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.

HAPPY VESAK DAY (May 5, 2023) May All Beings Benefit.

Vesak is a day for extra practice, offerings, and meritorious deeds such as giving. Vesak — Buddha's birthday! Happy Vesak Day   On this day we celebrate Buddha's Life and Teachings. (In 2023 on May 5). During his ...

Lord Buddha Day! Vesak May 5 2023: Buddha’s Birthday! the “most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world” — UN

Mark May 5, 2023 on your calendar as a day for extra practice, offerings, and meritorious deeds such as giving. This is Vesak — Buddha's birthday!  Merit is multiplied millions of times!  "Skies of merit," as many teachers ...

Logic and Analysis: Buddha teaches in Magga-vibhanga Sutta — Analysis of the Noble Eightfold Path

The heart of Buddha's teachings is the Eightfold Path — a prescription for our own personal path to realizations based on positive karmic conduct. That does not stop the Buddha from analytical logic and debate. After the first ...

Amitabha practice: easy, welcoming, and his merits are so vast that all beings can benefit: Amitabha Sutra

"When I have attained Buddhahood, if those beings who are in the ten quarters should believe in me with serene thoughts, and should wish to be born in my country, and should have, say, ten times thought of ...

Video: Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, the Death Destroyer: ultimate wrathful form of Enlightened Wisdom

Conquering the maras and even death is at the very heart of Buddhism. As the death destroyer, Yamantaka symbolizes this aspiration, and his meditational deity practice is designed to achieve that goal. No deity is more misunderstood than ...

Day of Highest Merits: Celebrate Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana on Saga (Saka) Dawa Duchen June 4, 2023

Celebrate Saga Dawa Duchen, honoring Shakyamuni Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment, and Paranirvana on the 15th day of the 4th lunar month. All meritorious deeds are multiplied karmically, according to the Vinaya Text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. In the ...

Supporting Member Ad-Free Video: Destroyer of Death Yamantaka: supremely wrathful Yidam manifestation of Manjushri

Death itself is conquered by this towering, wrathful deity, Yamantaka. Conquering death, and the cycle of samsaric suffering, is at the very heart of Buddhism. As the “death destroyer” Yamantaka symbolizes this aspiration, and his meditational deity practice ...

Podcast: Yamantaka Vajrabhairava the Death Destroyer, the ultimate wrathful form of Enlightened Wisdom

Conquering the maras and even death is at the very heart of Buddhism. As the death destroyer, Yamantaka symbolizes this aspiration, and his meditational deity practice is designed to achieve that goal.   No deity is more misunderstood ...

Sutra in Forty-Two Sections — excerpts of timeless wisdom and practice advice from the World Honoured One

This sutra contains many favorite gems: "You should be mindful of the four elements within the body. Though each has a name, none of them is the self. Since they are not the self, they are like an ...

Smorgasbord Vajrayana: visualizing countless mandalas — exploring the vast universe filled with Buddhas

It can seem like Vajrayana's approach to visualizing countless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is a smorgasbord approach to Buddhism. This isn't as terrible a metaphor as it seems. For people with different tastes, a single menu meal may not ...

Video: Kalachakra Mantra: Tenfold Power Mantra Chanting with Explanation on 10-Fold Power Symbol and beautiful meditative images

Kalachakra mantra and practice are recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times. Chant along with Hrishikesh Sonar, the mantra of Kalachakra presented with beautiful meditative images. (Ad-free version in high definition ...

Kalachakra Mantra: Tenfold Power Chanting by Hrishikesh Sonar

Kalachakra mantra and practice are recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times. Chant along with Hrishikesh Sonar, the mantra of Kalachakra presented with beautiful meditative images. (Ad-free version in high definition ...

Kalachakra Mantra: 10-fold Power chanting PODCAST

Kalachakra mantra and practice are recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times. Chant along with Hrishikesh Sonar, the mantra of Kalachakra presented with beautiful meditative images. To learn more about Kalachakra, ...

Transforming all ten poisons with the skillful psychology of Buddhist Vajrayana — the creative approach to practice

The symbolism of Vajrayana spans every facet of life — and imagination — from the mundane, to love-making, to demon-slaying, to wrathful conquering. Every aspect of practice is expressed in visualization — in the vast expanse of imagination ...

April 22 is Earth Day, which makes it Green Tara’s day: nourishing, caring, mother-earth hands of Tara of the Khadira Fragrant Forest

We can take inspiration from Green Tara's example to be more mindful of our planet and all its creatures every day of the year. We can use her nourishing, caring hands as a reminder to treat the earth ...

No time for Buddhist practice? You have time for mantra, don’t you? Mantra — a complete practice

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 ...

Video: Kalachakra, the Wheel of Time Buddha: Shakyamuni’s highest emanation for difficult times

Why is Kalachakra practice recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times? Why is Kalachakra considered to be a highest yoga meditational form of Shakyamuni Buddha? How can Kalachakra meditation help to ...

How can Kalachakra meditation help to relieve our suffering? Why is Kalachakra considered to be the highest yoga meditational form of Shakyamuni Buddha?

Why is Kalachakra practice recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times? Why is Kalachakra considered to be the highest yoga meditational form of Shakyamuni Buddha? How can Kalachakra meditation help to ...

Podcast: Kalachakra, Wheel of Time Buddha: Shakyamuni’s highest emanation for difficult times

Kalachakra, in Tibetan Dhukor, means wheel of time, wheel of Samsara turning, wheel of sharp weapons turning, wheel of wars turning and wheel of suffering turning. At this time, it is important to turn the wheel of holy ...

Supporting Members Ad-Free Video: Kalachakra, the Wheel of Time Buddha — highest emanation of Shakyamuni Buddha

Why is Kalachakra practice recommended by great Buddhist teachers such as the Dalai Lama in these difficult times? Why is Kalachakra considered to be a highest yoga meditational form of Shakyamuni Buddha? How can Kalachakra meditation help to ...

HD ad-free supporting members version: Meditation Loving Kindness Guided 10 minutes plus 10 benefits

What are the ten benefits of loving kindness and compassion meditation to health and wellness as supported by peer-reviewed research. How can ten minutes of meditation a day reduce stress, slow aging or decrease illness. What is a ...

10 Wellness Benefits Loving Kindness Meditation, a guided 10-minute meditation

What are the ten benefits of loving kindness and compassion meditation to health and wellness as supported by peer-reviewed research. How can ten minutes of meditation a day reduce stress, slow aging or decrease illness. What is a ...

Supporting Members HD Ad-Free Video: Ksitigarbha Dìzàng Jizo Guided Meditation and Mantra.mov

Why is Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva so popular across all traditions of Buddhism? What are the benefits of meditating on Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva? Why is his mantra treasured for stability, riches and wish-granting? We answer these questions, followed by a short ...

Podcast: Guided Meditation and mantra of Kṣitigarbha Jizo Dìzàng Earth Store Bodhisattva chanted beautifully

Why is Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva so popular across all traditions of Buddhism? What are the benefits of meditating on Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva? Why is his mantra treasured for stability, riches and wish-granting? We answer these questions, followed by a short ...

21 Mother Taras — the unlimited forms of compassionate activity with mantras and visualizations

Why are there so many forms of Tara? Why is the glorious saviour Bodhisattva Tara so diversified in appearance: peaceful, powerful, attractive, wrathful, and whirling with activity? Why isn’t Tara seen as a serene, meditating Buddha? How can ...

The eleven aspects of Manjushri — kind, wrathful, protective, teaching and “beastly” — white, yellow, black; father, mother, spiritual child

Manjushri is the “master of the Seven Buddhas” and the “mother of the Buddhas” — and also the “child” of the Buddhas — according to Ajatasatruraja Sutra: “Manjushri is the father and mother of the Bodhissatvas, and their ...

Why is “Most loved” Kṣitigarbha (Jizo) “Essence of Earth” Bodhisattva revered and beloved in Mahayana Buddhism as the “closest” of all the Enlightened Ones

Of all of the Eight Great Bodhisattvas — and among all the Buddhas — "the Essence of Earth Buddhasattva" Kṣitigarbha is the "closest to us" — the most beloved of the great ones. Why is this? Kṣitigarbha is ...

Where is Buddha? Where are Purelands? Where is the most Sacred Place? “Your mind” is where you’ll find Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

Is Bodh Gaya the Holiest Place on Earth for Buddhists? Although it is certainly special, it is not the most sacred place on earth. Chamtrul Rinpoche tells us where we'll find the Holiest Place in the entire Universe: ...

Podcast Vajrasattva’s 100-syllable purifying mantra 21 times in Sanskrit beautifully chanted!

  Buddha taught us how to purify obstacles, obscurations, negative karma, and even disease, through Vajrasattva meditation, visualization, and mantras. Chant along the 100-syllable Sanskrit mantra, here beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar, with the meditative images of Vajrasattva. ...

Avalokiteshvara Chenrezig, the Buddha of the Three Worlds; bringing love and compassion to the path:

The face of Loving Kindness? No image, no face, no Buddha could be more inspiring than the image of the Lord of the Three Worlds, Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Kanon). His "lotus" face conveys the ...

Support Members HD Video: Support Your Health and Long Life with Ushnisha Vijaya Guided Meditation and Mantra

Ushnisha Vijaya, also known as Namgyelma in Tibetan, is one of the most beloved and widely practiced buddhas in Mahayana Buddhism. Why do Vajrayana Buddhists rely on the life-affirming, long-life Buddha Ushnisha Vijaya to support health and auspicious ...

Podcast: Support Health and Long Life Ushnisha Vijaya Guided Meditation and Mantra 108 times chanted.

Ushnisha Vijaya, also known as Namgyelma in Tibetan, is one of the most beloved and widely practiced buddhas in Mahayana Buddhism. Why do Vajrayana Buddhists rely on the life-affirming, long-life Buddha Ushnisha Vijaya to support health and auspicious ...

Ad-Free for Supporting Members: Black Mahakala’s powerful mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma!

6-Armed Black Mahakala is the powerful, active, and protective form of compassion — none other than wrathful Avalokiteshvara in Vajrayana Buddhism. To learn more about this important Enlightened protector, see our previous video documentary. Enjoy, or chant along ...

Video: 21 Taras powerful Dharani Mantras in Sacred Sanskrit as taught by Buddha; chanted by Hrishi!

The 21 Taras Mantra Dharanis in Sanskrit, as taught by Buddha in the Kangyur, became popularized as the 21 Homages or 21 Praises to Tara. When chanted in the original Sanskrit, the 21 Praises to Tara are 21 ...

Supporting Members HD Ad-Free Video: Buddhist Protector Black Mahakala’s Miracles Documentary, and Mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma

Why is Mahakala associated with miracles and protection in Tibetan Buddhism? What do crows, three men in black, black dogs, black horses and black wolves have to do with Black Mahakala? How can wrathful Black Mahakala be considered ...

Podcast Buddhist Protector Black Mahakala’s Miracles Documentary, and Mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma

Why is Mahakala associated with miracles and protection in Tibetan Buddhism? What do crows, three men in black, black dogs, black horses and black wolves have to do with Black Mahakala? How can wrathful Black Mahakala be considered ...

Cham Dance in Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana: What is it and why is it important for Losar and other special occasions

The Cham Dance is a special Buddhist ritual dance that is performed in order to drive away evil spirits. It is an important part of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, and has been passed down for centuries. The dance ...

Buddha’s Nirvana Day: Celebrations for Paranirvana day; quoting the last admonition of Buddha: Mahaparinibban Sutta

On February 15, 2023 many Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the Paranirvana of Buddha — not his death, but release from karma and the cycle of suffering. It is a day celebrated around the world with light, festival and important ...

Kukkuripa’s Dog and the Sacred Animals in Buddhism — Power Animals of Enlightened Deities and their meaning

In Buddhism generally, there are many different animals that are seen as sacred and have immense power. Even in early Pali Suta, animals such as snakes, elephants and horses are prominent. The Jataka tales, stories of Shakyamuni Budddha's ...

21 Taras powerful Dharani Mantras in Sacred Sanskrit as taught by Buddha: how to chant and why it is so effective

The 21 Taras Mantra Dharanis in Sanskrit, as taught by Buddha in the Sanskrit Texts (and translated to Tibetan in the Kangyur), became popularized as the 21 Homages or 21 Praises to Tara. When chanted in the original ...

Ad-Free Video: 21 Taras chant in Sacred Sanskrit as taught by Buddha: chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar

21 Taras Paintings by Niels Petersen Sanskrit Praise chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar for Buddha Weekly   The 21 Praises to Tara are famous for blessing activity, protection, healing, long-life practice and wish-fulfillment. Tara, the Mother of the Buddhas, ...

Chanted Praise to the 21 Taras in Sacred Sanskrit sung by Hrishikesh Sonar!

The 21 Praises to Tara are famous for blessing activity, protection, healing, long-life practice and wish-fulfillment. Tara, the Mother of the Buddhas, emanates in countless forms to help suffering beings in our troubled world. Each of these forms ...

Heruka and Dakini’s Special Months: Honoring the Blissful Wisdom Mother in the 11th Month and the Compassionate Hero in the 12th

Each year, Vajrayana Buddhists honor and celebrate the highest manifestations of Wisdom and Compassion in the 11th and 12th Lunar months — and especially on the Tsog feast offering days on the waning and waxing moons in those ...

Prayer Wheels — “Mindful meritorious, mantra wheels” — Holy Land Prayer Wheels, guided by advice from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Responding to a question in Sutra from Shariputra, Buddha taught: “For those who turn the prayer wheel… during the times of the great festivals, but also daily, it is like the continuous flow of an unobstructed river. For ...

Vajrayogini’s 8 Lines of Praise in Sanskrit chanted by the amazing Yoko Dharma!

Chant along now, with the Amazing Yoko Dharma, as she beautifully sings the glorious eight lines of praise to Vajra yogini in Sanskrit, with beautiful meditative images. These, unlike the mantra, are not generally considered restricted, although be ...

Mahakala: Miracles of Great Black and the Dalai Lama — three Men in Black, the Mahakala brothers, the Dalai Lama, and a crow

What do crows, the three men in black, Black Mahakala and the Dalai Lama have in common? Why is Mahakala associated with miracles and protection in Tibetan Buddhism? What do crows, three men in black, black dogs, black ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Auspicious Buddhist traditions for New Year. Celebrating with joy, optimism, and compassion — for the benefit of all sentient beings!

Buddhists around the world celebrate different New Year dates around the world — although the traditions of warm wishes of good fortune and celebration are common to all of them. Why so many dates? Calendar New year is ...

Preparing for Losar and Lunar New Year 2023, Year of the Water Rabbit. May All Beings be Happy!

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world — as Losar or the Tibetan New Year, and as Chinese New Year, or just as "lunar" new year. Most special occasions in Buddhism align with the ...

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

"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. ...

Shakyamuni Buddha, born to “warrior caste” taught how to be a fearless Buddhist: overcoming ignorance and suffering with the “weapons” of wisdom and compassion

Shakyamuni Buddha was born to the warrior caste, a prince and heir. As a young adult, when Shakyamuni Buddha cut his hair, he symbolically separated himself from the worldly, including his past role as a princely member of ...

21 Taras in the Narjuna, Atisha and Nyingma lineages: a profound, powerful, precise, pleasing daily practice

Tara practice is among the most beautiful and inspiring practices in Mahayana Buddhism, but — why are there so many Taras? In every Mahayana tradition, there are many aspects or emanations of Tara — seemingly one for every ...

Video: 10 Benefits of Vajrayogini practice & how to practice, chanting 8 praises by Yoko Dharma

Why do many Buddhist teachers describe Vajrayogini as the one practice for our busy, hectic, terrifying times which can lead us, in one lifetime, to Enlightenment? Why is Vajrayogini the Sarva Buddha Dakini — the Dakini who is ...

Member ad-free video: 10 Benefits of Vajrayogini Practice documentary with chanted 8 lines of praise to Vajrayogini by Yoko Dharma

Why do many Buddhist teachers describe Vajrayogini as the one practice for our busy, hectic, terrifying times which can lead us, in one lifetime, to Enlightenment? Why is Vajrayogini the Sarva Buddha Dakini — the Dakini who is ...

Podcast: 10 Benefits of Vajrayogini Practice documentary with chanted 8 lines of praise to Vajrayogini

Why do many Buddhist teachers describe Vajrayogini as the one practice for our busy, hectic, terrifying times which can lead us, in one lifetime, to Enlightenment? Why is Vajrayogini the Sarva Buddha Dakini — the Dakini who is ...

What are the ten benefits of Vajrayogini practice? Why is her practice recommended in our busy, terrifying times?

Why do many Buddhist teachers describe Vajrayogini as the one practice for our busy, hectic, terrifying times which can lead us, in one lifetime, to Enlightenment? Why is Vajrayogini the Sarva Buddha Dakini — the Dakini who is ...

The Hero’s Journey — is imagination the path to Enlightenment? Can truth be discerned with creativity? Why visionary Buddhism is about “practice” rather than “study”

Buddha taught abhutaparikalpo’sti, which translates as something like “unreal imagination exists.”[1] Buddha said, "All teachings are preceded by imagination." This is why both Buddha and Jesus taught in parables — bridging imagination with intellect. It is also why ...

Buddhist Healing: Vajrapani Hayagriva King Garuda Healing Practice, Guided by Venerable Zasep Rinpoche — Video Teaching

Venerable Zasep Rinpoche leads a short healing teaching and mantra with visualization on Vajrapani Hayagriva King Garuda. He teaches the mantra and describes how to visualize the healing, both for people with initiation, and without. This famous healing ...

Avalokiteshvara’s 108 main forms: one for each mala bead and one for each poison — the many faces of compassion

Why does the compassionate Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara have specifically 108 forms? Traditionally, one for each bead of a sacred mala (108) — which the main forms of Avalokiteshvara hold in hand — but also represents: the 108 emotions and ...

December 18, 2022 is Lama Tsongkhapa Day 2022 — 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 18, 2022, this year. (Lama Tsongkhapa Day is celebrated on the 25th day of the Tibetan lunar calendar each ...

VIDEO Ushnisha Vijaya Namgyelma Long-Life and Health Mantra beautifully chanted 108 times with images

Ushnisha Vijaya (Tibetan: གཙུག་གཏོར་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མ།) or Tsuktor Namgyelma, is one of the most beloved and widely practiced Buddhas in Mahayana Buddhism. She represents the epitome of physical health, vitality, and longevity. Her practices are highly recommended for increasing these ...

Member Video: Ad-Free Ushnishavijaya Healing & Long Life Mantra 108 times beautifully chanted

Ushnisha Vijaya (Tibetan: གཙུག་གཏོར་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མ།) or Tsuktor Namgyelma, is one of the most beloved and widely practiced Buddhas in Mahayana Buddhism. She represents the epitome of physical health, vitality, and longevity. Her practices are highly recommended for increasing these ...

Podcast: White Tara’s Healing and Long Life Mantra

Early listen for supporting members:   Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara practice. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health, ...

Ushnishavijaya Healing & Long Life Mantra 108 times beautifully chanted

Ushnisha Vijaya (Tibetan: གཙུག་གཏོར་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་མ།) or Tsuktor Namgyelma, is one of the most beloved and widely practiced Buddhas in Mahayana Buddhism.   She represents the epitome of physical health, vitality, and longevity. Her practices are highly recommended for increasing ...

2023: Celebrating the Lunar: Special “moon” dates for Buddha Dharma Practice including Buddha Days, Tsog, Medicine Buddha, Tara

Most special days in Buddhist Practices tend to align on lunar calendars. Buddha's birthday, for example, varies on the Western calendar year-to-year. (Dates below are updated to 2023!) Losar, or Tibetan New Year, is celebrated on the Lunar ...

Amitabha Day Monthly

Tuesday, December 26, 2023 15th of Lunar Month, Full Moon Amitabha's special puja day is on the full moon of each month, the 15th of the lunar month. On this day we celebrate Amitabha Pujas, or in informal ...
Buddhist Monks sitting under the ancestor of the Bodhi Tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha attained Enlightenement in Bodhgaya India.

Bodhi Day — Awakening Day

Friday, December 8, 2023 Bodhi Day is the precious day we celebrate Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment, primarily in Mahayana Buddhist traditions.  Although it is, perhaps, the most important day of the Buddhist calendar — celebrating the ultimate goal ...

Lama Tsongkhapa Day

December 7, 2023, Ganden Ngamchoe Paranirvana Day On the Tibetan Calendar Month 10, 25th Day, year 2150 is the day we celebrate and honor the great Enlightened Being Lama Tsongkhapa — the anniversary of his Paranirvana! Traditionally a ...

Amitabha Day Monthly

Monday, November 27, 2023 15th of Lunar Month, Full Moon Amitabha's special puja day is on the full moon of each month, the 15th of the lunar month. On this day we celebrate Amitabha Pujas, or in informal ...

Guan Shi Yin Renunciation Day

Thursday, November 2 2023 Guan Yin’s Renunciation Day on the 19th day of the 9th lunar month Guanshiyin Bodhisattva's Renunciation Day! For a feature on Guanyin's three sacred days, and how to celebrate, see>> One sacred practice, good ...

Tara Puja Day

December 30, 2022 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly (this western calendar month has two Tara Days in December). HAPPY TARA DAY! Every day is Tara day, although typically we celebrate especially on the eighth day of the lunar month ...

Obon — Ancestor Day

Sunday, August 13 (to 15th), 2023 Obon is typically celebrated between August 13th and 15th, though the dates may vary slightly depending on the region of Japan. Certain regions such as Okinawa may observe Obon on a lunar-based ...

H.H. Dalai Lama’s birthday!

July 6, 2023 With kindness that shines like a beacon to the world, His Holiness the Dalai Lama celebrates his birthday on July 6th. Born July 6, 1935 (Wood Pig year, 5th month, 5th day), His Holiness has ...

Asala — Dharma Day: Commmerating the First Teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha

Monday, July 3, 2023 Asalha (or Asala) Puja is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the month of Āsādha. It is celebrated in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, ...

Tara Puja Day

May 27, 2023 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly  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 ...

Vesak Buddha Day!

Friday, May 5, 2023 Vesak Buddha Day (celebrated on different days depending on calendar and tradition) is the “most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world” — UN Mark May 5, 2023 on your calendar as ...

Tara Puja Day — Why it’s important; simple ways to celebrate, how to participate; sponsoring pujas for merit; offering from the heart

"Green Tara is especially swift in granting the wishes of sentient beings. Tara is also known as the “Mother of all Buddhas” because she embodies wisdom – all buddhas are born from this wisdom." —Lama Zopa Rinpoche [3] ...

Tara Puja Day

Friday, April 28, 2022 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly  HAPPY TARA DAY! Every day is Tara day, although typically we celebrate especially on the eighth day of the lunar month , is auspicious for Tara practice. The second ...

Tara Puja Day

Friday, April 28, 2023 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly  HAPPY TARA DAY! Every day is Tara day, although typically we celebrate especially on the eighth day of the lunar month , is auspicious for Tara practice. The second auspicious ...

Theravadan New Year Songkran

Thursday, April 6, 2023 Theravadan New Year (Maha Songkram or Songkran) is celebrated all over South East Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and India — is typically a three-day celebration beginning with a ...

Tara Puja Day

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly  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 ...

Magha Puja Day

March 6, 2023 Māgha Pūjā (also written as Makha Bucha Day) is the second most important Buddhist festival after Vesak, celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and on the full moon day of Tabaung in Myanmar. It ...

Tara Puja Day

Monday, February 27, 2022 Lunar 8th Day, recurs monthly  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 ...

Nirvana Day

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 Many Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the Paranirvana of Buddha — not his death, but release from karma and the cycle of suffering. It is a day celebrated around the world with light, festival and important ...

SPECIAL HERUKA DAY!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 The most important DAKA TSOG offering of the year to Heruka Yogis and Yogini! The 12th lunar, Heruka’s special month, in 2022-3 on the solar western calendar is from January 22 to February 20th, ...

Chinese Lunar New Year

Sunday January 22, 2023 Year of the Rabbit! 恭喜發財! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HERUKA MONTH BEGINS!

Sunday, January 22, 2023 The 12th lunar, Heruka’s special month, in 2022-3 on the solar western calendar is from January 22 to February 20th, 2023, and his special annual day is on the 10th day (of the 12th ...

ANNUAL VAJRAYOGINI DAY!

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 The 25th day of the 11th lunar is Vajrayogini’s annual special tsog day in 2023  on the solar western calendar. The entire 11th month is Vajrayogini Month, when all Vajrayogini practices are especially auspicious ...

Mahayana New Year

Saturday, January 7, 2023 The most commonly celebrated date for Mahaya New Year is January 7 this year. However, the Mahayana New Year dates differ for each country based on their customs and traditions. While some Mahayana Buddhists ...

Vajrayogini Month!

December 24, 2022 - January 21, 2023 The 11th lunar, Vajrayogini’s special month, in 2022-23  on the solar western calendar is from December 24th to January 21, 2023 and her special annual day is on the 25th day ...

Important December Dharma Dates including exciting empowerment events: 2022

Buddha Weekly Monthly Dharma Dates As part of our mission to Spread the Dharma, we've tried to publicize important Dharma practice dates across all the traditions — Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana over the last ten years. We've diligently attempted ...

Mahamudra, vast like space and beyond mind; polluted by nothing with nothing to obscure openness

Mahamudra is the ultimate practice in Tibetan Buddhism in many ways — yet it is profoundly simple. Maitripa, Tilopa's great Mahasiddha student, described Mahāmudrā as: "Mahāmudrā, that which is unified and beyond the mind, is clear yet thoughtless, ...

Vajrasattva as Yidam: the most powerful healing and purification method in Vajrayana Buddhism is also a profound Meditational Deity

Vajrasattva — like all Buddhist deities — defies the notion of ego. Therefore, there is no "who" and there is no "what." It can be said that Vajrasattva, in ultimate reality is no different from any other Buddha. ...

Long Life Prayer to Amitayus, Padmasambhava, Vajrakumara and White Tara: Chokgyur Lingpa (1829–1870). Translated from the Tibetan by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Why do we aspire to long life in Buddhist practice — especially given we are also instructed by our teachers, and by Sutra teachings to renounce clinging and attachment to things such as long life? The reason to ...

Three Principal Paths — the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata

The peerless teaching in Mahayana Buddhism is collectively known as the Three Principal Paths. These three are Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Shunyata. Together, they represent the most important teachings. Inevitably, all teachings begin — and later reinforce over-and over ...

Tara protects us from the eight great external dangers and eight internal obstacles

Why is Buddha Tara so beloved around the world? Is it because she is the Mother of All the Buddhas — the embodiment of wisdom? Or, because she is the swift one — the one who comes to ...

Beautiful Video: White Tara’s healing and long-life mantra beautifully chanted 108x with stunning visualized images

Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara practice. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health, long-life and auspiciousness. Chant along with ...

White Tara mantra chanted 108 times with stunning visualizations for healing and long life: supporting Members Ad-Free Video

Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara practice. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health, long-life and auspiciousness. According to Venerable ...

Video: Mother Tara’s powerful activity mantra 108 times — saving from the eight great dangers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v5O9YAeNw8   Green Tara is famous for her windy activity, sweeping to the rescue of sentient beings, with the force and speed of a hurricane. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Female Buddhas represent Wisdom. For this reason, she is described ...
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