Picture of the Buddha

What do you think, my friend?
(Writings on Buddhism)

Welcome to "What do you think, my friend?". This site contains a selection of writings on Buddhism.

This site takes a highly personal and practical approach towards Buddhism. Here, there are no deep philosophical discussions on Anatta or Sunnata. Just ordinary people like myself sharing insights and experiences on how Buddhism had benefitted us, and exchanging some nice stories and a few good jokes about Buddhism.

This is why I named my website "What do you think, my friend?". In this little corner of cyberspace, there is no Great Master. There is no, "Please enlighten me, Venerable Sir". There is only a funny guy living his life and sharing it. There is only, "What do you think, my friend?".

Launched in May 1995, this site is one of the oldest Buddhist sites on the web.

"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity" -- Albert Einstein [Ed: Source unknown. I checked, many books contain this quote, but none offers a reference or citation]


Living and Learning

Questions and Answers on Buddhism
Things that you want to know about Buddhism. 

A few Buddhist stories
Some interesting Buddhist stories. 

Revealers of Treasure
Beautiful words from great teachers. 

Personal contemplations
Spiritual contemplations of ordinary people. 

Encounters with Buddhism
Ordinary people on why they became Buddhists. 

A lighter side of Buddhism
Buddhist humor. We Buddhists love to laugh at ourselves. 

Interesting articles on Buddhism
Buddhist articles worth reading. 

Scriptures and Links

The Dhammapada
One of the best-loved of all Buddhist scriptures. 

The Life of Gotama Buddha
The beautiful story as told by Ven Narada. 

Praised by the Wise
Famous men and women comment on the Buddha and His Teachings

Links to other Buddhist sites.

About this site

Some feedback on this site

The author of this site is Chade-Meng Tan (contactable at: jollybodhi@gmail.com).

Mirror site in Germany

Wolfgang Stanglmeier has generously offered web space on his Germany-based webserver to mirror this site in Germany. This is done entirely at his own expense. I would hereby like to express my deepest gratitude to Wolf. You can now access this site at:

http://cmtan.xinu.de/buddhism (Germany, updated every Sunday)


Britannica Internet Guide Award.

Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award.

Editor's Note: Since the birth of my daughter, Enya, I haven't been able to update this site or reply to most emails as frequently as I have hoped. I do read all my emails.  Please accept my apologies if I take a month or more to reply to you.