Category Archives: Theravada

For The True Buddhist Nerd: A Review of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

Recently, thanks to a helpful conversation with a certain Buddhist Professor (thank you Professor “B”), I got in touch with the Princeton University Press department, who sent me a free copy of The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. I was eager … Continue reading

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Buddhist Thought For The Day

I was reminded of this quote from the Dhammapada earlier today: 186-187. There is no satisfying sensual desires, even with the rain of gold coins. For sensual pleasures give little satisfaction and much pain. Having understood this, the wise man … Continue reading

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Beginner Buddhism S2, Lesson 8: Buddhism and Monasticism

Hi all, Busy weekend, but I did find time to post another episode on season 2 of the Beginner Buddhism series on YouTube: This one helps explore the notion of monasticism in Buddhism, what are monks and nuns, etc. Apologies … Continue reading

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Beginner Buddhism S2, Lesson 8: Buddhism and Monasticism

Hi all, Busy weekend, but I did find time to post another episode on season 2 of the Beginner Buddhism series on YouTube: This one helps explore the notion of monasticism in Buddhism, what are monks and nuns, etc. Apologies … Continue reading

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Beginner Buddhism S2, Lesson 7: Samsara and the World Around Us

Hi all, I finished another video in the BBS2 series: This one was something I came up with a couple weeks ago while driving in the car for a while, but basically I wanted to explore two subjects: Samsara and … Continue reading

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No Lasting Refuge

From the Assu Sutta (SN 15.3) in the Pali Canon (trans. Thanissaro Bhikkhu): There the Blessed One said: “From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are … Continue reading

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Shopping For A New Buddhist Temple

Hi all, As mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been thinking about some changes to my Buddhist practice1 and I hope to elaborate on that here. I’ve been more or less a Pure Land Buddhist since 2005 when I visited … Continue reading

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