Buddhist Practices

“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”

Stressed out? — do foundation practices, including meditation. No time to meditate? — give up some TV time. Too many commitments? — meditate precisely and concisely. After giving up TV, still too busy to meditate? — meditate anywhere ...

The Hand of Buddha defeats the three poisons : Vajrapani (literally, “Vajra Hand”) — Guardian of Shakyamuni Himself; Vajrapani, the power of the mind to overcome obstacles such as pride, anger, hate and jealousy

A 2nd Century Gandhara-style relief of Vajrapani with thunderbolt (right) protecting Gotama Buddha (left). Gandhara-style art was influenced by classical Greek art. Here, Vajrapani appears similar to Zeus. In the early Pali Sutta — Ambattha Sutta ("Pride Humbled")[1]— ...

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

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche has taught in the West for 40 years and is the spiritual head of Gaden Choling for the West centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Among the best known — and yet most mysterious ...

Phurba or Kila: the most potent of wrathful ritual implements in Vajrayana Buddhism, symbolizes the Karma activity of the Buddhas

The Purbha is probably the most exotically evocative of Vajrayana Buddhist symbols. The Bell and Vajra are sacred and special — but ubiquitous;  the Phurba is iconic of the mysteries of higher practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of ...

“Mind is the creator of our own happiness or suffering”—Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches Lojong Seven-Point Mind Training

By Lee Kane "On one level all our minds are connected," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche in his introductory remarks at a weekend retreat dedicated to Lojong Seven-point mind training. "We are the creators of our suffering. Everything ...

Why do Buddhas and Enlightened Beings need offerings? The simple answer: they don’t. The better answer is…

Nothing confuses people interested in Buddhism — or new to the Dharma — more than the topic of offerings. It seems counter-intuitive from a "western" point-of-view. Buddhas have gone beyond all attachment, cravings or even the sense of "self" ...

Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche’s condensed “all teachings into one — which is concise and easy to practice”at the time of death: as requested by Lady Tsogyal

One of the most wonderful teachings of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, Guru Rinpoche was written down by the Lady Tsogyal — from a request she made just as the master was about to leave — and she, herself, ...

Mokugyo: Drumming for a Wakeful Mind with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

Mokugyo are instantly recognizable by their entirely unique and pleasant penetrating sound that almost seems to hypnotize with its intensity. The use of the fish drum is nearly universally used in ritual and private meditation amongst most forms ...

Inspired by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Galgamani Art Project Aims Personalize the Tibetan Prayer Wheel: Interview with Micha Strauss

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche (left) with Micha Strauss working with a personalized prayer wheel. Over many years, Micha and Ayelet Strauss have made personalized prayer wheels for people around the world, including H.H. the Dalai Lama and many other notable ...

Prayer Wheels Growing in Popularity; Benefiting Sentient Beings and Practicing Right Livelihood: Interview with Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop

Shea Witsett of The Prayer Wheel Shop poses by a Prayer Wheel in Kham. The Buddha Weekly interview with meticulous crafstman Shea Witsett, of The Prayer Wheel Shop, was meant to be part of our full feature on the ...
H.E. Garchen RInpoche with Micha Strauss of Galgamani Art Project and a custom made prayer wheel.

Wheel of Dharma: Why Prayer Wheels May be the Ideal Buddhist Practice for Busy People; Benefits to Self and Sentient Beings: What the Teachers Say

"In old Tibet, everywhere you looked, you saw people, particularly older people, spinning prayer wheels from morning to night, while reciting the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra (a Tibetan prayer composed of Sanskrit power words) to relieve the misery of ...

Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity

Lama Atisha, the revered lama and Mahasiddha, came across an old man, dying of starvation in Bodghaya. Lama Atisha offered his own flesh, cut from his body, to save the old man. But the old man said, “How ...