Marshland Flowers

Ratnashree’s series articles published weekly in News Front. The articles clarify prevailing misconceptions on Buddhism and help general readers understand authentic Buddhism. The articles first appeared on 16-22 April 2007 issue. News Front is a weekly newspaper that is published every Monday. Read the articles published to date in full.

The Buddha (according to the Buddhists)

Published on 16-22 April 2007 Issue Having humbly offered marshland flowers to the Master of gods and men (sasta deva manushyanam), the god of gods (Devadideva) the yogi of yogis, I…
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Misinterpretation of Buddhism made by Non-Buddhist

Published on 7-13 May 2007 Issue Actually since such lineage Masters of both types of lineage exist in abundance in both the Mahayana and Sravakayana tradition, many of them being…
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Unbroken Enlightened Lineages

Published on 11-17 June 2007 Issue Now let’s go back to the unbroken enlightened lineages. Within Buddhism from very ancient times, and in fact according to the Buddhist notion, even…
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Vipassana

Published on 23-29 July Issue Most Nepalese who have heard of the word Vipassana and perhaps have attended the Vipassana Shibirs (retreats) of The Venerable Sri Goenkaji in Budhanilkantha are…
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Samatha – Vipassana

Published on 13-19 August Issue Various Theravadin meditation techniques continue to proliferate in the various Theravadin countries. They maintain strong Samatha – Vipassana lineages. These Masters are not only monks,…
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Samatha

Published on 10-16 September 2007 Issue In the Buddhist tradition, there are many kinds of focused meditations. The Sravakayana has forty or so different types of focused meditations on outer…
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Science - strengths and limitations

Issue 35: 24 – 30 September 2007 …Science itself never claims what it cannot measure at the moment as superstitious. It is through various types of Samatha practice that various…
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Reincarnation

Issue 38: 15 – 28 October 2007  …Thousands of meditators around the world have remembered vividly incidents in their past lives. So things like rebirth, miracles, the laws of karma…
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Illusion of memory

Issue 40: 5 – 18 November 2007 Death is not the end of the mental continuum but only a change of the mental continuum. Now let us go back to…
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Altered states of mind

Issue 41: 19 – 25 November 2007 Einstein said that whenever he came up with a new theory, he used to go into a dream like state. Similarly at 82%…
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