Tendai Buddhism takes a balanced view on the importance of study and practice. Study and practice are like the two wings of a bird. To fly straight, both must be strong.

Tendai Buddhism also takes a comprehensive view of Buddhist practices and teachings, and values dialogue between different Buddhist schools and traditions. In other words, to study Tendai Buddhism is to gain access to the whole of the Buddhist tradition.

To take refuge in the Dharma means that one has decided to study the teachings of the Buddha and pursue Buddhist practices. Traditionally, the Dharma was divided into three “baskets,” or TripitakaSutraVinaya, and Abhidharma. The Sutras are the discourses of the Buddha, the Buddhist scriptures. The Vinaya are the rules for monastic and lay Buddhists, and the Abhidharma is a genre of early Buddhist philosophical writing. For Mahayana Buddhists, taking refuge in the Dharma also includes the many Mahayana sutras and the discourses of the enlightened masters of the Mahayana tradition.

Below we have provided a brief description of the following:

Basic Buddhist Teachings

Basic Buddhist Practices

An Overview of the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition

Introduction to Tendai Buddhism (History, Teachings, and Practices) (to come)