Buddha

Mind

All experience is
preceded by mind,
led by mind,
made by mind.

(Dhammapada 1)

Kindness

Kindness for the world is happiness.”

(Udāna 2.1)

Nirvana

“Nirvana is the highest bliss.” 

(Dhammapada 204)

Mindfulness

“Mindfulness, I declare, is useful everywhere.”

(Saṃyutta Nikāya 46.53)

Unshaken

“A mind that remains unshaken
by the ups and the downs
of the world,
Sorrowless, stainless and safe,
This is the highest blessing.”

(Mangala Sutta)

Practice is Happiness

“He who practises the Dharma abides in happiness with a pacified mind.”

(Dhammapada 79)

Conquering

“Conquering oneself is far more excellent than conquering all others.”

(Dhammapada 104)

Mindfulness of the Body

“One thing when developed and cultivated leads to gaining true knowledge and vision. What one thing? Mindfulness of the body.”

(Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.580)

To Live One Day

“Better it is to live one day seeing the Supreme Truth than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Supreme Truth.”

(Dhammapada 115)

Teaching of the Buddhas

“Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one’s mind, this is the teaching of the buddhas.” 

(Dhammapada 183)

Inclination

“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will become the inclination of his mind.” 

(Majjhima Nikāya 19)

Fearless

“From craving there arises grief, from craving there arises fear, for one who is free from craving there is no grief, how is there fear?” 

(Dhammapada 216)

Welcome to Buddhism.net

At Buddhism.net, we hope to help you 1) learn Buddhism, 2) develop a practice, and 3) discover teachers and communities. We aspire to reach one billion people, so with you here, we only have 999,999,999 more to go.

Buddhism.net is cross-sectarian. We focus on early Buddhism, the common root of all modern forms of Buddhism. We aim to offer you a solid foundation in early Buddhism, which will be immensely helpful to you regardless of which form of Buddhism you adopt. Being cross-sectarian also means we’re cool with everyone, because, that’s just how we are.

We are delighted to have you. Please stay for tea. (Except, this being a website, you provide your own beverage, sorry.)

Meng and Soryu 
Co-founders of Buddhism.net
On behalf of the Buddhism.net team

Learn Buddhism

Meng and Soryu carefully pored over the entirety of the early Buddhist canon to present you the Buddhism for All web series, featuring the essentials about Buddhism that everyone needs to know.

The Buddhism for All project started as a book of that title.  It has been reviewed and vetted by great Buddhist masters and scholars, and personally blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  We created the web series to share the content for free with everyone in the world, so people don’t have to pay to access the Buddha’s precious teachings.

The book is available now on Amazon or wherever books are sold.  Over the coming weeks, we will regularly add posts to the web series, so check the “Latest Content” section daily for more content.

Latest Content

Catch up on the latest stuff like a true busy bodhi.  Also, visit our blog.

Fifty Shades of Saffron

Fifty Shades of Saffron

"Master, when you were young, did you also have sects?" (Context: The history of sectarian Buddhism.) According to the popular narrative, sectarian Buddhism started with a schism at the Second Buddhist Council due a disagreement over monastic rules.  Remember...

read more
Having Sects in Buddhism

Having Sects in Buddhism

There are now three major sects of Buddhism: Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.[1]  Here is a short historical account of how it came to be. Previous, we talked about how two of King Ashoka’s children, Mahinda and Sanghamitta, were sent to Sri Lanka as Buddhist...

read more
Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

We would like to wish all fathers a Happy Father's Day! Buddha taught us to cherish and honor our parents. Possibly the most important thing the Buddha said about our parents is in AN 2.33.  He said even if we were to carry them on our shoulders for 100 years, we...

read more

Practices

Resources to help you practice and further explore Buddhism.

Short Guided Meditation

Explore curated guided meditation to aid your practice

Full Meditation Courses

Learn meditation through structured, guided courses

Gathas for Daily Living

Engage in daily activities with mindfulness and awareness

Community

Discover teachers and community to connect with

About Buddhism

What is Buddhism?

Is Buddhism a religion?  Is it a philosophy?  Is it a way of life?  The Buddha gave a surprisingly simple answer: “What I teach is the nature of suffering, and liberation from suffering.”

At its core, Buddhism is a collection of teachings that enables a profound understanding of suffering, and a family of powerful practices that facilitates total liberation from all suffering.  That is it.

We will explore Buddhism in detail in the Learn Buddhism section in the coming weeks.

Is Buddhism awesome?

We think that Buddhism is the most awesome thing ever.  It is logical, science-friendly and inclusive.  It is highly effective at resolving suffering, and at cultivating inner joy.  It relies not on blind faith, but on inquiry and understanding.  It does not require you to worship any god, nor does it require you to not worship any god.  Thus it is highly effective for anybody regardless of their religion, or lack thereof.

Again, we will explore everything in more detail in the Learn Buddhism section in the coming weeks.

Why should I care?

Because you are subject to suffering.  You may be suffering now, or you may suffer from pain, old age, sickness, loss, or separation in the future.  Buddhism provides a highly effective antidote to suffering, in a science-friendly manner, that does not require you to have a religion, or to not have a religion.  It is the best spiritual practice for the modern world.  Like we said, it is the most awesome thing ever.

In the coming weeks, we will explore the path that leads to total liberation from all suffering.  Yes, in the Learn Buddhism section.

Where do I start?

Guess. (Hint)

Stay in Touch

Don't get stuck in samsara just because you forget to subscribe.  (What is samsara?)