Buddhist Living

Transforming demons; “Get thee behind me Mara!”: how Buddhism handles demons; from mindfulness meditation to transformation — but no exorcisms

The great Yogini Machig Labdron. 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; ...

Reclaim your mental well-being from addiction: special contributor feature

Editor's Intro: Buddhists emphasize meditation and mind in many practices, in part, to help us overcome attachments. Whether it's addiction, or repetitive behaviours and attachments, destructive cravings are a major issue in today's stress-filled world. Special contributor Adam ...

The Lion’s Gaze and the Lion’s Roar: Padmasambhava, Milarepa and Buddha’s lion wisdom even more relevant in today’s hectic world

Milarepa, the great sage in Tibet. The Lion's Gaze parable is, perhaps, more meaningful in today's hectic world, than it was in Ancient Tibet. Today, anger, fury, social unrest, and dissatisfaction make The Lion's Gaze a very relevant ...

How the Thai Cave Rescue inspires us as both humans, and Buddhists

Dedication: I would like to dedicate this article to the rescuers, the 12 boys, their football coach and especially to the memory of Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan whose bravery and sacrifice were a credit to humanity. May ...

Having trouble focusing during meditation? Lack of sleep may be the issue; 70 million US adults suffer a sleep disorder

According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. This doesn't just result in poor performance at work, drowsy and dangerous driving, and major health issues — it may be preventing you from ...

In this time of contagious insults and flaming on social media, Buddha has good advice: “If I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you.”

In today's world of instant tweets and social media, insults propigate almost with a flaming will of their own. And those words find instant audiences on Twitter, spreading the anger, the fury, the insults, hurting, hurting and hurting. But, ...

Benefits obtained from wealth for householders: Adiya Sutta — righteously obtained and righteously used, wealth is not negative karma as long as “I have done what will not lead to future distress”

Many people misinterpret Buddhist beliefs, associating money or wealth as a source of attachment or negativity — particularly focusing on the ideal of renuciation. For the non-monastic — for the devout householder Buddhist — wealth is not itself ...

The Importance of Ahimsa non-violence 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] ...

The role of meditation in mental health, depression, cognitive decline, delusional behavior and trauma: also, what to do when teachers fail in issues of ethics: interview with teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

Buddha Weekly Special Series "Interviews with the Teachers" In a hard-hitting, frank interview, Meditation teacher Theodore Tsaousidis — a well-known meditation teacher in Ontario — discusses the role of meditation in mental illness, cognitive decline, and general health. ...

Great Yogi Shabkar’s checklist for advanced practice: his teacher’s letter asks all the right questions

The great yogi Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, an incarnation of the Milarepa, sang many instructive songs — still sung today (orally) and read in translated form by Buddhists around the world. Each of his wonderful songs, like Milarepa's before ...

Tibetan Buddhist views on LGBTQ: is Buddhism accepting, neutral, supportive, or alienating to lesbians, gay men and trans-gendered persons? What about same-sex marriage?

One of the most often asked questions in our "Ask the Teacher" submission form [link here>>] is "How does Tibetan Buddhism view same-sex issues?" or "Does Buddhism encourage same-sex marriage?" and many variations on this theme. The LGBTQ ...

Quiet and space for your practice: ultimately, we need only our minds — but a quiet, dedicated meditation space at home can enhance Buddhist practice.

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 ...