The Buddhists’ Field Manual

This page is an effort to collect and aggregate a number of pages I have written on Buddhism into a single source. Buddhism as a religion is still new to the West, stereotyped and romanticized in media, misappropriated to sell someone’s goods, or inappropriately used as an intellectual weapon against other religions.

But all of this misses the point. Buddhism as a teaching of wisdom, goodwill and tolerance has survived and thrived across a great many cultures for two and a half thousand years. From India, to the Bactrian Greeks, the Parthians, Tibet, China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and as far away as Indonesia people have found great inspiration in the Buddha’s dispensation. Now it is taking root in the West through dedicated Asian immigrants and people who appreciate their efforts. Buddhism is a religion that cannot be fully appreciated until one appreciates the cultural expressions of it. And so this page and this blog strive to impart Buddhist information on its own terms and not how some try to force it into a given interpretation to sell more books or seminars. Everything here is free and open and will remain so.

This page also strives to collect practical information alongside textual sources in an effort to accommodate people of all backgrounds and temperaments.

May all beings be well and may they all cross over to the Other Shore of Enlightenment

Namo Shaka Nyorai


Venerable Yin-Shun

( c ) Venerable Yin-shun, 1998. English translation, Wing H. Yeung, 1998. Photo reprinted from The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master with permission from Wisdom Publications.

This page and all its resources is dedicated to the memory of Venerable Yin-Shun, whose book inspired me to explore all facets of Buddhism as a scholar and as a student.

Buddhist Resources and References

Introduction to Buddhist Sects

Buddhist How-To’s

Buddhist Blog Posts

The Precepts

Beginner Buddhism

A series of small videos I’ve made on beginner Buddhism:

Who’s Who in Buddhism

A series of posts I wrote detailing various figures in Buddhism:

  1. Maitreya Bodhisattva
  2. The Medicine Buddha
  3. Fudo Myoo
  4. Kannon Bodhisattva
  5. Jizo Bodhisattva
  6. The Sutra Audience
  7. Amitabha Buddha

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