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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 … [Read More...]

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 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 … [Read More...]

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Buddhist Practices

Water Bowl Offerings is a foundation basic practice in Vajrayana Buddhism that teaches us generosity, helping us overcome stinginess. Seven bowls are filled with water each morning, and offered to the Buddhas.

Buddhist Water Bowl Offerings as an Antidote to Attachment

Basic foundation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism include making offerings and prostrations to the Buddhas, Gurus and Bodhisattvas. Yongchap practice, … [Read More...]

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Namaste: Respect Overcomes Pride

To many Buddhists, "Namaste" is the most commonly spoken greeting. It is not just a salutation, it's a sign of genuine respect and good will. More … [Read More...]

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Meditation

A growing group of scientists in consciousness studies theorize the mind as an energy-like field surrounding and separate from the body.

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 constrained to the inside … [Read More...]

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Sutra

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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, … [Read More...]

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Zen

Larger fish drums are often hung outside temples.

Drumming for a Wakeful Mind

Mokugyo are instantly recognizable by their entirely unique and pleasant penetrating sound that almost seems to hypnotize with it's intensity. The use of the fish drum is nearly universally used in ritual and private meditation amongst most forms of Zen or Chan, Mahayana Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism. (See video below of monk playing fish … [Read More...]

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Mantra

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I’m attached to my Mala

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 … [Read More...]

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Mindfulness

The Dalai Lama once famously said, "kindness is my religion."

Random Acts of Kindness Creates Good Karma. Mindful Acts of Kindness Refines Practice.

Kindness, in my view, is also one of the most important elements of mindfulness practice. All mindfulness practice has qualities we identify in the … [Read More...]

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Mahayana

Medicine Buddha and his "brothers" are an effective visualization and practice to help with illness or ill fortune. Here the Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru is surrounded by his Medicine Brother emanations and crowned (top) with Shakyamuni Buddha who not only taught Medicine Buddha practice — he is considered a Medicine Buddha Himself.

The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru

In times of pain, sickness, or stress, my first thought of "remedy" is quiet meditation with the most sacred Medicine Buddha mantra. Inevitably, … [Read More...]

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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 Respected Teacher, in Toronto

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 practice with students. The events will also be an opportunity for those interested in experiencing Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is the Thirteenth Zasep Tulku (incarnation), enthroned with […]

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The Lightning Path of Buddhism: The Power of Yidams

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 honouring your own personal Yidam allows for fast comprehension of the nature of reality and the Dharma. The highly personalized and intense nature of […]

The concept of clinging, suffering and karma are bound up in the cycle of rebirth in Buddhism.

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

The ideas of reincarnation and rebirth have successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms “Reincarnation” and “Rebirth” are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be the assumption of another body by a permanent self or a “soul”. According to this doctrine, […]

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Meditation Techniques for People With Unsettled Monkey Minds

Coping with the Monkey Mind—a Buddhist term indcating “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable”—is one of the biggest obstacles to meditation and mindfulness practice in Buddhism. The monkey mind disturbs peaceful reflection and creates endless obstacles to mindfulness practice, although flipped on its head, mindfulness can be said to be the “cure” […]

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Bringing Happiness to Others on Wesak Day: Buddha’s Birthday

On the most precious day of Wesak, we celebrate not only the birth, but ask the enlightenment, and Parinarvana of Guatama Buddha. Also known as Saka Dawa (Tibetan), Vesakha, Buddha Pumima, and Buddha Jyanti, we celebrate the life and teachings of the Buddha by bringing happiness to others. Affectionately known as Buddha’s Birthday, we traditionally […]

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Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava

The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, our Precious One, is a daily joy for many of us who habitually and with great faith chant the sacred vowels. Padmasambhava, the second living Buddha in our age, is special to many of us. The Lotus Born revived the Dharma at a time it was under threat […]

Tsem Rinpoche, teaches offering of mandala step by step in his YouTube videos.

Purify Karma and Accumulate Merit with Mandala

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 Lama Tsong Khapa, advocate this critical practice as a daily essential.

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Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action

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.

Why are some people born poor while others are born into richness? Many believe that karma generated in past lives helps determine and shape our current incarnation.

Reincarnation, Part 1

Is there proof that of reincarnation? Many noted psychiatrists and scientists claim that there is, some of which were widely published in Medical Journals.

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Loving Kindness: My Favorite 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 true Buddhist, I must be peaceful in my treatment of others, as well. Loving Kindness.