Do you have to be vegetarian to be Buddhist?

“All are frightened of the rod. Of death all are afraid. Having made oneself the example, One should neither slay nor cause to be slay.” The Dhammapada, Chapter 101 This is a common question, particularly those new to Buddhism that always seems to spark some lively debate on social media. In a recent article publishedContinue reading “Do you have to be vegetarian to be Buddhist?”

Welcome to the Buddhism Basics Blog

“Monks, be islands unto yourselves, be your own refuge, having no other; let the Dhamma be an island and a refuge to you, having no other. Those who are islands unto themselves… should investigate to the very heart of things: ‘What is the source of sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair? How do they arise?’ -Buddha ShakyamuniContinue reading “Welcome to the Buddhism Basics Blog”

A little about me….

I started my journey exploring world religions sometime in the early 80’s. Like a many of my generation, I was influenced early on by books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and The Tao of Physics. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, an elective in Eastern philosophy hooked me on the philosophyContinue reading “A little about me….”