Body mandala practice in Vajrayana Tantric Buddhism — and riding the winds of the inner body “Where mind goes, the body follows”

By Lee Kane, Editor / October 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

“Where the mind goes, the body follows” is an ancient unattributed wisdom saying — although it is credited to Arnold Schwarzenegger in modern times. Arnie was probably paraphrasing a quote often attributed to Zhang San Feng, the Taoist monk who developed the martial art Tai Chi: “The chi flows where the mind goes.” Martial artists…

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Lighting the inner fire: subtle body as the path to Enlightenment — the five chakras, three channels and two drops of Tantric Buddhism and their practice

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

“In my teaching I emphasize that Enlightenment is found in the body. This draws on Dzogchen, where you are told that when you put your awareness in the body in the right way, you encounter your awakened state. I also point out that through meditation we realize that awareness is not located in the head,…

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Medicine Buddha video teaching: the Four Immeasurables are immeasurably important; meditation and commentary — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

“To do effective healing, beneficial healing it is suggested that we practice the Four Immeasurables. Four Immeasurables. Immeasurable of love, immeasurable of compassion, immeasurable of joy, immeasurable of equanimity. Then the healing becomes more powerful and meaningful.” — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche from Video 2 in a teaching series “Medicine Buddha Retreat Weekend. Video includes a…

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Shabkar’s Song of Practice: the entire path, from refuge to generation to completion in one song by one of the great sages of Tibet

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Only a true visionary Yogi could distil a path that fills lifetimes and books into a single song. Such a Yogi is the great Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol, an emanation of the great Milarepa. Both were famous for their songs of wisdom. After a tribute to the Guru and Buddhas, he explains well the urgency of…

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Scientific Buddhist — 5 “Emptiness” meditation how-tos for achieving Theta brainwaves, for health and cognition benefits: mindfulness, repetition, sound, visualization, mantra

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

Theta brainwaves in meditation have significant health and cognitive benefits — according to numerous studies. Theta is associated with “ideas without censorship” or “ideation” mind mode [2]. It is also one of the secrets to a healthy mind and body. Despite the science, Theta is notoriously difficult to achieve. According to one study it occurs…

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Video Medicine Buddha Retreat, part 1: open self-healing weekend with visualization, mantras and teachings with H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Part 1 of a series featuring a full Medicine Buddha weekend retreat, suitable for anyone who wishes to meditate on healing. Medicine Buddha practices are universally popular and very effective for self-healing. Millions of Buddhists around the world rely on Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru practices to support their healing journeys. Medicine Buddha is one of the…

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84,000 doors to Enlightenment: mystical Buddhist, Zen Buddhist, intellectual Buddhist, devotional Buddhist, hipster Buddhist: many doors, one destination

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 25, 2018 / 0 Comments

Buddha taught many skilful means or paths. In Buddhism, these are typically described with the vehicle, path or doors metaphors. In the Pali Canon, it is said “There are 84,000 doors to Enlightenment” [5]. Clearly, in Buddha’s time, “hipster Buddhist” wasn’t one of these doors; in modern times, with the growing population of Buddhists, the…

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Transforming demons; “Get thee behind me Mara!”: how Buddhism handles demons; from mindfulness meditation to transformation — but no exorcisms

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Shakyamuni Buddha, raised among Brahmins (priests) and kings, left the palace behind and sat under the Bodhi Tree to face his inner demons. Of course, his mission wasn’t to exorcise devils and demons; it was the lofty goal of saving all sentient beings from Samsara, from suffering. The demons can be seen as symbols of…

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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 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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