Buddhist Living

The forgotten nuns of Zanskar: 9 Buddhist nunneries in “one of the coldest inhabited places” have limited electricity, water and healthcare

As you might expect of 185 devoted Buddhist nuns, they ask for very little, but here in Zanskar Valley — one of the most isolated valleys in the Himalayas — many live without heat, water and electricity. Some ...

5 Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World; 5 Buddhist Teachings and Teachers Recommending a Vegetarian Lifestyle; 5 Reasons it’s the Ethical Thing to Do

Not all Buddhists are vegetarians. Did the Buddha actually suggest a vegan lifestyle? And, putting aside Buddhists, why is the meat industry growing when the science says it's hurting our planet? These are the questions that frame our ...

Sems dpa, the Buddhist Spiritual Warrior, the Hero, the fearless Buddhist: overcoming self-ignorance and our maras

The term Spiritual Warrior (Tibetan "sems dpa") may hint at more than a whiff of bravado and violence — until it is understood that the enemy of the Spiritual Warrior is "avidya" or self-ignorance. Overcoming avidya is at ...

Part 3 of recovery series: finding your niche; advice for those in recovery who seek employment

Adam Cook returns with Part 3 in his series on addiction and recovery. Part 1, “Reclaim your mental well-being” from addiction is here>> Part 2, "Thriving post-rehab: achieving long-lasting addiction recovery" is here>> Editor’s Intro Buddhists emphasize meditation ...

Buddha: How to protect wealth, associate with virtuous friends and relate to your spouse, employer, children: guidance for lay practitioners in Sigalovada Sutta

It may seem hard to imagine the Peerless One, Shakyamuni Buddha, teaching the more mundane aspects of lay life conduct. Imagine the Buddha teachings us "financial planning" (really!) — and  to relate to our children, employers and spouse! ...

Buddha’s Paranirvana Day: Beyond “is” and “is not”; the Thusness of the Tatahagata and the last Admonition of Buddha

On February 15, Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the Paranirvana of Buddha — not his death, but release from karma and the cycle of suffering. It is a day celebrated around the world with light, festival and important readings from ...

Inspiring true story “From Hungry Ghost to Human”: Dao finds redemption in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and is no longer “homeless, unloved, abandoned.”

Editors preface Dao at the end of his journey. Here, he joyfully poses next to the Bob Marley statue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dao's beautifully written autobiography, From Hungry Ghost to Human, is compelling, impossible to stop reading, ...

Losar: What’s in store for the Earth Sow (Female Pig, 2019) New Year? Planning for Lunar New Year should begin early

We could all use a little good fortune and happiness, and I don't think anyone would disagree that we universally hope the Year of the Earth Sow (Earth Female Pig 2019) will be much better than the outgoing ...

Lightning fast Compassion: group of students, inpired by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, aid a young nun in India requiring neurosurgery

Young nun Stanzin before neurosurgery in India. I was at a White Heruka long life weekend retreat with H.E. Zasep Rinpoche when we abruptly became part of a "compassion-in-action" moment. One of Rinpoche's students — a volunteer with ...

Thriving post-rehab: achieving long-lasting addiction recovery

Adam Cook returns with Part 2 in his series on addiction and recovery. Part 1, "Reclaim your mental well-being" from addiction is here>> Editor’s Intro Buddhists emphasize meditation and mind in many practices, in part, to help us ...

Songs of the great Yogi Shabkar: every being is mother; absolute nature is my friend; luminosity is my entertainment; my homeland is the Dharmakaya

The great Yogi Shabkar bridges modern times with the ancient masters, the likes of Milarepa, Marpa, Niropa, Tilopa, and the great Mahasiddhis. Shabkar Tsokdruk Randrol (Tib. ཞབས་དཀར་ཚོགས་དྲུག་རང་གྲོལ་, Wyl. zhabs dkar tshogs drug rang grol), who lived 1781-1851, is ...

Technology and apps for Buddhist meditation: useful in modern life — especially with between 500 million and 1.6 billion Buddhists worldwide

There are between 500 million and 1.6 Billion Buddhists worldwide — depending on which study you cite — an impressive percentage of the population. Many are business people, medical professionals, office workers and others who use technology on a ...