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      CELEBRATING BUDDHA AROUND THE WORLD: TODAY IS NIRVANA DAY!

      CELEBRATING BUDDHA AROUND THE WORLD: TODAY IS NIRVANA DAY!

      Today our Mahayana Buddhist friends in Tibet, Nepal, India, China, and Japan are observing Parinirvana Day (commonly known as Nirvana Day)—the day the Buddha achieved Parinirvana, or complete Nirvana, through physical death. Nirvana Day doesn’t celebrate the Buddha’s death. It celebrates his entry to Nirvana, breaking the cycle of suffering and rebirth and reaching the […]

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      Buddhist Deities: Mahakala–the Protector of Dharma

      Buddhist Deities: Mahakala–the Protector of Dharma

      Mahakala is the menacing & powerful embodiment of the bodhisattva of compassion. His purpose is to help in overcoming negative obstacles on the path to enlightenment, & protecting that path of righteousness (also known as “dharma”) from hindrances. Meant to scare bad spirits and energy away from the place it protects.

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      Tibetan Prayer Flags Explained: What Does All That Sanskrit Writing Mean?

      Tibetan Prayer Flags Explained: What Does All That Sanskrit Writing Mean?

      Our traditional Tibetan prayer flags are inscribed with symbols and words that are said to carry prayers and hopes into the breeze and across the lands. If you’ve ever wondered what all that Sanskrit writing means, read on! The words on the prayer flags are a combination of mantra, sutra, and prayer. They aren’t directly […]

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      The Happy Buddha: Deity of Contentment & Abundance

      The Happy Buddha: Deity of Contentment & Abundance

      The jolly laughing Buddha is based on an eccentric Chinese monk who lived over 1,000 years ago–a benevolent and joyous man who came to be regarded as an incarnation of the bodhisattva Maitreya, the “world teacher”.  The laughing Buddha is known in China as the Loving or Friendly One, and his image graces many temples, […]

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      Prayer Flags Explained!

      Prayer Flags Explained!

      When the tradition of hanging Tibetan prayer flags began more than 2000 years ago, Tibet was ruled by warlords who carried their own flags into battle. The native people took this as their inspiration but spun the intent on its axis when they made their own flags to honor the nature gods of Bon, their […]

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