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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. 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.
2. 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.
3. Vesak or Saga Dawa - Celebrating the Buddha
Vesak or 'Buddha day' is celebrated in the Spring on various days within different Buddhist traditions, the first being April 8th in Japan. It is a time for celebrating the Buddha's birth and teachings, and for renewing one's own commitment to the path.
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. 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.
6. 10 Frequently Asked Questions About Buddhism
Answers to 10 frequently asked questions about Buddhism. This is the place to start if you are new to Buddhism - or even if you're not.
7. Jomo Memo - 13th Century Tibetan 'Terton'
In celebration of Women's History Month, learn about one of the few 'tertons', or discoverers of hidden knowledge, within Tibetan Buddhist history - Jomo Memo.
8. Buddhist Movies
Movies are a great way to learn about Buddhism, and there are many available. Here's a list of Buddhist feature films and documentaries, all of which are readily available for rental or purchase.
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. Types of Buddhist Meditation
Meditation is an essential part of Buddhist practice, and there are many different types, ranging from focusing on the breath, to mindfulness, to mandala and mantra meditations.
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