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Buddhism

Buddhism

A selection of articles covering various aspects of Buddhism,
with an emphasis on practice rather than theory. For information
about Buddhist meditation, please see the Meditation section.

 

BUDDHISM

INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM

What Is Buddhism?
An introduction to Buddhism. What is Buddhism, who was the Buddha and what are His Teachings?

What is Theravada Buddhism?
An introduction to Theravada Buddhism.

Buddhism: A Method of Mind Training
Leonard Bullen provides a beginner's outline of the Four Noble Truths.

BUDDHISM - GENERAL

The World as Emptiness
A seminar by Alan Watts. The Buddhist view of the world as total flux, containing nothing to grasp and no one to grasp it.

A Simple Guide to Life
In clear and simple terms, Robert Bogoda offers thoughtful advice to help the lay Buddhist lead a householder's life in line with the Buddha's teachings.

Right Speech
For many of us, right speech is the most difficult of the precepts to honor. Yet practicing right speech is fundamental both to helping us become trustworthy individuals and to helping us gain mastery over the mind. So choose your words - and your motives for speaking - with care.

Why Is There Suffering in the World?
An essay taken from Beginning Insight Meditation And Other Essays by Dorothy Figen.

Life Isn't Just Suffering
Did the Buddha focus on suffering because he was a pessimist? Did he really say that life is suffering? Or was he a realist with something much more useful to say?

Is Buddhism a Religion?
An essay taken from Beginning Insight Meditation And Other Essays by Dorothy Figen.

Karma
The process of karma is a complex interplay between the fruits of our past actions and the choices we make in the present moment; it is not a convenient justification for the misfortune of others ("Oh, it's just their karma!").

The Quest for Meaning
In a world that is increasingly dominated by the wonders of scientific progress and the lure of technological innovation, we can easily lose touch with that vital human drive to seek an ultimate, transcendent meaning to life. The Buddha's teachings offer both that transcendent goal towards which we can aim our lives, and a practical method of reaching it.

The Taste of Freedom
What is true freedom, and where can it be found? These questions have haunted humanity since the beginning of time, and are still with us today. The Buddha's teachings offer us a practical solution to this all-important riddle.

Giving Dignity to Life
The Buddha's teachings offer a profound hope that can help erase the despair and cynicism that are rampant in today's world.

No-self or Not-self?
Thanissaro Bhikkhu asks if the Buddhist teachings of not-self (anatta) to be taken as statements of metaphysical truth, or as a teaching device to assist the practitioner in reaching the final goal, which lies altogether outside the realm of "self" or "not-self"?

Meditating on No-Self
Sister Kheman explores the Buddhist notion of anatta - "not-self".

To the Cemetery and Back
Leonard Price describes an imagined stroll through the cemetery, calling on us to reflect deeply on the nature of our lives, and on the urgency of Dhamma practice.

Dark Ages, Golden Ages
Leonard Price reminds us that there is no point in waiting for an "ideal" time to start Dhamma practice, for aging, illness, and death are upon us now.

Freedom from Fear
Thanissaro Bhikkhu describes the Buddha's prescription for overcoming fear once and for all, by uprooting its very cause.

Samsara
Is samsara is a place or the process by which we create and re-create our own suffering?

Samsara Divided by Zero
How can the path of practice, which is fabricated, can ever hope to deliver us to the goal -- nibbana -- which is itself unfabricated? A striking analogy from modern chaos theory helps untangle this ancient paradox.

The Path of Concentration & Mindfulness
Did the Buddha teach that concentration and mindfulness are two distinct paths of meditation -- as is commonly understood -- or that they are two inseparable parts of a single unified path of practice?

The Buddha's Way and Abortion - Loss, Grief And Resolution
A lecture by Yvonne Rand, a Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher in the San Francisco Bay area.

Anityawada - Theory of Impermanence
Ratnesh Katulkar examines the nature of impermanence.

BUDDHISM AND SOCIETY

A Buddhist Response to Contemporary Dilemmas of Human Existence
Bhikkhu Bodhi describes the "radical secularization" of human life that lies at the root of the manifold social problems in the modern world.

Message for a Globalized World
Despite the glowing promises and forecasts of technologists, economists, and business leaders, we inhabitants of the emerging global marketplace have not yet found in technology any relief from our most basic ills: greed, violence, and meaninglessness.

BUDDHISM - PRECEPTS

The Five Wonderful Precepts
An extract from the introduction to For A Future To Be Possible - Commentaries on the Five Wonderful Precepts, by Thich Nhat Hanh.

The First Precept - Reverence for Life
Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings.

The Second Precept - Generosity
Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings.

The Third Precept - Sexual Responsibility
Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings.

The Fourth Precept - Deep Listening and Loving Speech
Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings.

The Fifth Precept - Diet for a Mindful Society
Commentaries by the Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn, on the Buddhist Five Precepts, or Five Mindfulness Trainings.

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