What is Buddhism
Author: Dalai Lama
Buddhism is practiced by hundreds of millions of people in every corner of the earth, from the caves of Tibet to the temples of Tokyo to retreats in the redwood forests of the United States. All its different traditions (the southern Theravada, based on the Pali canon, and the northern ones of Tibet and East Asia, which refer to texts originally written in Sanskrit) have their roots in the teachings of a man who lived in India 2500 years ago. , which, translated into numerous languages, have known a global spread and made Buddhism one of the most influential religions of the contemporary world. In these pages His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron explore, with an analysis never carried out in these terms, the common elements, the synergies and the divergences between the main currents of Buddhism with respect to some essential practices and doctrines. : the "four noble truths" on the origin of pain and the way to its cessation; the "dependent origination", that is the cycle that from ignorance leads to attachment, to karma and to perpetuate rebirth, aging and death; the practice of meditation, in its progression to various levels and its obstacles and antidotes; the care of moral conduct by lay people, monks and in the most advanced stages of realization; the cultivation of virtues (including love, compassion, joy and equanimity). Foreword by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana.