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Samatha meditation teaching: “Resting the mind in the natural state,” video of session 1 of a Mahamudra weekend retreat

The first session of a teaching and meditation retreat on advanced Mahamudra, taught by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, the author of Gelug Mahamudra: Enlightened Speech of Manjushri. In session one, Rinpoche introduces Mahamudra, then speaks about the nature of mind and its obstructions. He then gives detailed, and often humorous instructions on Samatha...
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The forgotten nuns of Zanskar: 9 Buddhist nunneries in “one of the coldest inhabited places” have limited electricity, water and healthcare

As you might expect of 185 devoted Buddhist nuns, they ask for very little, but here in Zanskar Valley — one of the most isolated valleys in the Himalayas — many live without heat, water and electricity. Some of the nuns are children, as young as four years old — and the...
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5 Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World; 5 Buddhist Teachings and Teachers Recommending a Vegetarian Lifestyle; 5 Reasons it’s the Ethical Thing to Do

Not all Buddhists are vegetarians. Did the Buddha actually suggest a vegan lifestyle? And, putting aside Buddhists, why is the meat industry growing when the science says it's hurting our planet? These are the questions that frame our special feature focusing on Vegetarianism: five ways it could save the world, five Buddhist...
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The effects of stress on your body: how meditation and 8 other lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy

Feeling stressed? Read on for more information about symptoms, effects and how to fix it. 
What is stress? By Chloe Bennet Stress is the way humans respond to danger or harm whether it’s real or just in their mind. We feel threatened and then a chemical reaction causes us to act in...
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Sems dpa, the Buddhist Spiritual Warrior, the Hero, the fearless Buddhist: overcoming self-ignorance and our maras

The term Spiritual Warrior (Tibetan "sems dpa") may hint at more than a whiff of bravado and violence — until it is understood that the enemy of the Spiritual Warrior is "avidya" or self-ignorance. Overcoming avidya is at the root of Buddha's teachings, and so is the conduct of the warrior spirit...
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Part 3 of recovery series: finding your niche; advice for those in recovery who seek employment

Adam Cook returns with Part 3 in his series on addiction and recovery. Part 1, “Reclaim your mental well-being” from addiction is here>> Part 2, "Thriving post-rehab: achieving long-lasting addiction recovery" is here>> Editor’s Intro Buddhists emphasize meditation and mind in many practices, in part, to help us overcome attachments. Whether it’s...
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Review: Gelug Mahamudra Eloquent Speech of Manjushri by Zasep Tulku Rinpoche; making the profound and complex meditation method concise and clear

In a new book, Gelug Mahamudra, Eloquent Speech of Manjushri, Zasep Rinpoche unpacks the profound subject of Mahamudra meditation — the "very heart of Buddha's teachings" — for the modern western Buddhist student. Drawing on many decades of teaching experience in the west, he distils volumes of knowledge on Mahamudra — the...
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Buddha: How to protect wealth, associate with virtuous friends and relate to your spouse, employer, children: guidance for lay practitioners in Sigalovada Sutta

It may seem hard to imagine the Peerless One, Shakyamuni Buddha, teaching the more mundane aspects of lay life conduct. Imagine the Buddha teachings us "financial planning" (really!) — and  to relate to our children, employers and spouse! In the Sigalovada, the Conquerer did exactly that, and much more.  
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Tantra Helps “Stop Ordinary Perception”, and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities?

The much revered Guru Lama Yeshe.
Tantra Helps "Stop Ordinary Perception", and is the Fast Path to Enlightenment. But How Do Modern Buddhists Relate to Deities? 2
The great teacher Lama Yeshe once asked: "Why are there so many different deities in tantra?" [1] On one hand, Mahayana Buddhism speaks to universality, emptiness, oneness and the illusion of "I" or interdependent nature. On the other, Vajrayana Buddhism — often...
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The Science of Mantras: Mantras Work With or Without Faith; Research Supports the Effectiveness of Sanskrit Mantra for Healing — and Even Environmental Transformation

"At the heart of each of us, whatever our imperfections, there exists a silent pulse of perfect rhythm, made up of wave forms and resonances, which is absolutely individual and unique, and yet which connects us to everything in the universe." — George Leonard, Silent Pulse [13] Mantra is thought of as...
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Inspiring true story “From Hungry Ghost to Human”: Dao finds redemption in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and is no longer “homeless, unloved, abandoned.”

Editors preface
Dao at the end of his journey. Here, he joyfully poses next to the Bob Marley statue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Inspiring true story "From Hungry Ghost to Human": Dao finds redemption in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and is no longer "homeless, unloved, abandoned." 3
Dao's beautifully written autobiography, From Hungry Ghost to Human, is compelling, impossible to stop reading, and heart-rending — and ultimately very inspiring for anyone —...
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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.

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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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