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Wisdom Eyes Mantra Mandala

In esoteric Buddhism Mandala is a sacred diagram and a device (Yantra) to practice Tantric meditation. Mandalas are considered three-dimensional artworks that

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Eastern Religion Infographics

Infographics simplifying religious and cultural concepts from two of the world's most prominent Eastern religions - Buddhism and Hinduism.

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I am rather new to Reddit, so I don't know if this cheatsheet has been posted before. But I thought it was quite useful to share and keep handy. Metta🙏

A reddit for all kinds of Buddhist teachings.

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34 Interesting Facts About Buddhism And Its Founder Gautama Buddha

Find out the top interesting facts about Buddhism and its founder Gautama Buddha (“the awakened one“), also known as Shakyamuni Buddha.

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How To Convert To Buddhism

To convert to Buddhism involves mainly taking refuge in the Triple Gem. You will take a vow to uphold the Five Precepts and follow the Noble Eightfold Path.

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3 Buddhist Beliefs That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Much Happier!)

You don't have to practice yoga or follow an Ayurvedic diet to benefit from Buddhist ideas (but if you do, more power to you). So whether or not you think about balancing your dosha, here are three powerful elements of Buddhist philosophy, "The Noble Truths," and how you can incorporate them into every day. They might just change your life...

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5 Things Buddhism Says Will Make You Happy, Backed By Science

Buddhism and Science If you love eastern philosophy and science as much as I do, you'll love this article. Buddhism continues to make waves in the scientific community, and there seems to be no end in sight. In many ways, they converge and agree on the same ideas. That inspired me so much, I thought I'd write a list about it! SEE ALSO: 10 Interesting Facts About Buddha (Infographic) 1. Show up and be present This is a basic- fundamental, even- aspect of Buddhism. Putting effort into staying present for everything you do has the effect of making you a much happier person. A Harvard study found that those who reminisced about the past frequently were less happy than those who stayed in the moment. Out of 2,250 volunteers, most were thinking of something else when they worked, rested, or used their computer. From TheGuardian: The results showed that happiness was more affected by how often people drifted off, and where they went in their imagination, than by the activity they were doing at the time. The researchers say they're confident that being distracted was the cause of unhappiness, rather than the other way round. 2. Not putting so much emphasis on money Buddha definitely wasn't against money; but he definitely didn't want people to obsess over it, either. After all, society needs to continue! And Buddha did believe strongly in the concept of balance. Studies have found that after a certain amount of income, money won't really make a difference in how happy you are. Generally, after a household is earning about $75,000 a year in total, it doesn't impact anything. From TheHuffingtonPost: According to the researchers behind the original Princeton study, your emotional well-being -- or the pleasure you derive from day-to-day experiences -- doesn't get any better after your household is earning roughly $75,000. That said, a term they call "life evaluation" -- or how you feel about your life and accomplishments -- can continue to rise with higher income and education levels. Buddha reasoned that sense money is fleeting, it could never give us the happiness we seek. Happiness, after all, comes from within. 3. Be positive Buddha wasn't naive; he didn't want people to fake or have false positivity. But he did want people to look at the bright side and focus on that. After all, what you focus on you become. Scientists have done lots of research into optimistic attitudes and found that out of 83 of them since 2010, all showed noticeable support for a healthier mind and all-around happier dispositions. From the University of Rochester: The message is that having a positive attitude can boost your physical health, regardless of what might be ailing you. The researchers also noted that optimism seemed to have fairly consistent benefits for people regardless of demographic factors such as income level or overall health status. 4. Kindness and generosity make you happy Buddha continually emphasized the importance of being generous. Whether it's material objects like food and money, or just your time, compassion, and care, giving freely to others helps you to feel all-around happier. Seeing the impact you can make in other's lives is deeply fulfilling, making you more willing to help others in the future. From the University of Berkeley: “The practical implications of this positive feedback loop could be that engaging in one kind deed (e.g., taking your mom to lunch) would make you happier, and the happier you feel, the more likely you are to do another kind act,” says Lara Aknin 5. Meditate Probably one of the biggest things Buddha stressed was a meditation practice. Buddha himself achieved enlightenment while meditating. These days, science has shown a very strong relationship between meditation, happiness, calmness, and the ability to focus clearly. From Harvard University: “It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and can increase our well-being and quality of life,” Many studies have also shown that meditation literally shrinks the areas of the brain responsible for the fight-or-flight response, and grows the areas responsible for critical thinking and calm dispositions. The exciting thing about this research is that there's still so much to learn about how meditation affects our lifestyle. But one thing's for sure: Buddha knew what he was talking about. Meditation can really have a positive impact on your life.

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The Top 3 Love-Laws Of Buddhism

Buddhism isn't just a religion of dry commentary...it has much to offer that is applicable to everyday life, including relationships. Even applying just a few of Buddha's quotes can create radical shifts in how you live. SEE ALSO: 10 Interesting Facts About Buddha Love Yourself First "You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." While it's easy to get carried away with excitement when entering into a new relationship, it's not always for the best if you don't have your act together. The most important aspect of involving yourself with another human being is recognizing that you cannot give yourself to them without having first given that love to yourself. Feeling that wholeness in yourself, you can share that wholeness with others in a healthy way. If you're having trouble stepping into that, here are a few suggestions: Forgive yourself. Let the past go and recognize no one is perfect. We all make mistakes. Focus on your positive qualities; consider writing them out and creating a list. Pick up yoga and meditation, and give it a certain amount of time morning and night (even if it's 5 min). Serve others in need. This is a wonderful way to boost your happiness and confidence. Create a reminder to be kind to yourself- something small like a note on your mirror, or a bangle with the mantra of love, or anything else that works for you. Accept that which You Cannot Change "Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace." When we engage in relationships, it's not all peaches and cream everyday. In fact, it sometimes takes a lot of hard work. Things are bound to come up that trigger us and may cause us to question why that person just can't change into something we want or need them to be. But in the end, that's not realistic. Hoping and wishing someone changes when they won't can lead to serious resentment, which can make the situation worse. It's better to accept them as they are and live your life as an example of how you'd like them to be. Regardless of the outcome, you can at least know you're doing your best. CHECK IT OUT: Thousand Petal Lotus Buddha Tapestry Practice Honesty "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth." It's easy to believe that smoothing over issues or lying will help a situation; after all, there's no confrontation. But if there's an issue that bothers you, it's best to bring it out and discuss it. It's important to remember that sweeping things under the rug will make one or both of you resentful- which can lead to anger down the road. Better to bring it up now and get it taken care of, instead of letting it fester. If you want to take a deeper dive into the teachings of the Buddha, check out The Dhammapada- a powerful read on his living words, organized by themes of anger, love, joy, etc.

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