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The Buddha's Path to Happiness

Happy Children

What is happiness? What did the Buddha teach about how to be happy?  

Enlightenment
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The Tibetan Buddhist Canon

The Tibetan Buddhist scriptural canon is in two parts, called the Kangyur and the Tengyur. Here is a basic introduction.

Review: The Making of Buddhist Modernism by David McMahan

David McMahan's The Making of Buddhist Modernism is recommended to anyone trying to understand today's Buddhism.

The Thirty-Two Marks of a Buddha

The 32 Marks of a Buddha are characteristics said to distinguish Buddhas from ordinary people.

Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha is name often given to the historical Buddha. This article discusses the significance of the name Shakyamuni.

The Thirty-one Realms

As you study Buddhism you may run into mention of the 31 Realms. Here is a handy-dandy beginner's guide to them.

The Trikaya

The Mahayana doctrine of Trikaya -- the three bodies of Buddha -- teaches us about the nature of enlightenment, the nature of existence, and the way a Buddha manifests in the world.

The Buddha's First Sermon

The Buddha's first sermon is sometimes called the "first turning of the dharma wheel." In this sermon the Buddha presented the Four Noble Truths.

Vassa

Vassa, a three-month Buddhist monastic retreat held during the monsoon rains, is a tradition that began with the historical Buddha.

Bhaisajyaguru

Many Mahayana Buddhists practice veneration to Bhaiṣajyaguru, the Medicine Buddha, on behalf of the sick.

Pure Lands

The pure lands of Mahayana Buddhism are understood in many ways.

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