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.


Day 1 a.m.—Mind and Life XXVI: Mind, Brain and Matter

Morning session of the first day of the Mind and Life XXVI conference from Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India, held on January 17–22, 2013.


Robert Thurman- Buddhist Contributions to Physics, Biology, and Psychology


Emptiness the Womb of Compassion, Robert Thurman

We hear a lot about compassion nowadays, along with mindfulness, and there is no doubt it is the essence of all spirituality and also essential for any viable society or world.


Nikki Mirghafori: Perceptions of Time

Dharma talk live streaming from the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA.