Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:15:35 +0000
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha's first sermon after his Enlightenment centered on these Four Noble Truths, the foundation of Buddhism. Learn more.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZUnderstanding the Four Noble Truths is critical to understanding Buddhism. Here is a simple introduction for beginners.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThis simple account of the historic Buddha's life covers his early life, the Renunciation, his Enlightenment, and his later life as a teacher.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThere's more to Buddhism than shaving one's head and being blissful. Here is an introduction to Buddhism for beginners.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAlthough the word dharma often refers to the teachings of the Buddha, it means a great deal more than that. What does the term Buddha Dharma mean?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZRight view was taught by the Buddha as an essential part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. It is a deep understanding of the nature of reality.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Second Noble Truth of Buddhism explains why life is unsatisfactory (dukkha).
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Buddha didn't
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >It is often asked
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThere are a few basic teachings that distinguish all forms of Mahayana. Here Mahayana and Theravada are compared to make these distinctions clear.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe dharma wheel or dharmachakra is a symbol of Buddhism. What does the wheel represent? And why do the number of spokes vary from one wheel to the next?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Eightfold Path is the Buddha's prescription for relieving suffering. It is the means by which one can realize enlightenment and enter Nirvana.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha spoke often of the Five Skandhas, also called the Aggregates or Heaps. These are the physical and mental attributes that we think are us.
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The study of Buddhism
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe lotus is one of the most common symbols found in Buddhist art and literature, signifying many things. Here is a guide to the meaning of the lotus.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAnger is a poison and an obstacle to enlightenment, the Buddha said. Yet we all get angry. What does Buddhism teach about dealing with anger?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhat are the different types of Buddhism? This guide to the major schools shows the differences between Theravada and Mahayana sects and beliefs.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThis is a bare-bones introduction to Zen Buddhism for those who don't know Zen from spinach. It includes a brief history of the school and the Zen definition of Zen.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZKathina is an ancient ceremony for giving Buddhist monks and nuns gifts of cloth to make robes. This article explains the ceremony and its history.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha taught that an individual is a combination of five aggregates, called the Five Skandhas. The skandhas are empty of intrinsic self; the self is no-self (anatman or anatta in Theravada Buddhism and shunyata in Mahayana Buddhism). These teachings are difficult to understand but essential to Buddhism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Most people have
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThis is the story of the enlightenment of the Buddha, including his meditation under the bodhi tree and the temptations of Mara.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZHere is an introduction to Theravada, the oldest school of Buddhism, briefly explaining its origins and what makes it distinctive from Mahayana Buddhism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe historical Buddha's original name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was said to have been a prince. What do we know about young Prince Siddhartha?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWould you be surprised to hear that reincarnation is not a doctrine of Buddhism? If so, be surprised -- it isn't.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Third Noble Truth explains the cessation of things that bind us to suffering.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Six Realms of Buddhism are a description of conditioned existence, or samsara, into which beings are reborn. They may be understood as allegories.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZNirvana has become a synonym for bliss or heaven. In Buddhism, Nirvana is not a place, and it is neither existence nor non-existence. So what is it?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZRight Action is the fourth aspect of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. But what is Right Action, exactly? Here is a brief explanation
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZBuddhism challenges us to think about sexual ethics and morals very differently from the way most of us have been taught to think about them.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhat do Buddhists believe? In Buddhism, beliefs are beside the point, and doctrines are a means to an end, not the end itself.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZNaraka, or the Buddhist hell realms, is a place of countless torments. Here is a handy guide in case you end up there.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Six Perfections or Paramitas are guides for those who seek enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism. This article introduces the Perfections.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZMuch of what people in the West believe about Buddhism is mistaken. Here are 11 myths and misunderstandings about Buddhists that aren't true.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe esoteric teachings, secret initiations and erotic imagery associated with Buddhist tantra have fueled no end of interest. But tantra may not be what you think it is.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha is pictured in many ways, and the word Buddha is used to mean many things. Just what is a Buddha, anyway? And which Buddha is the Buddha?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism are from ancient Indian culture and frequently appear in Buddhist art. Here are the symbols and what they mean.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIf atheism is the absence of belief in gods, then many Buddhists are atheists. Why then do Buddhists pray and bow to Buddha figures on altars?
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >You may have heard
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZBuddhist scriptures comprise an enormous and complicated variety of texts, not one of which is considered authentic and authoritative in all schools.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhen we speak of an enlightened being, are we talking about a flesh-and-blood individual, or something else?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZUnderstanding the laws of karma is essential to understanding Buddhism. Yet karma is mostly misunderstood by Westerners. This essay briefly explains the Buddhist view of karma.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIn Buddhism, samsara is the world of delusion and suffering through which unenlightened beings must travel. It is also a world we create with our thoughts.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe three turnings of the dharma wheel mark three significant developments in Buddhist history.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Wheel of Life is one of the most common subjects of Buddhist art. The detailed symbolism of the Wheel is rich with meaning that can be interpreted on many levels.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIn the Fourth Noble Truth, the Buddha presented the path to enlightenment.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThis calendar of Buddhist holidays for 2016 is ordered by date instead of by holiday, so that you can follow along through the year. Note that the several traditions of Buddhism do not all observe the same holidays at the same time.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe veneration of tantric deities looks like polytheism, but it isn't. Instead, it is a means to realize enlightenment by realizing oneself as a goddess or god.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThis is a brief introduction to basic Buddhist Vajrayana -- what is is, how it originated.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe second aspect of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism is Right Intention or Right Thought. Why are our thoughts or intentions so important?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZLearning about Buddhism can be intimidating. Where do we even begin? Here are some suggestions for how to put one's toe in the water, so to speak.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZA Basic Guide to Buddhist Chanting.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZBodhisattvas are idealized in Mahayana art and literature, and they are also ordinary people. They exemplify compassion and wisdom, and they vow to help all beings realize enlightenment and enter Nirvana.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZVassa, a three-month Buddhist monastic retreat held during the monsoon rains, is a tradition that began with the historical Buddha.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha said there are twelve links ( nidanas ) in the "chain" of Dependent Origination . Dependent
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIn Buddhism, what does it mean to take refuge in the Dharma? This article looks at the second of the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha taught that compassion isn't just a nice virtue; it is essential to realizing enlightenment.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZOf the many scriptures of Mahayana Buddhism, few are more revered than the Lotus Sutra. Here is a brief overview of the sutra and its history.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZSunyata, or Emptiness. Buddhism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZMindfulness is a whole-body-and-mind awareness of the present moment that is a cornerstone of Buddhist practice
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZBuddha Nature, an essential doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism, is the already enlightened nature of all beings.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThere are Buddhist nuns as well as monks, but nuns have not always been supported by Buddhist institutions in Asia.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZRight Speech is a portion of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. What do Buddhists mean by Right Speech?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZYou can find Buddhist teachings about finding the self, losing the self, small self, big self, original self, true self, and no self. What's a self?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe first precept of Buddhism -- do not kill -- touches on some of today's hotter issues, from veganism to abortion and euthanasia. Let's take a look at this precept and at what some Buddhist teachers have said about it.
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Fifth Precept
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZBuddha’s birthday is celebrated on different dates by various schools of Buddhism. Whatever the date, it is a joyous holiday featuring parades, hanging lanterns, and the sharing of food and flowers.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddhist Precepts are not a list of commandments to follow. Here is an introduction to the Precepts, both Theravada and Mahayana
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZExplore common concepts of evil as a characteristic or a force compared to Buddhist teachings. Examine further how karma relates to good and evil.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZMahayana Buddhism developed six paramitas or perfections early in its history. Later, the list was fleshed
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAlthough the robes of Buddhist monks and nuns come in many colors and styles, they are all part of a tradition going back to the time of the historical Buddha, 26 centuries ago.
2016-10-24T11:15:35Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The "earth witness"
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAn introduction to the Buddhist concept of vijnana - awareness or consciousness.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhat does Buddhism say about issues related to romantic love, including marriage and divorce? And are same-sex marriages okay?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Mahayana doctrine of Trikaya -- the three bodies of Buddha -- teaches us about the nature of enlightenment, the nature of existence, and the way a Buddha manifests in the world.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZA brief explanation of Right Effort as the sixth part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe demon Mara plays a role in many stories of the Buddha and his monks. This article discusses Mara's origins and what he represents in Buddhism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIs Buddhism a philosophy or a religion? Clarifying this point is important to understanding Buddhism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZFood is offered to monks and ritually to deities and hungry ghosts. Here is a brief explanation of the meaning and purpose of Buddhist food offerings.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhen Westerners think of Buddha, usually they picture the short, fat, bald version, not the austere and serious meditating Buddha. Where did the Laughing Buddha come from?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThere are myriad Mahayana sutras associated with the so-called Chinese Canon of Mahayana Buddhist scripture. Here is an introduction to the Chinese Mahayana sutras.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZDependent Origination is a Buddhist teaching on the nature of existence -- nothing exists independently of other things.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe creature holding the Wheel of Life in his hooves is Yama, the wrathful dharmapala who is Lord of the Hell Realm. Dharmapalas are not evil beings, but rather are the fierce protectors of Buddhism and Buddhists. Page 2.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Buddha's disciple Mahakasyapa led the monks after the Buddha's death.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe story of the Buddha's birth is rich with mythical symbolism.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIs sexism intrinsic to Buddhism, or did Buddhist institutions absorb sexism from Asian culture? Can Buddhism treat women as equals, and remain Buddhism?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIn the West we don't hear much about Buddhist charities, but there really are Buddhist charities doing good work around the world.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZA look at Buddhist approach to morality, which avoids absolutes and rigid commandments and encourages you to weigh and analyze situations on your own.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZRight Concentration is the eighth part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. Through Right Concentration, the mind finds its way to wisdom and enlightenment.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe historical Buddha and his disciples were not vegetarians. Why then did vegetarianism come to be associated with Buddhism?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZA Buddhist answer to the question, if the human population of earth is growing, where do all the new souls come from?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Prajnaparamita Sutras laid the foundation of Mahayana Buddhism. What are they, and how did they originate?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAnatman or anatta is the Buddhist teaching of no-self. It is a central concept that individual identity is ephemeral and there is no unchanging soul.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZA brief introduction to the Heart Sutra for the completely baffled.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZHungry Ghosts (Pretas) are beings with a hunger that can never be satisfied. They have huge, empty stomachs, but their thin necks don't allow nourishment to pass. Food turns to fire and ash in their mouths. Page 5.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZAdvice for choosing a school of Buddhism that is right for you
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZWhat is Vesak? Vesak is a major Buddhist holiday observing the historical Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death (Parinirvana). Learn how it is observed.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZIs there prayer in Buddhism? No, and yes, depending on what you mean by prayer. Here is a brief explanation.
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe law of karma is a law of cause and effect, which teaches that every action produces fruit. How is karma connected to the doctrine of rebirth?
2016-10-24T11:15:35ZThe Dalai Lama said that kindness is his religion. Here is some reflection on what he might have meant.