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“Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth” — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia.
"Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth" — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche 1
The stirring beat of many drums and a festive rise of musical voices broke the serene silence of a sunny and warm Saturday morning on sparkling Georgian Bay. In a nice surprise for the many attendees...
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Finding the Good in Any Situation and “Turn the other cheek”? The Sutra with Advice to Venerable Punna from the Buddha

A few hundred years before the phrase "turn the other cheek" was coined, Buddha engaged in a brilliant advice session with the monk Venerable Punna. Although the advice was not specifically about "turning the other cheek" — Buddha was advising the future Arhat on the "Cessation of interest" or non-attachment — it...
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Healing and Foundation Practices Video: Learning from the Teachers Video Series with Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches in Dharma centres around the world and is spiritual head of Gaden for the West in Canada, U.S., and Australia.
Healing and Foundation Practices Video: Learning from the Teachers Video Series with Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche 2
In the second of a new Buddha Weekly Video Series, three students ask a teacher about foundation practices, Medicine Buddha, Black Manjushri and healing practices...
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Mokugyo Fish Drum: The Zen of Drumming for a Wakeful Mind and Mindfulness 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 of Zen or Chan, Mahayana Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism. In some ways, practicing...
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Learning from the Teachers Video 1: Four students ask Zasep Rinpoche meditation questions — resting the mind in a natural way in Mahamudra; foundation practices; being your own Guru, and meditative “realizations.”

In the first of a new Buddha Weekly Series, Learning from the Teachers videos, four students, during a teaching on "Foundation Practices" ask various important questions about meditation. Question 1: How can you tell the difference between subtle dull mind, course dull mind and calm mind in meditation? Question 2: In the...
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Thich Nhat Hanh’s Translation: The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings “Torches That Help Light My Path”

"When I was seventeen and in my first year of novice studies at a Buddhist monastery in Vietnam, I had to memorize the Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings. Over sixty years have passed and I still find this text to be torches that help light my path." —...
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Movie: Walk With Me — Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village on the Big Screen: “Mindfulness is to always arrive in the here and now.”

An SXSW 2017 Film Festival Official Selection, Walk with Me, tells the story of the most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh and life at Plum Village, in a major new release later in 2017. Judging by the professional trailer, this should be a popular film with Buddhists around the world. View the trailer:...
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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.
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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 benefits of prayer wheels. Shea's answers and insights on prayer...
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Mani Wheel of Dharma: Why spinning prayer wheels may be the ideal Buddhist practice for busy people; benefits to self and sentient beings

"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 all beings," — His Holiness Jigdal Dagchen Sakya in a commentary on Prayer Wheels. [1]...
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This is the Great Happiness: Mangala Sutta, The Sutra on Happiness, the Tathagata’s Teaching

The Buddha gives a teaching.
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"To be humble and polite in manner, To be grateful and content with a simple life, Not missing the occasion to learn the Dharma This is the great happiness." — Shakyamuni Buddha Among my favorite Sutras is the Mangala Sutra (Sutta), the Happiness...
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Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche 5
Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (center) surrounded by students at a teaching in Tibetan Buddhist Society Temple in Perth, Australia March 2017. Rinpoche tours extensively to deliver precious teachings. He is in Mongolia currently, and will be in Vancouver in April 2017 at Zuru Ling and in Toronto in...
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Buddhist Teacher Advice Video 7: Keeping Motivated in Your Daily Practice, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

In the seventh in a new video series, “Advice from the Teachers”, the Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Spiritual Head of Gaden for the West Centers, answers a student's question: What advice would you give to a student for keeping motivated and excited about daily practice? Rinpoche explains the importance of regular...
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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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