Buddhism

  • 3 Things I Learnt as a Buddhist Monk

    Last time, I wrote about my two-year experience as a Buddhist Monk in a Taiwan Monastery, describing what day to day life was like. Today, I’d like to elaborate on the key lessons I learned during that ...

  • Difference between Knowing and Thinking: My Profound Run

    Today I’d like to discuss the importance of being able to differentiate between knowing and thinking. I want to describe a very profound experience I had a few days ago that completely changed the way ...

  • Life after being a Buddhist Monk – The Bodhi Life

    It's now been six months since I left the monastic life to return to the secular world. Before that, I was a Buddhist Monk in Taiwan's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan, studying, learning, and practicing ...

  • Life is a Great Lesson and Everything is Teaching Us

    In the movie Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously said, "Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're going to get". The thing is, we are continually reminded of the validity of this quote ...

  • My Experience as a Buddhist Monk

    My two years as a Buddhist Monk in the world's biggest monastery, Fo Guang Shan Taiwan, was and most likely will ever be, the most profound and enriching experience of my life. Today I wish to share with ...

  • The Amitabha Sutra | Pure Land Rebirth

    Today we read and analyze the Buddhist text, The Sutra on Amitabha Buddha, while explaining the underlying meanings and context surrounding the teaching. This is one of the most popular Buddhist texts ...

  • The Diamond Sutra | Rare Buddhist Text on Emptiness

    Today we will read and analyze the Buddhist text, The Diamond Sutra, while explaining the underlying meanings and context surrounding the teaching. This is one of the most popular Buddhist texts and is ...

  • The Heart Sutra | Sacred Buddhist Text on Emptiness

    The sacred Buddhist texts of the historical Sakyamuni Buddha offer profound wisdom and insights into the reality of our existence. Through these teachings, we learn how to abide in peace and joy, how ...

  • The Ultimate State of Nirvana and How to Realize it.

    Nirvana is the ultimate state of being where all types of suffering cease forever. It is a state of purity, peace, quiescence, and timelessness. Buddhism defines Nirvana as ending the perpetual cycle ...

  • What exactly is Non-Self and how do I live it?

    What is Non Self? The theory of Non-Self explains that within our own unique human experience, there is, in fact, no permanent, underlying entity we can truly identify as Me or I. This idea is easier ...

  • What is Nonduality? The Nature of Reality.

    There has been a lot of talk recently about nonduality and it being the ultimate truth of reality. I’d like to share my understanding and experience on this topic because I believe that a deep realization ...