At the root of Buddhism is the concept that with life, suffering exists. It is often misstated or misunderstood in Western thinking (and translations) that the Buddha said that "All life is suffering." This comes from a translation of a quote attributed to the Buddha saying . . . birth is suffering, aging is suffering, and death is suffering. However, this statement is misunderstood as suffering being an absolute condition of birth and aging and death.
This is a series of articles based on studies in Buddhism with a particular focus on the teachings of Professor Robert A.F. Thurman. Dr. Thurman is well-known in the Buddhist and academic world of religious studies. He is recognized as one of the foremost authority on "religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama."
Learn an easy and powerful meditation practice known as Tonglen or Tong Lin depending on how it is transliterated. This is an ancient technique that you can learn in a few minutes but do the rest of your life! If you've felt bored or fidgety before when doing a meditation, this one may feel more natural for you.
Korean Buddhism and how it was shaped by Japanese Buddhism under colonialism.
It's Good Enough - The lazy mans path to enlightenment is a way to say that you don't have to live with future wants and needs, you don't have to live with past regrets and anger...What you have right now is good enough. If you can be content and happy in the present moment, everything falls in to place.
As everyone goes busily about their lives,it can be easy to get lost within ourselves...in our own peoccupation of who we are and where we want to be. We strive towards our goals in the eternal quest for finding happiness. Do we choose the right directions?
What is Buddhist meditation? Meditation basically is training of the mind. Budhist meditation strives to calm the mind, then to keep the mind focused to maintain presence of mind on all occasions. This will enable one to see things in their real perspective.
Who was the Buddha? Ask someone this question and you'll be likely to hear "The Buddha was a spiritual leader who founded the religion of Buddhism." This, while correct in its own way, is only a small part of the entire picture, and is far from an adequate explanation for someone attempting to give a full account of Buddhist philosophy.