“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.
We need to update the traditional narrative of the Buddha’s life, says Pamela Ayo Yetunde, for people who know suffering all too well. She offers some alternative stories for the time of #BlackLivesMatter.
When we stop feeding our cravings, says Thich Nhat Hanh, we discover that we already have everything we need to be happy.
In the opening editorial of our March 2020 issue, editor-in-chief Melvin McLeod looks at the perfectly simple lesson the Buddha taught.
In our Weekend Reader newsletter, Lion’s Roar deputy editor Andrea Miller tells the story of Siddhartha Gautama.
The late Karma Kagyu master Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche presents a clear explanation of the view of Vajrayana and its main practices of generation and completion.
Devaduta is pali for “divine messengers.” It is said that the Buddha embarked on his quest for enlightenment after encountering three devadutas: a sick person, an old man, and a corpse.
To truly wake up, writes Kimberlyn David, we must expand our understanding of freedom like the Buddha did.
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche shares what he feels is the most helpful message Buddhism can offer in the coming decades.
“Unless we can recognize and sustain the continuity of original wakefulness, deluded experience will not end,” says Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. “It is the most important point of all.”