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Welcome to the Buddhist Temple.
The gateway to enriching your life with the ancient philosophies of Buddhism,its history, art and the influence on culture over two millennia.
The gateway for life enrichment through the ancient philosophies of Buddhism.
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About Us

The Buddhist Temple is your central portal for accessing Buddhist teachings and meditations by leading practitioners across the world. It provides the tools for fostering a connection and understanding of Buddhist philosophy to enhance your health and well-being from the comfort of your home.

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Use this site to access talks and teachings based on authentic tradition which are relevant and beneficial to modern life. Participate in guided meditations with some of the most renowned Buddhist teachers. Keep up to date about Buddhist retreats and events in your local area. Undertake courses, seminars and pathways of study on every stage of the Buddha’s teachings.

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History of Buddhism

Buddhism is a philosophy encompassing a myriad of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to the Buddha. The Buddha means ‘one who is awake’. He is not God or a prophet, but rather one who has become ‘Enlightened’ by understanding life in the deepest possible way.

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The Buddha lived and taught in the north-eastern Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BC. Born as Prince Siddharta Gautama into a royal family of a small kingdom on the Indian-Nepalese border, he left his privileged upbringing after witnessing suffering, sickness and death, leading him to question the purpose of life.

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The Buddha gained enlightenment after years of searching for the truth. He recognised that all human beings have the ability to unfold their potential and accordingly led the remainder of his life as a teacher to help others grow towards ‘enlightenment’.

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He taught that wisdom, kindness, patience, generosity and compassion are important virtues. The central tenants to Buddhism as derived from his teachings (the ‘Dharma’) are:

  • The truth of suffering (Dukkha) – all living beings experience suffering which not only stems from old age, sickness, death but also life not living up to our expectations leaving us with a sense of feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied.
  • The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya) – the cause of most suffering is greed, desire, ignorance, delusion, hatred and destructive urges.
  • The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha) – the way to extinguish suffering is to liberate oneself from attachment.
  • Path to cessation of suffering (Magga) – Follow a set of principles called the ‘eightfold path’ (the middle way), avoiding both indulgence and severe asceticism. The middle way is grouped into wisdom (right understanding and intention), ethical conduct (right speech and action), and meditation (right mindfulness and concentration).
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The Buddha recognised that we are all in a process of constant change. The main way to accommodate and change for the better and achieve a better understanding of oneself, other people and life itself, is to focus on developing a more positive state of mind such as calmness, awareness and openness.