Buddhist Practices

Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?

Too busy to practice? Too stressed out or sick to fulfil your practice commitments? Assuming you've prioritized — reducing Facebook, Twitter and television time — what if you continue to break your practice commitments? What can you do ...

Tara Book excerpt and teaching: Who is Tara and how can She help us? An introduction to Tara, Karma, Shunyata, Dependent Arising, and Buddha Nature by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Tara in the Palm of Your Hand, a book by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is available on Amazon.ca in paperback from Wind Horse Press. Who, or what is Tara that she can show us that Enlightenment is in ...

What’s with all this consort union in Tantric Buddhism? No, it’s not about sexual fantasies. The psychology of Yab-Yum consorts, union of wisdom and compassion

Tibetan Buddhism is above all practical. In Vajrayana, practice, practice, practice is the mantra of progress. Practical means, step-by-step progress, and that means daily meditation involving body, speech, and mind, in the form of mudras (body), mantras (speech) ...

What the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams Have in Common: Laughter, and Compassion, the Best Medicine

What do the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams M.D. have in common? They both emphatically believe in the power of laughter to heal, energize, enable, and inspire. The Dalai Lama famously laughs at every opportunity and often cracks ...

“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 ...

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 ...