Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, encompassing many different traditions and practices. It originated in India between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE with the dissemination of the teachings of Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha. There is no central religious text for Buddhists, but there are many sutras (teachings ascribed to the Buddha himself) collected throughout history. The central tenets of Buddhism are reflected in the Four Noble Truths (which describe what cause and relieve suffering) and the Eightfold Path (which describes practices that can lead to release from the painful cycle of rebirth). Spiritual practices that permeate most expressions of Buddhism include meditation, compassion toward living beings, and the pursuit of insight.


05-19-17 Buddhism and Activism with Dr. Jan Willis - BBCorner

Sravasti Abbey is delighted to host Dr. Jan Willis, professor emerita of religion at Wesleyan University, and student of Lama Yeshe for a weekend of teachings. She shares her thoughts on the Buddha's example of activism and its impact on her life.


Jan Willis, PhD: Buddhism and Activism, Public Talk

In this talk, Professor Jan Willis will discuss how to apply the traditional Buddhist teachings on bodhichitta to life in our modern world. What does it mean to be a bodhisattva today? – Buddha was an activist the day he stood up and started to give teachings, says Professor Willis.