Tag: Mahayana

Liberation and a Return to the Sacred

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~Gary Snyder Liberation and a Return to the Sacred Buddhism has a long history with the forest.  Siddhartha Gautama fled the comforts of the Shakya Kingdom and immersed himself with the lands beyond to… Continue Reading “Liberation and a Return to the Sacred”

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart of Insight

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart Sutra The second sutra that I will be explaining from the Prajñāpāramitā is the Heart Sutra.  If you have not already read Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra, I encourage you to start there before continuing with this article on the Heart… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart of Insight”

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra There is much to learn from all of the Buddhist scriptures and each of the three main branches of Buddhism have their own interpretations of the texts.  For those who follow the Theravada tradition, the Pali Canon are the… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion”

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk In this article we will explore the life of a traditional Buddhist monk, as seen through the eyes of a Theravada practitioner.  If you don’t know anything about Buddhism, I highly recommend you… Continue Reading “From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk”

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism Buddhism has its origins in the late 6th century BCE with the teachings of the Buddha in Northern India and Nepal.  The Buddha, which is a title and not a… Continue Reading “The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel”

On Faith and Fallacy: My Journey Out Of Christianity

Some 10 years ago, at a time when my mind was still clouded with fantasy, I had the belief that only through faith could moral, ethical, and compassionate behavior be made manifest.  That quintessentially, only through religion could we ever become better human beings.… Continue Reading “On Faith and Fallacy: My Journey Out Of Christianity”