I’m confused about all the different terms for meditation, like shamatha, vipassana, zazen, mindfulness, calm abiding, insight, just sitting. What’s what?
Pema Chödrön teaches us Tonglen, “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion.
Enlightenment is everywhere we look, says Joan Sutherland — we can choose to notice it, but at the same time, we can also trust that it will find us, wherever we are.
Whether you keep your eyes open or closed during meditation depends on your approach.
In Buddhism, hungry ghosts, or pretas, are beings who are tormented by desire that can never be sated.
Here’s a short primer on the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism and some of their key practices.
Zen master Dogen wrote that someone working to benefit others should maintain three minds: magnanimous mind, parental mind, and joyful mind.
In Buddhism, a vow is like a compass, but there are many different kinds of vows that Buddhists can take.
Buddhist training falls into three categories: sila (discipline or ethical living, samadhi (concentration), and prajna (insight or wisdom).
The brahmaviharas are four prized emotions or mindstates that give us a framework to cultivate positive behaviors and minimize harmful ones.