Four heroic incarnations of Ksitigarbha, the “Earth Store” Bodhisattva — unfailing, never-tiring compassion

Ksitigarbha is a bodhisattva revered by millions across East Asia — honoured by the Buddha Himself due to his "untiring limitless compassion" — and his vows to help all sentient beings. He is also popularly known as Lord ...

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 ...

A Theravadan monk explains how Buddhist mindfulness and clinical therapeutic mindfulness are complimentary — but not the same

By Sanathavihari Bhikkhu (Bio at bottom of feature.) Sanathavihari Bhikkhu As a Buddhist monk, I have some misgivings about the way in which mindfulness is understood and used today. My biggest concern is the misunderstanding of mindfulness, which ...

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 ...

Refuge is the Ultimate Protection from Dangers: The Maha Samaya Sutta — The Great Meeting Sutra

The Maha Samaya Sutta is often chanted as a daily practice in Pali — and often at weddings and dedications of new buildings — and is considered a "protective blessing" as much as it teaches doctrine. The core ...

Arya Supreme White Tara, ultimate Tara is more than a “long life” Tara — she is the ultimate of the Taras

Vajrayana Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health and auspiciousness. In fact, when we ...

Lama to All — Jetsunma Tamdrin Wangmo (1836–96) — biographical chapter from The Sakya Jetsunmas: The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas

"Extraordinary" hardly seems an adequate label for the historical lives of the great Tibetan Buddhist Female Lamas of the Sakya lineage. These were highly realized teachers, known not only for wisdom, but for  "activities" and "accomplishments." Elisabeth Benard's ...

Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha: praising the King of the Shakyas — Foe Destroyer, Completely Perfect Buddha: by Sakya Pandita

The life, Enlightenment and teachings of Buddha are collected in thousands of sutras — but one scene is perhaps the most iconic and profound — is the heroic conquest of Samsara at the foot of the great Bodhi ...

Guru Rinpoche’s advice for visualizing the deity: a how-to from Padmasambhava with advice from today’s teachers (with video how-to)

For many Vajrayana Buddhists, nothing is more difficult than generating (creating) a detailed, stable and complete visualization. Yet, at the same time, it is vital, as explained by Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima: This is one of the primary functions ...

Shabkar’s Song of Practice: the entire path, from refuge to generation to completion in one song by one of the great sages of Tibet

Only a true visionary Yogi could distill a path that fills lifetimes and books into a single song. Such a Yogi is the great Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol, an emanation of the great Milarepa. Both were famous for their ...

Guanyin Enlightenment Day: “Most Widely Beloved Buddhist Divinity”; Devotion to the 33 Forms of Compassion and Love

Guan Yin's Enlightenment Day is July 17, 2022 (on lunar calendar 19th day of the 6th Lunar Month). Guanyin is often referred to as the "most widely beloved Buddhist Divinity."[2] Why? Because Her love is unconditional, all-embracing — ...
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