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Power of dana and generosity “within our means” — the Sutta stories of Anathapindika, who gave Buddha Jetavana park

Anathapindika is famous for his supreme generosity. He is the benefactor immortalized through his gift of Jetavana park — used in rainy seasons throughout the centuries by Buddhist monks for retreat. This great feat of generosity cost him "enough gold to cover the entire park" — a staggering fortune. Although he gave...
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Supporting Member Video: Ad-Free version HD of Manjushri Mantra beautifully chanted with visualization images.

Manjushri Mantra 108 Times beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar with Visualization images. This is the ad-free version HD, as a thank you to our wonderful supporting members:  
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Buddhist practice and worldly obstacles — we all have them, but how do you overcome and purify negativities? Advice from Dalai Lama, Garchen Rinpoche and others.

Obstacles are plentiful in daily life. Whether we're dealing with an emergency with our children, rushing around trying to find an emergency plumber, dealing with the aftermath of an accident — or even something more terrible, such as a natural disaster or war. Yes, we can find refuge in Buddha, Dharma and...
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Podcast: Manjushri Mantra in Sanskrit 108 times beautifully chanted

NEW PODCAST In Buddhism, Manjushri's ultimate wisdom mantra is famous for its cognitive and meditative benefits. His mantra is the highest expression of ultimate wisdom, or prajna. Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for cultivating wisdom, chanted beautifully by Hrishikesh Sonar with beautiful meditative images....
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VIDEO: Manjushri’s mantra — ultimate wisdom 108 times chanted beautifully in Sanskrit with images

In Buddhism, Manjushri's ultimate wisdom mantra is famous for its cognitive and meditative benefits. His mantra is the highest expression of ultimate wisdom, or prajna. Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version of his mantra — famous for cultivating wisdom, chanted beautifully by Hrishikesh Sonar with beautiful meditative images. On the...
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Why Dhamma (Dharma) is the most important of the Three Jewels: “The Dhamma is our arbitrator” — Ananada in the Gopaka Moggallana Sutta

One of the most unique and captivating of Pali Suttas actually records events after Buddha passed away. Why, then, if Buddha is not teaching, is this interesting? Aside from the fascinating historical perspective, it carries a vey profound and important message: The Dhamma is our arbitrator. Often, we hear modern-day teachers say,...
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Lama to All — Jetsunma Tamdrin Wangmo (1836–96) — biographical chapter from The Sakya Jetsunmas: The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas

"Extraordinary" hardly seems an adequate label for the historical lives of the great Tibetan Buddhist Female Lamas of the Sakya lineage. These were highly realized teachers, known not only for wisdom, but for  "activities" and "accomplishments." Elisabeth Benard's highly readable account of the female lamas of Tibet — The Sakya Jetsunmas: The...
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“The Sakya Jetsumas — The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas” — spiritual biographies of the great female meditation masters

There can be no doubt of the vast contribution of the great female wisdom masters of Tibetan Buddhism, yet with the notable exception of Yeshe Togyal and Machig Labdron, there are precious few stories of their lives. Elisabeth Benard, Ph.D., set out to explore the secret world of the great meditation masters...
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“I Meet the Buddha” — Chapter excerpt from “Pilgrim Maya” a Buddhist “pilgrim” quest that ends in “nothing” — a novel by Bela Breslau and Stephen Billias

In Pilgrim Maya, we start with the ending. Or, rather, when we asked for permission to excerpt, we received the final chapter — that tells you some of what you need to know about this fascinating novel by Bela Breslau and Stephen Billias. Very Zen is our pilgrim, as is clear from...
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Conqueror Shakyamuni Buddha: praising the King of the Shakyas — Foe Destroyer, Completely Perfect Buddha: by Sakya Pandita

The life, Enlightenment and teachings of Buddha are collected in thousands of sutras — but one scene is perhaps the most iconic and profound — is the heroic conquest of Samsara at the foot of the great Bodhi Tree of Enlightenment. There, Buddha overcame the hosts of Maras. You can view this...
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Guru Rinpoche’s advice for visualizing the deity: a how-to from Padmasambhava with advice from today’s teachers (with video how-to)

For many Vajrayana Buddhists, nothing is more difficult than generating (creating) a detailed, stable and complete visualization. Yet, at the same time, it is vital, as explained by Kunkhyen Tenpe Nyima: This is one of the primary functions of the development stage; it is a unique method that allows one to practice...
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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 distill 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 songs of wisdom. After a tribute to the Guru and Buddhas, he explains well...
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Buddha Weekly’s Special Section

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.
Karma Mother

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.

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