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 […]

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 […]

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