Buddhist Compassion

Compassion is one of the main virtues practiced in all forms of Buddhism. Rather than wishing for others to be happy, compassion is rooted in the wish that other sentient beings be free of suffering. Buddhists are taught to cultivate this virtue above all others, exemplified in the practice of buddhas and bodhisattvas. A Buddhist monk in Thailand stops to help a school boy repair his bicycle; compassion is an essential virtue in Buddhism Compassion is described emphatically in the Pali B

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Christian Symbols - The Holy Bible

The Bible is the foundation of modern Christianity, and the book itself is a powerful symbol for many Christians. Christians believe that the Bible contains the word of God, which is essential for humans' spiritual progress and can only be properly understood with the aid of the Holy Spirit The power of God's word is suggested in the Bible itself: "Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it i

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Individual Worship in Shinto

In Shinto, individual worship is often considered to be more important than doctrine—or even belief itself.  The worship of the kami on personal terms in one's own home is more important to the core of modern Shinto than any other practice.  Rather than worshiping communally, adherents observe Shinto customs and participate in Shinto practices whenever they feel the need and without any obligation to do so afterward. A traditional Shinto home altar, or kaminada With the lack of

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The Four Founders of Madh'hab

Founders of Madh'hab

Abu Hanifa (699 – 767 CE), Abu 'Abd Allah Malik ibn Anas (714 – 795 CE), Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shaf'i (767 – 820 CE), and Ahmad ibn Hanbal (780 – 855 CE) are the founders of the four accepted schools of jurisprudence, called madhhabThis word is transliterated in Urdu as “mazhab” or “mezheb.” in Sunni Islam. The four schools are Hanafi, Maliki, Shaf'i, and Hanbali. While all Muslims follow the Quran, differences of opinion on matters not explicitly mentioned or ambiguous in the Quran gave ris

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Durga Puja

Durga Puja

This autumn festival is extremely popular in Bengal, India. As on Diwali, ideas of renewal and prosperity are rampant. Like Dashara, this holiday is also known by the name Navratri. It is seen as a ten-day festival with the addition of the day on which the ceremony culminates. This festival celebrates the goddess Durga as the slayer of the buffalo demon Mahishasura, but is also popularly believed to celebrate Durga’s ten-day retreat from her husband Shiva's home to the home of her parents. D

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