Buddhist Practices

Home Retreat: a meritorious use of time while socially isolated during COVID-19 crisis. Dedicate the merit of Green Tara home retreat to all suffering beings

As we adjust to the new short-term realities of social distancing and isolation, many of our teachers are recommending home retreat while we have this time alone. Buddhist retreat is often an aspiration for many of us, due ...

Why the Buddha is Regarded as the Supreme Healer; plus, a daily healing meditation anyone can practice.

Excerpt from "A Collection of Buddhist Methods for Healing" ebook (free to download), used with permission. Note: Healing meditations, even though effective, are not a replacement for the advice of your health-care practitioner. For links to all of ...

Buddhist healing: strengthening health, helping others — downloadable text from Jason Espada: A Collection of Buddhist Methods for Healing

Editor's Introduction — Jason Espada is well-known for preserving and publishing teachings. Now, in this time of world crisis, Jason has published a free collection of Buddhist teachings on Healings. As he says in his introduction — "We ...

Video: Healing Teacher-Guided Meditation & Mantras Black Manjushri: H.E. Zasep Rinpoche — especially recommended for Caronavirus and Cancers

In a new Buddha Weekly teacher-guided video, H.E. Zasep Rinpoche recommends Black Manjushri to students for healing and protection, especially from Novel Coronavirus and other diseases, including cancer. Rinpoche guides us through the practice, visualization and mantras for ...

Don’t have faith in Buddha — Buddha taught the logic of karma, method and wisdom — not a religious belief-system

Buddha did not teach faith. Period. That doesn’t mean we can’t have faith in Buddhism — or Dharma — only that the faith is earned through logic, practice and practical methods. This is clearly stated in the discourses ...

Awakening to success — following in the Buddha’s footsteps — the ultimate “self-help” path

Around 563 BCE, Siddhartha Gautama sat under a massively branching Bodhi tree for days — until he achieved the "awakened" intellect of a Buddha. Bodhi literally means "awakened," and today, an "ancestor" of the great tree in Bodh ...

Part 2, Surya Gupta 21 Taras: meditating on virtuous body of Tara; distinct embodiments of Tara’s Compassion and Wisdom

"As Tara did, we develop the potential of our minds to attain full Enlightenment through meditation. Meditation is a process of focusing our mind on a virtuous object." — From Tara in the Palm of Your Hand [1] ...

Mother Tara’s many-armed protective embrace: 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta — a very special celebration of Supreme Mother Tara, the Liberator

There's something very precious and special about Tara, the protective Mother, adored by millions around the world. Her energy is, at its root, wisdom — the female Enlightened Buddha. Tara is as approachable as our own mothers. She ...

Three Principal Paths of Lama Tsongkhapa: from the land of snows, the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata

In the land of snows, it could be argued that the peerless Lama Tsongkhapa was the greatest of philosophers, writers, teachers. He wrote over 10,000 pages of commentary and instruction on Buddha’s teachings. This vast library or writings ...

Interview: master artist V.V. Sapar discussing his 21 Taras project for Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche — art as a spiritual practice

V.V. Sapar’s work is well known to many Tibetan Buddhist and Vajrayana practitioners. His series of 21 Taras, according to the rare Surya Gupta tradition, was commissioned by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche (and is now freely available, thanks ...

When you recognize the nature of mind, fabrication and effort are naturally freed — Guru Rinpoche. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day!

Quotes from Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche. Adorn yourself with the eminent virtues of the Victorious Ones! You may speak like the Lion of Speech [Manjushri], but unless you take to ...

18 benefits to building, circumambulating or funding of Stupas, which represent “Buddha’s Holy Mind” — according to Sutra

Several Sutras cite Stupa building (Chorten in Tibetan) “while thinking of the Victorious One” as a “cause for Enlightenment.” The Analyzing Activity Sutra actually says, “Whoever builds the Stupa of the Tathagata will gain the eighteen benefits” (Je ...