5 Funny Buddhist Suttas That Have a Great Message

You wouldn’t expect the Buddha’s teachings to include anything funny would you? I mean we’re talking about the serious business of purifying our mind and becoming enlightened. But occasionally I’ve come across some Buddhist suttas that have surprised me and made me chuckle. In this video, I share with you five suttas from the Pali Canon that I’ve found amusing and also have a great message.

Next Buddhist Pilgrimage Dates Announced!

Hi everyone! I hope your 2017 has started off well! It’s incredible how quick this year has gone by already.

We’re excited to announce the dates for our next Buddhist pilgrimage to Nepal and India!

We’ll be running our next trip from Friday, 5th January to Sunday, 21st January, 2018.

If you wish, you can join us for the full 17-day pilgrimage tour which includes the four holy sites of the Buddha’s life, as well as, the incredible Ajanta and Ellora caves! Or you can attend the first 13 days which includes the traditional Buddhist pilgrimage route. Both journeys will start in Kathmandu and end in Delhi.

How to Practice the Buddhist Path While Living in Samsara

As we incorporate the Buddha’s teachings into our lives many wonderful changes will start to happen: from experiencing greater calmness and peace in our mind, to feeling a greater connection and love for other beings.

But not all changes bring such a smooth transition. For instance, when we adopt Buddhist values of refraining from alcohol, or we find ourselves losing interest in other mundane activities, this can put a strain on certain social interactions. This video is in response to some questions I received about how to navigate these kinds of challenges.

Do I Need to Be a Monk or Nun to Become Enlightened?

In Buddhism, the goal of the Buddhist path is to reach enlightenment, a state free of mental suffering and characterized by bliss, peace and happiness. But what if enlightenment was only possible if you were willing to become a monk or nun? This would mean only a small minority of Buddhists could ever find happiness, since the vast majority of Buddhists are lay practitioners.

In this video, I explore whether lay people can become enlightened, and if so, what are some of the steps we need to do to ensure that we achieve it.


Easy Vegetarian Meals for Aspiring Vegetarian Buddhists

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It may still be debatable whether eating meat is living in accord with the Buddha’s teachings (see Are Buddhists Vegetarian or Vegan?). However, there seems to be a growing sentiment that a vegetarian or vegan diet is more in line with keeping with the Buddhist values of non-violence and wanting to reduce the suffering of the world. Many prominent Buddhist teachers are now actively encouraging their followers to adopt a vegetarian diet. Even Tibetan Buddhist teachers, who have grown up almost exclusively on meat, are inspiring others to eat more vegetarian food.

If you’re considering changing to a vegetarian diet, often the most daunting task is deciding what meals to make to replace your non-vegetarian ones. Most of us have grown up on a non-vegetarian diet, with the meat making up the majority of the meal. So what are we meant to eat if we remove the centerpiece of the meal and the portion that normally fills us up? Being confined to eating only salads for the rest of our life is usually not very appetizing.

Celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday by Honoring a Project for the Future One

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The grand Maitreya Buddha statue and stupa currently being built in Mongolia

There is a very significant day approaching in the Buddhist calendar. It’s the day that celebrates the Buddha’s birth, death and Enlightenment. All three events occurred on the exact same day of the year, which makes this day very special and sacred to Buddhist followers. The day is known by different names depending on the country you reside, the language you speak and which Buddhist tradition you follow. Perhaps the three most common names for this day are Vesak, Buddha Purnima and Saka Dawa. And not only does the name differ, but different Buddhist traditions honor this day according to the calendars they follow, which can mean that sometimes they don’t even celebrate it in the same month! However, most countries this year (including India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Nepal) are celebrating it on the same day, May 21st 2016. The exceptions are Thailand, which will celebrate Vesak one day earlier (20 May) and Indonesia on 22 May.