Lee Kane

Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
Lee also contributes as a writer to various other online magazines and blogs.

Emptiness and Shunyata: What the Teachers Say About Emptiness: Removing “Lazy Nihilism” and “How Deep the Rabbit Hole goes”

What do big moons, lazy nihilists and rabbit holes have to do with Shunyata? Yesterday I read a feature on Space.com which became the inspiration of this feature: "The 'Big Moon' Illusion May All Be in Your Head," by ...

In what way are Buddhist deities real? What do the teachers and sutras tell us about the true nature of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Are Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Yidams, and Deities real in the same relative way that we exist? Are they other? Are they neither? What do the Buddhist teachers tell us? What can we learn about this from Sutra? In this ...

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

Sadhanas are not just sacred Dharma texts, held up as venerable sacred texts — in Vajrayana they are (metaphorically) the recipes to successful Buddhist realizations. As with a chef in the kitchen, you don’t have to use the ...

Black Tara — Destroyer of Enemies and Evil, Who Protects from All Negativities and Obstacles Internal or External

Black Tara is the most approachable of the protective, wrathful Buddha emanations. She is called Tara Who Destroys all Enemies, and Tara who is Invicible. She is the 7th of the twenty-one Taras, and one of the most ...

Supporting Member Ad-free Video: Maha Vairochana’s Mantra of Light — the Light of Compassion and Wisdom Illuminates the Universe

Vairochana’s mantra, called the Mantra of Light, brings the shining light and love of Maha Vairochana into our lives. Chanting the Mantra of Light is the same as chanting all the mantras of all the Buddhas at once, ...

A Light to the World — Celebrate Buddha’s Descent from Heaven on Lhabab Duchen: merit multiplied ten million times

Light a candle to celebrate the light that came into our world as Gautama Buddha, the Enlightened One. Saturday, November 4, 2023 — the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month — marks Lhabab Duchen in Tibetan Buddhist ...

Maha Vairochana, the Buddha of Light, Buddha of the Buddhas, Dharmakaya of Shakyamuni and all Buddhas

Long before Quantum Physics was even a "concept", the Buddha of the vast Multiverse was Maha Vairochana. Two thousand years (or so) before the theories of Quantum Mechanics — and well before Marvel comics — Maha Vairochana already ...

Video: Achala, Fudo Myoo, Ferocious Activity of Maha Vairochana’s Compassion, Protective Wrath

Why is Achala, the ferocious form of enlightenment, so popular in most schools of Mahayana Buddhism? Why is Achala the ultimate manifestation of wrathful compassionate activity? Why does he resemble a stern warrior or enforcing police officer with ...

Supporting Member Ad-Free Video: Immovable Lord Achala, Fudo Myoo, ferocious activity of compassion of Maha Vairochana

Why is Achala, the ferocious form of enlightenment, so popular in most schools of Mahayana Buddhism? Why is Achala the ultimate manifestation of wrathful compassionate activity? Why does he resemble a stern warrior or enforcing police officer with ...

December 7 is Lama Tsongkhapa Day 2023 — Ganden Ngamchoe, Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s Parinirvana!

The parinirvana of the great sage of the Land of Snows, Lama Je Tsong Khapa, is celebrated on December 7, 2023 this year. [Practice links in resources below.] From now until his celebrated day, to help inspire compassion, ...

Immovable Lord Achala, Fudo Myoo, ferocious activity of compassion of Maha Vairochana

Immovable Lord Achala, Fudo Myoo, ferocious activity of compassion of Maha Vairochana Why is Achala, the ferocious form of enlightenment, so popular in most schools of Mahayana Buddhism? Why is Achala the ultimate manifestation of wrathful compassionate activity? ...

Video: Samantabhadra’s King of All Prayers Dharani chanted in Sanskrit — a complete Buddhist practice with all seven limbs

After a 3-minute introduction (time indexes below), we chant the extraordinary King of Aspirational Prayers of Samantabadhra in original Sanskrit. Most Mahayana Buddhists practice translated forms of this prayer with their daily practice.This is the concise form, containing ...

Is it easier to practice Buddhist meditations in our dreams? Enlightenment through Dream Yoga, is it possible?

"You should know all phenomena are like dreams." — Shakyamuni Buddha. Unless we are Yogis or Yoginis, the closest we are likely to come to an inciteful appreciation of Emptiness and the true nature of phenomenon might actually ...

Supporting Members: Ad-Free Video – Achala Fudo Myoo Mantra: Compassionate Help, Removing Obstacles & Negativities chanted in Sanskrit

Fudo Myoo Achala's powerful Mantra of Compassionate Help is from the Maha Vairochana Sutra. Powerful Achala, the wrathful manifestation of Vairochana helps purify negative karmas, remove obstacles, supress enemies and brings us compassionate help into our lives. The ...

Illumination: A Guide to the Buddhist Method of No-Method — book excerpt by Rebecca Li Ph.D “What Silent Illumination Is”

"Silent Illumination is often called the method of no-method because it does not ask us to focus the mind on any particular object such as the breath. There is nothing to do, but you can’t do nothing, so ...

Supporting Members Video: King of All Prayers Dharani chanted in Sanskrit — a complete Buddhist practice with all seven limbs

Why is the King of Prayers, the king? This prayer, recommended by many Mahayana teachers, is translated as “The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra” and is from the Gandavyuha Sutra. Samantabhadra, Universal Good Bodhisattva, offers us ...

Member Video Ad-Free: Chant only: Sanskrit King of Prayers Dharani original and beautiful chant – no introduction version

CHANT ONLY VERSION BY SPECIAL REQUEST! This prayer, recommended by many Mahayana teachers, is translated as “The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra” and is from the Gandavyuha Sutra. Samantabhadra, Universal Good Bodhisattva, offers us the entire ...

Supporting Members Ad-Free: Maha Vairochana Buddha of Light, Buddha of the Buddhas, Dharmakaya of Shakyamuni and all Buddhas

Long before Quantum Physics was even a "concept", the Buddha of the vast Multiverse was Maha Vairochana. Two thousand years (or so) before the theories of Quantum Mechanics — and well before Marvel comics — Maha Vairochana already ...

Supporting Member Video: King Shabala Multicolored Garuda: Enlightened Activity of All Buddhas; the Power of Chi and Prana

King Garuda is magnificent chief among the Four Dignities in Buddhism,  Enlightened protector of the North of the mandala, and the king of all  bird beings and air beings. (CONTENTS with TIME INDEX BELOW.)  This makes him among ...

Members: Mantra Music MP3 Download: Vajrasattva’s 100-syallable Sanskrit mantra beautifully chanted

As a special thank you to our supporting members, please enjoy this downloadable MP3 of our original recording of Vajrasattva's 100-syllable mantra, beautifully chanted and composed by our precious volunteers at Buddha Weekly. We've worked hard on this ...

Samantabhadra’s The King of Prayers is the ultimate Buddhist practice how-to and itself a complete practice

Why is the King of Prayers, the king? This prayer, recommended by many Mahayana teachers, is also translated as "The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra." Samantabhadra, Universal Good Bodhisattva, offers us the entire path to becoming ...

Maha Vairocana Buddha of the 1000 Universes and Lotus Petals, Buddha of the Multiverse, Buddha of Light — Includes full chapter with “all mantras of all Buddhas”

Long before Dr. Strange and well before Quantum Physics was even a "concept", the Buddha of the vast Multiverse was Maha Vairochana (Mahavairocana). Two thousand years (or so) before the theories of Quantum Mechanics — and well before ...

October Practice Dates: Tsog, Medicine Buddha and Tara Pujas, Padmasambhava Day Moon Dates

October practice dates are according to the lunar calendar. Don't miss Buddha Weekly's guide to Dharma practice dates, converted from lunar to western calendar. The entire year is always posted on our "Dhama Dates" link>> Buddhist Practice dates ...

Shabala King Garuda — Multicolored King of Air, Chi, Prana — Cheng, Enlightened Lord of the Five Activities of the Buddha

King Garuda is magnificent chief among the Four Dignities in Buddhism, Enlightened protector of the North of the mandala, and the king of all bird beings and air beings. This makes him among the most important of Enlightened ...

Supporting Members: Dharma Drum in Buddhism: Drumming for Mindfulness; Waking up to Buddhist Practice

Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, the Dharma Drum has been a central, vital and indispensable practice method. The drum beat tells us "Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!" Wake up your sleepy mind. Wake up your clouded, ...

Video King Shabala Multicolored Garuda: Enlightened Activity of All Buddhas; the Power of Chi and Prana

King Garuda is magnificent chief among the Four Dignities in Buddhism, Enlightened protector of the North of the mandala, and the king of all bird beings and air beings. (CONTENTS with TIME INDEX BELOW.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_izDWHcVd0&t   This makes ...

In Vajrayana, the Four Directional Dignities — Garuda, Snow Lion, Tiger and Dragon — are not just for prayer flags; they are profoundly powerful guardians of our mind

  The dragon rises out of the clouds, mouth open, teeth the size of swords, eyes glittering like jewels. You are flying on the back of a giant black raven, as this vast dragon circles around you, shaking ...

Waking up the Mind in Buddhism! The Zen of Drumming for a Wakeful Mind and Mindfulness with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

Chanting and disciplined ritual is still important in many schools of Zen. Here, Zen students chant with the famous "fish drum."   Mokugyo are instantly recognizable by their entirely unique and pleasant penetrating sound that almost seems to ...

Supporting Members: Shakyamuni Mantra chanted beautifully Sanskrit 27 Times with meditative images

Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha's mantra Om Muni Muni Mahamuni Shakyamuni Svaha — which contains the essence of the Buddha Dharma if it is fully understood. Focusing on the mantra mindfully has the power to purify all negative Karmas from ...

Video: Guanyin Avalokiteshvara Tara — Saving Us From Danger: The Burning House, the Jewel in the Robe

Why is there still suffering in the world when Tara or Kuan Yin is ready to help? If the Bodhisattva vow of Avalokiteshvara Kuanyin Tara — and all her forms — is to rescue beings who call her ...

Supporting Members Video: Ad-free HD – Guanyin Avalokiteshvara Tara — Saving Us From Danger: The Burning House, the Jewel in the Robe

Why is there still suffering in the world when Tara or Kuan Yin is ready to help? If the Bodhisattva vow of Avalokiteshvara Kuanyin Tara — and all her forms — is to rescue beings who call her ...

Happy Guru Rinpoche Day! — How and When to Celebrate the 10th of the lunar month

HAPPY GURU RINPOCHE Day and Tsog. The 10th of the lunar month is the day we celebrate Guru Rinpoche each month. (Dates below for this year!) According to National Today: "Believers agree that he was born on the ...

TARA DAY — Puja and mantra practices to bring the swift saving and healing activity of Tara into your life

HAPPY TARA DAY! Every day is Tara day, although typically we celebrate especially on the eighth day of the lunar month, which is auspicious for Tara practice. The second auspicious day for Tara Puja is on the Full ...

Marichi, Buddhist Goddess of Golden Light, Destroyer of Demons, Evil and Obstacles, 21st Tara: Video short documentary

Why is Marichi, called the enemy of the demons or Maras in Mahayana Buddhism? In what way is she an emanation of Mother Tara? How can she protect me in turbulent times? Marichi, the Goddess of the Dawn ...

Bhaisajya Guru Medicine Buddha Sanskrit Mantra beautifully chanted with video meditative images: New Video

In times of pain, sickness or stress do many Mahayana Buddhists turn to meditation and the mantras of Bhaishajya Guru, Lapis Lazuli Light Medicine Buddha. Chanted in Sanskrit is particularly effective. In Sanskrit, his mantra is: Oṃ bhaiṣajye ...

Supporting Members: Ad-free HD Healing with Medicine Buddha Short Sanskrit Mantra clhanted beautifully 27 Times; Bhaishajya Guru

In times of pain, sickness or stress do many Mahayana Buddhists turn to meditation and the mantras of Bhaishajya Guru, Lapis Lazuli Light Medicine Buddha. Chanted in Sanskrit is particularly effective. In Sanskrit, his mantra is: Oṃ bhaiṣajye ...

Supporting Members: HD Ad-free video — Marichi, Buddhist Goddess of Golden Light, Destroyer of Demons, Evil and Obstacles, 21st Tara

Why is Marichi, called the enemy of the demons or Maras in Mahayana Buddhism? In what way is she an emanation of Mother Tara? How can she protect me in turbulent times?Marichi, the Goddess of the Dawn in ...

Dragons in Buddhism: The Zen Tale of the True Dragon; Guanyin and the Dragon King’s son

What would you do, if one morning you woke up to find a real dragon coiled by your bed, its scales and teeth glittering in the moonlight? Would you scream in terror, or embrace the opportunity to learn? ...

Buddhism and Rebirth, Oneness, Timelessness — and you are everyone: True Rebirth

In the vast tapestry of Buddhist philosophy, one thread stands out - the belief that we all have lived countless past lives in the ceaseless cycle of births. This leads to the compelling Buddhist teaching that at various ...

Do you believe in Rebirth? An average of 33% of U.S. Adults and 38% of Indian adults believe in reincarnation. Karma and rebirth are taught in Sutra, but do all Buddhist’s accept the concept?

In modern times, what are we to make of rebirth, past lives and reincarnation? While it seems less "fanciful" than other concepts of the afterlife (such as various heavens and hells), it can be a difficult concept for ...

What is the difference between Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhism? Three Vehicles, One Desitnation

Most people watch movies. Some watch or read fiction, some documentaries, some science fiction, some, fantasy, some romance, some comedy — some of us watch all of them! What's the difference/ All of them are movie-watchers. Likewise for ...

Rebirth and Karma are important in Buddhism but What is the Reasonable Evidence for Rebirth, Previous Lives and Karma?

Nothing inspires more debate amongst Buddhists, than the notion of rebirth. There's no doubt the Buddha spoke often about rebirth, Samsara, suffering, karma and escaping the cycle. Many modern Buddhists tend to avoid or ignore the topic on ...

What Buddha actually taught about “rebirth” and life after death. “Don’t misunderstand the Buddha.”

One of the biggest misunderstandings in Buddhist teachings is Buddha's teachings on Death. He taught the Eightfold Path as a method to escape Samsara and suffering — which is why he often refused to speak on "life after ...

Video: Amitabha mantra chanted 108 times in Sanskrit: Limitless Blessings and Merit

Buddha Amitabha's beautiful root mantra chanted 108 times in Sanskrit — considered a complete and virtuous practice by itself. Many people simply chant his mantra mindfully every day as a complete practice. His mantra connects us to the ...

Amitabha mantra video chanted 108 times in Sanskrit: Limitless Blessings and Merit – Ad-free for Supporting Members

Buddha Amitabha's beautiful root mantra chanted 108 times in Sanskrit — considered a complete and virtuous practice by itself. Many people simply chant his mantra mindfully every day as a complete practice. His mantra connects us to the ...

Supporting Member Video: Ad-free Medicine Buddha Documentary: how to practice and why Medicine Buddha is helpful in healing

Ad-free: Why, in times of pain, sickness or stress do many Mahayana Buddhists  turn to meditation and the mantras of Medicine Buddha? Why is Lapis  Lazuli Bhaishajyaguru called the Supreme Healer and the King of  Medicine? What empowers ...

Prostration, Praise and Prayers — the most essential practices for busy Buddhists. “Go Bananas” for Buddha: Devotion

"Go bananas for the Buddha, "is sage advice for any practitioner, new and advanced students alike. The great teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche once described devotion in a talk on Tara: “The devotees of Tara, especially the devotees from ...

Who is Medicine Buddha: King of Lapis Lazuli Light and how can we attain healing blessings?

Medicine Buddha is the Buddha who represents the healing aspects of all the Buddhas. He is also known as Bhaiṣajya-guru in Sanskrit and Yào Shì Fó in Chinese and Lapis Lazuli Light Buddha in English. Medicine Buddha's mantra ...

Where is Amitabha’s Pureland and how can Amitabha’s practice protect us from danger; Why Amitabha practice is all many people need

"Believing in inner truth means having deep faith that the ten billions Buddha-lands (worlds) are in reality not outside our Mind." — Patriarch Ou-I To the newcomer to Mahayana Buddhism, or particularly Pure Land Buddhism, Amitabha (Amita or ...

Supporting Members ad-free HD Video: Vajra, mala and bell documentary: Buddhist practice supports

Why are vajra, mala and bell called “practice supports” and what do they actually represent? Why is a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner expected to always carry a vajra, mala and bell, at least symbolically? How can they be used ...

Why is there still suffering in the world if Universal Mother Bodhisattva Kuan Yin Pusa (Tara, Kurukulla, Kannon) rescues beings from suffering

One of the most commonly asked questions in Buddhism is — If Kuan Yin Pusa (Guanyin Bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvara, Tara) can rescue all beings (as stated in Sutras), why is there still suffering in the world? The next most ...

Kurukulla Red Tara’s Power Mantra in Sanskrit chanted enchantingly 21 times

Very powerful chanting to original and memorable music dedicated to glorious Kurukulla, the immensely popular “Diva” Dakini of enlightened magic who transforms seduction into ‘the cause of wisdom.’ (Hard-subbed with mantra for chant-along.) MANTRA Oṃ kurukulle hūṃ hrīḥ ...

Kurukulla Red Tara — Enlightened Enchantment Dakini; Bringing Bodhichitta Power Into Your Life

In Vajrayana Buddhism, why is Kurukulla considered by many to be the star of the Dakinis? In what way is Kurukulla Wisdom Dakini an emanation of Red Tara and Amitabha? Why does Kurukulla's name translate as the "cause ...

Simhamukha Lion-Faced Dakini Mantra — Chant for Protection from Evil, Obstacles, Danger

Despite her wrathful, exotic form, Simhamukha, the Snow Lion-Faced-Dakini is a fully enlightened Wisdom Dakini and her mantra's fourteen syllables avert all evils and obstacles. Here, Buddha Weekly chants the mantra in a fast, ferocious, powerful form, since ...

Supporting Members Ad-Free: About Kurukulla Red Tara — Enlightened Enchantment Dakini (Documentary)

In Vajrayana Buddhism, why is Kurukulla considered by many to be the star of the Dakinis? In what way is Kurukulla Wisdom Dakini an emanation of Red Tara and Amitabha? Why does Kurukulla's name translate as the "cause ...

Why do Vajrayana Buddhists always symbolically carry a bell and vajra? What do they represent? How do we practice with ghanta and dorje?

Why are bell and dorje  called "practice supports" and what do they actually represent? Why is a Vajrayana practitioner expected to always carry a bell and vajra — at least symbolically? How can we carry a bell and ...

Devoted to compassion: How the practice of Guanyin Avalokiteshvara is powerful, healing, liberating and precious

Guanyin is often referred to as the "most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity."[2] Why? Because Her love is unconditional, all-embracing, and She will never cease her merciful activity until all beings are rescued from Samsara's suffering. So all-encompassing is ...

Enlightenment of the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva Guanyin Avalokiteshvara

August 5, 2023 (Lunar 19th of 6th month) This weekend we honor the Enlightenment of the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva Guanyin Avalokiteshvara. Celebrate with Namos to Guaynin or mantras and Dharanis. Information on this special day>> Her anniversary of ...

VIDEO: White Umbrella Tara’s Supreme Protection: Sitatapatra Dukkar, protects against obstacles and evils

Why is Sitatapatra, Dukkar, or White Umbrella Tara, considered the most protective of all the Buddhist Enlightened Deities? Which of the 21 Taras is Sitatapatra, also known as Dukkar? Why does Sitatapatra sometimes have 2 arms, and sometimes ...

NEW Member ad-free HD video version: Kurukulla Red Tara’s Power Mantra in Sanskrit chanted enchantingly 21 times

Very powerful chanting to original and memorable music dedicated to glorious Kurukulla, the immensely popular “Diva” Dakini of enlightened magic who transforms seduction into ‘the cause of wisdom.’ (Hard-subbed with mantra for chant-along.) MANTRA: Oṃ kurukulle hūṃ hrīḥ ...

Supporting Members: White Umbrella Tara’s Supreme Protection: Sitatapatra Dukkar, protects against all obstacles, evil

Why is Sitatapatra, Dukkar, or White Umbrella Tara, considered the most protective of all the Buddhist Enlightened Deities? Which of the 21 Taras is Sitatapatra, also known as Dukkar? Why does Sitatapatra sometimes have 2 arms, and sometimes ...

21 Taras Short Dharani 108 Times: for Illness, Danger, Disaster, Wish-Granting, Averting War — All the Benefits of the Longer Dharani

Tara taught the concise version of the 21 Praises to Tara, as a healing and protection method to the great Lord Atisha. When his life was threatened by disease she appeared to him and told he would be ...

Supporting Member Video: 21 Taras Short Dharani 108 Times: for Illness, Danger, Disaster, Wish-Granting, Averting War

Tara taught the concise version of the 21 Praises to Tara, as a healing and protection method to the great Lord Atisha. When his life was threatened by disease she appeared to him and told he would be ...

Holy Day of Chokhor Duchen and Sangha Day: How to celebrate Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma — this year on July 21, 2023

Of the four Holy Days dedicated to Shakyamuni Buddha each year,  Chokhor Duchen, the "First Teaching" celebration — the first turning of the Wheel of Dharma — is the most important. In Buddhism, we take refuge in Buddha, ...

Sitatapatra or Dukkar — the ultimate protective Bodhisattva Goddess, form of Mother Tara — 1000 arms or 2 arms, she is “Aparajita” the Undefeatable One

Sitatapatra, a form of White Tara from Sutra, a protective supreme form who emerged from Shakyamuni Buddha's Ushnisha and is known to be most most protective of Enlightened Deities.   Don't let the serene look of peaceful, two ...

The Nature of Time: Mindful Meditation on Duration Judgment and its Relationship to the Subjective Experience of Time

Mindfulness Meditation brings a new perspective on the nature of time. Time is a fundamental dimension of our existence, yet its perception is often an intriguingly subjective experience. One minute can feel like an eternity in a tedious ...

Simhamukha Dakini, the supremely ferocious remover of obstacles, Sengdongma, snow-lion-faced Dakini, whose roar defeats all negativities, curses, obstacles or evil forces

Why is Simhamukha, the Lion-Faced Dakini considered the "go to" practice in times of peril — especially any crushing supernatural or psychological threat. What is so special about her practice, that most lineages of Tibetan Buddhism turn to ...

Logic and the Doctrine of Proof: Celebrating the Life and Logic of Vasubandhu, the Great Buddhist Logician

Vasubhandu Logic has always held a prominent place in the realm of Buddhist studies, creating an intellectual bridge between spiritual pursuit and scientific curiosity. One figure who looms large in this intricate interplay is Vasubandhu, an eminent Buddhist ...

Video Documentary: Lion Faced Dakini Simhamukha Wrathful Wisdom— Protects from Evil, Obstacles, Disaster, Supernatural

13Why is the Lion-Faced Dakini Simhamukha one of the most popular practices in times of peril — especially when facing any crushing supernatural or psychological threat? Why do many lineages of Tibetan Buddhism turn to her practice in ...

Video Mantra: Black Tara Mantra 27 Times: She who Destroys Evil, Negativity, Black Magic and Obstacles

By popular demand, a shorter version of our Black Tara Mantra 27 times, music and chanting only with visualized images. Her mantra is among the most powerful of protections (hard subbed for convenient chanting: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture ...

Supporting Members Video: Simhamukha, Lion Faced Dakini: Documentary on the Wrathful Remover of Obstacles, Negativity, and Evil

Why is the Lion-Faced Dakini Simhamukha one of the most popular practices in times of peril — especially when facing any crushing supernatural or psychological threat? Why do many lineages of Tibetan Buddhism turn to her practice in ...

Video: 21 Taras Dharani chanted in Sacred Sanskrit with beautiful Nyingma Lineage visualizations

The ancient, sacred Sanskrit syllables of the 21 Taras Dharani from the Source of Tara Sutra (Kangyur) chanted beautifully with stunning illustrations of each Tara by Lasha Mutual. In the Nyingma visualizations, like the Atisha and Surya Gupta, ...

Supporting Members Early view ad-free: Black Tara Mantra 27 Times: She who Destroys Evil, Negativity, Black Magic and Obstacles: Music

By popular demand, a shorter version of our Black Tara Mantra 27 times, music and chanting only with visualized images. Her mantra is among the most powerful of protections (hard subbed for convenient chanting: oṃ tāre tuttāre ture ...

Supporting Member Video: 21 Taras in Sanskrit Nyingma Tradition chanting and video visualization

The ancient, sacred Sanskrit syllables of the 21 Taras Dharani from the Source of Tara Sutra (Kangyur) chanted beautifully with stunning illustrations of each Tara by Lasha Mutual. In the Nyingma visualizations, like the Atisha and Surya Gupta, ...

Supporting Members early release: Medicine Buddha Long Dharani in Sanskrit from Sutra chanted 7 times with meditative images

For our wonderful supporting members, an early look at our latest video (soon to be a single music release and Vevo music video) with the long Dharani chanted in Sanskrit beautifully 7 times with meditative images. The Dharani ...

True Dragons: Shakyamuni, Tara and Avalokiteshvara’s close relationship with Nagas and Dragons: and “Tale of the True Dragon”

Buddha and the dragon. In Zen-Chan Buddhism, the "Tale of the True Dragon" is used by teachers to illustrate the importance of true practice over entirely intellectual study. Imagine waking one morning to find a dragon "coiled by ...

Buddha Weekly’s First Music Video: Devotional Amitabha Mantra Dharani Chanting (5 minute version HD)

Buddhist devotional chanting of the Dharani of Amitabha, Buddha of Long Life and Light. Thanks to our supporting members, the first two Mantra albums and first mantra music video are live on Apple Music, Vevo, Tidal, Youtube, Spotify ...

Supporting Members Ad-Free Video: Amitabha Pure Land Dharani and Mantra— for long life and purification of obstacles

Also known as Sarvatathāgatāyurvajrahṛdaya-dhāraṇī and often incorrectly labeled the Amitayus Dharani — here, beautifully chanted by Buddha Weekly with the Amitabha root mantra 7 times, and the long Dharani 3 times. (Early listen, ad-free video for Patrons and ...

Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Whoso untiringly pursues the Dhamma and the Discipline Shall go beyond the round of births and make an end of suffering.

Ananda begs the Blessed One to stay On this day, Shakyamuni Buddha, the Blessed One, loyal Venerable Ananda begged the Lord to remain: “May the Blessed One remain, O Lord! May the Happy One remain, O Lord, throughout ...

Finding the Good in Any Situation and “Turn the other cheek”? The Sutra with Advice to Venerable Punna from the Buddha

Buddha teaching the monks. A few hundred years before the phrase "turn the other cheek" was coined, Buddha engaged in a brilliant advice session with the monk Venerable Punna. Although the advice was not specifically about "turning the ...

Member Early watch ad-free HD Video: Mantra of Ksitigarbha Jizo Dizang Earth Store Bodhisattva Chanted Beautifully 108 Times

Early watch, ad-free mantra music video for our wonderful Patrons: Chant along with the mantra of glorious Bodhisattva Kshitigarbha also known as Jizo in Japan Dizang and Earth Store Bodhisattva in English. Hard subbed for easy chanting. Video:

Supporting Members: Great Compassion Heart-dhāraṇī of Avalokiteśvara-ekadaśamukha chanted 27 times w beautiful images

Ad-free version for supporting members: Chant along 27 times, the great Dharani of the compassionate savior Bodhisattva, whose 1000-loving arms reach out with boundless love and compassion: Vairocana vyūha rājāya / tathāgatāya / arhate / samyaksaṃ buddhāya / ...

Releasing soon: Buddha Weekly’s first streamable Mantra Collection of 10 mantras beautifully chanted

  Mantra Collection 1 by Buddha Weekly Releasing soon: Buddha Weekly's first Mantra Collection of 10 mantras beautifully chanted As part of our Spread the Dharma mission, supported by our wonderful patrons and supporting members on https://budhaweekly.com, we ...
Shakyamuni Buddha passes into Paranirvana after decades of teaching.

Celebrating the Paranirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha for Saga Dawa Duchen with Maha-parinibbana Sutta

On June 4, 2023, Vajrayana Buddhists celebrate the most important day of the year, honoring the Paranirvna and life of Shakyamuni Buddha — the Day of Highest Merits. NOTE: Due to lunar calendar and tradition differences, Mahayana Buddhists ...

Video: Wish-Fulfilling 7-Line Praise to Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Sanskrit with mantra

For most Vajrayana Buddhists, the practice of Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus Born Padmasambhava, is the most profound of practices for meditations, and accomplishments. Chanting both the mantra of Padmasambhava, and the 7 lines of praise, is the purest ...

Eight Verses of Training the Mind of Geshe Langri Tangpa — Complete Concise Path of the Bodhisattva

Geshe Langri Thangpa. The Eight Verses of Training the Mind by Gesha Langri Thangpa is the most concise teaching on Lojong, or "training the mind," in Mahayana Buddhism — and at the same time, in eight precise verses ...

Great enemy of the maras: Marici — “Ray of Light” Bodhisattva Goddess — protective Bodhisattva for “turbulent times”; aspect of glorious Mother Tara: includes Dharani mantra

Marici, Enemy of all Maras, Goddess of the Dawn. This statue is painted as a Dharma practice, by Buddha Weekly's Creative Director. "Homage to her, the great enemy of the māras! Utterly invincible, vanquisher of all!" Marici's most ...

Great Compassion Mantra: Purification, healing and protection, the Maha Karuna Dharani Sutra — benefiting all beings

Thousand-armed Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig or Guanyin.) Around the world, millions of Mahayana Buddhists chant the Maha Karuna Dharani, the Great Compassion Mantra of Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig, Guanyin) — famous for its benefits of healing, protection and purification. It is probably ...

Five Wisdom Dakinis: “The source of the five activities is the dakini” —Padmasambhava: full feature, documentary video and more

Three of the Five Wisdom Daknis, art by Laura Santi. (See detailed art below for each of the Five Dakinis in the detailed section. Laura Santi's art can be found at Laura Santi Sacred Art on Etsy>> What ...

Supporting Members Video: Wish-Fulfilling 7-Line Praise to Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava in Sanskrit with mantra

For most Vajrayana Buddhists, the practice of Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus Born Padmasambhava, is the most profound of practices for meditations, and accomplishments. Chanting both the mantra of Padmasambhava, and the 7 lines of praise, is the purest ...

Why debate is indispensible in Buddhism demonstrated by Manjushri vs Shakyamuni Buddha in Mahavaipulya Sutra

During a Dharma debate, monks laugh at each other's answers, here at Sera Jey Monestary. Debate is almost synonymous with Buddha's teaching method — that's not even debatable. Imagine the Sage teacher, the Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha debating with ...

Wish-Fulfilling Praise of Padmasambhava chanted beautifully in Sanskrit with Guru Rinpoche mantra

Description For most Vajrayana Buddhists, the practice of Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus Born Padmasambhava, is the most profound of practices for meditations, and accomplishments. Chanting both the mantra of Padmasambhava, and the 7 lines of praise, is the ...

June 4 this year is SAGA DAWA DUCHEN — celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment and Paranirvana! May All Beings Benefit!

SAGA DAWA DUCHEN is the day in Tibetan Tradition that we celebrate Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and paranirvana on the Tibetan Lunar Calendar (converted this year to June 4, 2023). Saga Dawa Duchen is a day of highest merits ...

Tara’s eight great laughters — transforming the eight demons and fears; relying on the Mother of the Buddhas

Even the great Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha relied on Mother Tara’s “eight great laughters” to pacify fears, doubts, and demons. Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas because it is through Her Wisdom that all beings can ...

“When the mind is undefiled, a happy destination”—Buddha; the 16 Defilements of the Mind, and the Simile of the Cloth: Vitthupama Sutta

Shakyamuni Buddha teaching. Purification of mind is a critical practice in all schools and lineages of Buddhism. In the Vatthupama Sutta [full translation in English below] Buddha explains the concept with the simile of the stained cloth: "Monks, ...

Greed: how to cut the poison of greed: methods taught by Buddha including generosity, loving-kindness and compassion

Anathapindika, the wealthy benefactor giving to the Buddha. "I will teach only two things," Buddha said. The Buddha's primary message was always the same: end suffering by cutting the poisons. To do that, we have to first understand ...

Video: Black Tara Mantra, Destroyer of all Evils and Enemies; Chanted 108 Times

Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas, emanates in countless forms to help sentient beings. (PLEASE TURN ON CC captions if you'd like to chant along with the mantra or for other languages.) In her most wrathful black ...

Ad-Free Video for Supporting Members: Black Tara Mantra, Destroyer of all Evils and Enemies; Mother Tara’s Wrathful Aspect, Chanted 108 Times

Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas, emanates in countless forms to help sentient beings. In her most wrathful black form, the 7th of the 21 Taras, she overcomes every evil, every enemy, obstacle, negativity — and even ...

Supporting Member Podcast: Black Tara Mantra, Destroyer of all Evils and Enemies; Mother Tara’s Wrathful Aspect

Tara, the Mother of all the Buddhas, emanates in countless forms to help sentient beings. In her most wrathful black form, the 7th of the 21 Taras, she overcomes every evil, every enemy, obstacle, negativity — and even ...
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