Exploring Buddhism in modern age

With a plethora of systems of beliefs in today’s age from traditional religions to secular frameworks, the relevance of Buddhism in dealing with today’s personal and global challenges is worthy of closer inspection. With the rise of mindfulness as an evidence based practice to address a myriad challenges, recognizing and diving deeper into this foundational practice in Buddhism is another step towards healing malaise that we collectively face.

With plenty of traditional resources on the subject manner of Buddhism from amazing books by the masters to the gamut of videos/podcasts, this project is focused on providing anecdotal perspective from ordinary practitioners in the modern world. These ordinary practitioners from all walks of life and social economic backgrounds share their journey not to tout their spiritual achievement but as a glimpse into how beneficial a wholehearted practice has been in their lives.  

What is Buddhism

Buddhism has all the traditional chrematistics of a religion but that may be a limited perspective when you consider it’s fundamental approach to  the nature of phenomena. Learn how it’s being interpreted my modern practitioners. 

From other traditions

With the migration of Buddhism to the West, it is rare of most practitioners to be born into the tradition. Although there are considerable amount of Asian immigrants that have brought their Buddhist practices to the west, for the the sake of scope, the project explores how people from other traditions reconcile their background with Buddhism. 

Meditation and Beyond

With the accessibly of mindfulness in many contexts in modern life, what Buddhist meditation offer and how does it contrast to secular mindfulness. As a foundational practice in Buddhism, mindfulness is a step stone to greater insight when applied with the appropriate motivation.  

Discovery and Refuge

The gateway into Buddhism in modern times is considerably more diverse than when Buddhism was introduced to the west. Certainly, the intellectual appeal of Buddhism has garnered plenty of arm chair Buddhists but the power of Buddhism comes from practice. To actually take refuge in the 3 jewels of Buddhism, doesn’t mean that it has to be exclusive from other traditions. Still, the deeper one goes the richer the practice becomes.     

Establishing A Practice

Ask any one successful in their field of endeavor and without doubt, there is usually some sort of daily practice to reach that level. Spiritual transformation is rarely something that just happens over the over the course of a few years and so developing a system of practices is critical to sustaining the transformation. 

The Dharma

The teachings of the Buddha are vast and still quite relevant in today’s world. How the dharma is culturally interpreted and practice may be different compared to eastern cultures but fundamentally the human experience across cultures has remain fairly consistent. 

The Sangha

Frankly, being a dharma practitioner in the west, can be a lonely experience. Thus, the community of practitioners is a vital in supporting one’s spiritual progress. Even though it is wonderful to have access to virtual communities, it is still significant to invest your time and energy to being part of a local sangha. 

Adapting to Modern Times

The strength of Buddhism as a tradition is in it’s ability  to adapt to different cultures and types of personalities. Learn how teachers are adapting the teachings to the modern student. 

Fruit of Practice

Embarking on a spiritual journey that requires commitment and practice can be a daunting endeavor. Although one shouldn’t be attached to the the fruition of the practice, it’s still help to have some sign posts on what spiritual maturity can look like. 

Obstacles to the path

Without doubt, there will be many obstacles to adopting a spiritual tradition in today’s distractible world. From building a daily practice to finding a community of practitioners, learn how others have overcome these challenges. 

Global Relevance  

How does Buddhist philosophy and practices support the global challenges that we are facing ? From political polarization to climate change, understanding the nature of phenomena and having sustainable personal response to these global challenges can make the difference between apathy and healthy engagement. 

Practitioners with under 15 years of experience 



But I went to this bookstore, I got there and I was soaking wet with sweat, and I went to the bathroom and I’m standing in the stall and I’m take off my clothes and I’m flapping my clothes trying to dry them off, you know, and and I was like, God, this is just not a way to live, you know? And and the reason I was going to this, bookstores, I love books, but also they had a Starbucks and I was going to get my Frappuccino and my chocolate chip cookie, you know, and as I came out of the bathroom and headed for that Starbucks there, as I passed by an end cap of books, and there was this white cover book with a slice of an orange on it, and it just said, savor mindful eating, mindful living. And I don’t know why that caught my attention. I don’t know why I even bothered picking it up. And, you know, I don’t know. But I picked up that book and I saw it was by this Buddhist monk and a Harvard nutritionist.