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18 benefits to building, circumambulating or funding of Stupas, which represent “Buddha’s Holy Mind” — according to Sutra

Several Sutras cite Stupa building (Chorten in Tibetan) “while thinking of the Victorious One” as a “cause for Enlightenment.” The Analyzing Activity Sutra actually says, “Whoever builds the Stupa of the Tathagata will gain the eighteen benefits” (Je ...

The best Buddhists Books and Texts for Beginners

What are the Buddhist books or texts a beginner should read to know more about Buddhism? It is a frequently asked question, and this article contains 9 books that explain the basics of Buddhism — from the point ...

Bodhidharma’s Breakthrough Teaching: Shastra on Eradicating Appearances

Bodhidharma[1]  is one of the most venerated Buddhist masters of the far east.  He was an Indian monk known for having brought the Zen[2] teachings to China, which then spread to Japan and other regions.  He left behind ...

The dream of rebirth: is reincarnation real?; if so, why don’t we remember our lives?; how can we prove it?; and other difficult questions

Do you remember your dreams, your memories as a baby, your previous life? This series of questions is often used by Buddhist teachers to illustrate why we don't have memories of past lives. Just as we often don't ...

Why 35 Confessional Buddhas practice and “The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls” is a critical purifying practice for Buddhists

The 35 Confessional Buddhas practice is the ultimate sutra-based purification practice. Ven. Thubten Chodron explains: “Why do we need to purify? Because our mind is full of rubbish." Even though The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls to the Thirty-Five ...

“The Mind of One Buddha is the Mind of All Buddhas”; How “Jewel Collection Refuge” Can Help You Manage Your Commitments to Multiple Practices and Yidams

"The mind of one Buddha is the mind of all Buddhas," said learned teacher Gelek Rimpoche, in a commentary on Vajrayogini. [1] "The mind of all Buddhas is the mind of a Buddha. It is like a huge ...

Yamaka Sutta: clarifying that death is not extinction — “That which is stressful has ceased and gone to its end.”

One of the five topics Buddha refused to discuss was "Does Buddha exist after death?" Why didn't he answer this question on death and life after death that "stresses" so many beings? In the Cula-Malunkyovada Sutta (MN 63), ...

Mother Earth: witness of Lord Buddha’s merits: Vasudhara, Phra Mae Thorani, Prithvi, Bhumi — the witness of all our merits

One of the often-overlooked aspects of the story of Buddha’s Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree is the dual significance of the “Bhumi Sparsha” — the Earth Witness Mudra. By touching the Earth, to be a witness of His ...

The Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche: Master Padma’s Ten Key Points, Ten Foundations, Ten Faults, Ten Superficialities

Has your Dharma practice become superficial? Are you trying to discover what errors or faults you have made in your practice? Superficiality, or alternately, distraction, are common Dharma obstacles in this "age of degeneration." It is reassuring to ...

“Learning how to die” and “Why Meditating on Death May Bring Joy to Life”: What the Buddhist Teachers Say About End of Life, Dying, and Palliative Care

Leonardo da Vinci is credited as saying, "While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." This may be a discouraging thought for some, but Buddhists view end-of-life meditation as ...

A Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment — dogs embody many Buddhist principles

Can dogs walk with us on the path to enlightenment? In 2018, about 85 million families in the U.S. owned a pet, 60.2% of which were dogs. Faithful, kind, forgiving; compassionate words associated with dogs. They are the ...

Internet DIY Dharma: What seven Buddhist teachers say about the pros and cons of Buddha’s teachings via the internet and the risks of do-it-yourself Dharma.

What is the promise — and danger — of Buddhist Dharma teachings online beyond the obvious pros vs cons: accessibility of Dharma teachings vs. misinformation or false Dharma teachings. In this feature, you'll find the opinions of seven ...

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