The basics of Zen Buddhism include the practice of meditation, mindfulness, and ethical conduct. By cultivating these practices in our daily lives, we can develop greater awareness and compassion, and ultimately achieve enlightenment.

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What is Emptiness in Buddhism?

In Buddhism, emptiness is the ultimate nature of reality, empty of inherent, independent existence.  As someone who has been practicing and teaching Buddhism for some time now, I have often found the concept of emptiness…

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The Three Jewels of Buddhism

To become a Buddhist is to take refuge in the Three Jewels, also called the Three Treasures or the Three Refuges. The Three Jewels are the Buddha (The Teacher), the Dharma (The Teaching), and the Sangha (The…

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What is the Middle Way?

When Buddha saw suffering for the first time, he was deeply disturbed to see death and misery in the world. He gave up his place in the darkness of the night and set out to…

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What is the Eightfold Path?

In Buddhist philosophy, the Eightfold Path shines as a central teaching, offering profound guidance for living a life of wisdom, ethical conduct, and mental discipline. This ancient yet timeless path, articulated by the Buddha, is…

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What is Rebirth or Samsara in Buddhism?

We find in the heart of Buddhism, Samsara, the cycle of rebirth in which are prisoner beings who have not yet achieved enlightenment or supreme liberation. Called commonly reincarnation in the West, this cycle of…