Who was the Buddha?
The story of the Buddha when he was still a Prince – and why he set off on his quest for Enlightenment:
How to find a real Refuge
How to find a place of real safety – something we can always return to, to rely upon – anytime, anyplace:
Why do Buddhists Bow and Give Offerings?
Keys to Understanding Buddhism Better
- A simple way to understanding the 5 skandhas
- The Ephemeral vs The Eternal
- The 1st Noble Truth – Not getting what you want is suffering
- What is a person composed of?
- How to understand the 4 Noble Truthst – The 1st Noble Truth
- The 4 Noble Truths made simple – the 1st Noble Truth
How to use Buddhism in your everyday life
- Don’t let anger cloud your mind
- How the Buddha handled insults
- Letting go… the analogy of carrying a heavy rock
- 4 Qualities to Abandon – Ajahn Jumnien
- How to cultivate peace of mind – Master Hsu Yun
- What are the must learns in Buddhism?
How to Walk the Path of the Buddhas
This is how to practice Buddhism and how to apply it to your everyday life – simplified into 3 steps – morality, stillness and wisdom
1. Virtue Training – Shila
If you can live according to solid principles – then this gives you peace of mind because you
2. Stillness of Mind Training – Samadhi
The mind likes to think – it’s like a monkey which jumps from this thought to that thought, running here, there and everywhere. But we are not going to allow it to do that – we will rein this monkey mind of ours in by anchoring this monkey down. And once this monkey mind is anchored down to 1 spot by tying it down to a pole – preventing it from running around dissipating its energy – when the mind gets tired, it will settle down right there.
What’s this pole that we use can use to anchor our mind down?
By focusing only on 1 thought instead of a million different thoughts – choosing a meditation object that our mind responds well to – like a mantra or the breath. And if we ever notice our mind wandering again – we gently, patiently bring it back to our meditation object again and again and again.
Calming and stabilizing the mind so that it is tranquil
We do this by letting go of everything else and only focusing our minds on 1 thing – 1 meditation object.
Here are some examples of meditation objects – you can try each or all of them to see what your mind responds to best:
- Reciting the Buddha’s Name to Soothe your Soul
- The Principle behind Reciting the Holy Name of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva
- How to use the mantra – Buddho
- How to meditate using a meditation object – Thai Forest Master Ajahn Maha Boowa
Insight Meditation – Gaining Insight into the Nature of your own Mind
- Vipashyana – Insight Meditation 101 from the Buddha
- Why Can’t the Mind get any Peace?
- How Important is it to actually sit still for a Long Time in Meditation?
- Your Original State of Mind – Your Real Mind is not the objects that flow in and out of it
3. Wisdom Training – Prajna
- Why is it that we meditate but can’t get enlightened? The Buddha answers this question in the Shurangama Sutra
- The Buddha Reveals your True Mind – How to tell whether something is your real mind or not – the Buddha in the Shurangama Sutra
- What moves? What is still? – The Buddha points to your unchanging awareness in the Shurangama Sutra
- Illusion vs Reality