|Welcome to the EverLife Buddhist Education
Buddhism addresses the scope, nature and
essence of existence. It provides an in-depth view of the meaning of life and an
extraordinarily far-ranging, relevant, cohesive, dynamic and life-affirming perspective on
This site is an independent project of the EverLife
Foundation a non-profit, unaffiliated, non-membership venture dedicated to
the unearthing of ancient Buddhist wisdom and to providing insights into its profound
doctrines. More than two-and-a-half millennia ago in India, Buddhism began. It went on to
exert its impact on all of Asia. In spite of its long and eventful history, the Western
world only recently started to discover its self-transforming powers. Today, people
throughout the world are intrigued by Buddhism. Many want to learn more about it.
Buddhism addresses: Who are we? What is existence? Why are
we here? While it may seem to most that such questions are destined to remain a mystery,
Buddhism did offer answers. As originally conceived, Buddhism could be defined as a
philosophy or a metaphysical teaching, as well as a religion. Long before psychology,
cosmology and Nature studies developed into scientific fields, it delved into the
subcognitive intricacies of the human mind, the mystery of space-time and the laws that
governed the dynamics of existence. Buddhism proposed that the universe constituted one
large-scale interactive system wherein everything related to everything else.
EverLifes research has sorted through a mountain of doctrinal evidence in an attempt
to reconstruct the "system" originally defined by the Buddha and to demystify
the legacy of "enlightenment" that he left for future generations.
This site deems the Lotus Sutra to be the
quintessential document of Buddhism due to its unsurpassed delineation of the
Buddhas Perfect Enlightenment. Regarded by Buddhists as sacred for its treatise on
Eternal Life, it is also widely recognized by scholars as one of the greatest literary
achievements of all time. Its metaphoric and surreal expressions carry some of the most
profound thoughts ever conceived by human beings.
EverLifes Buddhist Education Center aims to assist
curiosity seekers, students, academicians, science professionals and spiritual devotees in
their quest for an understanding of Buddhism. You may begin that journey with a quick peek
at the Centers Introduction section,
take in the visionary art in the Gallery or peruse
EverLifes Wall of Symbols for a seemingly
simple collection of metaphoric icons once used by ancient sages to communicate deep
concepts. Visit EverLifes Archives and
youll find yourself delving into the possible connection among Egyptian pyramids,
Babylonian ziggurat, Indic stupas and Chinese pagodas. What do these ancient structures
have in common and why?
Make sure that you stop by at the EverLife Library and download a copy of Legacy of
Perfect Enlightenment, Volume One of the Secrets of the Lotus Sutra
anthology. EverLife is proud to be the first to publish this breakthrough volume. In
addition, EverLife's exclusive serialization of the second book in the anthology, The Cosmology of Buddhism, may be downloaded in
installments as they become available. For an overview of the Buddhist cosmos please look through
this site's Skylight. Or, you may choose to
go for a walk in our Lotus Garden where you
may encounter a sage Chinese storyteller. At the Centers Wisdom Hall you can immerse yourself in profound Buddhist doctrines,
as well as common features Buddhism shares with other theologies. For example: youll
find references to a father, son and holy ghost in the Lotus Sutra a text
purportedly delineated by the Buddha nearly 500 years before the birth of
EverLife is for anyone ready and willing to probe
lifes difficult and elusive mysteries. Prior knowledge of Buddhism is not required.
This is a good place to start learning. Moreover, Buddhists of all schools of thought are
welcome. Anyone interested in learning the meaning of Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo,
the chant derived from the title of the Lotus Sutra, may enter EverLifes Inner Chamber. This section will be of special
interest to present or former believers in Nichiren Buddhism, whether
they be associates of a clerical or lay organization.
The EverLife Buddhist Education Center is produced by the
EverLife Foundation, an independent organization. To visit the Foundation please select the Plug-in
button. Contents appearing at the EverLife website or publications offered herein are
produced solely for the purpose of providing relevant educational information and do not
claim to represent the views of any particular sage, sect or school of thought.