“Buddha” means “one who is awake.” The Buddha who lived 2,600 years ago was not a god. He was an ordinary person, named Siddhartha Gautama.
Buddhist teacher and scholar Jan Willis on the Buddha’s central teaching — his diagnosis and cure for suffering.
The Buddha’s analysis of how to free ourselves from suffering is profound, universal, and eternal, says Melvin McLeod.
Lion’s Roar deputy editor Andrea Miller tells the story of Siddhartha Gautama.
When I have attended His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving Buddhist teachings to large assemblies, I have had an odd sensation lately…
Professor Donald Lopez on how the understanding of buddhahood evolved and expanded in the centuries following the death of the historical Buddha. In Sanskrit, the word buddha can mean “awakened,” “expanded,” and “understood.” It was the title bestowed on an itinerant teacher about whom little is known, apart from the teachings that have been attributed […]
Scholar Andrew Olendzki on how the Buddha discovered a path to liberation that we can take too.
Karma Lekshe Tsomo on the Buddha as social reformer — for his time and ours.
Sharon Salzberg on opening to the truth of suffering, the core of the Buddha’s teaching.
Bhante Sujato, Gesshin Greenwood, Avikrita Vajra Sakya answer the question “How do we determine what is the true dharma?” Question: Buddhism was an oral tradition for hundreds of years, and many of the earliest writings were lost centuries ago. If we can’t have 100 percent certainty about what the Buddha actually taught—and it seems that […]