Are you wondering how the Buddha's teachings can resonate in your life? Explore the articles, interviews, stories, and images in Faces of Buddha to learn more and share your story of discovery with us!
"Vowing Peace in an Age of War, Part 1: The Wide World Is A Meditation Hall" by Alan Senauke -- 2010 March 26
“Bearing witness” is a radical act of complete acceptance, recognizing the human capacity for violence that exists within our minds.
"An Introduction to Engaged Buddhism" by Maia Duerr -- 2010 March 26
A very brief introduction to Socially Engaged Buddhism, with recommended videos, articles, links and books to further your understanding.
"Walking Meditation" by Steven V. Smith -- 2010 March 24
Meditation doesn’t always require you to sit still: walking meditation brings mindfulness to every step.
"Everybody Loves Something" by Pema Chödrön -- 2010 March 23
Love is like a weak spot in the walls of ego--our hearts can be opened by just one moment of great compassion.
"Understanding Karma" by Reginald Ray -- 2010 March 22
According to Buddhism, all of our actions bring consequences, no matter how insignificant they seem.
"Family Life as Practice" by John Makransky -- 2010 March 19
Buddhist “non-attachment” is sometimes misconstrued as “non-loving.” But in the Buddhist view, self-protective clinging prevents us from loving our families more unconditionally, powerfully, and enjoyably.
"My Favorite Sutra" by Shane Hennesey -- 2010 March 19
Get up, pay attention, keep practicing, and keep moving into the fullness of life even when life feels frightening, uncertain or groundless.
"Bodh Gaya" by Shantum Seth -- 2010 March 18
A visit to Bodh Gaya, the holiest of all Buddhist pilgrimage sites, where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree until he attained enlightenment, affords time for peaceful contemplation.
"In Search of Happiness" by Lama Surya Das -- 2010 March 18
The path to happiness can be found through compassionate service and generosity.
"Why We Love War" by David Loy -- 2010 March 18
Seeing the world primarily as a war between good and evil is one of our more dangerous delusions.
"Teahouse Poems" by Jane Hirshfield -- 2010 March 17
In Japanese Zen, it’s sometimes said that there are four kinds of Buddhist practice. One is priest practice, one is monastic practice, one is layperson’s practice, and the fourth is “teahouse practice.”
"How Buddhism Came to the West" by Maia Duerr -- 2010 March 17
A brief summary of some of the modern faces and forms of contemporary Western Buddhism.
The Buddhist view of empathy, compassion and self-identity seems to be supported by recent neurophysiologic research.
"Mindfulness in 2 Minutes" by Chade-Meng Tan -- 2010 March 17
To "just be" is simultaneously the most ordinary and the most precious experience in life.
Jane Hirshfield: "Leaving the Palace" -- 2010 March 16
"There is no knowledge won without sacrifice and this is one of the hard truths of human existence; in order to gain anything you must first lose everything."
"A Buddhist Perspective on Grieving" by Roshi Joan Halifax -- 2010 March 11
The grieving process offers a precious opportunity for discovering deep love, wisdom, and a wholesome perspective on our own life and death.
"The Chicken and the Duck" by Ajahn Brahm -- 2010 March 11
When you’re having an argument, pause and ask yourself which is more important: harmony and happiness, or being the “winner”?
"To Touch Enlightenment With the Body" by Reginald Ray -- 2010 March 11
A close examination of physical pain and suffering can be a gateway to greater spiritual understanding.
"Why I Meditate" by Shane Hennesey -- 2010 March 11
When you feel truly connected to the world, real kindness emerges.
"Buddhism and Environmental Politics" by Paul Wapner -- 2010 March 10
Our environmental work begins and ends with stepping into our lives with all the mindfulness we can, and taking that mindfulness seriously.