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“One Yidam to focus them all and in emptiness transform them”: Yidam as a “means of accomplishment”
“One Yidam to focus them all and in emptiness transform them”: Yidam as a “means of accomplishment”
Wrathful Buddhas video: the first responders in meditation; how to relate to the fearsome Enlightened deities
Wrathful Buddhas video: the first responders in meditation; how to relate to the fearsome Enlightened deities
Chod practice: offering yourself to all beings, the ultimate expression of bodhichitta
Chod practice: offering yourself to all beings, the ultimate expression of bodhichitta
Visualizing your heart bond Yidam. How to choose one, how to improve clarity and concentration: Advice from Teachers
Visualizing your heart bond Yidam. How to choose one, how to improve clarity and concentration: Advice from Teachers
Virtuous offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, offered with “Pleasant Mind” have more merit than a mountain of jewels
Virtuous offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, offered with “Pleasant Mind” have more merit than a mountain of jewels

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“One Yidam to focus them all and in emptiness transform them”: Yidam as a “means of accomplishment”

My favorite metaphor for Yidams is the Lord of the Rings. Really? How does that work, you ask? Having fun with Tolkien's verse, "one ring to rule them all...": One Yidam to focus them all, One Yidam to manifest all, One Yidam to bring them all and in Emptiness transform them. Okay,...

Wrathful Buddhas video: the first responders in meditation; how to relate to the fearsome Enlightened deities

If you were facing a life-threatening scenario, would you call emergency services on your phone, calling for help from well-trained first responders — or call your kindly relative. If disaster strikes, we inevitably first think of our wonderful first-responders. In almost any scenario, we are conditioned to look for help from those...

Chod practice: offering yourself to all beings, the ultimate expression of bodhichitta

The vivid and visceral imagery of Chod Practice — where you visualize offering your own body to all sentient beings, chopped up into grisly bits, and presented in a human skull — can lead to extreme misunderstanding. Teachings such as Chod are advanced and profoundly effective practices that help us "cut" our ego,...

Visualizing your heart bond Yidam. How to choose one, how to improve clarity and concentration: Advice from Teachers

What advice do you have for students who have difficulties visualizing their Yidam to help them improve clarity and stabilization? Can you speak about how to pick a personal Yidam for your practice?  [Transcript below video] Note: In Vajrayana advanced meditation, the student activates the mind's enlightened qualities by visualizing him/herself to...

Virtuous offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, offered with “Pleasant Mind” have more merit than a mountain of jewels

Virtuous offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha — the Three Jewels — are always meritorious — but how those offerings were obtained matters more than their tangible value. Offering with a "pleasant mind" said the Buddha is the most meritorious. Buddha said, A virtuous donor offers to one without virtues, things...

Bodhi Day and Awakening to Dharma — celebrated on anniversary of Shakyamuni Gautauma Buddha’s Enlightenment

Bodhi Day is the precious day we celebrate Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha's Enlightenment, primarily in Mahayana Buddhist traditions.  Although it is, perhaps, the most important day of the Buddhist calendar — celebrating the ultimate goal of the path, Enlightenment — it is a quiet day in most traditions. It is meant to be...

Fearless Buddhist: overcoming fear and becoming Gesar, : How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra

Many of Buddha's teachings focus directly on overcoming our fears. In fact, when Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree to meditate on Enlightenment, he wrestled with Mara, the personification of fear. The source of fear Most of our fear and stress derives from what are known as the five poisons (kleshas) of:...

Metta meditation in times of crisis: “we all have a responsibility to exercise compassion” (Dalai Lama)

The Buddhist tradition of Metta meditation (or loving-kindness meditation) is one of the fundamental compassion-based practices that we can turn to in this time of crisis. This practice can help us to feel greater compassion for ourselves. It can reduce our stress response and in turn, improve other markers of health such...

“Go Bananas” for Buddha: Devotion — Prostration, Praise and Prayers — the most essential practices for busy “part time” Buddhists. And — who is the deity?

"Go bananas for the Buddha, "is sage advice for any practitioner, new and advanced students alike. 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...

‘Outside Tradition and Scripture’ – Zen Buddhism: “If you meet the Buddha, kill him.”

Zen holds a special place in the heart and mind for many, perhaps because it is "seemingly" singular in its simplicity and elegance. From single-pointed zazen mindfulness — facing a blank wall — to mysterious cyphers called Koans — "What is the sound of one hand clapping?" — Zen pursues the same...

Vajrapani, the “Hand of Buddha” defeats the poisons : pride, anger, hate and jealousy

 Vajrapani's name means, literally, "Vajra Hand". He is one of the three great Bodhisattvas, together with Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri, who respectively represent "power of Buddha," Compassion of Buddha, and Wisdom of Buddha. He is not only important in Mahayana sutra, but appears in early Pali Sutta — Ambattha Sutta ("Pride Humbled")[1]— mighty...

Buddhist Dharma Dates 2022: clearing the confusion on lunar calendars

Sacred lunar days 2022: why they're important, when and how to celebrate Buddha Days, Tsog Feasts, Puja Days in Tibetan, Mahayana, and Theravada Buddhist traditions Lunar calendars can be confusing — especially since there are three systems: lunisiderial, lunisolar, and pure lunar. For this reason, our Lunar Dharma Dates calendar has different...
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Tara, Mother of all Buddhas

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Loving face of the Mother of All Buddhas Green Tara. Detail from art by Ben Christian.
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How does Tara Help?

Tara, like any Mother, is ready to jump to our aid, even in mundane areas of life. She is the “practical Buddha” — the “Karma Mother” — the Buddha most active in our lives. Her Sanskrit name translates as “a star by which to navigate” — and like a star, she is always with us whenever we look for her.

Tara 6 Tara Victorious Over Three Worlds Trailokya Vijaya Tara.
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21 Taras Mantra Video Playlist

An entire playlist of every one of the mantras for the 21 Taras. Don't miss the amazing Tara mantra chanting of Yoko Dharma for the each Tara of the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta lineage. One video with many repetitions and visualized images for each Tara. The final video is the English-translated 21 Praises to Tara sung in English.