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How do Buddhists live? Buddhist lifestyle!

How to live like a Buddhist? Buddhists live all over the world. They live in all kinds of ways, so there is no simple all encompassing answer to the question how Buddhists live. Still, there are a few things to take into account:Real Buddhists have taken refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the SanghaMany Buddhists [...]

Embodied Buddhism – in an on-screen world

As I sit here, I have a body. That's perhaps self evident, but when most of our communication happens on screens, it might be easy to forget. I'm on both sides of that equation: I make a living online, which means I meet my colleagues on the online water coolers of Facebook and forums. On [...]

Buddhist practices and religious beliefs

In Tibetan Buddhism people make plaster casts of Buddha images as a purification ritual. The Tsa-Tsa above is a cast of a Buddha head I did myself. As you can perhaps see the eyes, mouth and ears are painted in digitally. As I write this the tsa-tsa is not yet finished. The finished product will [...]

Buddhism is best known in the West for being a philosophy, perhaps a philosophy of life. However, it's also - and perhaps primarily - a religion. And like all religions Buddhism has it's sensitivities. There are certain things you just don't do, and certain things that are taken for granted. This is true in any [...]

Taking refuge: vows, commitments, belief and faith

Since I took refuge, I find myself explaining what that means to me to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Because, after all, I did not suddenly become less of a skeptic. There are aspects of the Buddhism I'm being taught that I don't relate to much at all. The main example is, always, the enormous amounts of [...]

Universal Buddhist Refuge Prayer

In the Gelugpa Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism of the FPMT one is expected to take refuge in the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) twice daily (three times each), especially if one has already taken refuge formally. For me, as a former theosophist, anything sectarian is a problem. On the other hand, I did pick Buddhism as [...]