Head represents wisdom, understanding, and intellectual capacity. Heart, on the other hand, represents the human values and wonderful virtuous qualities such as compassion, goodwill, friendship, generosity, and loving kindness. In short, heart represents virtues, while brain represents wisdom. Just like a bird needs a pair of wings to fly, we need both virtues and wisdom,…

Negative energy refers to a kind of destructive unwholesome type of mental energy that we produce in our system. It is unwholesome karmic energy that manifests through our thoughts, words and action. One day, as Buddha was walking from Jetavana monastery to the city of Savatthi, He came upon a group of children beating a…

Since time immemorial, human beings have observed the influence of the moon on this planet, its atmosphere, flora and fauna, which greatly influence human lives. It was observed that the emotions of people with mental disorders seemed aggravated on full moon days (hence the word “lunatic”), while some diseases like epilepsy, asthma, bronchitis, and certain…

Unlike women in the 21st century who enjoy relatively high positions in the society, their counterparts some 2500 years ago were not given due recognition and were treated with disrespect, be it socially, politically, economically or educationally. In fact, the ways of life then were largely influenced by the doctrine of Brahmanism, resulting in a…

By definition, a Buddhist is one who takes refuge in the Triple Gem – doing so signifies that one wholeheartedly accepts the Buddha as the supreme enlightened teacher out of great confidence in the Buddha, accepts the Dhamma as guiding principles with understanding after scrutiny and analysis and not out of blind faith, and follows…

Albert Einstein once said that “if there was any religion in the world that would cope with modern scientific needs, it would be Buddhism.” The proliferation of science in modern times have enabled us to broaden our understanding of the universe and to gain new perspectives on nature and the world we live in. Previously,…

Individuals give for various reasons. Some give for the sake of fame, and expect that the deed be recognised. Some give out of fear, such as that of losing their social status or of incurring the wrath of God. Some individuals may also give in exchange for overcoming the negative karmic effects from their unwholesome…

Buddhism spread far and wide within a short period of time to become the most popular and prominent teaching in ancient India during the time of the Buddha. Thousands embraced Buddhism, including many who were highly educated intellectuals, from upper class and well to do families, such as powerful kings and princes, wealthy merchants, and…

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