The eight worldly concerns classify the attachments and aversions that yoke us to samsara—the four hopes and four fears, which we cycle through endlessly.
The 12 nidanas, which are pictured as the outer circle in the Wheel of Life, describe the chain of causation by which the cycle of death and rebirth known as samsara is created.
The three marks of existence are Buddhism’s basic description of reality. These three simple truths, which characterize all things, are surprisingly transformative. They are: Impermance (Pali: annica): This truth is the foundation of Buddhism. The Buddha said that all compounded phenomena disintegrate. All things are made of parts, and all things fall apart. Another, blunter, way to put […]
In the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, the three yanas are vehicles that carry you along the path to enlightenment.
Each of the five buddha families represents a particular emotion, which has both a confused aspect and an enlightened aspect.
The four foundations of mindfulness is the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on meditation common to all Buddhist traditions.
These four truths are called noble because they liberate us from suffering. They are the Buddha’s basic teaching, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path.
What is the relationship between absolute reality and the relative world we inhabit? Mahayana Buddhism’s answer is called the two truths.
The six realms are different forms of existence in which we can take rebirth, or psychological states we experience in the human realm.
How can Buddhists know if their life is an ethical one? By keeping the five precepts, a set of guidelines for those who wish to do no harm.