Buddhist Living

Preparing for Losar, Lunar New Year 2021, Year of the Golden Ox. May All Beings be Happy!

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world — as Losar, the Tibetan New Year, as Chinese New Year, or just as "lunar" new year. Most special occasions in Buddhism align with the lunar calendar. ...

Celebrating the Lunar: Special Dates in 2021 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. Losar, or Tibetan New Year, is celebrated on the Lunar calendar. The most important days of ...
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How Your Spirituality and Buddhist Refuge Can Impact Your Health — a Buddhist Approach to Healthy Faith

Numerous medical research studies support the concept that faith and spirituality are "good for your health." Although many mistake one for the other — and they have some things in common — faith and spirituality are quite different. ...

How Your Faith Can Make You Happier? 7 Buddhist practices and beliefs that generate happiness

Purposelessness, stress, anxiety, and depression are common in our modern world. However, most people ignore their root causes. Why are most people unhappy? According to Thomas Moore, the answer to this question depends on the Buddha Nature or ...

Padmasambhava: The Eight Great Qualities of Taking Refuge; Taking Refuge in the Three Precious Jewels, the Defining Practice of Buddhism, and How it Can Rescue Us From All Dangers.

"It is necessary to cut the misconception of thinking that it is enough to take refuge once in awhile. You should take refuge again and again, both day and night." — Guru Rinpoche The ultimate protector practice in Buddhism ...

“Go Bananas” for the deity: Devotion — Prostration, Praise and Prayers — the most essential practices for busy “part time” Buddhists. And — who is the deity?

The great teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche once described devotion in a talk on Tara: “The devotees of Tara, especially the devotees from great universities like as Nalanda, they go bananas. They long for her, they praise to her, ...

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 ...

Transforming demons; “Get thee behind me Mara!”: how Buddhism exorcises demons; transformation but no destruction

Shakyamuni Buddha, raised among Brahmins (priests) and kings, left the palace behind and sat under the Bodhi Tree to face his inner demons. Of course, his mission wasn't to exorcise devils and demons; it was the lofty goal ...

How spirituality and Buddhism helps seniors through difficult times; research demonstrates link to longer life

According to studies, spiritual life can enhance positive aging and health. A spiritual connection enhances the well-being of senior citizens — according to research — whether in the form of spirituality or formal religion [1]. This is aside ...

Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering

Why is Karma empowering? One way of viewing Karma is as an aggregate of all of our actions, thoughts, words, dreams, desires into a user-controlled version of fate — that is you control your fate instead of some ...

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 ...

Overcoming Fear: Three Remedies for Fear; What Buddha had to Say About Fearlessness in Abhaya Sutta

Today, in this time of fear in the face of a pandemic — fear has become top of mind, again. It's easy to say, "I can't live my life in fear" and then pretend to go about your ...