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Figuring Out the Philosophy of Buddhism

Socrates, one of the fathers of Western philosophy, claimed that the unexamined life isn't worth living, and most Buddhists would certainly agree with him. Because of the importance they place on logical [more…]

Realizing the Four Stages on the Path to Nirvana

As he guided his followers over the 45 years that he taught, Buddha recognized four distinct levels or stages of realization, each one marked by a deep and unmistakable experience of selflessness followed [more…]

Recognizing How Your Mind Shapes Your Experience

On many occasions, Buddha himself said that your mind creates, shapes, and experiences everything that happens to you, without a single exception. That's why, from the Buddhist point of view, what goes [more…]

Surveying the Role of Monasteries in Buddhism

Buddhist monks and nuns have traditionally relinquished their worldly attachments in favor of a simple life devoted to the three trainings of Buddhism: [more…]

The Eightfold Path of Buddhism

The Eightfold Path of Buddhism, also called the Middle Path or Middle Way, is the system of following these eight divisions of the path to achieve spiritual enlightenment and cease suffering: [more…]

Buddhism by the Numbers

Numbers have always played an important role in Buddhism. They help give structure to the teachings and practices of Buddhism. [more…]

Timeline of Buddhist History

Buddhism has a long and rich history. From the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, based on whose teachings Buddhism developed, to the present day, this religion has changed how millions of people view the world [more…]

Buddhism For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world; it encompasses several branches (or schools), including Theravada and Mahayana. In addition to fundamental teachings on the nature of reality, Buddhism [more…]

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