Significance of Nature in Buddhism – by Priya Rakkhit

Originally Published in New Lotus The connection between Buddhism and nature is inseparable. Buddhism was born in nature in the sense that the ascetic Gotama, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment under a Bo tree in a forest on the bank of the Nerañjara River and he delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park. … More Significance of Nature in Buddhism – by Priya Rakkhit

Mahayana Optimism: Great Hope, Great Salvation

Upali Sramon We know that Mahayana tradition emerged as a consequence of some intellectual and philosophical divergences over some aspects of orthodox early Buddhism which is presently represented by Theravada tradition. As a result, Theravadins consider some concepts developed by Mahayana to be superficial and not in conformity to the original teaching of the Buddha. … More Mahayana Optimism: Great Hope, Great Salvation

Important Mahāyāna Ideas in the Upāyakauśalyaparivarta of Saddharmapuṇḍarῑkasūtra

By Upali Sramon   The Saddharmapuṇḍarῑkasūtra is one of the nine dharmas or the fundamental religious treatises known as Vaipulyasūtra-s of Mahāyāna Buddhist tradition. The Word vaipulyasūtra itself is used in Upāyakāuśalyaparivarta (verse, 118) while emphasizing the sacredness of these texts. Of all the nine treatises, it has been said, “Saddharmapuṇḍarῑkasūtra occupies the most important … More Important Mahāyāna Ideas in the Upāyakauśalyaparivarta of Saddharmapuṇḍarῑkasūtra

Importance of Buddhist Vandana, Offerings, and Pāli Chanting by Upali Sramon

The Buddhist daily practices, offerings and chanting are often questioned and criticized as unreasonable, ritualistic and against the true Buddhist ideals. Such disparaging remarks are gaining popularity among young generations who are influenced by the modern system of education. Therefore, it is important that we have some serious thoughts about the rationales behind the practices … More Importance of Buddhist Vandana, Offerings, and Pāli Chanting by Upali Sramon

Pāli Grammatical Studies in Bengali Language: Dr. B. M. Barua’s Thoughts on Pāli Grammar – Edited by Upali Sramon

Introduction Dr. B.M. Barua (full name Benimadhav Barua, 1888-1948, born in Bangladesh) is one of the early Indian scholars who initiated Buddhist and ancient inscriptional studies according to the research methodology followed by Western scholars like Max Muller. Among his books, A Prolegomena to Early History of Buddhism, Pre-Buddhist Philosophy of India, and Prākŗt Dharmapada … More Pāli Grammatical Studies in Bengali Language: Dr. B. M. Barua’s Thoughts on Pāli Grammar – Edited by Upali Sramon