At the heart of the path of the paramitas is prajna, or wisdom—but a wisdom that goes beyond our conventional ideas about it. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche unpacks how that kind of wisdom works.
Koun Franz considers what it means when a path of transcendence leaves us right where we always were.
Myokei Caine-Barrett, Dave Smith, and Lama Karma Yeshe Chödrön on knowing — or not knowing — what the Buddha would do.
For generations, Tibetan practitioners have been guided by a chart outlining the nine stages of samatha meditation. Jan Willis takes us through the map and introduces us to the characters along the way.
Joie Szu-Chiao Chen reviews Seeing with the Eye of Dhamma by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Roaming Free Like a Deer: Buddhism and the Natural World by Daniel Capper, Rethinking ‘Classical Yoga’ and Buddhism by Karen O’Brien-Kop, and more.
Sister Clear Grace Dayananda left the monastery, packed her life into a little van, and went out into the world to meet people where they are and where they are suffering. Here, she considers khanti, the paramita of forbearance, and the work it requires.
How do we practice ethical conduct, or sila, without falling into judgment, and without ignoring the complexity of each moment? According to Norman Fischer, the way has always been there.
Virya is the paramita of effort, or vigor—but toward what? Ejo McMullen looks at what it means to throw ourselves in completely, holding nothing back. I am grateful to have come upon a path that asked me to “buck up,” to throw myself in completely, to take my yearnings for awakening seriously, and to commit to […]
Constance Kassor reviews “Other Lives: Mind and World in Indian Buddhism,” by Sonam Kachru.
In any presentation of the paramitas, dana, or generosity, always comes first — Nikki Mirghafori explains why.