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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. Into the Heart of Life - Book Review
Into the Heart of Life is a beautiful book of teachings by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She first came to prominence as the subject of Cave in the Snow, a book about her 12 years in solitary retreat.
2. 2014 - Year of the Horse
In 2014, Chinese New Year and Tibetan New Year (Losar) fall a month apart, on January 31st and March 2nd. In both traditions, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Learn more about these festivals and predictions for this year.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Lojong and the Eight Verses of Mind Training
Lojong, or mind training, is an important teaching within Tibetan Buddhism on developing bodhicitta, the compassionate desire to forgo one's own liberation to work towards the liberation of all beings. The Eight Verses of Mind Training is one of the seminal texts on this teaching.
7. Embodying Forms of Feminine Power
Tibetan Buddhism has many feminine deities that serve as archteypes for the feminine energies that exist in us all. Learn how they are used in meditation, as well as more about Samantabhadri, the basis of all the female deities.
8. 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.
9. Tibetan Women's Uprising Day
This week marks the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation, which led to the Dalai Lama's escape. March 12th is a special day set aside by the Tibetan Women's Association to honor the Tibetan women that participated in this historic event.
10. 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.
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