Dharma

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 ...

Swift Healing with White Tara: the Rapid Path to Long Life, Merit, Wisdom, and Health

When I need help in a hurry, Tara is the "swift one"—the One I call on first. If I'm in trouble, Green Tara. If I'm sick, White Tara. So far, end of life isn't top of mind, but ...

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 ...

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche discusses decades of teaching, advice for beginner students and funny stories of his teachers.

H.E. Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is always quick to smile and laugh, regardless of a hectic teaching schedule that has him spending many hours flying around the world. Despite a very tight three week schedule of teachings at ...

Acchariya Abbhuta Sutta: “Wonderful And Marvelous” Qualities of the Buddha

What are the wonderful and marvelous qualities of a Buddha? In this amazingly joyous sutta, Buddha interrupts the Bikkhus, who are discussing the virtues of a Buddha, and asks them to explain what they believe are the virtues ...

Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born: “giving up idling and laziness” the importance of practicing incessantly and the path to self-discipline ; as recorded by Lady Tsogyal

Padmasambhava, Guru Rinpoche, the Enlightened Padmakara, once taught Lady Tsogyal how to practice perfectly with self-discipline — basically, the message: I can't do it for you. In the teaching, "The Crystal Garland of Faultless Practice", the great and ...