Below are a some articles and stories related to Buddhism in Myanmar. Theravada Buddhism is the form of Buddhism practised in Myanmar today. Before the 11th Century a form of Mahayana Buddhism was introduced from the Pala kingdom in Bengal.
Before King Anawrahta took succession to the throne in the 11th Century many people in Myanmar were animists and worshiped nats and spirits. King Anawrahta was a devout Buddhist practicing Theravada Buddhism and tried to stop the worship of nats and spirits. realising that this form of worship was entrenched in his peoples’ belief system, he made the decision to accept some of the nats as part and parcel of Buddhism.
Although nat worship in Myanmar today is not as popular as it once was it is still widely accepted and one can find shrines and statues dedicated to the Nats in monasteries and homes in modern Myanmar.
Articles Stories Buddhism In Myanmar
Buddhism became the dominant religion (philosophy as some would rather call it) in Burma (Myanmar) in the 11th Century when King Anawrahta of Pagan united the whole of Burma into one Kingdom and made Theravada Buddhism the national religion.
Myanmar or as it was formerly known Burma is one of the major countries that follow Theravada Buddhism today Buddhism in Myanmar gives a short history of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar…….
The amazing transformations of Arahant Theri Upplavanna
According to the now-ancient P??i-text commentaries written around the 5th century CE, the future Uppalava Ther was born into the family of a wealthy merchant of Savatthi (Skt: Sravasti). She was extraordinarily beautiful like the dark blue uppala lily after which she was named as a fulfilment of her past life aspirations as well as those of the Buddha to have such a disciple……
The first point of difference between the Hinayana and Mahayana schools was noticed by the Sadharma Pundarika, that Buddha makes a show of his existence in the three dhatus and leads us to an examination of the question of the kayas of Buddha as conceived by the Hinayanists and Mahayanists…………
The ways to Neibban and notice of the Phongyies or Burmese Monks. This first complete edition was printed in Rangoon in Burma in 1858, a second and more enlarged version was written in 1866.
The Legend of Guadama is a large file, allow time for downloading.
Written in 2003 by Jacqueline I. Stone – Politics and the Issue of the Ordination Platform in Modern Lay Nichiren Buddhism.
A very nice illustrative presentation on the primary mudras of the major Buddhas by John C. Huntington
A collection of stories from the Jatakas
This article written in 2008 by Sylwia Gil gives an interesting insight into the lives and roles of the Burmese Monk.