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?

“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?

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,” 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

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

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.

“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

“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

“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,…

Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity

By D. Armstrong Lama Atisha, the revered lama of the Gelugpa tradition, came across an old man, dying of starvation in Bodghaya. Lama Atisha offered his own flesh, cut from his body, to save the old man. But the old man said, “How can I eat a monk’s flesh?” Lama Atisha felt helpless in the…

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…

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…

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

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 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, after…

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”…

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…

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, arthritis pains subsides in my case, and I’ve avoided most of the colds and flus that go around my business meetings— knock on wood. I give Medicine Buddha, exercise and good nutrition…

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