Buddhist Practices

“Dharma in motion”: Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhist Tantra and Zen have as much in common with martial arts as religion?

Siddartha Buddha grew up in the palace and was an expert in martial arts. Premise: Buddhism, Vajrayana Tantra and Zen have as much in common with martial arts as it does with religion. Second Premise: Martial arts skills ...

84,000 doors to Enlightenment: mystical Buddhist, Zen Buddhist, intellectual Buddhist, devotional Buddhist, hipster Buddhist: many doors, one destination

Buddha taught many skilful means or paths. In Buddhism, these are typically described with the vehicle, path or doors metaphors. In the Pali Canon, it is said "There are 84,000 doors to Enlightenment" [5]. Clearly, in Buddha's time, ...

Medicine Buddha video teaching: the Four Immeasurables are immeasurably important; meditation and commentary — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

"To do effective healing, beneficial healing it is suggested that we practice the Four Immeasurables. Four Immeasurables. Immeasurable of love, immeasurable of compassion, immeasurable of joy, immeasurable of equanimity. Then the healing becomes more powerful and meaningful." — ...

Shabkar’s Song of Practice: the entire path, from refuge to generation to completion in one song by one of the great sages of Tibet

Only a true visionary Yogi could distil a path that fills lifetimes and books into a single song. Such a Yogi is the great Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol, an emanation of the great Milarepa. Both were famous for their ...

Video Medicine Buddha Retreat, part 1: open self-healing weekend with visualization, mantras and teachings with H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

Part 1 of a series featuring a full Medicine Buddha weekend retreat, suitable for anyone who wishes to meditate on healing. Medicine Buddha practices are universally popular and very effective for self-healing. Millions of Buddhists around the world ...

Dharma and the Tao: how Buddhism and Daoism have influenced each other; Why Zen and Taoism can be complementary

Buddhism and Daoism have co-influenced each-other over hundreds of years in China. Although Buddha lived from 563 B.C. to 483 B.C., the founder of Daoism, Lao-Tzu was thought to live in the 6th century BCE. Buddhism and Daoism ...

Youthful Manjushri: the beginning and flowering of wisdom; the gentle friend who cuts through ignorance with his flaming sword; Arapachana, the great essence mantra

Of all the Buddhist meditational deities — and, of all the Bodhisattvas we meet in the sutras — the overwhelming feeling with Manjushri is “gentle wisdom” and “gentle friend.” We feel warm, comforted, and supported in the youthful ...

Meditation retreat today is vital and precious and helps us have direct experience of “One Mind, One Body”: teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

How many of us actually find time for even a weekend retreat in today's hectic world? Many Buddhists — and non-Buddhists — aspire to the quiet energy of retreat, not just to de-stress, but to actually still the ...

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 ...

Video Teaching: Amitabha Amitayus Powa teaching and guided meditation — transfering consciousness to the Pureland when dying or as a practice for “healing the mind.”

H.E. Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is the spiritual head of Gaden for the West Mahayana Buddhist meditation centres. H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche's concise video commentary and guided meditation on the profound practice of Tibetan Powa — transference of ...

Buddhist Ganesha: popular Ganapati’s many forms include enlightened Yidam, protector, and “bringer of success”…

Ganesha's appeal is wide-reaching, not just amongst the spiritual. Ganesh tatoos and t-shirts are very popular worldwide. There is, a "life-affirming" quality about his image, even for the non-religious. Ganesha has star power. He even appears in brands, ...

Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

"Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature." ­— Acvaghosha "Discourse on the Awakening of Faith" "Namo Amitabha" is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as ...