Module 2


What is Buddhism? 

I found this definition of Buddhism in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art.  It was written by Yvonne Rand, a Zen priest of considerable experience.  It is the best I have ever found, and comes closest to articulating what we are going to study in this course.


Buddhism: A system of what the Dalai Lama has called "inner sciences," based on the experiences and teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and of other realized spiritual ancestors who lived before and after the historical Buddha. (Buddha means one who is awake.) The system components are (1) what the mind is and how the mind works, (2) what knowledge is and how the process of knowing operates, and (3) the nature of reality. As an articulated meditation path, Buddhism maps out the ways for studying and training the mind, and leads ultimately to the dismantling of negative states of mind and to the cessation of suffering.

From Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, p 265, Baas and Jacob, 2004, UC Press.


Equality: A True Soul Food

This article "Equality, a True Soul Food" appeared in the New York times OP ED section January 1, 2011 and I could not resist sharing it with you.  From its own perspective it seems to reflect many of the themes that the Dalai Lama discussed in his talk in Washington DC.