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Here are the top ten articles for the Buddhism Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. 2015 Buddhist Holidays
Find out the major Buddhist holidays in various traditions and countries, how they are celebrated, and their dates for 2015.
2. Buddhism Book Shop
View some of my favorite Buddhist-based books, including those for children and teens. Many of these are suitable for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, focusing on how developing mindfulness and compassion can help us with the challenges we face in our everyday lives.
3. Upaya - Skillful Means
Upaya, or 'skillful means', is a key concept in Mahayana Buddhism, of which both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism are a part. Find out what upaya means for both individual seekers and teachers, as well as the Buddha's story about upaya, 'the white lie', as told in the Lotus Sutra.
4. The Six Realms of Existence in Buddhism
Buddhism defines six realms of existence that a sentient being may be born into based on karma, ranging from a god-realm to a hell realm. Learn what these realms are, why a human birth is considered the most auspicious, and how we can understand the relevance of these realms to our daily life.
5. Buddhist-Inspired Coloring Sheets
Whether you are a teacher or parent, coloring pages are a great tool for teaching children about Buddhism. And for adults, coloring Buddhist-inspired geometric patterns called mandalas is an excellent form of meditation and stress management.
6. Test Your Buddhist Knowledge
Test your knowledge (and learn more about) Buddhist Art, Symbols and Writings with the latest Buddhism quiz. If you haven't already tried the Buddhist History and Buddhist Teachings quizzes, be sure to do so - quizzes are a fun learning tool.
7. Buddhist Symbols
In each of the various cultures in which Buddhism has flourished, a rich set of symbols have developed to represent the Buddha and Buddhist teachings. View and discover the meanings of several in this article, including the Lotus Flower, Buddha's Eyes, the Endless Knot, and more.
8. Chakras in Tibetan Buddhism
Chakras or 'channel-wheels' are energy centers associated with points in the body, and meditated on within both Hindu yogic and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This article describes some aspects of Tibetan Buddhist systems that employ chakras.
9. Branches of Buddhism
Buddhism has many different branches, schools, and lineages. Learn what they are, what countries each are practiced in, and how they differ.
10. The Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths are the Buddha's first teaching, and the foundation for Buddhism. They describe the Buddha’s realizations regarding the nature, origin, and cessation of suffering (or dukkha). But what is suffering in the Buddha’s teachings, and how can his understandings help us today?
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