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Haiku is one of the most revered forms of Japanese poetry, and the most famous haiku poets were Zen trained. This article provides examples of Zen haiku covering the Buddhist themes of impermanence, stillness, and sudden awakening.
Book Review - A Unified Theory of Happiness
In 'A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life', clinical psychologist Andrea Polard offers a comprehensive but practical approach to utilizing both the best Western psychology and Eastern spirituality have to offer us in our own pursuit of happiness.
All Beings Have Been Our Mother
In honor of Mother's Day in the U.S., here is an exploration of the Buddhist teaching that 'all beings have been our mother.' This is part of teachings on rebirth, or transmigration, and is also used as the foundation for metta, or lovingkindness, practice.
The Three Jewels or Refuges
The Three Jewels or Refuges in Buddhism are the three things Buddhists look to for guidance - the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Learn about each of them in this article.
The Kalama Sutra
The Kalama Sutra is one of the more well-known of the Buddha's discourses, taught within all Buddhist branches. It is sometimes called the 'charter of free inquiry' because it urges us not to accept religious teachings on faith alone, but instead to test them against our reason and practice.
The Trikaya In Tibetan Buddhism
In Mahayana Buddhism, particularly Tibetan Buddhism, three 'bodies' or 'kayas' are used to explain the nature of Buddhahood and reality - a 'truth body', 'bliss body', and a body in space and time. Learn a bit about this fascinating teaching.
An Overview of Buddhist Writings
Buddhism has thousands of sacred and teaching texts, including sutras, tantras, koan collections and more. Here's a broad overview of the major ones, including a relatively recent find that is sometimes referred to as the 'Buddhist Dead Sea Scrolls'.
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism - A History
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism share many historical roots and themes, just as Judaism, Christianity and Islam do. This article provides a brief overview of the relationship between these three influential Eastern traditions.
Thinking Vs. Sinking Mind in Meditation
In meditation, most of us swing between 'monkey-mind', in which we are running from thought to thought, or 'sinking' mind, in which we feel either drowsy or simply dimly aware. Here is advice for dealing with either.
The Novice, by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Novice is the first widely published fiction offering by revered Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. In this profound novella, he retells a Vietnamese folktale about a young woman who disguises herself as a male monk in order to study the dharma, and bears great hardship with equanimity.
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