Buddhism Guide Blog
We are usually told about things that will benefit us but Gampopa, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the Kagyu school of Buddhism, taught ten things that are of no benefit to us. No matter how much respect and honour are payed to your illusory body, it is certain that...read more
This blog was taken from my latest book 'Open Awareness, Open Mind' find it on Amazon and Kindle. I think it’s true to say that we become distracted very easily and find it hard to stay focused for any length of time. The mind lurches from one thing to another at a...read more
Is being lesbian, gay or bisexual forbidden in Buddhism? Is it sexual misconduct? Let’s look at what Gautama Buddha and Tibetan Buddhism say. Gautama Buddha stated in one of the five precepts that lay-people should refrain from sexual misconduct. He never really...read more
Searching for happiness seems to be one of the most important things in people’s lives today. Here in India, we've got the ‘Art of Happiness’ program, in Bhutan they've got their gross national happiness, and if you look online there's websites called Berkeley's...read more
This is a guest blog post from Stan B. Martin and is taken from his latest book entitled ‘Illusions on the Path.’ It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live - Marcus Aurelius Our inability to face the fundamental truth of our...read more
A good way to train ourselves in self-restraint is to have a day of observance. This is when you make a promise to yourself to observe the eight precepts. You can observe them for one day, a week, a month, a year or even for the rest of your life. However, most people...read more
This is a guest post from Lucy Wyndham. Social media is meant to unite people from all walks of life yet studies have shown that it often misses its mark, with many users feeling depressed, anxious, and stressed after using it. Buddhism has existed for thousands for...read more
Even though you know how amazing meditation is supposed to make you feel, when you think about starting a practice it seems too difficult or too time consuming. You feel you will do it when you have more time or when the kids are grown or when you retire. We think...read more
All these simple practices will make you more focused, less tense, more responsive to other’s needs, calmer, peaceful and more productive. 1. Set a daily intention Every morning set yourself an intention for the day, such as be calm, watch your breath, don’t get...read more
The Yogacara school of Buddhism states that there are eight consciousnesses, and these teach us how to understand consciousness, so we can free ourselves from afflictive emotions, such as anger, selfishness and so on. Personally, I have always found this school of...read more
Hello and welcome to my blog!
This blog will be about Buddhism. ‘Oh! not another one,’ I hear you say. Well, yes but…
There are many great blogs on Buddhism as a religion and even more on Buddhism as a philosophy. I am writing about Buddhism as a way of life, which means there is no Buddhist jargon or dogma. It is not based in the metaphysical world, but has its feet planted firmly on this planet. It is easy to follow and practical. I use the Buddha’s early teachings as the blogs foundation, and explain them in a way that is relevant to your life today. You will find some of what I am going to write about in my books, ‘The Best Way To Catch A Snake’ and ‘Life’s Meandering Path.’ You may also follow Buddhism Guide on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog. Feel free to give me feedback, as I love to hear other people’s views.