Concepts + Philosophies

Small Ways to Let Go"

One of the four noble truths of Buddhism tells us that the root of all suffering is attachment. It is a profoundly simple concept. Yet many assume that this truth is limited to an attachment to physical things. Read More


5 Practices for Being "In the World But Not Of the World"

The concept of equanimity refers to the ability to be even-keeled throughout the ebbs and flows of life. Ideally, we should be free of aversions and instead rooted in the transcendent energy within all phases and forms. The following are five key tools to help you move through life without being overtaken by its stresses, dramas, addictions and attachments: Read More


Developing a New Perspective When Seeing All as the Oneness"

One of the concepts that is getting more momentum is the thought that we are all one. Even modern day physicists are investigating this as a real possibility. This is a difficult concept to understand, since the vast majority of people are brought up to believe that we are all separate entities. You can create a different view of your world by practicing seeing everyone around you as the Oneness. Here are some ways to experiment with this new perspective. Read More


Individuality and the Challenge of Separation"

How do you describe yourself? Male or female? Married or single? An accountant or architect? With each label you place on yourself, you create distance between you and everyone else on the planet. Here is a way to understand who you are and retain the connection of your true self with others. Read More


5 Tips for Integrating the Awareness of "Emptiness"

The Buddhist concept of emptiness teaches us that nothing has inherent meaning, only that which we project onto it. This is true in our individual lives and as a society. Modern physics has also proven that at the most elemental level, nothing is fixed; everything is continually in flux. Read More


5 Ways Buddhist Principles Can Improve Your Relationships

At the core of Buddhism is the goal of Enlightenment, or realization of the true nature of the self as connected with the ground state of All That Is. While many may understand this intellectually, living from this space in an integrated way is another matter. However, a commitment to the Buddhist path can help many areas of life to go much more smoothly. Here are five ways practicing Buddhism can improve your relationships Read More


The Eight Stages of Jhana

Jhana is the Pali word for meditation or a meditative state that is best characterized as a condition of supreme tranquillity. According to the Pali Canon, there are eight... Read More


What does the concept of safe harbor or refuge mean in Buddhism?

The notion of taking refuge in a faith is unique to Buddhism. Quite simply, the Buddha, his teachings under Dharma and the Sangha or Buddhist community – termed the Three... Read More


The Concept Karma in Buddhism

Karma (or kamma) in Buddhism means “action”. In popular discourse, it is often linked to fate or predestination. Karma however, refers to actions that are undertaken... Read More


What does Samadhi mean?

Samadhi refers to a highly evolved level of meditation. Yoga schools call this Dhyana. Etymologically, Samadhi is divided into three parts. ‘Sam’ means holistic, ‘a’ is... Read More


The Buddhist Universe

In Buddhist cosmology, the word loka describes our world as made up of two inextricably linked aspects – sattvaloka or  the world of living creatures and bhajanaloka or... Read More


What is Nirvana in Buddhism?

Gautama Buddha explained nirvana as a state of transcendental bliss, one that may be attained during life or at the end of it. Roughly translated, nirvana means “to snuff out”,... Read More


What is the concept of reincarnation or “endless wandering” in Buddhism?

Buddhist texts state that on the night the Buddha attained enlightenment, he was able to recall a vast number of his former lives along with specific details like his name,... Read More


The Concept of Life and Death in Tibetan Buddhism

Awareness of the transient nature of life is one of the key features of Tibetan Buddhism. The true Buddhist should not fear death; neither should he desperately seek solace in base... Read More


What does the Weeping Buddha signify?

The statue of the weeping Buddha depicts Buddha in a bent over position, covering his face with his hands. There is a story about two warriors associated with the weeping... Read More


Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming, also known as an out of body experience or astral travel, is the practice of mentally waking up during a dream. People who practice this through Meditation and Dream... Read More