How do we as Buddhists meet the challenges of our time? Joan Sutherland says an answer lies in the teachings of two great Chan masters.
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.
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 […]
The Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts are leading scholars to rethink the origins of Mahayana Buddhism. Richard Salomon looks at what we can learn from the recently-unearthed texts.
Jeff Wilson explains how the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism emerged from the refugee experiences of its two Japanese founders.
The British Library showcases masterworks of Buddhist printing in a new exhibition that explores how Buddhism spread across Asia through the centuries.
The monk gave the fossil to a lama at a nearby Buddhist monastery, who passed it on to university researchers.
Buddhist scholar Peter Harvey explores the facts, myths, and deeper truths of the Buddha’s life story.