Today I will continue the Ten Perfections series with Khanti, or Patience. The word also brings with it the idea of forbearance and tolerance, particularly in the face of adverse conditions. My last post about Easter had me thinking about this — and it is only by serendipity that this subject is the focus of […]

Hello friends, Today I am taking a brief break from the Ten Perfections series to post something family-oriented. Tomorrow being Easter, I intend to observe the holiday along with my family. I have learned that I don’t necessarily have to participate in every Christian holy day (although I do particularly enjoy Christmas), but that my children appreciate it when […]

I didn’t photograph the act itself, so this image comes with a short story: My daughter, as we walked through my shrine room right before bed, picked up a small polished orange-ish brown stone and decided she would offer it to the Buddha — placing it as shown, directly in his lap. Even a two year old can […]

Viriya is our fifth subject in this Ten Perfections series. The word roughly translates as “Energy,” and relates to the idea of diligence and resolve to a particular end, that end in Buddhism being the release from kamma, the unbinding from the realm of being, Nibbana (Nirvana). This putting forth of energy has to have […]

Good morning, friends. Today’s subject will be Wisdom, Paññā in Pali. I think wisdom is often confused with knowledge, a word that is much better for explaining the understanding of mundane things such as fixing cars, operating computers or equipment, or the arrangement of planets in the solar system. Most of us seem to have truck […]

Renunciation is a core concept in Buddhism as practiced in the Theravada tradition, and an idea that gets very little traction in the modern world. I suppose it wouldn’t be unfair to say that it probably wasn’t a particularly popular idea even in the time of the Buddha… but it seems that the culture was […]

The subject of morality, or virtue, comes up in all religious systems and even without. In Buddhism, the word “Sīla” refers to virtue in a very general form, whether the practitioner is one who holds to five, eight, or 227 precepts. The basic layperson’s five precepts, or pañca-sila, are effectively the minimum-standard in Buddhism. Sure, the Precept […]

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