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 — ...

Advesha — the “abscence of Hatred”: how Buddha taught us to overcome the poison of Hatred

Hatred is the most potent of the three poisons, considered more dangerous than greed and ignorance. Buddha taught many ways to supress hatred, and especially emphasized advesha — "absence of hatred" methods. Hatred is often our way of ...

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

"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 ...

Annual Guru Rinpoche Anniversary Day! HAPPY GURU RINPOCHE ANNIVERSARY and DAY — How and When to Celebrate

Today (July 9, 2022) is the annual Guru Rinpoche anniversary. The Birth Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche is a public holiday in some countries, observed on the tenth day of the sixth lunar month, which falls on July 9 ...

Not Yours! “Whatever is not yours: let go of it.” — letting go of past, letting go of future: Na Tumhaka Sutta

One of the most popular short Suttas, often presented as a "must read" to new Buddhists is the famous "Not Yours" Sutta or what I like to call the "Letting Go" Sutta. Although Na Tumhaka Sutta is really ...

“Our mind is full of rubbish” —Venerable Chodron. It’s time to purify: sutra practice of “The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls” with commentary

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 ...

Lotus Sutra Chapter 7 — the “Transformed City” analogy; full translation and commentary from Venerable Master Hua

Editors Note: This is chapter 7 in our ongoing series on the Lotus Sutra, one of the parable / metaphor chapters translated as the "Transformed City" in the Lotus Sutra. There are seven well-known parables in the Lotus ...
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