• Random Acts of Kindness Creates Good Karma. Mindful Acts...
    Mindfulness
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  • Meditation is good for you says science
    Meditation is Good For You: A How To
    Meditation
    Science now proves what most Buddhist's have known all their lives: meditation is good for the body and mind.
  • Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions
    Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop...
    Buddhist Practices, Mahayana, Meditation, Vajrayana, Zen
    Burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. It is proven to alleviate anxiety or depression.
  • Zen Mindfulness can be achieved many ways, including concentrated activities
    Zen Skateboarding: Riding Into Enlightenment
    Meditation, Mindfulness, Zen
    With a piece of plywood with 4 wheels underneath, I become a rolling buddha that is aware and accepts every moment for what it is - nothing more, nothing...
  • Spontaneous smiles and kindness on the street are a form of spiritual practice
    Me YES Like You, A New Kindness Movement?
    Dharma
    "Let's start a new movement. Let's go up to someone today, anyone, someone you don't like, and say 'Me, YES, like you," said radio host Mike Bullard.
  • Empowerment often involves deity meditation or practice.
    Empowerment Was Important to Me
    Vajrayana
    My teacher said an important part of empowerment is to plant the seeds and encourage nurturing through the sadhana and mantra practice.
  • Child-like innocence brings wisdom
    Lessons of the Fool: the Ultimate Wisdom of Simplicity.
    Dharma
    In some ways, the pursuit of mindfulness is also the pursuit of the inner child, the innocence, the here and now...
  • How I Found the Right Teacher of the Dharma
    Dharma, Vajrayana
    Vajrayana is the "thunderbolt" path because it promises to bring personal enlightenment in one lifetime, but this inevitably requires guidance.
  • The Noble Eightfold Path
    Dharma
    1. Right UnderstandingRight Understanding is clear knowledge of the Four Noble Truths, encompassing Anicca (Impermanence), Anatta (Insubstantiality) and Dukkha (Insatisfactoriness). 2. Right ThoughtsWith clear knowledge, clear thinking follows suit. This...
  • Laughter, the Blissful State of Non-Thinking
    Meditation
    If you laugh when you are ill, you feel better. (Mom always said, "Laughter is the best medicine.) If you laugh in the face of sadness, you transform grief....
  • Why Reciting Sutras is Important
    Buddhist Practices, Mahayana, Sutra
    In many Buddhist disciplines we are taught and value the practice of reciting sutras. Often this is done from memory, in a mantra-like chant, which begs the question why...
  • The Better Way: Standing Meditation?
    Meditation
    "You can meditate walking, standing, sitting or lying down" Buddhist monk Noah Yuttadhammo. "Standing is a moderate form, and can be used to calm you down or wake you...
  • Healing Mantras: Setting the Mind Free
    Dharma, Mantra, Vajrayana
    "Chanting mantras works directly on all types of karma ... we can heal various physical, emotional and spiritual conditions" Thomas Ashely-Farrand
  • Mantra Part 2: Good Vibrations
    Buddhist Practices, Dharma, Mantra, Vajrayana
    All matter in the universe, in some theories, are nothing but vibrations. Sounds are vibrations. Mantras are vibrations. Mantras are "made of emptiness and rhythm."
  • Part 3: There's a Mantra for That
    Buddhist Practices, Mahayana, Mantra, Vajrayana
    Around the world, in any given moment, millions are chanting mantras. Here's an alphabetical list of mantras.
  • Cruelty to Chickens Protest: Dalai Lama
    Buddhist Living
    "One day I chanced to see the slaughter of a chicken, which made me decide to become a vegetarian." HH the Dalai Lama. He writes to KFC, asking them...
  • The Emptiness of Prayer—Who Do We Pray To?
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Dakini, Deities, Dharma, Zen
    "The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both, by nature, empty," – a one-line "prayer" widely used by Buddhists around the world.
  • Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering
    Buddhist Living, Dharma, Karma, Lamrim, Rebirth, Scientific Buddhist
    Karma is not a "thou shalt not" approach to spirituality. Buddha taught that negative karma can be overcome.
  • Six Essential Practices of Korean Buddhists
    Mahayana
    Bowing practice develops the humble mind and is possibly the most important focus of Buddhist practice for many Koreans. Even as a non-religious aspect of life, the bow cultivates...
  • Empowering the Rural Buddhist: Tips for Remote Practice
    Buddhist Practices
    It is critical for your remote practice that you maintain your spiritual disciplines no matter where you are, because only then can you have a chance at taming the...
  • Loving Kindness: My Favorite Sutra
    Buddha, Mahayana, Sutra
    Having a peaceful countenance day by day, hour by hour, second by second, is the mantra of my existence. To be part of the Sangha and be a...
  • Rebirth, Part 1: Is There Evidence of Rebirth or...
    Buddhist Living, Dharma, Karma, Lamrim, Rebirth, Scientific Buddhist
    Is there proof that of reincarnation? Many noted psychiatrists and scientists claim that there is, some of which were widely published in Medical Journals.
  • I'm attached to my Mala
    Buddhist Living, Mantra
    I know it's a form of attachment, but I do carry my mala everywhere. Even after my mala burst spontaneously off my wrist at a restaurant (and here's me...
  • Drumming for a Wakeful Mind
    Buddhist Practices, Mahayana, Meditation, Zen
    We use a drum in meditation to keep us wakeful, mindful, alert. At the same time, the stimulating sound, entirely unique in percussion, has a trance-like effect, allowing something...
  • Namaste: Respect Overcomes Pride
    Buddhist Living, Buddhist Practices
    Namaste literally means "I bow to you." It is more than just politeness—bowing is a cure for ego and pride.
  • Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Buddhist Practices, Dakini, Deities, Mahayana, Mantra, Tantra, Vajrayana
    Tara's numerous anecdotal stories of rescues, some very dramatic and very recent, are compelling, and one of the reasons she is loved and praised by millions each day.
  • Purify Karma and Accumulate Merit with Mandala
    Buddhist Practices, Karma, Lamrim, Meditation, Vajrayana
    Mandala set offerings is a practice that combines the best of meditation, mantra, purification and offerings in one very powerful act, and many teachers, as early as the great...
  • Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava
    Buddhist Practices, Deities, Vajrayana
    The precious seven lines of the Precious Lotus Born is chanted every day by the faithful. The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, our Precious One, is a daily joy...
  • Buddhist Water Bowl Offerings as an Antidote to Attachment
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Buddhist Practices, Dakini, Deities, Mahayana, Vajrayana
    Basic foundation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism (and many other forms of Mahayana) include making offerings and prostrations to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and, in some practices, Gurus, Yidams...
  • Bringing Happiness to Others on Wesak Day: Buddha's Birthday
    Buddha, Dharma, Events
    Temple statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, the historical Buddha, with offerings and decorations for celebrating Wesak, the Buddha's Birthday. On the most precious day of Wesak, we celebrate not only the...
  • A monkey scratching his head as metaphor for the monkey mind
    Meditation Techniques for People With Unsettled Monkey Minds
    Meditation, Mindfulness
    Most mediators have to cope with the active monkey mind that won't settle. Coping with the Monkey Mind—a Buddhist term indcating "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable"—is...
  • Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?
    Dharma, Karma, Rebirth, Scientific Buddhist
    The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms "Reincarnation" and "Rebirth" are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between...
  • Vajrakilaya is a popular Yidam
    The Lightning Path of Buddhism: The Power of Yidams
    Buddhist Practices, Dakini, Deities, Tantra, Vajrayana
    By Bhagat Bhandari Note: This is a personal perspective of the author. Yidam practice is a teacher-guided method on vajra lightning path to enlightenment, Vajrayana. In this important path, meditating and...
  • Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally Respected Teacher, in Toronto June 8-18
    Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally...
    Events, Mahayana, Sangha, Tantra, Teachers, Vajrayana
    Highly realized and internationally respected Tibetan Buddhist teacher Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, will teach in Toronto, Canada from June 8-18, 2013. His busy itinerary includes lectures, initiations, consecrations and...
  • Lama Tsongkhapa Practice: Harmony, Permanent Happiness and Complete Healing
    Bodhisattvas, Buddhist Practices, Deities, Lamrim, Mantra, Tantra, Teachers, Vajrayana
    Many famous gurus, lamas and teachers—including the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche—have taught this very powerful, yet accessible practice. The practice does not require initiation or...
  • How is the Mind Different from the Brain? Science...
    Meditation, Mindfulness, Scientific Buddhist
    "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...
  • Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally Respected Teacher, in Toronto June 8-18
    Precious Green Tara Teachings: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche Returns to...
    Deities, Events, Teachers, Vajrayana
    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...
  • Green Tara Retreat: Calm Abiding, Mindfulness, Compassion and Wisdom....
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Deities, Dharma, Mahayana, Meditation, Sangha, Tantra, Teachers, Vajrayana
    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...
  • It's Important to Rejoice and to Laugh: Precious Teachings...
    Buddhist Practices, Mahayana, Sangha, Teachers, Vajrayana, Zen
    "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...
  • Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in...
    Buddhist Practices, Sangha, Teachers, Vajrayana
    "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,...
  • Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally Respected Teacher, in Toronto June 8-18
    Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Returns to Toronto in October...
    Dharma, Events, Tantra, Teachers, Vajrayana
    His Eminence Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche will return to Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Center, Toronto, in October 2014 for three weeks of precious teachings and initiations: Chod initiation of...
  • Remembering a Revered Teacher: Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Renowned Teacher...
    Rebirth, Sangha, Teachers
    With reverence, Buddha Weekly is sad to report the most venerable Geshe Sopa "has entered into "clear light meditation". He passed of natural causes on Thursday, August 28, 2104....
  • Buddhist Mantras Help Crops Grow — Increase Output by...
    Buddhist Living, Mantra, Scientific Buddhist
    Buddhist farmers in Fujian Province increased crop yield and grain size with Buddhist Mantras, according to a report in the Global Times. Faithful local Liangshan villagers installed 500...
  • "Mind is the creator of our own happiness or...
    Buddhist Practices, Dharma, Events, Lamrim, Mahayana, Meditation, Mindfulness, Teachers
    "On one level all our minds are connected," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche in his introductory remarks at a weekend retreat dedicated to Lojong Seven-point mind training. "We are...
  • Swift Healing with White Tara: the Rapid Path to...
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Buddhist Practices, Dakini, Deities, Dharma, Mahayana, Mantra, Meditation, Tantra
    When I need help in a hurry, Tara is the "swift one"—the One I call on first. If I'm in trouble, Green Tara. If I'm sick, White Tara. So...
  • Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path...
    Buddhist Living, Scientific Buddhist
    Buddhism has never been a "propagation" spirituality. Actively seeking out "converts" is discouraged for the most part. Individual spirituality is emphasized more than group activities. Some people don't even...
  • "We offer Thich our powerful collective energy": People Around...
    Buddhist Living, Sangha, Teachers, Zen
    "Our practice of stability and peace in this very moment is the best support we can offer to . Let us all around the world take refuge in...
  • Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity
    Buddhist Practices, Deities, Karma, Tantra, Vajrayana
    Archaya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche recently taught at Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre. In this earlier picture, Rinpoche is speaking on Medicine Buddha. By D. Armstrong Lama Atisha, the revered lama...
  • Thich Nhat Hanh Wakes from 7-Week Coma, Gives "Renowned...
    Teachers, Zen
    Buddha Weekly is delighted to report the great Zen Monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh woke from a weeks-long coma. After he opened his eyes and smiled, doctors declared him...
  • Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and...
    Buddhist Practices, Dharma, Tantra, Vajrayana
    The Bell and Dorje are virtually synonymous with advanced Vajrayana tantric practice. A Tibetan practitioner is rarely separated from these powerful meditational and ritual symbols—just as the Bell and...
  • Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization...
    Buddhist Living, Buddhist Practices, Meditation, Scientific Buddhist, Tantra, Vajrayana
    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...
  • Broken Commitments: Breaking Buddhist Vows or Promises Carries Heavy...
    Buddhist Practices, Karma, Vajrayana
    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...
  • The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You...
    Buddha, Buddhist Practices, Deities, Dharma, Mahayana, Mantra, Meditation, Vajrayana
    In times of pain, sickness, or stress, my first thought of "remedy" is quiet meditation with the most sacred Medicine Buddha mantra. Inevitably, arthritis pains subsides in my case,...
  • Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother...
    Bodhisattvas, Buddha, Dakini, Deities, Dharma, Lamrim, Mahayana, Mantra, Vajrayana
    Most Buddhists know Tara—simultaneously, a friend, savior, caring Bodhisattva and enlightened being. Hindus consider Her one of the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom Goddesses—a role she carries on in Buddhism. To advanced...
  • Visualization Activates the Mind; Mindfulness Stills the Mind —...
    Meditation, Mindfulness, Vajrayana, Zen
    Mindfulness mediation can be seated and formal, or casual as you work through the day. There is a feeling of peace, and being in the "present moment" with mindfulness....
  • Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor,...
    Buddhist Living, Sangha, Teachers, Vajrayana
    When you first meet Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, the first thing you'll likely notice is the beaming smile. Rinpoche is remembered for his approachability—born of a combination of easy...
  • 30 Years of Gaden Choling Tibetan Buddhist Centre: Celebrating...
    Buddhist Practices, Dharma, Events, Sangha, Teachers, Vajrayana
    Gaden Choling — one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centres in Canada — celebrates its 30th year with three not-to-be-missed weeks of celebrations and teachings. "We invite you to...
30 Years of Gaden Choling Tibetan Buddhist Centre: Celebrating a Legacy That Brought Canada Teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

30 Years of Gaden Choling Tibetan Buddhist Centre: Celebrating a Legacy That Brought Canada Teachings from Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Tara Tulku Rinpoche and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Gaden Choling — one of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centres in Canada — celebrates its 30th year with three not-to-be-missed weeks of celebrations and teachings. “We invite you to join our celebration and for a series of teachings from the Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche,” the website for Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre. More about…

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor, unforgettable teachings

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor, unforgettable teachings

When you first meet Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, the first thing you’ll likely notice is the beaming smile. Rinpoche is remembered for his approachability—born of a combination of easy humor—and a booming laugh—together with wonderful anecdotes, inspired by a eventful life and lineage. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully engaging. Layered under…

Visualization Activates the Mind; Mindfulness Stills the Mind — Which is Right for Your Buddhist Practice?

Visualization Activates the Mind; Mindfulness Stills the Mind — Which is Right for Your Buddhist Practice?

Many Buddhists — and non-Buddhists — practice mindfulness to still the mind. In Buddhist practice, this stilling of the “monkey mind” has many advantages, and can help us glimpse reality as it truly is — the wisdom path to eventual enlightenment. Other Buddhists — and non-Buddhists — practice forms of visualization. Deity visualization in Vajrayana…

Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Hindu Maa Tara, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Hindu Maa Tara, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

Most Buddhists know Tara—simultaneously, a friend, savior, caring Bodhisattva and enlightened being. Hindus consider Her one of the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom Goddesses—a role she carries on in Buddhism. To advanced practitioners, she is equally the great Wisdom Mother Prajnaparamita. Yet, at the same time, without contradiction, Tara is the intimate and treasured friend. The Vastness of…

The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal

The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal

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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…

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….

Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and Dorje are Inseparable Symbols of Indivisible Emptiness and Form

Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and Dorje are Inseparable Symbols of Indivisible Emptiness and Form

The Bell and Dorje are virtually synonymous with advanced Vajrayana tantric practice. A Tibetan practitioner is rarely separated from these powerful meditational and ritual symbols—just as the Bell and Dorje should never be separated from each other. Even non-Buddhists might recognize the symbolism immediately—among the most widely recognized symbols used in Buddhism. (See video below for “How…

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Thich Nhat Hanh Wakes from 7-Week Coma, Gives “Renowned Infectious Smile”

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