Wherever you find yourself, says Pema Khandro, that’s the starting point of the bodhisattva path—all you need to do is take that first step.
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel’s deepest vow is to be a person who doesn’t cause suffering and walks in peace. It’s what we all really want.
It may seem like an unattainable ideal, but you can start right now as a bodhisattva-in-training. All you need is the aspiration to put others first.
Mushim Patricia Ikeda says it’s not enough to help others. You have to take care of yourself too.
Enlightenment is everywhere we look, says Joan Sutherland — we can choose to notice it, but at the same time, we can also trust that it will find us, wherever we are.
Tynette Deveaux shares the difficulties of caregiving and the truth of suffering.
Pema Chödrön shows us how we can let go of self-centered worries and become a bodhisattva-warrior. It’s the greatest happiness of all.
In Buddhism, a vow is like a compass, but there are many different kinds of vows that Buddhists can take.
Buddhist translator Scott Wellenbach won more than $650,000 playing poker. He’s giving it all away to charity.
Each Friday, we share three topical longreads in our Weekend Reader newsletter. This week, Buddhadharma’s Koun Franz explores the importance of vows and honest affirmations.