- Buddhist doctrine and terminology:
What is Theravada Buddhism?
Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?
Is Vipassana the same as Theravada?
If we're all reborn when we die, how does Buddhism explain the world's increasing population?
If there's no self, then who gets enlightened?/what gets reborn?/why...?
I hear the word "sangha" used a lot these days in Buddhist circles. What does it really mean?
What's the difference between a Buddha and an arahant?
Have there been other Buddhas?
What's a "Private Buddha" (paccekabuddha)?
Who is Maitreya (Metteyya)?
- Practical Buddhism:
How can I find other people with whom to study Dhamma and practice meditation?
There are no meditation centers or other Dhamma students nearby. Can I study Dhamma on my own? How do I find a meditation teacher?
I want to become a Buddhist. How do I do that?
I'd like to have a Buddhist wedding. Any suggestions?
What were the Buddha's views on divorce?
I'd like to arrange a Buddhist funeral. Any suggestions?
What were the Buddha's views on homosexuality?
What were the Buddha's views on abortion?
How should I teach Buddhism to my children?
Are Buddhists vegetarian?
Are there any enlightened people in the world nowadays? How can I tell who's really enlightened?
What are some good beginning books on Buddhism?
Where can I find a copy of the complete Pali canon (Tipitaka)?
What's the relationship between "dana" and "fundraising"?
Is there anything wrong with selling Dhamma books? What's the big deal about giving them away free of charge?
Thursday, July 10, 2008
By John Bullitt (Frequently Asked Questions About Buddhism)
Over the years I've received scores of e-mail queries from people seeking answers to basic questions about Buddhism. Here are my answers to some of the most common ones. These answers reflect my own opinions and interpretations and in no way represent a "definitive" Theravada Buddhist point of view. My hope is that these answers, along with the accompanying links and references to suttas and other texts, will serve as useful hints to steer you towards finding answers of your own.
Copyright © 2001-2007 John Bullitt. Access to Insight edition © 2007. May also be found on http://www.cambodianbuddhist/ and ebooks. For free distribution. This work may be republished, reformatted, reprinted, and redistributed in any medium. It is the author's wish, however, that any such republication and redistribution be made available to the public on a free and unrestricted basis and that translations and other derivative works be clearly marked as such.