Historically North India had a religion based on the Vedas and led by Brahmin priests. Scholars argue over whether this … Continue reading What was Buddha’s religion before his enlightenment?
In English atman is usually translated as self and anatman as no-self. However these definitions are problematic. Unfortunately, there are … Continue reading In Buddhism, how can you make the choice to free yourself from samsara if no fundamental “you” exists?
Dissociation is a defense. It is a retreat from reality to protect oneself from an overwhelming threat. It is the … Continue reading Is the Experience of No-Self Healthy? Wouldn’t It Lead to Some Kind of Dissociative Disorder?
Although there are many specious claims made about “energy”, also known as prana, chi, and ki, it is based in … Continue reading What is Energy (AKA prana, chi or ki)?
In my mind, it’s very simple: Buddhism + Taoism = Zen. When Bodhidharma developed his stripped down form of Buddhism, … Continue reading What makes Zen Buddhism unique?
The Sanskrit word alobha is often translated into English as detachment or non-attachment. In English, we tend to misunderstand this … Continue reading Do people who become Buddhist lose their drive to succeed or their passion?
In Buddhism, one does not avoid suffering. One becomes aware of it, investigates it and ultimately develops insight into it. … Continue reading Is it the goal of Buddhism to live your life avoiding suffering until you die?
First, we must look at the word Self. The Sanskrit word that gets translated to Self in English is atman. … Continue reading If there is no Self in Buddhism, what continues after death?
When I was in college, I tried to kill my ego. I ended up in the school infirmary on psych … Continue reading What is the Role of Ego in Spiritual Work?
In English language books about Buddhism and spiritual work, you often find the word detachment. Unfortunately, many people interpret this … Continue reading What Does the Word Detachment Mean in Spiritual Work?