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This site has come about by way of my fascination for the Buddha imagery I have seen throughout my life, initially in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as a child, having spent around five years there between 1952 and 1957. In addition to that from seeing museum pieces around the UK. My wife and I have also spent six months in Thailand and Cambodia in 2007 and 2008, as had short visit back to Sri Lanka in the autumn of 2008.
Seen here at Ayutthaya, World Heritage Site, in north central Thailand in 2007, Ayutthaya was the capital city of old Siam before it moved to Bangkok.
I can honestly say I do not believe in an all seeing, almighty God but having had a Christian upbringing I do try to live my life by the Christian Ten Commandments, the Buddhist Eightfold Path and have a conscious sense of right and wrong.
I have 'looked' at and read books about religions all my through my life including: Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and even Zoroastrianism but as yet I can say I have no particular 'Faith' just a belief in my own self control, remembering a fictional character from my childhood Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby in ‘The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby’, a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, written during 1862 and 1863 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, later published in its entirety. The book was extremely popular in England during its day, and was a mainstay of British children's literature through the 1920s and crept into my life in the 1950s; what goes around, comes around!
The final spur to publish some the many Buddha images on a website came early in 2010 when I read ‘The Buddha and His Religion’ by Jules Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire - translated from the French by Laura Ensor, purchased for just £7 from a charity shop. Jules Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire (19 August 1805 – 24 November 1895) was a French philosopher, journalist and statesman. This book gave me added knowledge, enough to make sense of my views on Buddhism.
At this point I would like to thank my wife Jean for putting up with my many excursions to Buddhist Vihara, Temples, Stupas and museums, where she has at times "become all templed out!"
Author: Graham Beven
Buddhist Flag Meanings
The Dharma Wheel
In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka,
Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist
chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct
13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333)
in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in
Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of
Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching.
Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise