Tibetan Buddhism, heir to ancient India’s Nalanda Tradition

The Buddhist Channel, 27 May 2023

Dharmsala, India -- At the CIHTS’s conference on "Mind in Indian Philosophical Schools of Thought and Modern Science" held in Sarnath, India in 2018, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, said that "... (Tibetan Buddhism) is universally acknowledged as the heir to the Nalanda Tradition."


The Influence of Ancient Greece on Buddhism - A Cultural Exchange

The Buddhist Channel, 25 May 2023

Taxila, Pakistan -- The seemingly unrelated realms of Ancient Greece and Buddhism shared a surprising connection, with Greek thought and aesthetics exerting a significant influence on the Eastern religion.


The Licchavis, their Stupa, and its Relics

by Bhante S. Dhammika, The Buddhist Channel, 7 May 2023

Brisbane, Australia -- After the Buddha died, the Mallas of Kusinara organised an elaborate week-long funeral for him culminating in the cremation of his body. In the meantime, news of the Buddha’s demise had been spreading, and representatives from several kingdoms, chiefdoms and clans began arriving in Kusinara to claim the mortal remains.


Lumbini – Birth and Rebirth

by Bhante S. Dhammika, The Buddhist Channel, May 7, 2022

Lumbini, Nepal -- As is well-known, Lumbini is the first of the four major holy places of Buddhism, it being where the person who was to become the Buddha was born. Almost every account of the Buddha’s life, traditional or contemporary, recounts the incidents that supposedly occurred at his conception and birth: his mother dreaming of a white elephant before or as she conceived; giving birth to him while grasping the branch of a tree; and he emerging from her right side. Some later accounts even add that Mahamaya was a virgin when she gave birth. None of these stories are mentioned in the Tipitaka.


Stolen Bodhisattva Statue Recovered and Returned

The Buddhist Channel, April 30, 2022

Bihar, India -- Officials in India have received a Buddha statue that had been missing for more than two decades from its altar at the Kurkihar Temple in Bihar, one of the country's most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.


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