Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain Disorders.

Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain Disorders.

Science, and in particular the medical profession, has long accepted the positive benefits of all forms or meditation. Many studies across decades of research have proven meditation is simply good for the body—and your health. A new study from the National University of Singapore, attempts to differentiate the relative benefits of different types of meditation….

Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in the West? Why is it Important for Vajrayana Practitioners to Find an Enlightened Teacher?

Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in the West? Why is it Important for Vajrayana Practitioners to Find an Enlightened Teacher?

“We must rely on a wisdom teacher because, although we have Buddha nature, ultimate wisdom does not exist in our dualistic minds. Samsaric ego always tries to protect itself, and will trick us into thinking that we have gone beyond dualistic mind when we have not. Although we intrinsically have Buddha nature, without a teacher,…

Broken Commitments: Breaking Buddhist Vows or Promises Carries Heavy Karma, But What Do We Do About It?

Broken Commitments: Breaking Buddhist Vows or Promises Carries Heavy Karma, But What Do We Do About It?

Damage from broken commitments sounds very heavy, ominous, depressing. Any vow or promise should be taken seriously, but it carries an even more rigorous standard in Buddhist practice. It’s tempting for people brought up in “the west” to wonder if breaking our practice commitments and our promises to our teacher is really all that big…

It’s Important to Rejoice and to Laugh: Precious Teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

It’s Important to Rejoice and to Laugh: Precious Teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

“It’s important to rejoice,” said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at a weekend Lam Rim and Green Tara retreat in Toronto. “It’s important to be positive. Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friendships. Enjoy your meditations. Rejoicing is the antidote for self-pity, envy and jealousy.” Positive rejoicing certainly set the tone for a wonderful weekend retreat (April…

Green Tara Retreat: Calm Abiding, Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom. Why Retreat is So Important to Practice

Green Tara Retreat: Calm Abiding, Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom. Why Retreat is So Important to Practice

There is something very special about retreat. Hectic modern life makes regular—or even irregular—retreats important to most of us. In a teaching in Spain in 1983, the Most Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe said: “Why is retreat important? In order for our spirituality, pure morality, wisdom, single-pointed concentration and insight into reality to grow, we need…

Precious Green Tara Teachings: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche Returns to Gaden Choling

Precious Green Tara Teachings: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche Returns to Gaden Choling

Rinpoche teaches in English with a warmth and charm that keeps attendees engaged, always ready to laugh and even make a joke. His vast knowledge of Dharma and willingness to answer tough questions adds to his irresistible charisma. By Derek Armstrong Retreats and Dharma talks from the Most Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinoche are always…

How is the Mind Different from the Brain? Science May Support the Duality of Separate Mind and Brain.

How is the Mind Different from the Brain? Science May Support the Duality of Separate Mind and Brain.

“We don’t know what consciousness is, or what it does,” said Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. in his lecture The Mind is Not the Brain “There’s no known, obvious reason, why we should be conscious at all, or exactly how the mind works.” His conclusion, based on significant research, was:  “…The mind is field-like. That it’s not…

Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty.” TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA By James Porr I came to Buddhism from an unlikely direction. A youth filled with violence, drugs, alcohol and…

Lama Tsongkhapa Practice: Harmony, Permanent Happiness and Complete Healing

Lama Tsongkhapa Practice: Harmony, Permanent Happiness and Complete Healing

“The Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa is one of the most outwardly simple yet incredibly powerful spiritual practices to achieve tremendous benefits, including harmony, permanent happiness, complete healing and deep peace,” wrote Tsem Rinpoche in Tsongkhapa, a Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice. Many famous gurus, lamas and teachers—including the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche,…

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