Buddhist Living

Reflecting on Reflection: Moments Where Meditation Saved Me

Whenever I talk to anyone new about meditation, I usually get the same reaction. They’ve heard enough about meditation to know it can have a positive impact, but they haven’t been motivated enough to sit for meditation consistently. ...

Akkosa Sutra — How Buddha dealt with insults and hate; advice that transcends the centuries

One of the unique aspects of Buddhist sutra, is its relevancy in modern times. Buddha may have lived and taught 2500 years ago, but, if you read almost any Pali Sutta, it feels like modern-day sage advice. An ...

Connecting with Nature of Mind to Overcome Anxiety and Panic: An Interview with Australian Meditation Instructor Pema Düddul

Pema Duddul. Pema Düddul is the Co-Director of Jalü Buddhist Meditation Centre, a meditation studio in Australia focused on online methods for delivering meditation and mindfulness training. Pema used Buddhist philosophy and practice to overcome lifelong anxiety and ...

Buddha on Dharma Prayer Wheels: “defilements will be purified and the face of the deity will appear”; Guru Rinpoche: you will “be able to attain mystic powers…”

It's unlikely you'll be levitating off the ground any time soon — even if you undertake millions of prayer wheel spins — so what did the great Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava mean when he wrote: you will "be able ...

Buddhism vs Hollywood — Are “Buddhist” demons, vampires, zombies, and hungry ghosts scarier than Hollywood monsters?

Let’s face it — the movie-monsters of Hollywood are the cry-babies of the supernatural world. Werewolves? Phooey — try a giant Oni demon on for size. Vampires — well, okay, Buddhism has those too, except they are also ...

The secular Buddhist approach to managing money wisely — as taught in Sutra

“We need to have some kind of system for measuring how we consume, produce, and share. So there will always be money in any complex society. And any human who wants to pay the rent has to learn ...

What is Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryavatara? Interview Geshe Sherab: “Patience and Bodhicitta mind with elaborate reasoning and impeccable logic”

Scholar and teacher Geshe Serab, in an interview with Buddha Weekly, explains why Śāntideva's masterpiece Bodhicaryavatara — the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life — is a timeless and vastly important text for Mahayana Buddhists. Written around ...

Book Excerpt “Transcending” — an important book that embraces the Trans Path: “What is body anyway?”

"Buddha answers, “If a living being needs to be saved by someone in the body of a Buddha, Guanshiyin will appear in the body of a Buddha.…” Buddha then lists more than thirty different bodily manifestations of Guanshiyin ...

Buddha’s advice on diet can be healthy — losing weight and earning merit with a vegan or vegetarian diet

Buddha once said, “eating meat has countless offences” and is the "root of great suffering." [Lankavatara Sutra] Buddha also taught moderation and to abstain from taking life. Today, one of the most popular of diets, both for weight-loss ...

Buddhist Pilgrimage: Purpose and Practice: deepening one’s connection, devotion and commitment to the Dharma

Dr. Miles Neale, a Buddhist psychotherapist — and founder of the Contemplative Studies Program — explains the profound practice, karmic and psychological benefits of formal pilgrimage to the sacred sites of Buddhism. A not-to-be missed special feature from ...

What the teachers say about restarting your Buddhist practice: overcoming obstacles, bringing back the enthusiasm, re-establishing faith and commitments

Modern life takes its toll on Buddhist practice, especially the higher practices that might have come with daily practice commitments. Once the momentum is lost, its easy to self-justify just letting practice go "for now." All the teachers, ...

Long distance relationship as Buddhist practice? How to cope with missing a loved one from a Buddhist perspective.

For people who are in love, or who have their very best friend living miles away, it can feel like a little piece is missing from their lives. If you are involved with someone who lives far away, ...