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Basics of Buddhism

Whether you're a longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation or are just beginning to explore, these teachings from the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Thanissaro Bhikkhu and more will deepen and reinforce your understanding of the essentials of starting and maintaining your practice.

Basically Good

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on good heart, awakened mind, the causes of happiness, and basic principles of Buddhism.

Buddhism in a Nutshell

"Buddhism is distinguished by four characteristics, or 'seals,'" says Dzognsar Khyentse Rinpoche. "If all these four seals are found in a path or a philosophy, it can be considered the path of the Buddha."

In a Word, Dharma

According to Reginald A. Ray, dharma is a fascinating term because it integrates several levels of experience, from our first moment on the path to the achievement of full realization.

Alone Together: Finding Friends on the Path

Christina Feldman explains how and why committing to the Three Jewels Buddha, dharma, and sangha can deepen and expand your practice of Buddhism and meditation.

Suffering: The Journey Starts Here

Traleg Rinpoche, Glenn Wallis, and Phillip Moffitt explain why anxiety and dissatisfaction are the means by which we can truly begin the practice of inner transformation.


How to Meditate

Classic and simple-to-follow Buddhist mindfulness/awareness meditation instructions from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

The Key to Knowing Ourselves is Meditation

Buddhist meditation practice awakens our trust that the wisdom and compassion that we need are already within us. Pema Chödrön explains.


True Stories About Sitting Meditation

Charlotte Joko Beck, Joseph Goldstein, Sylvia Boorstein, and Sharon Salzberg explain how they came to Buddhist meditation, and why they came to love it.
 

Creating a Good Ground For Meditation

Buddhist meditation isn't a one-way street—you can’t just meditate and your life will get better. You have to change the way you live to improve your meditation. Thanissaro Bhikkhu outlines five principles of the ethical, restrained life conducive to meditation practice.

How to Practice Vipassana Insight Meditation

Step-by-Step instructions on how to do this important meditation practice, the foundation of all Buddhist meditation, from the famed Vipassana master Sayadaw U Pandita.



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