Meditation for children: Peer-reviewed studies support structured meditation in classrooms and homes to help children deal with depression, negative coping and self-hostility

Meditation is an essential component of Buddhism that enables us to settle, concentrate, and connect body and mind. Study after study has shown the many benefits it can bring us, including a greater sense of calm, understanding, and ...

HAPPY SAGA DAWA DUCHEN celebrating Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment and Paranirvana! May All Beings Benefit!

HAPPY SAGA DAWA DUCHEN! — the day we celebrate Buddha's birth, enlightenment and paranirvana on the Tibetan Lunar Calendar (converted this year to June 14, 2022). Today is a day of highest merits — may all beings benefit! ...

The month of merit: Saga Dawa, celebrating Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana — be generous, moral and practice often

The month of merits for 2022 has begun! The most important day of this amazing, meritorious month, is the great Saga Dawa Duchen, which this year will be on June 14. (The month of merits, or month of ...

Mindfulness in action and every-moment awareness: learning to live life to the fullest; meditation through living

We often lack the focus necessary to become aware of all of our experiences and genuinely comprehend what we desire in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although mindfulness necessitates ongoing work, it requires a specific sort ...

Martial Arts and Buddhist practice have at least three things in common: discipline, mindfulness and compassion.

It is often said that Buddhist and martial arts practices are complementary — and sometimes even analogous in method. This may be because both emphasize discipline, mindfulness, and compassion. The relationship between martial arts and Buddhism has a ...

Why happiness and laughter are actual Buddhist teachings. The Sutra on Happiness, the Tathagata’s teaching “This is the great happiness!”

We often see monks of all Buddhist traditions laughing. Rinpoche's, monks, nuns, teachers, the Dalai Lama — they all have a ready belly laugh. Are they just happy? Or, is happiness itself, the teaching? In the "Sutra on ...

Mind-space, it’s all we need. Meditation quiets the mind, even if you can’t find a quiet space. Buddha’s advice “I am silent.”

According to Sutra, after Buddha was Enlightened under the Bodhi tree, on a full moon day in May, he — kept silent. For an entire week, he didn't speak a single word. According to the most colorful stories ...

Knowing the World As a Sacred Place – An Invitation to the Vajrayana View

Feature by Jason Espada, Author of A Belief in the Miraculous: Buddhism, Magic, and a Sense of the Sacred We are not here on Earth to be alone, but to be a part of a living community, a ...

9 ways Buddha taught us to transform anger — and put an end to negative cycles

Why do we meditate on impermanence? Why does Buddha speak so often in Sutras, on the "poison" of anger? Why do we see so many "angry" or even demonic Enlightened Buddhas in Mahayana and Vajrayana? In this feature, ...

Peacemaking Buddhism: importance of Ahimsa “Non-Harm” in Buddhism — “Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.”

“Monks, even if bandits were to sever you savagely limb by limb with a two-handle saw, he who gave rise to a mind of hate towards them would not be carrying out my teaching” — Shakyamuni Buddha [4] ...

A Bee’s View of Buddha Dharma: “caring for bees” is a noble karmic act of the Pāramitā (Perfection) of Metta (loving kindness)

From a "bee's point of view" conservation of the earth is clearly Buddha Dharma practice. Saving bees — and our earth — is a practice of the Paramita of Metta, or loving-kindness. The discipline needed, to accomplish conservation ...

HAPPY Theravada Buddhist New Year April 16 2022! (varies by region somewhat 13-16th) Songkram, a time for alms, practice, fesitvals, respect, and sandcastles

New years in Theravadan Buddhism is often called Maha Songkram (in Thailand), derived from the Sanskrit word, saṅkrānti (or, more specifically, meṣa saṅkrānti which means literally "astrological passage").  Maha Songkran means 'great Songkran — since technically there is ...
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