Book Launch: Buddhism for All

Book Launch: Buddhism for All

Dear friends, Today is 17 November 2023, the birthday of Bodhidharma, the first Chinese Chan (Zen) Patriarch according to the lunar calendar. We choose this day to launch our first book, Buddhism for All. When I became a Buddhist at twenty-one, learning Buddhism...
Four Stages of Enlightenment

Four Stages of Enlightenment

The prospect of working towards full enlightenment can be very daunting.  Fortunately, there is good news, and there is even better news.  The good news is that the path towards full enlightenment can be broken down into four stages, and reaching stage one...
Aspects of Nirvana

Aspects of Nirvana

“I’m trying to extinguish his greed, hatred, and delusion.” First, it’s useful to know the literal meaning of the word nirvana.  Nirvana literally means “going out”,[1] as in the extinguishing of a flame, so in that sense, nirvana means...
Smells Like Nirvana

Smells Like Nirvana

Once upon a time, a fish and a turtle were friends.  The turtle returned from a visit to dry land, and the fish had a lot of trouble trying to understand this “dry land” place where the turtle had been.  So, the fish asked a series of questions, such as, “Is...