Buddhism Essays

I was baptized and raised Melkite Catholic, but by young adulthood I knew it wasn’t speaking to me. Although I married a Buddhist and agreed to raise our children as such, I didn’t think I needed to practice anything and was content to not commit to anything organized. But in 2016, when my husband unexpectedly died and left me a 34-year-old widow, I took over his job of taking the children to dharma school and inadvertently began listening and learning. I soon realized it was exactly what I needed to ease my personal suffering. It didn’t feel like a religion. It was learning tools to navigate this world. A lifeboat to survive the choppy waters. A way to find happpiness and joy and meaning in this life no matter what happens to us.

Buddhist Churches of America essays

Featured in Lion’s Roar, 8/17/22. “Finding the Dharma.

My Writings on Buddhism:

Getting started reading about Buddhism.

An Accidental Realization published on Everyday Buddhist. 6/14/21. Also found on Buddhists Churches of America.

Repetiton and Release– A Type of Detox published on Everyday Buddhist. 6/28/21

How to Be Consistently Spiritual.

Remembering Non-Self in the North Grove. Published on Everyday Buddhist. 11/1/21


My Writings Specifically on Shin Buddhism:

Searching for Amida Part 1 published on Everyday Buddhist. 9/20/21

Finding Amida Part II.

Sitting with Amida Part III.


Books I love:

Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life by Marvin Harada

Bits of Rubble by Taitetsu Unno

River of Fire, River of Water by Taitetsu Unno

Dharma Breeze by Nobuo Haneda

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh

No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh

Ocean by Kenneth Tanaka

Everyday Suchness by Gyomay Kubose

Be the Refuge by Chenxing Han

Let This Be Known by Jim Pollard

Jodo Shinshu A Guide

Introduction to Buddhism by Peter Harvey

Buddhism for Mothers by Sara Napthali

You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh


Essays I Find Helpful (written by the experts!):

“What is Amida Buddha?” By Rev. Nobuo Haneda



Weekly Wheel


For More Learning:

Everyday Buddhist-– self-paced courses

BCA Center for Buddhist Education— YouTube seminars