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How to Practice Buddhism – The Beginner’s Guide

How to Practice Buddhism - The Beginner's Guide One of the most common questions we receive via email is some form of the question How do I start practicing Buddhism? It can be a tough question to answer, as the Buddhist path has many entry points. With the volume of teachings, we may find ourselves [...]

By |2019-03-13T08:51:19-07:00March 13th, 2019|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

Equanimity in Buddhism and Its Cultivation

Equanimity in Buddhism and Its Cultivation Equanimity is an important part of the Buddhist path, and a quality to be cultivated through meditation practice. As one of the four brahma-viharas, equanimity is a quality of the mind and heart. However, it's often left by the wayside. We frequently have students who have been practicing for [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:51:15-07:00November 12th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

The 6 Paramitas (and the 10 Paramis)

The 6 Paramitas (and the 10 Paramis) The six paramitas and ten paramis are qualities in Buddhism that can lead us to awakening. The lists differ between Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism, but the premise remains the same. With the cultivation of the qualities on the list, you will achieve full awakening, or nirvana. The lists [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:46:21-07:00August 12th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

Mudita: The Buddhist Practice of Sympathetic Joy

Mudita: The Buddhist Practice of Sympathetic Joy Mudita is the third of the Four Brahma Viharas, or heart practices. Often translated as sympathetic joy or appreciative joy, mudita is a quality of rejoicing in the joys of others. Much as compassion is a kindness toward suffering, mudita is a kindness toward the joy of others. [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:46:10-07:00July 11th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

The Principle of Impermanence in Buddhism

The Principle of Impermanence in Buddhism Impermanence is an important principle in the Buddha’s teachings, and one that can lead to a great deal of freedom once it is seen clearly. Like the other Marks of Existence, impermanence is not something we need to create or conjure. Rather, it is a reality we can use [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:51:35-07:00July 3rd, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

The Suttas – The Buddhist “Holy Book” or Sacred Text

The Suttas - The Buddhist "Holy Book" or Sacred Text When people first come to investigate Buddhism, they may wonder if there is a Buddhist holy book or something like a Buddhist Bible. In Buddhism, there are a set of canonical teachings known as the suttas, which are often treated as sacred texts. The suttas [...]

By |2018-07-15T19:59:31-07:00May 26th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

What is Buddhism? A Brief Introduction

eq What is Buddhism? A Brief Introduction Buddhism is a rich tradition. With about 500 million Buddhists worldwide according to Pew Research Center, it is one of the world's most popular religions. If the word religion throws you off in reference to Buddhism, you can read our post Is Buddhism a Religion?. We will also [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:54:26-07:00April 22nd, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

Siddhartha Gautama – The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

Siddhartha Gautama - The Life and Teachings of the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama is known by many names: Gautama Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, the Awakened One, and the Buddha. A man who lived over 2500 years ago, Siddhartha was a teacher who laid the foundation for many Buddhist students for centuries to come. Believed to be born [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:38:20-07:00April 5th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments

Nirvana, Buddhism, and the Path Explained

Nirvana, Buddhism, and the Path Explained Nirvana is a central concept in Buddhism, and one that can be confusing. It is the ultimate goal of practice, referenced repeatedly in the suttas, and even used as a colloquial term outside Buddhist circles. Nirvana is common in many different types of Buddhism, and the teaching may be [...]

By |2019-03-21T14:52:41-07:00March 16th, 2018|Buddhist Teachings|0 Comments