Buddhism 101

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Buddhist Sacred Texts

Venerable Miao Hsi leads us to the classroom where she has laid out a colorful display of various versions of The Lotus Sutra.

Decoding Rituals and Symbols of Buddhism

Buddhism in action, more than even meditation, shapes one’s orientation in and
towards the world through its signs and symbols.

Buddhist Chanting

The tradition of chanting flows through nearly all of the many schools of Buddhism as a way to prepare the mind for meditation. Most faiths chant as a means of prayer and preparation to engage the holy.

Buddhist Holy Days and Observances

There are many special or holy days held throughout the
year by the Buddhist community. The most significant
celebration happens every May on the night of the full
moon, when Buddhists all over the world celebrate the
birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500
years ago. It has come to be known as Buddha Day.


Siddhartha Gautama – The Buddha

Twenty-five hundred years ago, nestled in a fertile valley along the border between India and Nepal, a child was born who was to become the Buddha. The stories say that before his birth, his mother, the queen of a small Indian kingdom, had a dream.


His Holiness,
the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He was born on 6 July 1935 to a farming family in a small hamlet in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At age two, the child then called Lhamo Dhondup was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama,
Thubten Gyatso.