About Buddhism.net

Who are we, what we do, and how we roll.

Mission, Values, Etc

Mission

To enlighten humanity, by making the teachings of the Buddha accessible to everyone in the world, with early Buddhism at the core.

Goals

  • To make the profound teachings of the Buddha, especially early Buddhism, understandable, accessible and practicable to at least one billion people.
  • To help at least one million people arrive at stream-entry, the first of four stages of enlightenment.
  • To bring everybody together, in peace and harmony.

Core Values

  1. Not to do evil.
  2. To cultivate good.
  3. To purify our minds.
  4. To learn the Buddha’s teachings.

Why We Focus on Early Buddhism

Early Buddhism refers to the teachings of the Buddha documented in the early Buddhist texts (EBTs).  These are the earliest known teachings of the Buddha, and the common root of all modern forms of Buddhism.  Early Buddhism has many compelling advantages, including:

  1. It is highly compatible with modern science, despite being an ancient spiritual tradition.
  2. It does not require belief or non-belief in any deities, making it universally practicable.
  3. It is understandable, despite its immense profundity.

These advantages make early Buddhism exceptionally suitable for the modern world.

In addition, by focusing on early Buddhism, we hope to unite all Buddhists around that common root, so that we can all work together to enlighten humanity, heal the earth, and create the conditions for world peace.

Core Team

This is ummmm… us.  You know, the people who created this website.  You’re welcome.

Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan

Bossman / Co-founder

Award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, and philanthropist, whose work has been nominated 8 times for the Nobel Peace Prize.   chademeng.com

Soryu Forall

Soryu Forall

Abbot / Co-founder

Abbot at the Monastic Academy, with decades of intensive monastic training, a degree in Economics, and extensive experience in social & environmental justice.  monasticacademy.com

Angela

Angela

Director of Operations

Extra Ordinary human bean, sharing union of Zen timelessness x tech boundlessness. 5 years spiritual sabbatical. My story here.

Kai-Xin Koh

Kai-Xin Koh

Editorial Consultant

Founding Partner at HighSpark. Entrepreneur and presentation expert. Named in Forbes30Under30 Asia. Co-founder of Handful of Leaves.

Colin Goh

Colin Goh

Artist-in-Chief

Chief of Content and Legal Counsel at Yumcha Studios.
Award-winning cartoonist, filmmaker, writer, and entrepreneur. Practices law in his free time.  colingoh.com

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Assistant Manager

Please call me Christopher or Topher!

UC Santa Cruz ’22

Game Design major with a love for games, baseball, and boba. 

Kelly Boys

Kelly Boys

Mindfulness Teacher

Taught mindfulness at the UN, Google, and in San Quentin State Prison. Specializes in the NSDR (non sleep deep rest) practice of yoga nidra. Sleeps occasionally. kellyboys.org

Key Alumni

Natalie Tsang

Natalie Tsang

Illustrator / Web Builder

UCLA graduate with a major in Design|Media Arts and two minors in Film and Cognitive Science.  Got two minors for the low low price of one.

Angeleen Tan

Angeleen Tan

Artist / Programmer

Game designer, artist, coder.  Studied number theory for fun.  Jack of all trades, master of taking naps.  Graduated Summa Cum Laude at UC Santa Cruz. angeleentan.com

Our Honored Elders and Advisors

The great masters, teachers, and scholars who personally blessed, guided, advised, or supported us on this project.  We couldn’t have done this without them.  We stand on the shoulders of giants, and they didn’t even complain about our weight.

 

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Shodo Harada Roshi

Shodo Harada Roshi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Roshi Joan Halifax

Roshi Joan Halifax

Bhante Sujato

Bhante Sujato

Telo Rinpoche

Telo Rinpoche

Bhante Buddharakkhita

Bhante Buddharakkhita

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

Venerable Yifa

Venerable Yifa

Misan Sunim

Misan Sunim

Tathālokā Bhikkhunī

Tathālokā Bhikkhunī

Dr Barry Kerzin

Dr Barry Kerzin

Bhikkhu Anālayo

Bhikkhu Anālayo

Matthieu Ricard

Matthieu Ricard

Jeong Kwan Sunim

Jeong Kwan Sunim

Bhante Mahinda

Bhante Mahinda

Jakusho Kwong Roshi

Jakusho Kwong Roshi

Tenzin Choesang

Tenzin Choesang

Reverend Heng Sure

Reverend Heng Sure

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg

Trudy Goodman

Trudy Goodman

Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield

Shinzen Young

Shinzen Young

Mascots

“Oh deer, it’s the Dharma!”

The mascots of Buddhism.net are these two deer, Khanti (the girl, on the left) and Khema (the boy, on the right).  In Pali, Khanti means patience, and Khema means a place of safety.  In traditional Buddhist art, the Dharma wheel, which represents the teachings of the Buddha, is often flanked by two deer.  That is because the first discourse given by the Buddha after his Enlightenment was at the Deer Park in Sarnath.

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