Erik Braun

Erik Braun is the author of The Birth of Insight: Meditation, Modern Buddhism, and the Burmese Monk Ledi Sayadaw, published by University of Chicago Press, November 2013. He is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia

Recent Articles

A Practice to Work Through Difficult Thoughts

Lisa Ernst shares a practice to offer kindness to your difficult thoughts.

The Taste of Longing 

Do you painfully flip-flop between indulging and resisting your cravings? Lisa Ernst on how to find freedom.

Lotus flower photographed from below with sky in background.

Why Buddhanature Matters

Lopen Karma Phuntsho, writer-in-residence for Tsadra Foundation’s Buddha-Nature project, takes a look at the history and development of the Mahayana concept of buddhanature.

Illustration of a woman picking fruit in the grocery store.

Who Is Invisible to You?

Lisa Ernst asks us to notice who we don’t notice.

Working with Holiday Loneliness

Many people are feeling lonely this pandemic holiday season. Lisa Ernst shares how the dharma can help.

Monk Ledi Sayadaw sitting in meditation.

The Insight Revolution

Determined to save Buddhism in Burma during colonial rule, Ledi Sayadaw popularized the teachings of the Abhidharma and introduced thousands of laypeople to the practice of insight meditation. As Erik Braun tells us, he set in motion a revolution in Buddhist practice still being felt around the globe.