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8 Rights: The Noble Eightfold Path — the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

The Noble Eightfold Path distinguishes itself from many teachings in its positive, affirmative nature. Many spiritual teachings consist of dont's: don't do this, don't do that. The Noble Eightfold Path speaks in positive, warm terms. Implied within the concept of "right" might be its opposite — "wrongs" — but Buddha taught self-empowerment,...
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Mindfulness: a Soto Zen priest discusses sensory and mental stability — and a vision absent of contamination

The relationship between the world around us and our mind has always been the source of discussion and amazement on the part of human beings. This has given rise to multiple schools of thought and doctrines about this mysterious fact and we have not yet reached the bottom of the enigma. By...
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The Quantum Buddha Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava: the Second Buddha who turned the Vajrayana Wheel of Dharma

The Vajrayana Wheel of Buddhist Dharma that Guru Rinpoche brought to Tibet was more than simply another lineage of Buddhist philosophy. Vajrayana teachings, and especially Guru Rinpoche’s teachings and manifestations, framed a view of reality, of the Universe, more akin to Quantum Physics than religion. Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus-Born — Padmasambhava or...
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How to Read Buddhist texts in the original language and why it is a power practice.

Verbal recitation of Suttas and Sutras is a powerful, profound practice — especially if recited in Pali or Sanskrit. Many teachers recommend trying to recite and read in the original transcribed language, in the language the Buddha spoke. Reading in this way, you can visualize yourself listening to the Buddha. To illustrate...
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How Tibetan singing bowls help our body: the healing benefits of the three-thousand-year old practice.

Did you know that sound has healing effects? Tibetan singing bowls are being used for more than 3000 years now and it is believed that these singing bowls can help reduce stress and induce relaxation. In this article, we will see how Tibetan singing bowls affect our body and whether these bowls...
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The Discourse that Set the Dharma Wheel Rolling: Three Key Principles Taught by Buddha in Forty Life-Inspiring Verses

Buddha taught three key principles of the Buddha Dharma path, summarized elegantly in "The Discourse that Set the Dharma-Wheel Rolling" as forty life-inspiring verses. [Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The full text as verses in English translation are below. This concise version excludes some of the lengthier narrative commentaries.] This sutra sets out the fundamental...
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How Your Spirituality and Buddhist Refuge Can Impact Your Health — a Buddhist Approach to Healthy Faith

Numerous medical research studies support the concept that faith and spirituality are "good for your health." Although many mistake one for the other — and they have some things in common — faith and spirituality are quite different. They both contain the idea of developing a relationship with a higher understanding or...
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Why do Buddhas and Enlightened Beings need offerings? The simple answer: they don’t. The better answer is…

Nothing confuses people interested in Buddhism — or new to the Dharma — more than the topic of offerings. It seems counter-intuitive from a "western" point-of-view. Buddhas have gone beyond all attachment, cravings or even the sense of "self" and "other" so why would an Enlightened Being appreciate an offering of fruit, incense,...
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The Science Of Your Center: The Vagus Nerve, Your Meditation Highway, And The Parasympathetic Nervous System; How Meditation Works Positively on the Body

By Anne Green
The Scientific Buddhist examines Dharma from the point of view of science. Do you have a topic idea?
The Science Of Your Center: The Vagus Nerve, Your Meditation Highway, And The Parasympathetic Nervous System; How Meditation Works Positively on the Body 1
Buddhism is known for its emphasis on meditation and meditative techniques. People from all walks of life have used Buddhist techniques to ‘relax’ and ‘de-stress’, despite neither...
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How Your Faith Can Make You Happier? 7 Buddhist practices and beliefs that generate happiness

Purposelessness, stress, anxiety, and depression are common in our modern world. However, most people ignore their root causes. Why are most people unhappy? According to Thomas Moore, the answer to this question depends on the Buddha Nature or soul. Everyone has Buddha Nature or soul that needs to be taken care of....
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Lama Tsongkhapa: A Short, Powerful Practice Helps Bring Compassion, Wisdom, Good Fortune, and Healing

"In my opinion, having the opportunity to practice the guru yoga of the great holy being Lama Tsongkhapa, is more fortunate than having the chance to receive and practice other Dharma teachings," wrote Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in the book Guru Yoga. “After I pass away and my pure doctrine is absent, You...
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Lamrim: the fast “mapped” path to Buddhist realizations: “It expounds the entire path” — Dalai Lama

In the quest for Enlightenment, the "swift" lightning path is Vajrayana. The key reason it is the fast path is its step-by-step structure — with teachings organized carefully into proven systems. One of these is Lamrim — the lamp of the Path. H.H. the Dalai Lama explains why the step-by-step approach is...
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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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