“To study the Buddha-way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by ten thousand things.”
Ten Thousand things is a blog published by the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Its purpose is to engage a diverse audience by writing from and to the intersection of Buddhist studies and Buddhist practice. The blog publishes articles by graduate students, writers, and scholars at all levels of professional development, including an “Ask a Scholar” section which responds to readers’ questions on Buddhist studies. We hope to stimulate intellectual discussion and appeal to both scholars and practitioners by exploring the following: how doctrine is (or is not) applied to practice, how the history of Buddhism in various contexts influences present expression of Buddhist practice, issues in translation, and how sociopolitical forces shaped and shape our understanding of Buddhist thought.