a further emergence of the ‘Mantrayāna’ – the vehicle of words of power. (Which we might think of as spells). These two together begin to seriously extend and change the earlier forms of meditative practice.

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Two Paths One Goal (or non-goal)

These are notes that may accompany The Buddhist Background To Mindfulness Course. Buddhism has been around for almost two and a half thousand years, during that time Buddhist meditation practice has gone through lots of changes. In this session I want to compare the type of meditation that was very probably taught by the Buddha […]

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The Nirvana Debate – Joseph Goldstein extract.

INTRODUCTION In this article Joseph Goldstein, a very experienced and influential Insight meditation teacher, explores his confusion about the apparent difference of opinion between different schools of Theravada Buddhism, Korean Ch’an and Dzogchen on the status of consciousness / awareness. His own tradition teaches consciousness is something transitory whilst Ch’an and Dzogchen believe awareness – […]

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The Buddhist path very, very succinctly.

Shakyamuni Buddha Buddhism started almost two and a half thousand years ago and spread throughout the Ganges basin of Northern India. It was started by Gotama, the son of a chieftain of the Shakya clan which then straddled the border of present day Nepal and India. The earliest accounts of Gotama’s life portray him as […]

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