Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:12:59 +0000
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 4 Noble Truths are the foundation of Buddhism. The Buddha's first sermon after his Enlightenment centered on these Four Noble Truths
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZUnderstanding the Four Noble Truths is critical to understanding Buddhism. Here is a simple introduction for beginners.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThis simple account of the historic Buddha's life covers his early life, the Renunciation, his Enlightenment, and his later life as a teacher.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThere's more to Buddhism than shaving one's head and being blissful. Here is an introduction to Buddhism for beginners.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddha taught that Right View is an essential part of the Buddhist path. In fact, it is part of the Eightfold Path, which is the basis of all Buddhist practice.
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The Buddha didn't
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThere are a few basic teachings that distinguish all forms of Mahayana. Here Mahayana and Theravada are compared to make these distinctions clear.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAlthough 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Eightfold Path is the Buddha's prescription for relieving suffering. It is the means by which one can realize enlightenment and enter Nirvana.
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >It is often asked
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Second Noble Truth of Buddhism explains why life is unsatisfactory (dukkha).
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZWould you be surprised to hear that reincarnation is not a doctrine of Buddhism? If so, be surprised -- it isn't.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBuddhism comes in many sectarian flavors. This is a very basic guide to major schools for people new to Buddhism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThis 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZHere is an introduction to Theravada, the oldest school of Buddhism, briefly explaining its origins and what makes it distinctive from Mahayana Buddhism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The study of Buddhism
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZMuch of what people in the West believe about Buddhism is mistaken. It is all too common to find a magazine or web article about Buddhism that begins
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Most people have
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Six Realms of Buddhism are a description of conditioned existence, or samsara, into which beings are reborn. They may be understood as allegories.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThis is the story of the enlightenment of the Buddha, including his meditation under the bodhi tree and the temptations of Mara.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZRight Action is the fourth aspect of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. But what is Right Action, exactly? Here is a brief explanation
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Six Perfections or Paramitas are guides for those who seek enlightenment in Mahayana Buddhism. This article introduces the Perfections.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZNirvana 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBuddhism challenges us to think about sexual ethics and morals very differently from the way most of us have been taught to think about them. What does Buddhism teach about sex?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Third Noble Truth explains the cessation of things that bind us to suffering.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIf 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZUnderstanding 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZWhat do Buddhists believe? In Buddhism, beliefs are beside the point, and doctrines are a means to an end, not the end itself.
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >You may have heard
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZNaraka, or the Buddhist hell realms, is a place of countless torments. Here is a handy guide in case you end up there.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBuddhist scriptures comprise an enormous and complicated variety of texts, not one of which is considered authentic and authoritative in all schools. This article provides a basic explanation of
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIs Buddhism a philosophy or a religion? Clarifying this point is important to understanding Buddhism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIn 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism are from ancient Indian culture and frequently appear in Buddhist art. Here are the symbols and what they mean.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAnger is a poison and an obstacle to enlightenment, the Buddha said. Yet we all get angry. What does Buddhism teach about dealing with anger?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe three turnings of the dharma wheel mark three significant developments in Buddhist history.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZLearning 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIn the Fourth Noble Truth, the Buddha presented the path to enlightenment.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZWhen we speak of an enlightened being, are we talking about a flesh-and-blood individual, or something else?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe second aspect of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism is Right Intention or Right Thought. Why are our thoughts or intentions so important?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddha said there are twelve links ( nidanas ) in the "chain" of Dependent Origination . Dependent
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZMindfulness is a whole-body-and-mind awareness of the present moment that is a cornerstone of Buddhist practice
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThis is a brief introduction to basic Buddhist Vajrayana -- what is is, how it originated.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZMahayana Buddhism developed six paramitas or perfections early in its history. Later, the list was fleshed
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddha taught that compassion isn't just a nice virtue; it is essential to realizing enlightenment.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZA brief explanation of Right Effort as the sixth part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThis 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZSunyata, or Emptiness. Buddhism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThere are Buddhist nuns as well as monks, but nuns have not always been supported by Buddhist institutions in Asia.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBodhisattvas 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddhist Precepts are not a list of commandments to follow. Here is an introduction to the Precepts, both Theravada and Mahayana
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZRight Speech is a portion of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. What do Buddhists mean by Right Speech?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZWhen 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIn 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZOf 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZA look at Buddhist approach to morality, which avoids absolutes and rigid commandments and encourages one to weigh and analyze situations on one's own.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Fifth Precept of Buddhism, translated from the Pali Canon, is
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZA Buddhist answer to the question, if the human population of earth is growing, where do all the new souls come from?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZWhat does Buddhism say about issues related to romantic love, including marriage and divorce? And are same-sex marriages okay?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZYou 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?
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The "earth witness"
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZRight Concentration is the eighth part of the Buddhist Eightfold Path. Through Right Concentration, the mind finds its way to wisdom and enlightenment.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59Zclass="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >The historical
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBuddha Nature, an essential doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism, is the already enlightened nature of all beings.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddha's disciple Mahakasyapa led the monks after the Buddha's death.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAn introduction to the Buddhist concept of vijnana - awareness or consciousness.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAn overview of the life and role of Buddhist bhikkhus (monks).
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZRight Livelihood is the fifth. Buddhism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZDependent Origination is a Buddhist teaching on the nature of existence -- nothing exists independently of other things.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZOffering food is one of the oldest and most common rituals in Buddhism. Food 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe historical Buddha and his disciples were not vegetarians. Why then did vegetarianism come to be associated with Buddhism?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAdvice for choosing a school of Buddhism that is right for you
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe story of the Buddha's birth is rich with mythical symbolism.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZKarma does not create natural disasters, according to the Buddha's teaching. It's incorrect to blame victims of natural disasters for their suffering.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Buddha taught that all phenomena are impermanent. How is this teaching essential to enlightenment?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIn Theravada Buddhism, wisdom, or panna, refers primarily to penetrating insight into the true nature of reality.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZBuddha’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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIs sexism intrinsic to Buddhism, or did Buddhist institutions absorb sexism from Asian culture? Can Buddhism treat women as equals, and remain Buddhism?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThere are myriad Mahayana sutras associated with the so-called Chinese Canon of Mahayana Buddhist scripture. Here is an introduction to the Chinese Mahayana sutras.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZKathina is an ancient ceremony for giving Buddhist monks and nuns gifts of cloth to make robes. This article explains the ceremony and its history.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZIn the West we don't hear much about Buddhist charities, but there really are Buddhist charities doing good work around the world.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZDesires are inexhaustible, especially in our consumerist culture. What does Buddhism teach about greed and desire?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZAlthough 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZHungry 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.
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZA brief overview of the origin an use of koans in Zen Buddhism
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Prajnaparamita Sutras laid the foundation of Mahayana Buddhism. What are they, and how did they originate?
2016-09-27T11:12:59ZThe Two Truths Doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism explains the nature of reality.