Buddha

Profound simplicity of “Amituofo”: why Nianfo or Nembutsu is a deep, complete practice with innumerable benefits and cannot be dismissed as faith-based: w. full Amitabha Sutra

There is a something very precious and special about the practice of chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha: traditionally, the single word chant, Amituofo. When you participate in this elegant and powerful practice, you feel immediate peace and ...

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

Of all the Buddhist meditational deities — and, of all the Bodhisattvas we meet in the sutras — the overwhelming feeling with Manjushri is “gentle wisdom” and “gentle friend.” We feel warm, comforted, and supported in the youthful ...

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

Guest contributor to Buddha Weekly Lee Clark: "I'm a Buddhist, Quaker, Humanist, existentialist and pacifist. Budding professor of religion." On Twitter>> The word “Jataka” means “birth” in both the Pali and Sanskrit languages. The Jataka tales, among the ...

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.] ...

Twelve syllables of Medicine Buddha’s name represent his twelve great vows: Bhaisajya-guru-vidurya-prabha-raja — recite his Holy name as a mantra

By George Jones Bhaiṣajya-guru-vaiḍūrya-prabhā-rāja Medicine Buddha and his mantra. This is His full name in Sanskrit, the language of the sutras. Medicine Buddha, before He attained to Highest Enlightenment, made twelve vows for the benefit of all sentient ...

Buddhist Ganesha: popular Ganapati’s many forms include enlightened emanation of Avalokiteshvara, worldly protector, Bodhisattva, wrathful Tantric deity and many more…

Ganesh's appeal is wide-reaching, not just amongst the spiritual. Ganesha tatoos and t-shirts are very popular worldwide. There is, a "life-affirming" quality about his image, even for the non-religious. Ganesha has star power. He even appears in brands, ...

Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

"Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature." ­— Acvaghosha "Discourse on the Awakening of Faith" "Namo Amitabha" is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as ...

Sacred outlook – Seeing beyond ordinary perception in modern culture, and American Buddhism

‘Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you – indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you.  Be in yourself for all forms of belief, for God (Truth) ...

Tara Book excerpt and teaching: Who is Tara and how can She help us? An introduction to Tara, Karma, Shunyata, Dependent Arising, and Buddha Nature by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, a book by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is available on Amazon.ca in paperback from Wind Horse Press. Who, or what is Tara that she can show us that Enlightenment is in ...

Buddha’s Teachings on Anger Management: Five Ways to Put an End to Anger, or to Use it Constructively and 3 Sutras on Anger

The Buddha said, “Conquer anger by non-anger. Conquer evil by good. Conquer miserliness by liberality. Conquer a liar by truthfulness.” (Dhammapada, v. 233) Anger is one of the great obstacles in Buddhist practice — and in daily life. ...

Overcoming Fear: Three Remedies for Fear; What Buddha had to Say About Fearlessness in Abhaya Sutta

Today, in this time of fear in the face of a pandemic — fear has become top of mind, again. It's easy to say, "I can't live my life in fear" and then pretend to go about your ...

The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal

In times of pain, sickness, or stress, my first thought of "remedy" is quiet meditation with the most sacred Medicine Buddha mantra. Inevitably, arthritis pains subsides in my case, and I've avoided most of the colds and flus ...