Buddhism in East Asia

During the third century B.C., Emperor Ashoka sent missionaries to the northwest of India that is, present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. The mission achieved great...

The Buddha and Buddhism: China

Although there are reports of Buddhists in China as early as the 3rd century BC, Buddhism was not actively propagated in that country until...

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Since its first English translation in 1927, the Tibetan guide to spiritual and mental liberation called the Bardo Thodol has been known in the...

Chinese Beliefs: Buddhism on death and dying

"Decay is inherent in all compounded things, so continue in watchfulness." The last recorded words of Siddhartha Gautama (Gotama), the founder of Buddhism, might...

Empty Your Cup

"Empty your cup" is an old Chinese Chan (Zen) saying that occasionally pops up in western popular entertainment. "Empty your cup" often is attributed...
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Buddha Speaks Infinite Life Sutra

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The Sutra On Contemplation Of Amitayus

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Hundred Parables Sutra 51-60

51 A Maid Servant and Five Masters Once there were five men who together bought one maid. One of them said to her, “Wash my...