Heruka and Dakini’s Special Months: Honoring the Blissful Wisdom Mother in the 11th Month and the Compassionate Hero in the 12th

Each year, Vajrayana Buddhists honor and celebrate the highest manifestations of Wisdom and Compassion in the 11th and 12th Lunar months — and especially on the Tsog feast offering days on the waning and waxing moons in those ...

Why giving and taking practice is an important kindness meditation and Bodhichitta practice; how to do it guided video: Zasep Rinpoche

Among the best known — and yet most mysterious — practices in Tibetan Buddhism is the kindness Metta meditation known as Tonglen. Described as a Bodhichitta practice, "a wonderful practice!", Venerable Zasep Rinpoche teaches why it is important, ...

Subtle body as the path to Enlightenment and lighting the inner fire— the five chakras, three channels and two drops of Tantric Buddhism and their practice

"In my teaching I emphasize that Enlightenment is found in the body. This draws on Dzogchen, where you are told that when you put your awareness in the body in the right way, you encounter your awakened state. ...

What is Buddhist Prayer: a wish, an activity, an aspiration, an act of love, a form of meditation?

An Introduction to Buddhist Prayer By Jason Espada In America, and in the West in general these days, people don’t usually associate Buddhism and prayer. We usually think of Buddhism as a tradition that teaches quiet sitting meditation, ...

2023: Celebrating the Lunar: Special “moon” dates 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. (Dates below are updated to 2023!) Losar, or Tibetan New Year, is celebrated on the Lunar ...

Mahamudra, vast like space and beyond mind; polluted by nothing with nothing to obscure openness

Mahamudra is the ultimate practice in Tibetan Buddhism in many ways — yet it is profoundly simple. Maitripa, Tilopa's great Mahasiddha student, described Mahāmudrā as: "Mahāmudrā, that which is unified and beyond the mind, is clear yet thoughtless, ...

Long Life Prayer to Amitayus, Padmasambhava, Vajrakumara and White Tara: Chokgyur Lingpa (1829–1870). Translated from the Tibetan by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche

Why do we aspire to long life in Buddhist practice — especially given we are also instructed by our teachers, and by Sutra teachings to renounce clinging and attachment to things such as long life? The reason to ...

Three Principal Paths — the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata

The peerless teaching in Mahayana Buddhism is collectively known as the Three Principal Paths. These three are Renunciation, Bodhichitta and Shunyata. Together, they represent the most important teachings. Inevitably, all teachings begin — and later reinforce over-and over ...

A Light to the World — Celebrate Buddha’s Descent from Heaven on Lhabab Duchen: merit multiplied ten million times

Light a candle to celebrate the light that came into our world as Gautama Buddha, the Enlightened One. November 15, 2022 — the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month — marks Lhabab Duchen in Tibetan Buddhist tradition, ...

The Disease Specialist: Black Manjushri Practice Has a Reputation for Successfully Helping Victims of the Most Dangerous Diseases

When all is well with the world, and you're in peak health, it's probably enough to eat well, exercise, and see a family doctor once a year. But, if that annual doctor's visit brings dreaded news, a diagnosis ...

Buddha Dharma practice reboot? With Refuge and Bodhichitta, you are not alone — methods to supercharge your enthusiasm for Buddhist practice

Am I alone in struggling with enthusiasm for my Buddhist practice? Why did I lose my enthusiasm for meditation? How can I find time to practice in our stressful modern world? These are questions that frequently stall Buddhist ...

In the spaces we find Wisdom: “All Dharmas are forms of emptiness” : What do Dzogchen, Mahamudra, mindfulness, Chod and sensory deprivation experiments have in common?

The sages and the Buddhas found ultimate wisdom in the spaces between thoughts, between sounds, between images, between feelings. The ancient saying "all Dharmas are forms of emptiness" isn't just a fun pun — how can there be ...
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