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From Prince to Buddha

Did you know that prior to becoming the Buddha, he was a prince named Siddhartha? Read this excerpt from Lama Tsomo’s recent book, Ancient Wisdom for Our Timess

How to Start Meditating

On the Buddhist path, Calm Abiding serves as the foundation for all other practices. It is a technique used to develop our power of attention and bring our coarse and subtle thoughts to a restful state. In other words, it is resting or abiding in that peaceful state.

The Six Perfections or Paramitas

The Mahayana Path of Buddhism, where we at Namchak find our roots, focuses upon the Six Perfections also known as the Six Paramitas.

The Noble Eightfold Path

The Theravada tradition focuses on the Noble Eightfold Path, according to the Buddha, the Noble Eightfold Path consists of Right View, Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. We like to think of the first seven as pillars that support Right Concentration.

The Three Yanas: Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana Explained

After the Buddha passed into nirvana, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism became the two prevalent paths that spread throughout Asia There are many differences between the two traditions and depending on who you ask, those differences can be great or quite small.