Coming Up: How to train a padawan

Coming Up: How to train a padawan

Friends, By now, you have learned all the Buddha’s core teachings (from Topic #1 to Topic #10).  More importantly, you have learned how to put those teachings into practice (specifically, from Topic #6 to Topic #9).  And perhaps even more important than...
Coming Up: Virtue is Badass Awesome

Coming Up: Virtue is Badass Awesome

Friends, We just spent 2 entire topics talking about meditation: Topic #7 on right mindfulness, and Topic #8 on right samadhi.  Yes, meditation is extremely important in Buddhist practice, but if we ever give you the mistaken impression that virtue is merely the...
Coming up: Right Samadhi

Coming up: Right Samadhi

Friends, Mindfulness is the main pillar of the meditative practice taught by the Buddha.  It is also the first of the seven factors of enlightenment, the balancing factor of the five spiritual faculties, and so on.  The Buddha declared that mindfulness is...
Coming Up: Right Mindfulness

Coming Up: Right Mindfulness

Friends, In Topic#6, we learned about the Fourth Noble Truth, which contains the training program that enables all of us to arrive at liberation from suffering.  That program comes in eight parts, which is why it’s named (drumroll…) the Noble Eightfold Path. Here...