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  • Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
    Dealing with difficult people the Buddhist way
    In the mundane world, we deal with difficult people almost on a daily basis. Whether they’re classmates, co-workers, bosses, neighbors, or random people – difficult people are everywhere! As Buddhist, we should know how to deal with...
  • Meditation Area
    Buddhism for non-Buddhists
    Buddhism makes up the world's fourth largest world religion and one of the oldest. Religion in general has been slowly decreasing in many countries around the world as society changes and technology advances, but Buddhism has been one of the...
  • Buddhas
    Telling the difference between Buddha statues
    For non-Buddhists, and even for some Buddhists, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference of what buddha statue is of what buddha. Depending on the country and school of Buddhism the statue is at, that'll give you a small clue, otherwise,...
  • Buddha and Jesus
    Buddhism and Christianity (or any other religion)
    Many visitors in the West that go to Buddhist temples are in factnot Buddhists. It's the simple curiosity of what Buddhism is, what Buddhist actually do, and what do they believe in that ignites people's curiosity to take action. This is a...
  • Impermanence
    Impermanence and letting go
    Letting go is one of the hardest things we try to do. It was easier getting into a PhD program than it was letting go of my phone that was “in the shop” for two days! Why? Because we have this misconceived notion that “things...
  • Taichung Tzu-shan Temple
    Do's and don'ts when visiting a Buddhist temple
    It’s always important no matter what religious place you go to, to always be respectful, whether you’re a religious or spiritual person or not. Many temples will have a sign or brochure that has some “Temple etiquette”...
  • Noble Eightfold Path
    The Noble Eightfold Path in a nutshell
    The Noble Eightfold Path (āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) described by the Buddha is the path that leads to the end of suffering. It is a practical guideline for ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing ourselves from the Three Poisons (ignorance,...
  • The Buddha - A documentary story of the Buddha's life
    The Buddha - A documentary story of the Buddha's life
    This documentary by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha's life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the...
  • Book Shelf
    Top 5 best books on Buddhism 2014
    If we search "Buddhism books" a list in the hundreds or even thousands will show up. However, over the years there have been a few popular books by some popular authors that haven't gone without notice. Here are the top 5 best books...
  • Medicine Buddha
    Who's Who in Buddhism: Medicine Buddha
    Sanskrit: Bhaiṣajyaguru भैषज्यगुरुTibetan: Sanggye Menla སངས་རྒྱས་སྨན་བླ།Chinese: Yàoshīfó 药师佛Vietnamese: Phật Dược SưJapanese: Yakushi 薬師Formally known as “Bhaiṣajyaguruvaiḍūryaprabhārāja,” Medicine Master and King of Lapis Lazuli...
  • Amitabha Buddha
    Who's Who in Buddhism: Amitabha Buddha
    Sanskrit: Amitabha अमिताभChinese: Āmítuófó 阿彌陀佛Tibetan: od dpag med (Ö-pa-me) འོད་དཔག་མེད་Japanese: Amida Butsu 阿弥陀仏Vietnamese: A-di-đà PhậtKorean: A-mi-ta Bul 아미타불Amitabha Buddha, Buddha of Infinite Light, is a celestial buddha in Mahayana...
  • Popular Bodhisattvas in Buddhism
    Popular Bodhisattvas in Buddhism
    There are immeasurable number of Bodhisattvas in Buddhism, however, in Buddhist sutras and in stories, some of the most known and popular Bodhisattvas are Avalokitesvara, Ksitigarbha, Samantabhadra, Manjushri, and Maitreya. Each Bodhisattva has a...
  • Four Noble Truths
    The Four Noble Truths in a nutshell
    The Four Noble Truths (catvāri āryasatyāni) is the central doctrine of Buddhism. The Four Truths explain the nature of suffering (dukkha), its causes, its cessation, and the path to its cessation. Our suffering, or unsatisfactoriness, has three...
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
    Book review: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
    The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh is simply one of the best Buddhism 101 books on the shelves! Nhat Hanh teaches us the foundations of Buddhism and how we can live by those teachings in our everyday lives. He comforts us...
  • Buddhist Monks
    The simple question of "What is Buddhism?"
    “What is Buddhism?” is actually a difficult question to answer. Depending on who you ask, where they’re from, what their school/tradition is, and the amount of knowledge and understanding they have, each person will probably have...