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Abhidharma - Third Baskets of Tipitaka
by Gaurav Manandhar 17th April 2015 - Friday - 07:49 AM
     "Abhidharma is some of the most important Buddhist texts which dated back to the ancient time that came to exist around 3rd BCE. Abhidharma is also known as Abhidhamma in Pali."

Abhidharma is some of the most important Buddhist texts which dated back to the ancient time that came to exist around 3rd BCE. Abhidharma is also known as Abhidhamma in Pali and contain some of the most important reworkings of most of Buddhist Sutras. Abhidharma-Pitaka can be categorized as the third division or basket of the Tipitaka. The other remaining baskets of Tipitaka are Vinaya-Pitaka and Sutra-Pitaka. While these two baskets provide the practical knowledge and guidance for one to walk on the path of Buddha but the Abhidharma-Pitaka provides the theoretical knowledge on how the Buddhist teachings actually work. 
In the modern era, the Abhidharma can be...

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Muktinath - A religious and sacred place for Hindu and Buddhist
by Gaurav Manandhar 15th January 2015 - Thursday - 12:15 PM
     "Muktinath is one of the sacred places for both Hindu and Buddhist and is located in the Muktinath valley at an altitude of 3710 meters lies at the foot of Thorong La pass, Mustang, Nepal. Although Muktinath has more influence for the Hindu people, Muktinath is respected as a holy place by Buddhist. Muktinath is a fine example that shows how the two religions, Hindu and Buddhist people, share this famous sacred site with mutual understanding."

Muktinath is one of the sacred places for both Hindu and Buddhist and is located in the Muktinath valley at an altitude of 3710 meters lies at the foot of Thorong La pass, Mustang, Nepal. Although Muktinath has more influence for the Hindu people, Muktinath is respected as a holy place by Buddhist. Muktinath is a fine example that shows how the two religions, Hindu and Buddhist people, share this famous sacred site with mutual understanding.

Muktinath is also a sacred place of Hindu and Muktinath is also called as “Mukti Ksetra” and considered as 105th among the 108 Divya Desam (also refer as 108 Vishnu Temple). In Hinduism, Mukti Ksetra literally means...

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Nirvana
by Gaurav Manandhar 9th January 2015 - Friday - 02:01 AM
     " Nirvana literally means blown out as in candle. The word nirvana holds different meanings in different religion. Nirvana is also known as Enlightenment."

In simple word, Nirvana literally means “blown out” as in candle. The word “nirvana” holds different meanings in different religion. Nirvana is also known as “Enlightenment”.

Nirvana in Buddhism

Nirvana is basically associated with Buddhism. In Sanskrit Nirvana is also pronounced as “nibbana”. Nirvana is a place of happiness and peace such as heaven. In Buddhism, nirvana is the highest state someone can attain. It means the desires and suffering of an individual will go away. According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama Buddha attained “Nirvana” after six years of rigorous practices and meditation under the tree of Bodi Tree.

Nirvana is the highest goal that Buddha gave in his religion and some...

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Is Burma a Holiday destination?
by Gaurav Manandhar 30th December 2014 - Tuesday - 07:09 AM
     "Burma is an Asian Country which possesses great tourist potential and attractions. This beautiful and culturally rich country has a cursed past with brutal reign and regimes but in the recent years the country has flourished and slowly developed in both political and cultural areas."

Is Burma a Holiday destination?

Burma is an Asian Country which possesses great tourist potential and attractions. This beautiful and culturally rich country has a cursed past with brutal reign and regimes but in the recent years the country has flourished and slowly developed in both political and cultural areas. In the recent years, the tourism sector has seen new aspect with an increase of over million foreign arrivals in 2013. This extraordinary land guided with Buddha statues, pagodas, which has yet to be influenced by Western culture.

Burma (Myanmar) is one of the best spot in the world for a holiday destination. We assure that exploring Burma will be just like...

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Dashain - The festival of Victory of Good over Evil
by Nischhal Pradhan 3rd October 2014 - Friday - 11:03 AM

Dashain or Vijaya Dashami or Dushera, is one of the most important and the longest festivals observed by the Hindus all over the world. Celebrated as the most anticipated festival in a year, this particular festival falls in September or October to celebrate the victory of Good over Evil in which the goddess Durga vanquishes the demon king Mhaisasura. This festival is celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe by worshipping Shakti in all her manifestations.Vijaya Dashami or Dushera, is one of the most important and the longest festivals observed by the Hindus all over the world. Celebrated as the most anticipated festival in a year, this particular festival falls...

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Buy Buddha statues for yourself
by Peter Vredeveld 18th August 2014 - Monday - 05:10 AM
     "Choosing and buying the perfect Buddha statue for you or your loved ones is definitely not the easiest of the tasks. Buddha statues carry significant amount of religious as well as spiritual importance for the followers of Buddhism, or Buddhists; as they are called."

Buy Buddha statues for yourself

Choosing and buying the perfect Buddha statue for you or your loved ones is definitely not the easiest of the tasks. Buddha statues carry significant amount of religious as well as spiritual importance for the followers of Buddhism, or Buddhists; as they are called. This is because, the Buddhists consider these iconographic representations of the Buddha not only as the physical representation of how the Buddha was during his life, but also as the symbol of many Buddhist principles like the Noble Eightfold path and the Four Noble Truths. The styles and the general outlook of these Buddhist statues may differ depending upon the...

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10 ways to make the world a better place
by Nischhal Pradhan 4th August 2014 - Monday - 07:44 AM
     "There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept responsibility for changing them. ~Denis Waitley "

1) Smile

Smile is the expression which makes anyone who comes across the expression feel good. It even makes us feel good too! Smiling to each other helps us to be connected to other people and individuals, improving our moods. When you smile at people anywhere you get smiles in return and it will be an immediate mood booster for you.

2) Eye Contact

With the availability of technology like mobile phones and tablets, we do not look or acknowledge the people who are around us. The avoidance of interaction of people anywhere is common sight these days. We act like we do not see other people when we pass by them on...

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Buddha statues in East and West
by Gaurav Manandhar 29th July 2014 - Tuesday - 01:21 AM
     "Different perceptions of Buddha statues in different cultures of the world i.e eastern and western culture"

The fact that Buddhism has been slowly finding its way to new regions and countries in the west despite of the fact that the religion was founded by the spiritual leader named the Buddha 2500 years ago in India, is not a surprise at all. The religion is based upon the teachings and Buddhist principles. The religion had slowly spread from India to various countries in the east like Burma, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos and others after Emperor Ashoka's trade relations flourished in the region. This helped Buddhism to be embraced by the locals of these nations in a smooth manner without hampering the local tradition or...

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Patience is struggle
by Gaurav Manandhar 2nd December 2013 - Monday - 06:03 AM
     "Patience is struggle"

I've had lots of experiences regarding impatience and have paid the price for it too. My experience with impatience used to involve over locking and unlocking my cell phone and playing the TV remote a lot.

As these things continued, suddenly I had a high fever and was diagnosed with typhoid a few years back. It was a festival period and everyone of my family members were back home after years. The doctors suggested me to stay at bed until I felt better but wouldn't tell me how long it would take. It could take from few weeks to a month.

I panicked; I could not possible stay in a single room,...

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Top 10 Buddhist Monasteries of the World
by Nischhal Pradhan 28th November 2013 - Thursday - 07:44 AM
     "Top 10 Buddhist Monasteries of the World"

Buddhism is one of the major religions in the world. With its philosophy founded in northeastern India, the religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as "the Buddha". Among many important aspects of Buddhism, Monasticism is one of the most fundamental institutions in Buddhism. The residing monks and nuns in the monasteries are more than responsible for preserving and spreading the Buddhist teachings. The monasteries house these monks and nuns as well as educate and guide them so as for them to do so with the other Buddhist followers. Known with many names among the followers of Buddhism depending upon the region, the monasteries are...

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Oldest (550 B.C.) Buddhist shrine unearthed in Lumbini, Nepal
by Gaurav Manandhar 27th November 2013 - Wednesday - 05:31 AM
     "The recent discovery made by the archaeologists have unearthed the remains of “earliest ever Buddhist shrine”."

The recent discovery made by the archaeologists have unearthed the remains of “earliest ever Buddhist shrine”.

The 6th century timber structure was excavated beneath the Maya devi temple in Lumbini, Nepal – the long identified birthplace of the Buddha. This discovery may help settle dispute over when and where the revered religious leader was born as a prince, before he left his royal life. The shrine appears to have housed a tree, which links to the Buddha nativity story - his mother gave birth to him while holding on to the branch of a tree in the Lumbini garden, midway between the kingdoms of her husband and parents.

The timber...

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3 ways to let go of Resentments
by Peter Vredeveld 1st November 2013 - Friday - 09:12 AM

Not everyone wants to let go of their resentments. They do not want to forgive even if they know it is not a right thing to do. But, forgiveness is good! Not in a – heal the world kind of a way but in a selfish way!

Forgiveness and letting go of resentments helps people to connect with others in a genuine way. These are the major factors contributing to gather the feeling of happiness and contentment.

But how do you experience genuine forgiveness and stop feeling resentful? Because it’s one thing to know it intellectually but another to actually feel it. Like, in your bones.

A few months back, I started working and had to do lots of...

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