The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Book Review

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The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching Book Review Book Title: The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching : Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Publisher: Broadway Books Year Published: 1999 Pages: 304 Paperback Price: $9.59 Kindle Price: $10.99   This is another of many books written by Vietnamese Zen monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.  He currently resides in France and has written many other books on Buddhism and the relation of Buddhism with other faiths like Christianity (e.g. “Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers”).   Book Summary This book greatly elaborates on the Buddha’s … Continue reading

Buddhism and Mental Illness

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Buddhism and Mental Illness As I write this there are millions, if not billions of people on this planet who are suffering from some form of mental illness.  But what exactly is mental illness and how does one approach it from a Buddhist perspective?  That is the crux of this article which will examine the various perspectives on mental illness among the various Buddhist traditions. What is Mental Illness? So how do we define mental illness? In the newly released DSM-5, mental illness is defined as: “A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual’s … Continue reading

Buddhist Views on Death

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Buddhist Views on Death Recently my mother passed away, so I’ve been contemplating the various Buddhist views on death since I found myself wondering whether or not there is a belief in an afterlife in Buddhism that could help give me and others who are grieving a sense of piece. I think it’s important to understand since all of us will face death someday, whether it be that of a friend, loved one or ourselves.  This is in fact one of the Four Sights that motivated young Siddhartha to pursue a spiritual life.  In this article I will show a … Continue reading

The Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism

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The Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism In previous articles I’ve mentioned the teaching of the Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism, but didn’t go into much detail so here I’ll go into more detail about what those are. So what are the Three Marks of Existence in Buddhism? In short, they are Impermanence (Anicca in Pali; Anitya in Sanskrit), Suffering (dukkha), and Non-Self (Anatta in Pali; Anatman in Sanskrit) and they describe the essential nature of conditioned existence. The Buddha taught: “Bhikkhus, whether Tathāgatas arise or not, there persists that law, that stableness of the Dhamma, that fixed course … Continue reading

Right Concentration in Buddhism – The Eighth Spoke

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Right Concentration in Buddhism – The Eighth Spoke of the Wheel The last principle of the Eight-fold Path is called Right Concentration or Samma Samadhi in the ancient Pali language and it refers to the practice of concentration, and is sometimes called “Right Meditation” by focusing on something, such as the breath. Defining Right Concentration Right Concentration in Buddhism means focusing all of your mental faculties onto one physical or mental object and practicing the Four Absorptions/Meditations otherwise known as the Four Dhyanas/Jhanas.  Chan and Zen Buddhism emphasize this step of the Eight-fold path. Chan and is the Chinese form … Continue reading