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No time for daily Buddhist practice? Chant a mantra; a complete meditation and practice in a few precious syllables: protection for the mind — all of Dharma in one mantra.

By Lee Kane, Editor / June 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

There are times when daily life conspires to push aside our good intentions to meditate, or to make offerings to the Three Jewels, or — for some of us — fulfil our daily commitment to practice sadhana. Concerned that I wasn’t fulfilling my practice commitment, I once asked H.E. Zasep Rinpoche what do do at…

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Youthful Manjushri: the beginning and flowering of wisdom; the gentle friend who cuts through ignorance with his flaming sword; Arapachana, the great essence mantra

By Lee Kane, Editor / June 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Of all the Buddhist meditational deities — and, of all the Bodhisattvas we meet in the sutras — the overwhelming feeling with Manjushri is “gentle wisdom” and “gentle friend.” We feel warm, comforted, and supported in the youthful arms of Manjushri. More importantly, we receive the gentle wisdom we need to progress on the path.…

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Video part 2 of Heart Sutra Commentary by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche: how understanding Heart Sutra can help us overcome unhappiness, attachments, aversions and fear

By Lee Kane, Editor / June 9, 2018 / 0 Comments

In part 2 of this wonderfully clear commentary on the Heart Sutra, H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche explains the Emptiness of Form, Feeling, Perception, Mental Formations and Consciousness. Part 1 of this commentary here>> Rinpoche explains why the teaching of Heart Sutra is the ultimate teaching for Wisdom, the Perfection of Wisdom, and how it can…

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Video: Heart Sutra Commentary by H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Part 1: Teachings on Emptiness and the Skandas of Form and Feeling

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

In part 1 of his 2-part teaching on the Heart Sutra, H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche goes into detail on the first two Skandas (Form and Feeling): Form is Emptiness; Emptiness is Form. Feelings are Emptiness; Emptiness is Feeling. He explains the profound meaning — and why it is comforting to Buddhists.

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Sadhanas: the secret sauce recipe of Vajrayana Buddhism — the ingredients that make it effective, and how to embrace its elegant formulas

By Lee Kane, Editor / May 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

Sadhanas in Vajrayana are (metaphorically) the recipes to successful Buddhist realizations. As with a chef in the kitchen, you don’t have to use the recipe — but it ensures a good result. The spectacular result, as with fine cuisine, is due to a preceeding lineage of accomplished practitioners, unbroken teaching lineage going back to the…

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In this time of contagious insults and flaming on social media, Buddha has good advice: “If I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you.”

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 28, 2018 / 1 Comment

In today’s world of instant tweets and social media, insults propigate almost with a flaming will of their own. And those words find instant audiences on Twitter, spreading the anger, the fury, the insults, hurting, hurting and hurting. But, why do insults hurt us? Modern psychology is only now telling us what Buddha taught us 2500…

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The Jataka Tales: Why they remain relevant for adults and children both; all of the Buddhist Teachings contained in stories

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

The word “Jataka” means “birth” in both the Pali and Sanskrit languages. The Jataka tales, among the oldest and best known of Buddhist texts, refers to stories of the past lives of Siddhartha Gautama before he became the Buddha in his final life. These charming and helpful stories number in the hundreds, with each life…

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Benefits obtained from wealth for householders: Adiya Sutta — righteously obtained and righteously used, wealth is not negative karma as long as “I have done what will not lead to future distress”

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Many people misinterpret Buddhist beliefs, associating money or wealth as a source of attachment or negativity — particularly focusing on the ideal of renuciation. For the non-monastic — for the devout householder Buddhist — wealth is not itself a negative. In fact, in Adiya Sutta (Pali Sutta, Sanskrit Sutra) Buddha, the Blessed One” explains the…

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The Importance of Ahimsa non-violence in Buddhism — Buddha, Ghandi and Dr.King showed us “Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.”

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

“Monks, even if bandits were to sever you savagely limb by limb with a two-handle saw, he who gave rise to a mind of hate towards them would not be carrying out my teaching” — Shakyamuni Buddha [4] By guest writer Lee Clarke The word “Ahimsa” is from the Sanskrit language and means ‘non-harm/injury’ and…

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Interview with Venerable Robina Courtin: “Staying sane in a crazy world”, taking the clichés out of karma and practicing the Three Precious Trainings

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Venerable Robina Courtin known for her clarity and energetic teaching style, covers a broad range of important Buddhist topics in this short interview video with Buddha Weekly. [Full video and transcript below.] Here, she speaks about mind and happiness, karma and habits, and the importance of ethics, concentration and wisdom. A Tibetan nun for over…

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Meditation retreat today is vital and precious and helps us have direct experience of “One Mind, One Body”: teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

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

How many of us actually find time for even a weekend retreat in today’s hectic world? Many Buddhists — and non-Buddhists — aspire to the quiet energy of retreat, not just to de-stress, but to actually still the mind sufficiently to progress mindfully. As meditation teacher Theodore Tsaousidis puts it: “silence is so extraordinary.” [Full…

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The dream of rebirth: is reincarnation real?; if so, why don’t we remember our lives?; how can we prove it?; and other difficult questions

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

Do you remember your dreams, your memories as a baby, your previous life? This series of questions is often used by Buddhist teachers to illustrate why we don’t have memories of past lives. Just as we often don’t remember our childhood, and certainly don’t remember our baby-hood, in this way we also don’t remember our…

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