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If you have time for only one Buddhist Practice — recite Diamond Sutra, or Vajra Cutter Sutra; containing the four main points of Mahayana practice — unlimited merit according to many teachers: full text of the Sutra

Recitation of the Diamond Sutra, or Vajra Cutter, is a vital indispensable practice, as recommended by many teachers, from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to the great teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche — to nearly every Mahayana teacher of all lineages. Why is this practice so exalted? Why is the merit so vast?...
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The precious Dharma Craft of Ritual implement making — empowering an ancient practice: Interview Rigdzin Pema Tuthob (pictorial)

One virtuous Dharma activity that benefits many beings is the sacred art of creating genuine (not mass-produced) Tibetan Buddhist ritual art — although it is increasingly rare. It is difficult to find patient artisans willing to dedicate years to building not only the metalworking skills but the precise requirements of ritual craft....
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Prayer Wheels 3.0 — “Mindful meritorious multi-faith mantra wheels” — Holy Land Prayer Wheels, guided by advice from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche

Prayer Wheels are highly recommended for mindful, meritorious, Bodhichitta practice by many prominent Tibetan teachers from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche. The great teacher Kyabje Garchen Rinpoche appears to have one spinning in his hands almost constantly, even during retreats and teachings.  
Prayer Wheels 3.0 — "Mindful meritorious multi-faith mantra wheels" — Holy Land Prayer Wheels, guided by advice from H.E. Garchen Rinpoche 1
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Podcast: Boundless Compassion: Avalokiteshvara’s Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum 108 times beautifully chanted

Avalokiteshvara Compassion Mantra chanted 108 times beautifully by the amazing Hrishikesh Sonar — with stunning meditative images of the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva. His compassion mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. This is considered the most precious of all mantras, chanted millions of times daily by people around the world, and found in...
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34 precious Buddhist Mantras chanted: 34 videos with 108 mantras each of the most important Buddhist Mantras: Buddha Weekly Playlist

The Buddha Weekly Youtube Channel (and Podcast Channels) has grown in original mantra content by various artists. Don't miss this library of the mot beautiful chants of sacred, precious Buddha Dharma Mantras. Here's our current playlist of mantra videos — 34 currently, but check back on this list, as we add one...
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100 Million Mani Mantras to Celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s First Sermon Holy Day of Chokhor Duchen and Sangha Day

On August 1, 2020, we celebrate Chokhor Duchen, the grand celebration of the most sacred of Shakyamuni Buddha's Four Holy Days. Sanghas around the world celebrate in different ways. (We'll try to highlight some celebrations as Youtube Links ... watch for updates to this feature.) Notable among them is 100 Million Mani...
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Members and Patrons: Avalokiteshvara compassion mantra 108 times with meditative images

Ad-free HD version of the Avalokiteshvara Compassion Mantra chanted 108 times beautifully by the amazing Hrishikesh Sonar — with stunning meditative images of the Great Compassionate Bodhisattva. His compassion mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. This is considered the most precious of all mantras, chanted millions of times daily by people around...
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Six ways to focus the mind: Metta, mindfulness, breath, progressive, transcendental, or Zazen

Our society is rife with stress, competition, fear, and commercialism – yet we're at a time when spirituality has become a buzzword. On one hand, there’s definitely an increased need for spiritualism in a stressful environment, but there still seems to be a disconnect here. While we may be on the right...
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Compassion, Wisdom and Power as Buddha, Bodhisattva, Heruka and Dakini — the most important aspects of practice as Enlightened beings

In Mahayana Buddhism, and especially Vajrayana, the three most important aspects of practice are Compassion (Karuna), Wisdom (Prajna) and Power (or activities). In non-dualistic terms, these are all simply Buddha. In dualistic terms, these appear and manifest as Enlightened Beings or concepts— Nirmanakayas, Sambogakayas and other kayas (bodies) that make it easier...
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Dharma Dates for August 2022: Lord Buddha’s First Teaching and Lord Ksitigarbha’s Birthday and much more to celebrate: lunar to western calendar conversion

During August, 2022, there are many meritorious Dharma Dates to celebrate, including one of the four larger Shakyamuni Buddha celebrations. On the four Holy Days of Shakyamuni Buddha, your merit is multiplied, especially if practiced with Bodhichitta, Metta (love), and Karuna (compassion). Please see our updated annual Dharma Calendar here>>    ...
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Marici — “Ray of Light” Bodhisattva Goddess — protective Bodhisattva for “turbulent times”; aspect of glorious Mother Tara: includes Dharani mantra

Marici's most popular praise, written by the great Vidyadhara Jigdral Lingpa, states her most important role is  "to bring protection from fear in these turbulent times."[1] The turbulent times referred to was centuries ago, and sadly, we still need the powerful protection of Marici, the emanation of Tara. Her Dharani, most effective...
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Podcast: Vajrakilaya’s Mantra beautifully chanted 108 times in Sanskrit — cutting the three poisons, overcoming your obstacles

Vajrakilaya and his mantra is important in our modern world — since Vajrakilaya is the activity of all the Buddhas. He is the wrathful Heruka emanation of glorious Buddha Vajrasattva. At the same time, he is the ultimate expression of Bodhichitta and compassion and love. Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit...
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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.
Tara on YouTube

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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