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How can I make Buddhism as simple as possible? The Buddha himself started by not even teaching any unique teaching or practice. He just emphasized three fairly universal points – a kind of spirituality 101. It wasn’t even so much a system of beliefs as three points to cultivate:  1. Be generous and charitable – esp. of worthy [...]

Since the mid-20th century, Buddhism has become increasingly popular in North America. This would seem to be a great opportunity for traditional Asian Buddhist lineages to fulfill the mandate of the Buddha, who told his monks: “Go now and wander for the welfare and happiness of many, out of compassion for the world, for the [...]

Greetings. Today we celebrate Hanamatsuri or the Flower Festival, the Buddha’s birthday. Today is also the Christian celebration of Easter, the day that in the Christian tradition it is said that Jesus the Christ was resurrected or raised from death. The name “Easter” however, comes from the pre-Christian holiday celebrated by the Celts, a celebration [...]