Bodh Gaya

In 1975, I visited Bodh Gaya. My daughter was there in 2011 and did a ten day vipassana retreat in the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Bodh Gaya is the center of Buddhist activity for the whole world. It was the place where the Buddha had his great enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Check out […]

Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana meditation is one of the most popular meditation practices taught in the West. Most of the Vipassana teachers have been trained in Bodh Gaya, India. Silent vipassana meditation retreats last ten day. This video is fairly short and teaches the basics of vipassana meditation. It is taught by Kavita Maharaj. Both my wife and […]

Foundations Of Buddhist Thought – The Transformation Of Suffering

The Buddha was born with the name Siddhārtha Gautama sometime  around 563 BC in the small kingdom of the Shakya republic in what is now known as the town of Lumbini in Napal. His father was Śuddhodana, King of the Shakya clan. His mother, Queen Maha Maya, died during childbirth and he was raised by […]

Foundations Of Buddhist Thought – The Four Noble Truths

The foundations of Buddhist thought begin with the Four Noble Truths. These truths came to the Buddha after six years of ascetic practice when he sat alone under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, India. The first noble truth is known as the truth of suffering. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh likes to refer to it […]

The Buddha

The story of the life of the Buddha has been told many times. It is the story of a prince who left his home and family to seek liberation. After six years of learning with many teachers, he became tired and weak from austerities. He sat at the foot of a papilla (fig) tree to […]