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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Buddhism Site! These are the top ten articles that your Buddhism Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. 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.
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. 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. Vipassana or Insight Meditation
Vipassana means 'insight into reality' and is a method of meditation focused on observing the mind, rather than concentrating it, in order to discover the roots of thoughts and sensations.
5. The Noble EightFold Path
The Eightfold Path is a foundation teaching of Buddhism, the last of the Four Noble Truths, offering the Buddha's teachings on how we can cease suffering and awaken. This article offers a brief overview of each aspect.
6. 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.
7. Buddhist Mantras
Buddhist mantras - sounds or words repeated aloud or silently - are an important part of meditation practice in some Buddhist schools. This article lists some common mantras and their meanings, and includes a sampling of monks chanting one.
8. Celebrity Buddhists
Interest in Buddhism in the West has partly been spurred on by the many sports and entertainment personalities that have said they are Buddhist (or have been rumored to be.) Here's a partial list, setting the record straight on a few.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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