“Putting Compassion on the Scientific Map”: Compassion Boosts Happiness/Health; and Research Indicates That Practicing Buddhists Are Happier than Average.

By Lee Kane, Editor / October 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

“There is something about conscientious Buddhist practice that results in the kind of happiness we all seek.” Dr. Paul Ekman, University of California San Francisco Medical Centre. Intriguing research indicates that generating the compassionate mind—particularly all-embracing compassion for all beings—can have tangible health benefits. The research used a protocol dubbed a “Brain Stress Test” to…

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Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 28, 2017 / 2 Comments

Too busy to practice? Too stressed out or sick to fulfil your practice commitments? Assuming you’ve prioritized — reducing Facebook, Twitter and television time — what if you continue to break your practice commitments? What can you do about it? Can you give back the commitment? Can you repair the negative karma? Here’s what three…

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What the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams Have in Common: Laughter, and Compassion, the Best Medicine

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 1, 2017 / 1 Comment

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. If you giggle at your own stupidity, you learn wisdom.

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Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

The great teacher Lama Yeshe once asked: “Why are there so many different deities in tantra?” [1] On one hand, Mahayana Buddhism speaks to universality, emptiness, oneness and the illusion of “I” or interdependent nature. On the other, Vajrayana Buddhism — often referred to as the “lightning path” and holding out the hope of realizations…

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“Mind is the creator of our own happiness or suffering”—Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches Lojong Seven-Point Mind Training

By Lee Kane, Editor / June 27, 2017 / 4 Comments

By Lee Kane “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 the creators of our suffering. Everything depends on mind.” Lojong literally can translate as “mind training”— lo, mind; jong, training. Lojong is both…

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“Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth” — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

By Lee Kane, Editor / May 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

The stirring beat of many drums and a festive rise of musical voices broke the serene silence of a sunny and warm Saturday morning on sparkling Georgian Bay. In a nice surprise for the many attendees of a much-anticipated Mahamudra retreat, Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche—an internationally respected Buddhist teacher—was joyously “drummed in” by people from the local native…

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Mokugyo: Drumming for a Wakeful Mind with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 29, 2017 / 1 Comment

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 of an altered state of meditation.

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Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 28, 2017 / 7 Comments

Lama Atisha, the revered lama and Mahasiddha, 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 face of this suffering. In…

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Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 11, 2017 / 5 Comments

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.

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Mama Buddha Tara: Compassionate Action; Stories of Tara the Rescuer

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 27, 2017 / 5 Comments

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.

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Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 15, 2017 / 3 Comments

Karma is not a “thou shalt not” approach to spirituality. Buddha taught that negative karma can be overcome.

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Tantric Wrathful Deities: The Psychology and Extraordinary Power of Enlightened Beings in Their Fearsome Form

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 2, 2017 / 4 Comments

Wrathful deities in Buddhism can be terrifying, monstrous, and demonic in appearance—but they are actually the “good guys.” People who might be casually interested in Buddhism are often puzzled, even horrified, by Tantric Buddhist Deities depicted as ferocious personas. At first exposure, they might seem almost demonic, sporting garlands of human heads, multiple terrifying faces,…

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