Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation

Archive for 2017

Can Buddhism actually help you become a successful professional? The Eightfold path and core meditation techniques may actually be good for business.

Buddha’s Dharma teaches the eightfold path, which could be a ready-made mission statement for any morally upright business person or corporation: I, we, will conduct ourselves with right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration, right speech, right action, right thought, right view. Any corporation could do well with such an amazing mission statement. Guest…

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Guru Rinpoche’s advice for visualizing the deity: a how-to from Padmasambhava with advice from today’s teachers (with video how-to)

For many Vajrayana Buddhists, nothing is more difficult than generating (creating) a detailed, stable and complete visualization. Yet, at the same time, it is vital, as explained by Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima: This is one of the primary functions of the development stage; it is a unique method that allows one to practice calm abiding by…

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Angry Wisdom: Yamantaka, the Destroyer of Death; Vajrabhairava, the wrathful Dharamapala Heruka manifestation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

“When the tantric wrathful deity is understood and related to skillfully, it has the necessary qualities to be a catalyst of transformation. One deity that embodies the power to transform the destructive, agressive aspect of the Shadow is Yamantaka. Vajrabhairava, as he is also called is practiced to overcome emotional and karmic obstacles, in particular…

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Meditation for children: Peer-reviewed studies support structured meditation in classrooms and homes to help children deal with depression, negative coping and self-hostility

Meditation is an essential component of Buddhism that enables us to settle, concentrate, and connect body and mind. Study after study has shown the many benefits it can bring us, including a greater sense of calm, understanding, and empathy. Why leave all its benefits for adulthood? Meditation should be taught from the earliest of ages,…

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What the teachers say about restarting your Buddhist practice: overcoming obstacles, bringing back the enthusiasm, re-establishing faith and commitments

Modern life takes its toll on Buddhist practice, especially the higher practices that might have come with daily practice commitments. Once the momentum is lost, its easy to self-justify just letting practice go “for now.” All the teachers, however, agree that it’s important to get right back into your practice — even if you feel…

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Video mantra chanting: Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma. Benefits: healing, compassion, metta, wisdom

The benefits of the powerful Migtsema prayer or mantra is well-documented by many great teachers of the Gelug lineage — including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.E. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Its beauty and simplicity and benefits are near-legendary. For busy people, Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is particularly efficacious, as it combines three major practices…

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Video teaching: Metta and Karuna, the “most important” Buddhist practices of Love and Compassion, from H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche with Lama Tsongkhapa Migtsema mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma

Metta and Karuna — Love and Compassion, respectively — are two of the three foundations of Buddhist practice. The third is “Shunyata”, the wisdom of Emptiness. Loving Kindness and Compassion has been called, together, the “most important practice” in Buddhism. In this short teaching video, H.E. Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche answers a student’s question:…

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Why is pride a poison, and when can pride of accomplishment be considered a good thing? With full Ambattha Sutta “Pride of Birth and its Fall.”

Recently, one of my Quora friends asked me: What is the Buddhist view on the sense of pride (of an accomplishment, for example)? My answer, at the time, was a quick one — an important question that deserved an answer. Of course, it’s a big topic, and an important one, but I wanted to answer…

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Vajrasattva, the Great Purifyer, among the most powerful and profound healing and purifications techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism

All Buddhist practices could ultimately be described by the goal “purification of the five aggregates” — through various forms of meditation and virtues (actions and thoughts.) Purification is a core concept. Vajrasattva meditation and mantra is the best-known of the purification pratices in Tibetan Buddhism — practices that psychologist Robert Preece in his book, The…

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Family lay Buddhism: What the Teachers Say about keeping motivated in your Buddhist Practice as parents — and coping with every-day family life in a modern stressful world

A single-father reader wrote in with a question (abbreviated here, as much of it was personal). He was struggling with raising his beloved daughter, yet finding his Buddhist practice was suffering due to stress and distraction. Two teachers answered this parent directly — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche and teacher Theodore Tsaousidis — and we’ve pulled various…

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