Buddhism is a major world religion, with some estimates suggesting there are 550 million practitioners worldwide. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha. According to tradition, the Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. He is recognized by Buddhists as an enlightened teacher who shared his insights to help sentient beings end their suffering through the elimination of ignorance and craving, with the ultimate goal of attainment of the state of nirvana. Explore and learn.
Put away your pickaxe. We've excavated the Library's collection to bring you these picks for dino-filled days and nights.
Hispanics and Latinos numbered 52 million in the United States in 2011. With each generation, country of origin and region in the U.S. comes a unique experience. Here are a few snippets of how life is for Latin-American and Hispanic-American people in the United States.
Fall is in the air. The sun is turning golden, while crisp mornings and evenings are just around the corner. Change with the season and find hints of autumn in books or on film.
"There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred." - Theodore Roosevelt
The U.S. National Parks Service celebrates its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016. Plan your next visit with help from these resources.
August 14 is Navajo Code Talkers Day. Honor the brilliant and courageous contributions of our Navajo Code Talkers during World War II. The group's ingenious efforts, skill and accuracy of transmitting military messages in the Navajo language helped win the war. Explore history with this list.