Buddhism is the Science of the Mind

Buddhism is the Science of the Mind

While Buddhist civilizations did not give birth to modern science, Buddhism can justifiably be called the “Science of the Mind”, as the Dalai Lama has done.  That is because the entirety of one’s Buddhist training can be thought of as repeated applications of the...
Don’t Believe What the Buddha Says

Don’t Believe What the Buddha Says

“They are here to conduct the double-blind experiment.” The spirit of inquiry is one of the most important aspects of Buddhist practice.  We have seen earlier that, “investigation of phenomena” (dhamma vicaya) is one of the seven factors of...
Abbot’s Commentary: No One is In Charge

Abbot’s Commentary: No One is In Charge

There is no one anywhere who has control over the world. Many people feel that one or more gods are in charge, but none of them are. Many others feel that humans are, or should be, in charge, but we aren’t either, and never will be. This world is created by natural...
The Passing of Sāriputta

The Passing of Sāriputta

I like to close the topic of gods and miracles in Buddhism with the story of Sāriputta’s final days.[1] Sāriputta was the Buddha’s top disciple.  He passed into final nirvana a few months before the Buddha.  One day, during the final year of the Buddha’s time on...