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HH Dalai Lama

A Portrait of His Holiness the Dalai Lama 14th – The Advocate of the Nalanda and Ancient Indian Tradition

By Nhan Vo, Researcher on Nalanda and HH Dalai Lama Introduction His Holiness the Dalai Lama 14th (HHDL) stands as a major figure in the 20th-21st century. His unique life journey includes leadership of the Tibetan nation, patriarch of the Gelugpa Buddhist lineage, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1989), erudite Buddhist monk, and author of numerous […]

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Buddha with knowledge book

The Pali Canon

According to tradition, the text of the Pali Canon was settled at a Council held at Rajagaha immediately after the Teacher’s passing, having been memorised by leading Elders, who were highly realised practitioners of the Dhamma. It is clear that the collection as we have it originated over a more extended period. The Canon was

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Nalanda University: Unraveling the Legacy of Ancient Wisdom and Scholarly Excellence

(An insightful conversation with Nhan Vo, Researcher on Nalanda) Research Journey This is a long and not easy question, and it contains 3 points: My motivation, what causes the interest, and the main objectives.Since the question is related to many causes & conditions and the events that crossed my life in the past, I will try

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History and Present Splendor of Buddhist Arts

Introduction Buddhism, a profound spiritual tradition that originated in ancient India, has gifted the world with a treasure trove of mesmerizing arts. From awe-inspiring stupas and sculptures to intricate paintings and manuscripts, the artistic heritage of Buddhism in India continues to captivate the hearts of enthusiasts and scholars alike. In this article, we embark on

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Different Forms of Buddhism

A Journey Through the Diverse Forms of Buddhism

Buddhism, one of the world’s major religions, emerged in ancient India and has since evolved into various forms, each with distinct teachings, practices, and beliefs. This article delves into the origins and development of the most prominent branches of Buddhism, exploring their historical contexts and doctrinal differences. Theravada Buddhism Theravada, also known as the “Doctrine

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Nalanda University Getting Burned

Witnessing the Fall of Nalanda University: A Scholar’s Tale

As a Buddhist scholar fortunate enough to have studied at the prestigious Nalanda University, I never imagined that I would bear witness to the devastating destruction that would befall this beacon of knowledge and intellectual pursuit. In this narrative, I recount my personal experience of the fateful invasion led by Bakhtiyar Khilji, which forever altered

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The Buddhist Councils and Summits : Preserving and Propagating the Dhamma

The Buddhist Councils and summits: Preserving and Propagating the Dhamma The Buddhist Councils hold significant importance in the history of Buddhism. These gatherings brought together esteemed monks and scholars to safeguard the Buddha’s teachings and address challenges faced by the Buddhist community. The councils were instrumental in preserving the authenticity of the Dhamma and disseminating

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