Buddhist Living

Metta meditation in times of crisis: “we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion” (Dalai Lama)

The COVID-19 crisis of 2020 brought us a sense of just how interconnected we really are. In a matter of weeks, it became clear that a challenge experienced in one locale of the world was quickly moving across ...

If you can’t go outside — go inside. How mindfulness can help cope with COVID-19. 12 easy tips.

Now is the time to get in touch — with your inner self. If you can't go outside — go inside! Our lives are more stressful more than ever. The most recent Coronavirus pandemic, a world-wide tragedy, with ...

Response to the Cries of the World: Teacher Theodore Tsaousidis asks “Why do such terrible things happen?”

Excerpt from a feature by teacher Theodore Tsaousidis. Editor's note: Theodore is a profoundly impactful meditation teacher, popular in Ontario, and always has precious insights. Although this excerpt is from 2011, we are publishing here with permission because ...

Dastan-e-Irfan-e-Budh – The Buddha story as a dastangoi — a performance of an epic

Dastangoi is probably an unfamiliar vehicle to transmit the Buddha's life and teachings - and the Buddha’s teachings have witnessed several kinds of “vehicles” for their dissemination. Dastangoi is a compound of two Persian words ‘Dastan’ (story, narrative) ...

Improving your meditation by cleansing your environment, purging technology, and de-cluttering your space and mind

One of the greatest things about meditation, aside from the well-studied health benefits, is that you can practice anywhere or at any time. But even though that is true, there are some conditions that are more suitable for ...

Interview: master artist V.V. Sapar discussing his 21 Taras project for Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche — art as a spiritual practice

V.V. Sapar’s work is well known to many Tibetan Buddhist and Vajrayana practitioners. His series of 21 Taras, according to the rare Surya Gupta tradition, was commissioned by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (and is now freely available, thanks ...

“Who is Tara?” — the miraculous, mystical and marvelous view. Book excerpt from “A Belief in the Miraculous” — Jason Espada

Many Buddhists in "modern" times tend to rationalize the "sacred" and the "miraculous" as metaphors and skillful means. While this may seem very reasonable, safe and rational, there is room for faith, belief and "magic" in our practice. ...

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 ...

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 19, 2019 — the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month — marks Lhabab Duchen in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, ...

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 ...

Buddhist Advice for coping with and living with Dementia

Mindfulness meditation and lifestyle can be beneficial to people who are suffering from dementia, according to several studies [Links below.] Meditation and mindfulness is also beneficial for caregivers as a coping method [1] and as a way to ...

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 ...