Buddhism 101

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Buddhist Sacred Texts

Venerable Miao Hsi leads us back to the classroom where
she has laid out a colorful display of various versions of
The Lotus Sutra. She has gathered these especially for us.
It quickly becomes clear that rather than providing us with
a dry, scholarly treatise on Buddhist sacred texts, she is
instead gently introducing us to a beloved source of great
wisdom and compassion.

Decoding Rituals & Symbols
of Buddhism

Buddhism in action, more than even meditation, shapes one’s orientation in and
towards the world through its signs and symbols.

Buddhist Chanting

The tradition of chanting flows through nearly all of the many
schools of Buddhism as a way to prepare the mind for meditation.
Most faiths chant as a means of prayer and preparation to engage the holy.

Dual Belonging

with Dr. James Fredericks, the Rev. Karen MacQueen, moderated by Ryan Bell

Trailblazers in religious pluralism, these
panelists share their personal Journey of
faith that embraces the essence of two
traditions on a path toward understanding
the Holy with integrity of participation in
each tradition.

Buddhist Holy Days and Observances

There are many special or holy days held throughout the
year by the Buddhist community. The most significant
celebration happens every May on the night of the full
moon, when Buddhists all over the world celebrate the
birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha over 2,500
years ago. It has come to be known as Buddha Day.


Siddhartha Gautama

Twenty-five hundred years ago, nestled in
a fertile valley along the border between
India and Nepal, a child was born who was
to become the Buddha. The stories say
that before his birth, his mother, the queen
of a small Indian kingdom, had a dream.


His Holiness, The Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, describes
himself as a simple Buddhist monk. He was born on 6 July
1935, to a farming family in a small hamlet located in
Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. At the very young age of
two, the child who was named Lhamo Dhondup at that
time, was recognized as the reincarnation of the previous
13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso.