Culture & History

Posts about Buddhist culture and history

The Four Major Buddhist Holidays

The Four Major Buddhist Holidays

The four major Buddhist holidays are in celebration of the life of Buddha Shakyamuni – the prince, Gautama Siddhartha, who reached enlightenment and shared the spiritual path of the Dharma (known as Buddhism).

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The Four Harmonious Friends Story

The Four Harmonious Friends Story

The Four Harmonious Friends (or Brothers) Story – The story tells of an elephant, monkey, rabbit, and bird who are trying to work out who is the oldest by comparing themselves to a large tree that they are standing next to.

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The Story of the First King Of Tibet

The Story of the First King Of Tibet

The first king of Tibet was called Nyatri Tsenpo གཉའ་ཁྲི་བཙན་པོ་ (meaning Neck-Enthroned King) – his reign began in 127 BCE after being chosen by the people of Tibet as their ruler.

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Cham - The Lama Dance

Cham – The Lama Dance

The Cham འཆམ་ dance is a lively form of dance that is held during certain Buddhist festivals, such as Losar (the Tibetan New Year), and thought to bring merit to all those who take part and witness the dance.

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Seventeen Great Masters (Pandits) of Nalanda Monastery banner

Seventeen Great Masters (Panditas) of Nalanda Monastery

Nalanda University ནཱ་ལེནྡྲ་ in India was the largest and most known of the ancient Indian monastic universities. The Nalanda monastery is associated with some of the greatest figures in Mahayana Buddhism. These prominent are known as the Seventeen Great Masters (Pandits) Nalanda Monastery.

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The Tibetan Creation Myth

The Tibetan Creation Myth

The Tibetan creation myth is a beautiful story about how humanity came to be through the union of a monkey (Pha Trelgen Changchup Sempa ཕ་སྤྲེལ་རྒན་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་པ།) and a female demon. Pha means “father” in the Tibetan language, Trelgen is “old monkey” and Changchup Sempa is the bodhisattva’s enlightened mind.

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"The Laughing Buddha"

“The Laughing Buddha”

Regardless of where you live or where you’re from, you have probably seen the “Laughing Buddha” at one point in your life. It is a statue, generally gold, that has a description of a portly bald man laughing on it. But what (and who) exactly is it and what is the meaning of The Laughing Buddha?

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