About Alan Peto

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Hi, I’m Alan, and I Write About Buddhism.  

  • If you are looking to understand Modern Buddhism in an easy and fun way, along with my experiences, you have come to the right place!
  • If you are new to Buddhism, I would recommend you start with my intro article Buddhism, a Quick Intro, and also check out my most popular article Top 5 Books for Buddhist Newbies.
  • What is this site all about?  As a Buddhist living in the West, I wanted to understand Buddhism in a way that makes sense for me (and likely you as well) in our modern world.  As a trained journalist and graphic designer, my goal is to create articles so everyone can gain a better understanding of Buddhism!  If you can’t find what you are looking for or have a question, use the contact form at the bottom of this page to let me know.

Who Am I?

  • I have been a Buddhist for over 30 years in Theravada and various schools in Mahayana.  I officially took refuge at Hsi Lai Temple in 2012 (my Dharma name is “Pu Li”), and the Five Precepts in 2017.  I plan on taking the Bodhisattva vows in 2018.  I am a Mahayana Buddhist (Humanistic Buddhism), and that is often reflected in my articles (although I always attempt to include all sides).
  • I am a Buddhist layperson, not a Buddhist monastic or theologian.  My articles are my personal experiences, opinions, research, thoughts, and insight, which I share with others.  You may not always agree with me or my thoughts, and that is OK 😉  Learn more in my legal notices and disclaimers.
  • My spiritual Dharma teachers are Ven. Master Hsing Yun (pronounced: Sing · Yoon) and Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced: Tik · N’yat · Hawn).  You will likely find a lot of their quotes, teachings, and books in my articles.  However I enjoy a wide variety of teachings from those of many different schools in Buddhism.
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Contact Alan

Have a question, concern, idea, or suggestion?  I would love to hear from you!  Even though I get a lot of emails, I will do my best to contact you as soon as possible.  You can also reach me on social media.  If you have a legal or copyright concern, please put that in the subject line.  Please click the “Submit” button once…it may take a few seconds for your message to be sent, and a confirmation message will appear when successful.