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What many Westerners consider Buddhism is merely the more respectable elements of Westernized Indian religion in general, but with an individualistic slant rather than a communal one. Furthermore, Buddhist monastic communities (sangha ) quickly formed after the Buddha’s death. The cosmic web is alive; it moves and grows and changes continually. (Fritjof Capra, 1972.) In Hinduism, Shiva the Cosmic Dancer, is perhaps the most perfect personification of the dynamic universe.

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He wrote extensive commentaries on the the Prajna-Paramita Sutra. He probably lived during the second century CE. Although he founded a Mahayana school, the Madhyamikas, his systematization was much more important, being used by many Mahayana schools and as being one of the intellectual bases of Vajrayana Buddhism epub. Thus, while there is no God, there are gods in Buddhism, gods like Indra and Brahmâ who turn up as guardians of Buddhist temples The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva. It is an accepted practice in countries such as Thailand for a layman to take monastic vows for the vassa period and then to return to lay life Hakuin on Kensho: The Four Ways of Knowing. Some Buddhists do fast to help focus on subsuming their bodily desires The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin: A Translation of the Sokko-roku Kaien-fusetsu (Shambhala Classics). As for books, I have four suggestions to start with: 1. Read about the Buddha's life, including his teachings, in the wonderfully poetic prose biography "Old Path, White Clouds" by the famous Vietnamese Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh: 2. Read the accessible introductions to Buddhism by the American nun Thubten Chodron, Buddhism for Beginners" (answers and questions style) and "Open Heart, Clear Mind" (more focusing on how Buddhist psychology is relevant for modern Westerners): You can also find many interesting texts on her homepage, including everything you need to know about meditation: 3 Buddhism And Woman.

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