• Buddhism for Beginners

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    Are you a beginner at Buddhism? This is the video for you! We'll look at how Buddhism views the world and how Buddhist practice stems from that view.

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    Looking for practices that will help get you through this difficult period of Coronavirus pandemic? Here are some videos for you!
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    • 6 Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Stress and Anxiety - Duration: 19 minutes.

      • 4 hours ago
      We'll look at six ways the CDC recommends we cope with the stress and anxiety surrounding the Coronavirus, with an eye to the Buddhist dharma. Several of the ways recommended have deep resonances w...
    • The Buddha's Ten Recollections - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 3 days ago
      An early Buddhist practice that nowadays many of us overlook is that of the ten recollections: ten things we should regularly bring to mind. We will look at them and consider how they might help us...
    • Overcome Your Doubts Through Science (Coronavirus Dharma Practice) - Duration: 30 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      Many of us have doubts about how to act or proceed in difficult circumstances such as these. We'll see how the Buddha recommended we find the right way forward, and how his suggestions can be updat...
    • Devotion in Early Buddhism - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      Many people pursue a devotional Buddhist practice. We will look at what the Buddha had to say about devotion, both in a general sense and with respect to himself.

      Free mini-course at the Online D...
    • Patience in Buddhism - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 2 weeks ago
      We will look at the practice of patience in early Buddhism, and relate it to our current problem: dealing with the coronavirus. We will see that although patience is not as central to early practic...
    • Two Kinds of Buddhist Interdependence: Dependent Origination and Indra's Net - Duration: 30 minutes.

      • 2 weeks ago
      Interdependence is one of the hallmarks of Buddhist dharma. We will look at how ideas of interdependence changed, and how ideas about dependent origination changed to those more in line with the la...
    • Finding Contentment - Duration: 23 minutes.

      • 3 weeks ago
      Can we find a practice that allows us to find contentment with our present life, particularly in the light of the Coronavirus and its effects? We will look at some discussions of the early Buddhist...
    • Buddhism and Ambition - Duration: 14 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      Is Buddhist practice consistent with having personal ambitions and passions? We'll look into that question in this video.

      Free mini-course at the Online Dharma Institute: onlinedharma.org.

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    • A 'Healing' Practice from Early Buddhism - Duration: 23 minutes.

      • 4 weeks ago
      With the Coronavirus upon us, we may be interested in knowing what advice the Buddha had to give to sick people. One early piece of such advice involves a contemplation on ten perceptions. We will ...
    • Practicing Positive Thinking - Duration: 23 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      Remaining positive is a great skill to have. We'll discuss practicing positivity with an eye to early Buddhism: some of its advantages and pitfalls, as well as a number of things we can do to add t...
    • Two Arrows of Buddhism - Duration: 14 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      One of the Buddha's most famous similes was that of the two arrows. We will discuss aspects of that simile and how understanding it can help us in our practice with the Coronavirus.

      Free mini-cou...
    • Technology and Ethics: Buddhist Dharma - Duration: 19 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      We live in an age of vast technological change, much of it for the good. However this change brings along great dangers. We will look at some of those dangers, consider ways to frame them appropria...
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    Need an intro to understand what Buddhism is all about? This is your playlist!
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    • Buddhism for Beginners - Duration: 13 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      Are you a beginner at Buddhism? This is the video for you! We'll look at how Buddhism views the world and how Buddhist practice stems from that view.

      If you're getting benefit out of these videos...
    • History of Zen Buddhism: Paradox and Tension - Duration: 27 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Many people come in to Buddhist belief and practice through Zen, but not many people have an appreciation for its history. In this video we'll take a look at both its more and less legendary histor...
    • The Three Schools of Buddhism: Intro - Duration: 21 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      We will look at the three major schools of Buddhism, in the sort of contemporary context YouTubers would be likely to encounter them. We'll highlight some of the similarities and differences in the...
    • History of Theravada Buddhism: Very Old and Very New - Duration: 19 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Theravāda Buddhism can be seen both as very old and very new. We'll go over the ways Theravāda has roots in the earliest forms of Buddhism, as well as the way it may be a very recent form of religi...
    • History of Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism: Power and Transgression - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      We'll go over the history of tantric Buddhism, its origins as well as its differences from other forms of Buddhist belief and practice. Then we'll give an overall characterization of what constitut...
    • What is Dharma (Buddhism)? - Duration: 7 minutes, 20 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      What does the word "dharma" mean in early Buddhism? We will look at several ways it's used in the texts, and discuss its importance.

      For further information, see Rupert Gethin, "He Who Sees Dhamma...
    • The Buddha on Self and Non-Self - Duration: 20 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      The Buddha's teachings on the self and on non-self are some of his most subtle, interesting, and unique. We'll take a look at them in this video. We'll also compare the Buddha's view of the self wi...
    • Introduction to the Eightfold Path - Duration: 12 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      Many of us have heard of the Eightfold Path as perhaps the definitive description of Buddhist practice. What is it?

      For a longer explanation of the Eightfold Path see my playlist here: https://www...
    • History of Mahayana Buddhism: Innovation and Perfection - Duration: 26 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      We'll take a quick overview of the history of Mahāyāna Buddhism, beginning with its earliest developments and how it separated from the rest of mainstream Buddhism. Then we'll look at a few of its ...
    • What are the Four Noble Truths? - Duration: 18 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      The Four Noble Truths are the heart of Buddhist philosophy, but they wouldn't have been the first thing we encountered when learning the teaching. We will look at where they fit into the path, then...
    • Is Buddhism Atheist? - Duration: 11 minutes, 12 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      Was the Buddha an atheist? Does one need to believe in God or gods to follow his system? This is a question with an interesting answer I think we can all learn from.

      If you get benefit out of thes...
    • Why Buddhism is True - Duration: 14 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      Today we'll be taking a look at Robert Wright's new book Why Buddhism is True, some of its positives and negatives, and whether or not it fits well with secular Buddhism.

      The book: http://amzn.to...
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    In this playlist we'll look at the history of Buddhism through its three major schools, plus Zen Buddhism which is something of an interesting outlier. We will focus on the early history in particular, how each school developed out of what came before. These are huge topics so these videos should only be thought of as introductions!
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