The Fourth Noble Truths: 8 FOLDS

So, what do we do? The Buddha gave us an outline called “the eightfold path”. This path gives us a practice to overcome suffering. There are these eight things that are conducive to our awakening, to helping us overcome our suffering by seeing reality as it really is. I’m going to go over those eight […]

Bodhisattva Road: August 2017

This is a collection of my articles from Patheos: Buddhist from the month of August. Stress We often think of stress as something that happens to us, something out there that is disturbing our peace of mind. But is this accurate?… by Daniel Scharpenburg Read more   Great American Eclipse: Expectations and Wonder   “Listen […]

About a Buddha

Sometimes we just come to the Buddha’s story over and over, telling it in different ways. Gautama was the son of a wealthy king and he lived a sheltered life. It’s said that he didn’t even know about suffering and sickness and death, but that’s almost certainly not true. The story is that his father […]

Another Way of Doing Things?

I went to St. Louis to sight-see with my girlfriend last year. It’s only a few hours away, really. It was the city my father came from. It’s the city where I was born. We moved when I was still very young, before I was old enough to start school. I went there to try […]

Something is Wrong Here

We can sense a lack in our lives. We can sense it intuitively. Something is wrong. We often don’t know what’s going on, but we tend to feel like something is missing. We suffer, we experience pain and loss. Everything we need to handle what’s going on is right here, we just often fail to […]

The Passing of Michael Stone

Michael Stone was a pretty famous Buddhist teacher from Canada. I’m not going to lie to you and say I was a fan, as people often do when celebrities die. I had heard his name, but I didn’t really know anything about him, to be quite honest. I know that he taught Buddhism and Yoga. […]

Lojong Point 7: Guidelines of Mind Training

This point has to do with how we go further in our day to day life. This is connected to an understanding of how we can have better behavior in our relationships and in our lives in general.   39. All Activities Should Be Done With One Intention The one intention is to cultivate bodhicitta, […]

Tragedy Led me to the Dharma | Secular Buddhist Association

Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma I had a very personal article published by the Secular Buddhist Association. I sometimes think the deaths of my parents led me directly into Buddhism. When I was fourteen years old my dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was in his early 50s. I remember when he told […]