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.

A rare chance to honor Buddha’s relics in New York state: 3-day exhibit of Holy Relics at Thekchen Choling

After the Buddha had paranirvana, the body relics from his cremation were divided amongst various clans of the time. The relics ended up in many countries around the world, mostly in Stupas, where they are honoured by circumambulation. ...

Family lay Buddhism: What the Teachers Say about keeping motivated in your Buddhist Practice as parents — and coping with every-day family life in a modern stressful world

A single-father reader wrote in with a question (abbreviated here, as much of it was personal). He was struggling with raising his beloved daughter, yet finding his Buddhist practice was suffering due to stress and distraction. Two teachers ...

Happy Wesak Day! On this most sacred day, celebrating the birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana of Gautama Buddha, we wish all sentient beings health, happiness, and ultimate Enlightenment.

Wesak Day (Vesak), honoring the three significant events of the Buddha's life — his birth, his Enlightenment and his Paranirvana (passing away) — is celebrated today in most countries, depending on the Lunar Calendar (Western calendar May 19 ...

Samatha meditation teaching: “Resting the mind in the natural state,” video of session 1 of a Mahamudra weekend retreat

The first session of a teaching and meditation retreat on advanced Mahamudra, taught by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, the author of Gelug Mahamudra: Enlightened Speech of Manjushri. In session one, Rinpoche introduces Mahamudra, then speaks about the nature of ...

The forgotten nuns of Zanskar: 9 Buddhist nunneries in “one of the coldest inhabited places” have limited electricity, water and healthcare

As you might expect of 185 devoted Buddhist nuns, they ask for very little, but here in Zanskar Valley — one of the most isolated valleys in the Himalayas — many live without heat, water and electricity. Some ...

5 Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World; 5 Buddhist Teachings and Teachers Recommending a Vegetarian Lifestyle; 5 Reasons it’s the Ethical Thing to Do

Not all Buddhists are vegetarians. Did the Buddha actually suggest a vegan lifestyle? And, putting aside Buddhists, why is the meat industry growing when the science says it's hurting our planet? These are the questions that frame our ...

Review: Gelug Mahamudra Eloquent Speech of Manjushri by Zasep Tulku Rinpoche; making the profound and complex meditation method concise and clear

In a new book, Gelug Mahamudra, Eloquent Speech of Manjushri, Zasep Rinpoche unpacks the profound subject of Mahamudra meditation — the "very heart of Buddha's teachings" — for the modern western Buddhist student. Drawing on many decades of ...

Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?

The much revered Guru Lama Yeshe. The great teacher Lama Yeshe once asked: "Why are there so many different deities in tantra?" [1] On one hand, Mahayana Buddhism speaks to universality, emptiness, oneness and the illusion of "I" ...

BW Interview with Geshe Thubten Sherab: Skillfully Teaching Traditional Tibetan Buddhism for Western Students

Geshe Thubten Sherab, an accomplished and well respected teacher with FPMT,  kindly agreed to a short interview with Buddha Weekly during a teaching visit to Lama Yeshe Ling in Ontario Canada. Although trained rigorously in monasteries, Geshe is ...

Losar: What’s in store for the Earth Sow (Female Pig, 2019) New Year? Planning for Lunar New Year should begin early

We could all use a little good fortune and happiness, and I don't think anyone would disagree that we universally hope the Year of the Earth Sow (Earth Female Pig 2019) will be much better than the outgoing ...

Buddha the first consciousness scientist? Science only now beginning to explore what Buddha taught 2500 years ago? Full excerpt from Surangama Sutra

More than 2500 years ago, Buddha taught core beliefs that are only today being proven or explored by science, notably dependent arising, and the true nature of consciousness. Now, with the rising popularity of consciousness studies in science ...

Magnetize me: working with the magnetizing activity deities of the Padma Buddha family: Amitabha, Chenrezig, Hayagriva, Vajrayogini, Vajradharma

Many Buddhists are attracted (magnetized) to the charismatic emanations of Enlightenment of the Padma family: Amitabha, Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), Hayagriva, Vajrayogini or Vajravarahi, Kurukulla, Vajradharma and others. It seems natural and instinctive — the nature of the magnetic personas ...

Lightning fast Compassion: group of students, inpired by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, aid a young nun in India requiring neurosurgery

Young nun Stanzin before neurosurgery in India. I was at a White Heruka long life weekend retreat with H.E. Zasep Rinpoche when we abruptly became part of a "compassion-in-action" moment. One of Rinpoche's students — a volunteer with ...

Songs of the great Yogi Shabkar: every being is mother; absolute nature is my friend; luminosity is my entertainment; my homeland is the Dharmakaya

The great Yogi Shabkar bridges modern times with the ancient masters, the likes of Milarepa, Marpa, Niropa, Tilopa, and the great Mahasiddhis. Shabkar Tsokdruk Randrol (Tib. ཞབས་དཀར་ཚོགས་དྲུག་རང་གྲོལ་, Wyl. zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol), who lived 1781-1851, is ...

How a Home Retreat Helps Busy People Manage Time and Save Money; How to Do It, and Why it is Necessary

Sitting retreats are important opportunities to "still the mind", allowing us to develop "realizations."  There is something very special about the Buddhist Retreat. We all look forward to our first (or next) retreat, but hectic modern life makes it very difficult ...

Long life practice: White Heruka and Red Vajrayogini: Annutarayoga meditational deity prolongs life

White Heruka and Vajrayogini long life deities. The uplifting and radiant White Heruka - Red Vajrayogini practice is among the most popular Highest Yoga Tantra practices for serious students. Although there are different forms, White Heruku's most popular ...

Cree Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear returns for a quick video talk on busy minds, ego, pride and spiritual path — showing the commonalities between Buddhism and native spirituality

Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear. Medicine Man and movie actor, Sean Walking Bear discusses humility, ego, prayer and beliefs in this short video discussion. We previously interviewed Walking Bear in Buddha Weekly in 2016, where he discussed native ...

Buddha Weekly named among top 3 Buddhist magazines by Feedspot under the category “Best 5 Buddhist Magazines”

Buddha Weekly was ranked number 3 on Feedspot's Top 5 Buddhist Magazines list. The volunteer writers, editors, video editors, graphic designers and researchers at Buddha Weekly are thrilled to hear that Buddha Weekly has been placed under "Top ...

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

"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." — ...

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

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 ...

The Lion’s Gaze and the Lion’s Roar: Padmasambhava, Milarepa and Buddha’s lion wisdom even more relevant in today’s hectic world

Milarepa, the great sage in Tibet. The Lion's Gaze parable is, perhaps, more meaningful in today's hectic world, than it was in Ancient Tibet. Today, anger, fury, social unrest, and dissatisfaction make The Lion's Gaze a very relevant ...

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

Venerable Robilna Courtin managed to give Buddha Weekly some time out of her busy teaching schedule to discuss the Three Higher Trainings and other Buddhist topics. Screen grab from video (below.) Venerable Robina Courtin known for her clarity ...

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

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 ...

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

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia, returns to Gaden Choling Toronto Canada March  23-April 4 2018. He is currently teaching in Mongolia. In a short 20 minute video teaching ...

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

This feature is historical. For a current feature on Losar 2022, Year of the Water Tiger, see>> Lunar New Year, celebrated by hundreds-of-millions of people — as Chinese New Year, Losar, and various other Lunar labels — is ...

Shakyamuni Mantra video — chant these Holy sounds to bring in a prosperous lunar new year. Happy Year of the Earth Dog!

Bring the sacred and blessed sounds of Shakyamuni Buddha's mantra into the Lunar New Year 2018, Year of the Earth Dog. Enjoy or chant along with this Holy mantra, sung here by the amazing Yoko Dharma. [Bio below.] ...

“The Way to Wise and Compassionate Living”: Geshe Sherab returns to GTA (Canada) to lead a workshop at Lama Yeshe Ling March 2-3

Lama Yeshe Ling in Hamilton, Ontario will host the return visit of Geshe Sherab for a workshop and commentary on Shantideva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. "A Bodhisattva in The Bodhisattva's Way of Life is someone ...

Video Teaching: Amitabha Amitayus Powa teaching and guided meditation — transfering consciousness to the Pureland when dying or as a practice for “healing the mind.”

H.E. Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is the spiritual head of Gaden for the West Mahayana Buddhist meditation centres. H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche's concise video commentary and guided meditation on the profound practice of Tibetan Powa — transference of ...

May all beings be happy — Seasons Greetings and Happy 2018 (Year of the Dog!) to our Dharma friends.

The volunteers at Buddha Weekly wish all beings a happy and prosperous New Year! We wish that all beings will have love, compassion, joy and equanimity in their lives.   Happy 2018. Most of 2018 is the "year ...

Teaching and advice videos from the Buddhist teachers on Buddha Weekly’s new YouTube Channel: Guided Meditations, Ngondro series, Advice from the Teachers series, Mantra chanting series.

Buddha Weekly's popular "teaching" series of videos — featuring Buddhist teachers, advice videos, guided meditations and mantra chanting meditations — are now also available on our YouTube channel>> Please help give a thumbs up to our volunteer editors ...
Lama Acharya Dr. Shannon Young

Female Enlightened Manifestations and Female Teachers and Lamas — Wisdom in Action; Reader Poll and Interview with Lama Shannon Young

“If being a woman is an inspiration, use it. If it is an obstacle, try not to be bothered by it.” — Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche. Lama Acharya Dr. Shannon Young. "I feel that there could always be more ...

Guru Rinpoche answers Lady Tsogyal: Should we practice one or many yidams? Is the master or the Yidam more important? Why is it important to practice the yidam deity?

Guru Rinpoche's teachings to the Lady Tsogyal are as clear and wonderful today as they were centuries ago. Reading the recorded words of the Lotus Born Padmasambhava is almost like sitting at the feet of the great Guru ...

“Putting Compassion on the Scientific Map”: Compassion Boosts Happiness/Health; and Research Indicates That Practicing Buddhists Are Happier than Average.

"There is something about conscientious Buddhist practice that results in the kind of happiness we all seek." Dr. Paul Ekman, University of California San Francisco Medical Centre. Intriguing research indicates that generating the compassionate mind—particularly all-embracing compassion for ...

Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?

Too busy to practice? Too stressed out or sick to fulfil your practice commitments? Assuming you've prioritized — reducing Facebook, Twitter and television time — what if you continue to break your practice commitments? What can you do ...

Video: “Experience Buddhism” with Singha Namdrol Rinpoche “Buddhism emphasizes, and lays its very foundations on, equanimity.”

Namdrol Rinpoche (left) with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (right). Namdrol Rinpoche's root gurus are the late Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup Rigsel (the ex-Abbot of Kopan Monastery), Venerable Kyabje Jhado Rinpoche, and the late Mahasiddha Geshe Lama Konchog. Singha Namdrol ...

“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”

Stressed out? — do foundation practices, including meditation. No time to meditate? — give up some TV time. Too many commitments? — meditate precisely and concisely. After giving up TV, still too busy to meditate? — meditate anywhere ...

Phurba or Kila: the most potent of wrathful ritual implements in Vajrayana Buddhism, symbolizes the Karma activity of the Buddhas

The Purbha is probably the most exotically evocative of Vajrayana Buddhist symbols. The Bell and Vajra are sacred and special — but ubiquitous;  the Phurba is iconic of the mysteries of higher practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of ...

“Mind is the creator of our own happiness or suffering”—Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches Lojong Seven-Point Mind Training

By Lee Kane "On one level all our minds are connected," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche in his introductory remarks at a weekend retreat dedicated to Lojong Seven-point mind training. "We are the creators of our suffering. Everything ...

Atisha’s Great Praise: 11th century wisdom.

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming ...

Reviving the genuine Dharma ritual art traditions: an interview with Vajra artisan and craftsman Rigdzin Pema Tuthob

It is rare and precious to find a genuine Dharma craft artisan trained in the old traditions. Today, most Dharma ritual objects are bronze knockoffs made in factories. It is exceedingly rare to find traditional hand-crafted ritual objects ...

Video: Why is Mantra important to daily practice? For protection: “We are human beings. We have many problems.”

A student asks Venerable Zasep Rinpoche: Why is Mantra important to daily practice? What is mantra and what does it do for us? Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Zasep Rinpoche: "Mantra is calling the Buddha. Mantra are also praises of ...

Interview Lama Dr. Shannon Young: Dzogchen teacher focuses on bringing Dharma practice into daily life and bridging heritage with modern life

Lama Dr. Shannon Young — Dzogchen Lineage teacher, Doctor of Pharmacy, and loving wife and mother — advocates bringing "Dharma" into daily life. "My teacher has always said that the Pharmacy is my retreat cave," she explains, referring ...

“Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth” — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia. The stirring beat of many drums and a festive rise of musical voices broke the serene silence of a sunny and warm Saturday morning on sparkling ...

Healing and Foundation Practices Video: Learning from the Teachers Video Series with Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches in Dharma centres around the world and is spiritual head of Gaden for the West in Canada, U.S., and Australia. In the second of a new Buddha Weekly Video Series, three students ask a teacher ...

Learning from the Teachers Video 1: Four students ask Zasep Rinpoche meditation questions — resting the mind in a natural way in Mahamudra; foundation practices; being your own Guru, and meditative “realizations.”

In the first of a new Buddha Weekly Series, Learning from the Teachers videos, four students, during a teaching on "Foundation Practices" ask various important questions about meditation. Question 1: How can you tell the difference between subtle ...

Prayer Wheels Growing in Popularity; Benefiting Sentient Beings and Practicing Right Livelihood: Interview with Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop

Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop poses by a Prayer Wheel in Kham. The Buddha Weekly interview with meticulous crafstman Shea Witsett, of The Prayer Wheel Shop, was meant to be part of our full feature on the ...
H.E. Garchen RInpoche with Micha Strauss of Galgamani Art Project and a custom made prayer wheel.

Mani Wheel of Dharma: Why spinning prayer wheels may be the ideal Buddhist practice for busy people; benefits to self and sentient beings

"In old Tibet, everywhere you looked, you saw people, particularly older people, spinning prayer wheels from morning to night, while reciting the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra (a Tibetan prayer composed of Sanskrit power words) to relieve the misery of ...

EVENT: Geshe Thubten Sherab Weekend Teachings March 24-28, 2017 in Greater Toronto Area: Lama Tsongkhapa Meditation Practice and Lamrim

Lama Yeshe Ling Buddhist Study Group will host an intensive teaching and meditation weekend with the most Venerable Geshe Thubten Sherab in March, 2017. On March 24th Geshe will give a public talk from 7pm to 9pm (by ...

Happy Losar: How to Bring in the Auspiciousness and Celebrate the Traditions and Fun of Tibetan New Year of the Rooster. Tashi Delek!

HAPPY LOSAR! For a new feature on 2019 Losar, Year of the Earth Sow, see>> HAPPY LOSAR! For another feature on 2018 Losar, Year of the Earth Dog, please see>> [This feature referred to 2017, year of the ...
Emma Slade Buddhist Nun with Child in Bhutan

BW Interview: Emma Slade Gave Up a Career in Finance to Become A Buddhist Nun After a Traumatic Incident; She Went On to Author Set Free and to Spearhead Fundraising for Special Needs Children in Bhutan

"The man with the gun pushed me down onto the carpet. I tried to cower to make my body curl smaller, instinctively covering my head. 'Oh God, please don't kill me.' My words clung to my teeth and ...

Remembering a Great Teacher: the learned and inspiring Gelek Rimpoche of Jewel Heart International left behind a sparkling jewel of Dharma teachings

The very learned and respected Gelek Rimpoche passed away April 15, 2017 at 6am — a great loss. [1] Born in Tibet in 1939, the great teacher spread the Dharma through his profound teachings, wonderful books and videos ...

Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party

Zasep Rinpoche cuts the cake at the 40th Anniversary Party for Dorje Ling. Dancing and singing seems like an appropriate way to bring in a celebration of Dorje Ling's 40 Years as a non-sectarian Dharma Centre — especially a ...

Buddha Weekly Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing Buddhist Feature Stories, Teacher Interviews, and News: We Look Back at Our Successes and Failures

On our 10th anniversary, we wish to thank our thousands of regular readers for returning to us week after week for Buddhist features and news. Our volunteer writers and web team are very grateful for the loyalty — ...

Happy Chinese New Year — Year of the Fire Rooster 2017

From our team at Buddha Weekly, we wish you Happiness, Good Fortune and Good Health in 2017. Chinese New Year, following the Lunar calendar, typically falls a month or so (it varies) after solar Western New Year, and ...

BW Interview: Bön Teacher Chaphur Rinpoche Explains How Bön is Different, and Similar, to the Five Buddhist Schools in Tibet

Chaphur Rinpoche of the Bon tradition. In our first interview with a Bön tradition teacher, the charismatic Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche frankly discusses the ways in which Bon school differs from the other five Schools in Tibet — and ...

Can Buddhism Continue to Flourish as the World’s Second Largest Spiritual Path as the Current Lineage Teachers Begin to Slow Down and Retire?

Buddhism may have grown to the second largest spiritual path worldwide, with 1.6 billion followers according to some experts, but can this be sustained? (Story on "Buddhism Second Largest" here>>) The current great teachers and lineage holders are ...

Part 2 Interview: Alejandro Anastasio, Martial Arts and Dharma Teacher, Sees a Special Relationship Between Martial Arts and Buddhism: Dharma in Action

In part one of our interview with dynamic Dharma Teacher AlejAndro Anastasio, he revealed how he came to Buddhism, how martial arts influenced his practice, and how mhe met his own teacher Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. (Part 1 ...

One Hand Speaks: Dharma Teacher AlejAndro Anastasio Speaks with Buddha Weekly About His Life as an Authorized Vajrayana Teacher, Inspirational Speaker, Martial Artist and One-Handed Superhero

When Alejandro Anastasio was a child, he wanted to grow up to be a Jedi Knight. Instead, he grew into a popular inspirational speaker, Buddhist teacher and martial artist. Luke Skywalker would be proud. As AlejAndro says, on ...

May all beings have happiness and its causes! Wishing you a healthy and peaceful Holiday and New Year from Buddha Weekly.

May all beings have happiness and its causes, May they never have suffering or its causes. May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; May they dwell in equal love for both near and far. Shakyamuni Buddha, Metta ...

Mantra Part 2: Good Vibrations — Mantras in Buddhist Practice “Of what is the body made? Of emptiness and rhythm.” How does mantra work?

"Of what is the body made?" asked George Leonard in The Silent Pulse. "It is made of emptiness and rhythm." He went on to describe how science views matter: "We can see the fully crystalline structures of muscle ...

Interview: Yoko Dharma’s Buddhist-Influenced Music Rouses Compassion; Her Divine Voice Touches People; Music “inspired by teachings of the Buddha and my precious Guru”

Yoko Dharma is best known for her divine voice and evocative musical Buddhist mantras (previously released as Treasury of Jewels available here>>). A soon-to-be-produced, more "mainstream" album — never-the-less influenced by Buddhism and her teacher — and produced by ...

Doctor Strange Movie Cast Coached by Gelong Thubten, a Tibetan Monk Known for Extensive Years-Long Retreat

Doctor Strange, for those strange few who don't know, is a new movie release from Marvel, featuring a "mystical" and magical super hero. On set, the cast and crew were coached during the filming by Gelong Thubten, a ...

Research: “High levels of meat consumption is a major societal problem” — New Significant Data Shows That News Coverage of the Issue Strongly Influences Consumers to “Reduce” or “Eliminate” Meat.

New research indicates that more news reporting and communication on the environmental and health issues associated with meat production, could reduce overall consumption on average by 6.5%. Since 18% of Global Climate Emissions are a direct result of ...

Knowledge is not Wisdom —— and Other Lessons of the Fool: the Ultimate Mindful Wisdom of Child-Mind and Simplicity

The inner-child in us is often the beginning of wisdom. Letting the child flourish, play and act the fool is one path to mindfulness. Who is more mindful than the young child? Unlike grown-ups (or grumps, as they ...

Buddhist Water Bowl Offerings as an Antidote to Attachment

Basic foundation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism (and many other forms of Mahayana) include making offerings and prostrations to the Three Jewels — Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and, in some practices, Gurus, Yidams and Dakinis. Yongchap practice, offering seven ...

Video: Part 2 of Buddhist Teachings on Ngondro, the Foundation Practices with Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: Teachings on the Truth of Suffering, the Importance of Taking Refuge, and a Guided Meditation Visualizing Shakyamuni Buddha

In part 2 of a teaching series on Buddhist Foundation Practices, Venerable Acharya Zasep Rinpoche introduces the fourth outer preliminary, the truth of suffering, in the context of boundless compassion for all sentient beings. Rinpoche transitions the teachings ...

Buddhist Home Retreat: What the Teachers Say About the Home Retreat Practice for Busy People Who Can’t Attend Extensive Retreats

"What the Buddhist Teachers Say" is a long-running feature series. We pick a topic, then seek the opinions/ quote/ guidance of  teachers. DO YOU HAVE A TOPIC YOU'D LIKE TO PROPOSE? Home retreat practice can never replace the ...

Prominent Scientists Declare “All Non Human Animals… Are Conscious Beings.” The Dalai Lama Protests Chicken Slaughter. An Orangutan Won Non-Human Rights Over Zoo Keeper. What Do the Teachers Say About Non-Human Compassion?

A prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists and other experts made a strong declaration, endorsed by Stephen Hawking, affirming that all "nonhuman animals... including octopuses" are sentient and feel emotions such as fear and happiness. In Argentina, an ...

Practice Overload and Too Many Commitments: Advice From the Teachers — Don’t Become a Spiritual Materialist

Practice overload in Vajrayana Buddhism can become a top-of-mind issue for devoted practitioners who collect many initiations. If you are feeling stressed over your commitments, if your practice is not satisfying because of "practice pressure," then "our practice ...

“What the Teachers Say” Video Series: Buddhist Teachings on La Gug — Restoring Life Force Vitality — from a Weekend Retreat on La Gug with Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Part 1 — “Symptoms Your Life-force is Weakened”

La Gug literally translates as "Vitality Retrieval." For centuries, Tibetan Buddhism has perfected meditations which help you restore your vitality — also known as life force, Chi or Prana. Even modern medicine recognizes the healing power of meditation. ...
Sean "Walking Bear" also stars in films. Shot on the set of HBO's HBO'S "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

Buddha Weekly Interviews Cree Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear; “Interview with the Teachers” Takes a Slight Detour into Native Spirituality to Highlight The Common Areas of Philosophy: “The mind is where we build our life from the inside out.”

This week, Buddha Weekly takes a slight detour into Native Spirituality, interviewing Cree Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear. Born in Alberta, Canada — now residing in Nevada — Sean Walking Bear is a full Cree, trained by the ...

Teaching Video Series: Featuring Talks from Noted Buddhist Teachers —— from Buddha Weekly

Please enjoy a "trailer" presenting our long anticipated video series "What the Teachers Say" from Buddha Weekly. The "What the Buddhist Teachers Say" written features are among our most popular. In the video series, we plan to supplement our longer written ...

Vegetarianism Should be a Global Priority: New Research from World Resources Institute Demonstrates Devastating Environmental Impact of Meat Industry

Yet another well-researched report reinforces the devastating environmental impact of the meat industry — as we previously reported in Buddha Weekly, in our feature "Five Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World." At the time we published the story a ...

Part 3: Zasep Tulku Rinpoche discusses how to find a teacher; why its important to meditate on death; how to start with Deity Yoga; how wrathful Deities can be misunderstood; and the role of internet in Dharma teachings.

Buddha Weekly continues its special series “Interviews with the Teachers” with part 3 of an extensive hours-long interview with the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the ...

Part 2 of Interview with the Teachers: Zasep Tulku Rinpoche discusses how Buddhism can help with today’s problems; on how we should think of hell realms and reincarnation; and how to practice when you have so little time.

Buddha Weekly continues its special series “Interviews with the Teachers” with part 2 of an extensive hours-long interview with the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the ...

Buddha Weekly Special: Interviews with the Buddhist Teachers — Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Buddha Weekly begins its special series "Interviews with the Teachers" with an extensive hours-long interview with the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States ...

The Better Way: Standing Meditation? For those with injuries, arthritis or a sleepy mind, standing can help us achieve mindfulness

"You can meditate walking, standing, sitting or lying down" Buddhist monk Noah Yuttadhammo. "Standing is a moderate form, and can be used to calm you down or wake you up." For some of us, with sports injuries, arthritis ...

Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion or 22% of the World’s Population According to Some Recent Studies

Buddhism has never been a "propagation" spirituality. Actively seeking out "converts" is discouraged for the most part. Individual spirituality is emphasized more than group activities. Some people don't even think of Buddhism as a "religion"—certainly not an organized ...

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms "Reincarnation" and "Rebirth" are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be ...

Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

Most Buddhists know Tara—simultaneously, a friend, savior, caring Bodhisattva and enlightened being. She manifests in endless forms: she can be action-hero Green Tara who saves us from worldly harm; or blessed White Tara who heals and brings longevity, to fierce ...

Biography and Birthday: His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Celebrating Decades of Teachings

Today, September 7, is the birthday of one of the eminent teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness, Sakya Trizin. It's always bittersweet when a great being reaches the age of seventy—we can be thankful for decades of teachings ...

Much More-Than-Six-Words of Advice — Mindfulness of Body; Anger; and Healing Through Meditation (Mahamudra Teachings Session 2)

"Don't recall, don't imagine, don't think, don't examine, don't control, rest," Tilopa's six word's of advice to Naropa, could be said to be an important concept for understanding Mahamudra.[1] By Lee Kane Tilopa's famous "six words of advice" was ...

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor, unforgettable teachings

When you first meet Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, the first thing you'll likely notice is the beaming smile. Rinpoche is remembered for his approachability—born of a combination of easy humor—and a booming laugh—together with wonderful anecdotes, inspired by ...

Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in the West? Why is it Important for Vajrayana Practitioners to Find an Enlightened Teacher?

"We must rely on a wisdom teacher because, although we have Buddha nature, ultimate wisdom does not exist in our dualistic minds. Samsaric ego always tries to protect itself, and will trick us into thinking that we have ...

Remembering a Revered Teacher: Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Renowned Teacher and Scholar, Passes Away of Natural Causes at 92

With reverence, Buddha Weekly is sad to report the most venerable Geshe Sopa "has entered into "clear light meditation". He passed of natural causes on Thursday, August 28, 2104. Geshe Sopa will be missed—until his rebirth—by his many ...
Spontaneous smiles and kindness on the street are a form of spiritual practice

Me YES Like You, A New Kindness Movement?

Not long ago, I was listening to Mike Bullard, a Canadian celebrity talk show host on NewTalk 1010 with a comical bent. It was a long commute, and as usual he has me in stitches. Some people in ...
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