Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation


Where is nirvana and emptiness: in the realm of radiance bright, invisible, eternal light, and infinite a state of mind: Buddha answers what the gods could not: Kevaddha’s story

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

In Pali sutta there is the wonderful story of Kevaddha, a Braham priest, who longed for “peace of heart and was anxious to reach Nirvana.” Because he could not understand how it was possible in the “flesh” to attain such tranquility, he made it his mission to answer this riddle of Nirvana. He sought the…

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White Tara long life practice video with guided visualization from H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, with mantra and beautiful Tara visualizations

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Is it possible to achieve longevity? And what about karma? H.E. Zasep Rinpoche answers these questions and gives a short video teaching on White Tara, known and loved for her long-life activities and healing energy. Rinpoche teaches the benefits, then — in great detail — how to visualize White Tara and the healing and protective…

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The role of meditation in mental health, depression, cognitive decline, delusional behavior and trauma: also, what to do when teachers fail in issues of ethics: interview with teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

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

In a hard-hitting, frank interview, Meditation teacher Theodore Tsaousidis — a well-known meditation teacher in Ontario — discusses the role of meditation in mental illness, cognitive decline, and general health. He points out, for example that clinical depression, delusional behavior and some other mental health issues may not benefit from meditation. On the other hand,…

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Great Yogi Shabkar’s checklist for advanced practice: his teacher’s letter asks all the right questions

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

The great yogi Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, an incarnation of the Milarepa, sang many instructive songs — still sung today (orally) and read in translated form by Buddhists around the world. Each of his wonderful songs, like Milarepa’s before him, are concise and wonderful teachings. His autobiography contains many teaching songs. “Regarded by many as the…

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Three Higher Trainings: ethics, concentration, and wisdom. Venerable Robina Courtin teaches the vitally important Three Precious Trainings in a weekend workshop in Toronto

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

The three higher trainings — triśikṣa in Sanskrit — are arguably the most important teachings to a Buddhist. Sometimes the three trainings are described as “ethics, concentration and wisdom” and other times as “discipline, meditation, and wisdom” — but, either way, the words don’t capture the essence of these higher trainings, which after all, ultimately…

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H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche brings two rare Buddhist teachings from the “clear vision” of famous Yogi Takpuwa Dorje Chang to Ontario, Canada in March

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

H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche’s much anticipated return to Ontario, Canada promises to be rare opportunity to receive rarely offered empowerments from the famed cycle of 13 initiations: the “Clear Vision” of the legendary Gelugpa Yogi and Mahasiddha Takpuwa Dorje Chang. These two special empowerments — requested by senior students of Rinpoche — are only two…

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Tibetan Buddhist views on LGBTQ: is Buddhism accepting, neutral, supportive, or alienating to lesbians, gay men and trans-gendered persons? What about same-sex marriage?

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

One of the most often asked questions in our “Ask the Teacher” submission form [link here>>] is “How does Tibetan Buddhism view same-sex issues?” or “Does Buddhism encourage same-sex marriage?” and many variations on this theme. The LGBTQ (or LGBT) topic is muddied by lack of uniformity in terms of the views of various Tibetan…

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Healing event: rare weekend Medicine Buddha healing mini-retreat with H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche in Owen Sound, March 31-April1

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

Medicine Buddha practices are universally popular and very effective for self-healing. Millions of Buddhists around the world rely on Medicine Buddha practices to support their healing journeys. Our feature story on Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru is our second most popular story for good reason. [Story here>>] Reading about the “First Doctor, Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru” is very…

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Lankavatara Sutra: “Eating meat has countless offences” Buddha teaches it is “root of great suffering”

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

Lankavatara Sutra (Tripitaka No. 671) Chapter 16: Do not eat meat   At that time, Arya(sage) Mahamati(Great Wisdom) Bodhisattva-Mahasattva said to the Buddha: “Bhagavan(World Honored One), I see that in all worlds, the wandering in births and deaths, the enlaced animosities, and the falling into evil paths, are all caused by meat eating and cyclical…

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Video: Vipashyana Mahamudra (Vipassana) short teaching on Madyamuka and brief guided meditation with H. E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 20, 2018 / 0 Comments

In a short 20 minute video teaching (followed by a brief guided meditation), H.E. Zasep Rinpoche introduces and clarifies the complex concepts of Vipashyana Mahamudra (Vipassana in Pali): literally: “liberating the mind.” [Video plays below. Full transcript below video (pending)]. Practices include, mind observing the mind, mind as object and mind as subject, mind as…

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Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born: “giving up idling and laziness” the importance of practicing incessantly and the path to self-discipline ; as recorded by Lady Tsogyal

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, the Enlightened Padmakara, once taught Lady Tsogyal how to practice perfectly with self-discipline — basically, the message: I can’t do it for you. In the teaching, “The Crystal Garland of Faultless Practice”, the great and perfect Buddha taught the importance of overcoming laziness and “practicing incessantly” and — preferrably — in seclusion…

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Tashi Delek: Happy Losar, Lunar Year of the Earth Dog: some traditional ways to bring in an auspicious new year

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Lunar New Year, celebrated by hundreds-of-millions of people — as Chinese New Year, Losar, and various other Lunar labels — is an important time, traditionally, to present offerings to the Buddhas and Enlightened beings. The merit generated by simple offerings is “measureless.” This is also the time to chant mantras or — if you do…

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