2023: Celebrating the Lunar: Special “moon” for Buddha Dharma Practice including Buddha Days, Tsog, Medicine Buddha, Tara

Most special days in Buddhist Practices tend to align on lunar calendars. Buddha's birthday, for example, varies on the Western calendar year-to-year. (Dates below are updated to 2023!) Losar, or Tibetan New Year, is celebrated on the Lunar ...

A Light to the World — Celebrate Buddha’s Descent from Heaven on Lhabab Duchen: merit multiplied ten million times

Light a candle to celebrate the light that came into our world as Gautama Buddha, the Enlightened One. November 15, 2022 — the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month — marks Lhabab Duchen in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, ...

Celebrating the extraordinary activities and life of His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche, the Sakya Trichen

His Holiness the 41st Sakya Trichen exemplifies the compassionate activities of a highly realized guru. On this, his birthday, we remember and honor his great accomplishments. His Holiness Sakya Trichen.     As a supreme lama and teacher, ...

Buddha Dharma practice reboot? With Refuge and Bodhichitta, you are not alone — methods to supercharge your enthusiasm for Buddhist practice

Am I alone in struggling with enthusiasm for my Buddhist practice? Why did I lose my enthusiasm for meditation? How can I find time to practice in our stressful modern world? These are questions that frequently stall Buddhist ...

“The Dalai Lama will see you now” — chapter excerpt from Threads of Awakening by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo.

Excerpt: Piece 1 from Threads of Awakening by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, This is an excerpt from Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's amazing new book Threads of Awakening. In Threads of Awakening, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo beautifully tells her story as a personal spiritual memoir,  ...

Threads of Awakening: Interview with artist and author Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo

With a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the book Threads of Awakening — An American Woman's Journey into Tibet's Sacred Textile Art, by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is more than the fascinating story of one woman's quest to ...

“The Sakya Jetsumas — The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas” — spiritual biographies of the great female meditation masters

There can be no doubt of the vast contribution of the great female wisdom masters of Tibetan Buddhism, yet with the notable exception of Yeshe Togyal and Machig Labdron, there are precious few stories of their lives. Elisabeth ...

Prayer Wheels 3.0 — “Mindful meritorious multi-faith mantra wheels” — Holy Land Prayer Wheels, guided by advice from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Prayer Wheels are highly recommended for mindful, meritorious, Bodhichitta practice by many prominent Tibetan teachers from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche. The great teacher Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche appears to have one spinning in his ...

Dharma Dates for August 2022: Lord Buddha’s First Teaching and Lord Ksitigarbha’s Birthday and much more to celebrate: lunar to western calendar conversion

During August, 2022, there are many meritorious Dharma Dates to celebrate, including one of the four larger Shakyamuni Buddha celebrations. On the four Holy Days of Shakyamuni Buddha, your merit is multiplied, especially if practiced with Bodhichitta, Metta ...

Sacred Statue Support (pictorial): “More than a venerable object” — Nepal’s Best Statues, 3rd Generation Bhim Pathak on the Dharma craft of metal statue art

Although we often feature Dharma artists and craftspeople on Buddha Weekly, we remain in awe of the master quality of the precious sacred statues from the 3rd generation of statue artisans at Nepal's Best Statues. You could say ...

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 ...

Craving excercise? Like any attachment, vibhava-tanha, or the attachment can become an addiction

Editors Note: No one can question the health benefits of exercise. But when the craving becomes an addiction it can be dangerous for both your physical and spiritual health. Overcoming compulsions such as this are one of the ...
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