Basic Buddhism

This blog is about Buddhism, right? Since the answer to that question is yes, I thought that I'd better have a way for readers to easily access posts directly related to Buddhism.

Below is a collection of links to posts about basic Buddhist concepts, traditions, and ideas. In order to provide more information, I have, in addition to my own writings, included links from other trusted websites, which are marked with (ext), for external website. Also, please let me know in the comments if there is something you feel is missing and would like me to include. Enjoy!

Basic Buddhism:
The Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths: An Analogy
The Noble Eightfold Path
The Five Moral Precepts
The Three Jewels
The Roots of Suffering
Impermanence and Suffering
Om Mani Padme Hum
Body and Mind
Buddha's Enlightenment and the Middle Way
The Parable of the Lute
The Ten Negative Actions and Four Antidotes

Buddhism and Daily Life:
A Beautiful Mealtime Blessing
Mealtime Meditation: Reflections on Food

Other Common Questions:
Was the Buddha a god?
Where did 'Fat Buddha' come from?
How do I become a Buddhist?
What does it mean to 'Live in the present moment'?
Buddhist FAQs: My views and experiences 

Spiritual and Other Resources:
Dial the Dharma
Buddha Vacana: Daily Readings (ext.)
Gathas for Mindfulness
Prayer Wheel
A Buddhist Dictionary: Pali Terms (ext.)
Pali Language Study Aids (ext.)
Pali Grammar (PDF) (ext.)
Sanskrit Grammar (ext.)
The Spread of Buddhism (ext.)

Short list directory, with descriptions (ext.)
Comprehensive directory (ext.)
Mother's Day and the Filial Piety Sutra

The Art of Procrastination: Be Happy Now!

My Own Perspectives and Experiences:
Buddhist retreat: etiquette and guidelines
What does it mean to live in the present moment?
Being here, now.
A worldview panel- my experience.
Compassion: Unlocking our great human potential
One of my favorite Buddha stories
Beware: Fake Buddha Quotes
Avoiding Fake Buddha Quotes
Fake Buddha Quotes: An Update
A lotus for you . . . a Buddha to be
May all beings be happy! 
The Dalai Lama's 18 Rules for Living: Another Fake
The Buddha Next Door
The Problem with Labels
Behind the Mango Tree
Karma and Blaming the Victim
Letting go of dread, letting go of suffering
Trying too hard
Buddhist FAQs: My views and experiences 
The 10 things that surprised me most about Buddhism

Buddhist Festivals:
Losar (Tibetan New Year)
Tibetan Butter Lamp Festival
Vesak (Wesak)

Contemporary Buddhism:
Buddhism in the News:
May 2012
June 2012
July 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October-December 2012


  1. Wow, I'm so happy to have found your blog. I've happened upon Buddhism myself, just this past January. I'm just beginning and starting to learn, but what I've learned so far has given me more spiritual guidance than 40 years a Christian. I'm going to LOVE exploring your blog. Please feel free to follow mine. :)

    1. Dear quietmind279,

      Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind comment. Compared to many, I am also just beginning my journey along the Buddhist path, and have much to learn- and share! I would be honored if you took the time to explore my blog. Please let me know what you think!

    2. Well I think your blog is WONDERFUL!!! You have SO much information. I've only just begun to get exploring do you manage to get all those links?? I can't figure out how to get stuff like that on my blog lol I'm really enjoying what you have....keep it up :) May the spirit of compassion be within you <3

    3. Thanks so much quietmind279! Your comment has brightened my day :) As for the links, I have come across them over the past few years while I was learning about Buddhism. One of the main goals of BCB is to share what I've learned with others, and that includes listing the helpful sites and articles I have learned from and enjoyed. If others can benefit from links like these, then I am on my way to fulfill my intentions!

      Thanks so much again for your comment and very kind words.


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