Why Meditate?

Why Meditate?

Very simply put, it is a quieting, a balancing, of the mind and other senses (the mind is one of the senses in Buddhism). Meditation is a means to discover what is in our mind and discover how what is in our mind affects us. It is not a means to Enlightenment for us...
The Monks' Robes

The Monks' Robes

The Monks’ Robes came to be because of the wishes of those who were followers of the Buddha. As ascetics, they were nude or nearly nude. As monks, their clothing was more modest since they traveled and encountered many people. Also, they had decided that they...
The Church With the Purple Trim

The Church With the Purple Trim

This article ran in the Official Publication of the Buddhist Churches of America “Wheel of Dharma” December 2007 Newsletter by President Dr. Gordon Bermant. The Visalia Buddhist Church celebrated its centennial on Nov. 3 and 4 of this year. Rev- erend...
What Is True Giving?

What Is True Giving?

According to the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, there are three types of givers and then there is the process, itself. I will begin with the process, itself, as it is the most remarkable: Giving as a Buddhist is to know that there is a giver, a gift, and a receiver of...