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What is Buddha?: The Koans and stories of Zen Buddhism — profound riddles that “break” the mind

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 17, 2018 / 0 Comments

A koan is a paradoxical riddle or statement used in Zen Buddhism in order to shake-up conventional thinking and to provoke an insight. Why do koans remain so intriguing and popular today? Perhaps, since koans are about insight, there are no right or wrong interpretations — which is one reason they are so effective. It…

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Reclaim your mental well-being from addiction: special contributor feature

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Editor’s Intro: Buddhists emphasize meditation and mind in many practices, in part, to help us overcome attachments. Whether it’s addiction, or repetitive behaviours and attachments, destructive cravings are a major issue in today’s stress-filled world. Special contributor Adam Cook, who runs AddictionHub.org became involved in helping people with addiction after an experience with a loved…

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A Map of the Mind Universe — the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: a perfect practice; a perfect remedy for the five poisons

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Buddha literally translates as “Awakened” — referring to One who has Awakened to the True Nature of Reality. Shakyamuni awoke to the true nature of reality and the true nature of suffering — and gave us remedies for the five poisons that keep us trapped in Samsara: anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, and ignorance. He taught…

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What does quantum physics have to do with the Five Buddhas — Vairochana, Amitabha, Akshobya, Ratnasambhava, and Amoghasiddhi?

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 5, 2018 / 2 Comments

Most Buddhists, in daily practice, understand a core truth —  that all phenomena are inter-dependent and cannot exist independently. Quantum Physics is only now starting to demonstrate this fundamental Buddhist understanding. Buddha called this “dependent-arising” more than two thousand years ago. The concept is mind-boggling, even for the great minds in quantum physics  — yet…

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Sutra on the Eight Realizations: one of the most important suttas; contains the 11 essential subjects for meditation

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

The vital importance of awareness of impermanence, the nature of suffering, attachment, dissatisfaction, ignorance and laziness are emphasized by the Buddha in the short Sutra on the Eight Realizations (full translation below with some of the commentary by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.) The Sutra on the Eight Realizations is one of the most important of…

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The Lion’s Gaze and the Lion’s Roar: Padmasambhava, Milarepa and Buddha’s lion wisdom even more relevant in today’s hectic world

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 29, 2018 / 2 Comments

“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.” -Milarepa

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Dharma and the Tao: how Buddhism and Daoism have influenced each other; Why Zen and Taoism can be complementary

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Buddhism and Daoism have co-influenced each-other over hundreds of years in China. Although Buddha lived from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C., the founder of Daoism, Lao-Tzu was thought to live in the 6th century BCE. Buddhism and Daoism didn’t encounter each-other until Buddhism entered China around the third century BCE — and since that time…

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Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche’s condensed “all teachings into one — which is concise and easy to practice”at the time of death: as requested by Lady Tsogyal

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 15, 2018 / 1 Comment

One of the most wonderful teachings of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, Guru Rinpoche was written down by the Lady Tsogyal — from a request she made just as the master was about to leave — and she, herself, was worried about death. Although she was a accomplished Dakini, she requested: “This old woman has no…

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Mangala Sutta: The Sutra on Happiness; Buddha teaches the 11 blessings, those things which bring happiness

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

I heard these words of the Buddha one time when the Lord was living in the vicinity of Savatthi at the Anathapindika Monastery in the Jeta Grove. Late at night, a deva appeared whose light and beauty made the whole Jeta Grove shine radiantly. After paying respects to the Buddha, the deva asked him a…

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How the Thai Cave Rescue inspires us as both humans, and Buddhists

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dedication: I would like to dedicate this article to the rescuers, the 12 boys, their football coach and especially to the memory of Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan whose bravery and sacrifice were a credit to humanity. May he rest in peace. (Guest contributor Lee Clarke) Over the past few days I — like millions…

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Profound simplicity of “Amituofo”: why Nianfo or Nembutsu is a deep, complete practice with innumerable benefits and cannot be dismissed as faith-based: w. full Amitabha Sutra

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 7, 2018 / 0 Comments

There is a something very precious and special about the practice of chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha: traditionally, the single word chant, Amituofo. When you participate in this elegant and powerful practice, you feel immediate peace and comfort. The entire practice is to chant the name — sometimes just the name, sometimes as a…

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Having trouble focusing during meditation? Lack of sleep may be the issue; 70 million US adults suffer a sleep disorder

By Lee Kane, Editor / July 5, 2018 / 0 Comments

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. This doesn’t just result in poor performance at work, drowsy and dangerous driving, and major health issues — it may be preventing you from achieving meaningful realizations during meditation. Regardless of your style of meditation — mindfulness, breath focus, Zen, Tantric…

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