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Buddha’s birthday

Tonight we’re going to see the biggest and brightest full moon of the year as it gets to around 357,000km from earth, which is about 14% closer than when it is farthest away. That’s quite an ellipsis. That today would be Siddhattha’s birthday and the anniversary of the day he awoke (was ‘enlightened’), and that of the day he died after a tainted meal

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Buddhism before the Theravada

The Buddha did not teach in a vacuum, John Peacock tells us in a series of talks given at the Sati Center in Redwood City, California. His teachings were directed to those who shared the social world in which he lived. A British scholar who studies and translates in more than a dozen languages John […]

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Make it relevant, tell the truth

Going through the process of putting this website up has been a wonderful educational experience.

Thinking through what should go onto it, discussing this with folk near and far, considering the nature of sangha or community, and kalyana mitta or good spiritual friendship … pondering what it must have been like for those who walked and sailed thousands of kilometres with the teachings of the Buddha in their hearts, their heads and in written form in their bags … how these teachings affect our lives in Aotearoa New Zealand in the twenty-first century of our era.

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