The Three Jewels

Every Buddhist practitioner takes refuge in the Three Jewels. The Three Jewels are The Buddha, The Dharma, and The Sangha. The Buddha What does it mean to take refuge in the Buddha? When we take refuge in the Buddha, we aspire to awaken the seeds of joy, happiness, peace, and serenity in our lives and […]

In Memory Of Dr. Martin Luther King

I offer this post in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King. He and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh knew each other and were friends. They both worked diligently for human rights and to stop the war in Vietnam. Dr. King even nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize. In a letter to his […]

What Remains Of The Buddha’s Body?

In the PBS series, Secrets of the Dead, historian Charles Allen investigates what remains of the Buddha’s body in an episode named Bones of the Buddha. This very interesting story was encased in controversy since the discovery of a stupa in Piprahwa, Northern India. This happens to be located in the ancient land of the […]

How Did It All Begin? A Short History Of The Cosmos

How did it all begin? Where did we come from? Where are we going? Cosmologists tell their story. Cosmology is the study of the entire universe, or at least as much of the universe that we can see with our telescopes and other instruments and even the parts we can speculate about. Scientists who study […]

A Short History of the Cosmos

Dr. Christopher D. Impey is the Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona. On February 4, 2013 Dr. Impey gave the Dean Lecture at the Morrison Planetarium in the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. You can find the recording of his lecture on […]

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 […]

The Story Of The Buddha

A few evenings ago, I watched a beautiful documentary the story of the Buddha. The movie was produced by the BBC and called “The Life of the Buddha.” The Dalai Lama appears frequently to give his insights into the story of the Buddha. The highlights of the movie include the four messengers the young Siddhartha […]