The Buddha Taught Happiness

I believe it is wrong speech to misrepresent the Buddha’s Dhamma. Cultural influence, individual views, and a lack of thorough inquiry has led to a “thicket of views” within Buddhism…

The Nagara Sutta – The Buddha Describes His Awakening

The Nagara Sutta is remarkable in its simplicity in describing Dependent Origination in a practically applied way. In this sutta the Buddha clearly shows how ignorance of Four Noble Truths and of The Three Marks of existence “originates” the process that all manner of disappointment, unsatisfactoriness, distraction, and suffering – in a word Dukkha – is “dependent” on…

Introduction To The Buddha’s Dhamma

three talks that introduce the Buddha’s teachings. The first two talks were presented at our weekly classes at Cross River Meditation Center in Frenchtown New Jersey in the Summer and Fall of 2017 and the third talk was presented at the Introductory class for our 2016 Truth of Happiness Sangha Dhamma study on December 6, 2016, and includes a brief history of the Buddha and an overview of his Dhamma…

A Prince Becomes a Buddha

Siddartha Guatama was born into a royal family of a small kingdom, the Shakyan republic. His hometown, Kapilavastu was in what is now southern Nepal on the Indian border…

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