Buddhist Practices

Lamrim: the fast “mapped” path to Buddhist realizations: “It expounds the entire path” — Dalai Lama

In the quest for Enlightenment, the "swift" lightning path is Vajrayana. The key reason it is the fast path is its step-by-step structure — with teachings organized carefully into proven systems. One of these is Lamrim — the ...

“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, ...

Longing for Tara — “Hook me with your great love and kindness to liberate me…”

Green Tara is a deity of the “heart.” While all the Buddhas can be seen as Oneness and Omniscient — and therefore practicing one Buddha can be seen as practicing all Buddhas —there is something “precious,” personal and ...

Body mandala practice in Vajrayana Tantric Buddhism — and riding the winds of the inner body “Where mind goes, the body follows”

"Where the mind goes, the body follows" is an ancient unattributed wisdom saying — although it is credited to Arnold Schwarzenegger in modern times. Arnie was probably paraphrasing a quote often attributed to Zhang San Feng, the Taoist ...

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 ...

Amazing Choral Chanting of Heart Sutra Recitation: requested by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche; singers around the world

Beautiful chanting of the Heart Sutra, the request of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, to commemorate Saga Dawa Duchen — recorded on June 4-5 2020. Dozens of people chanted as a virtual choir on Zoom in an amazingly beautiful chant. ...

Avalokiteshvara’s Ten Prayers for happiness and well-being of all sentient beings chanted by Khenpo Pemo Choephel Rinpoche

Avalokiteshvara's 10 prayers for the happiness and well-being of all sentient beings, exquisitely chanted by Khenpo Pema Choephel Rinpoche (mini-biography below) — with chant lyrics in video and below (song available on Soundcloud): 10 Prayers in Tibetan (chanted ...

Amitabha Sutra: cutting delusions with one-pointed blissful contemplation of Amitabha Buddha and the Pure Land

"Believing in inner truth means having deep faith that the ten billions Buddha-lands (worlds) are in reality not outside our Mind." — Patriarch Ou-I To the newcomer to Mahayana Buddhism, or particularly Pure Land Buddhism, Amitabha (Amita or ...

The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal

In times of pain, sickness, or stress, my first thought of "remedy" is quiet meditation with the most sacred Medicine Buddha mantra. Inevitably, arthritis pains subsides in my case, and I've avoided most of the colds and flus ...

Tea Serkyem offering: Generating the merit for Compassionate Activities — especially for protection from sickness and other obstacles

In Mahayana Buddhism, we often speak the language of “Wisdom” and “Compassion” practices. Yet our frenetic, danger-filled world also necessitates “Activity Tantra,” an important “activity manifestation” of Wisdom and Compassion. Without activity, there is no progress on the ...

The Profound Practice of Taking Refuge

Committing ourselves to the teachings with faith and devotion is the cornerstone of everything else we would accomplish through the practice of this path— higher rebirth, or a safe direction for all our lives, accomplishing the individual liberation ...

Avalokitesvara compassion practices can “enhance treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma” say some scientists and clinicians. For the rest of us, his compassion brings us closer to bliss and wisdom.

Avalokitesvara is the metaphorical rock star of the Bodhisattvas. "Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is one of the most important and popular Buddhist deities," writes Karen Andres in Tibetan Contemplative Traditions. [1] "Avalokitesvara is the personification of compassion... ...