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“Preliminary practices… clear and enrich our minds, allowing practice to progress smoothly” — Thubten Chodron. Why Ngondro is a lifetime practice, and a “complete path”

Stressed out? — do foundation practices, including meditation. No time to meditate? — give up some TV time. Too many commitments? — meditate precisely and concisely. After giving up TV, still too busy to meditate? — meditate anywhere you can, even when walking the dog. Still too busy? — you're making excuses....
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Buddha teaches us to view every meal as if we were reluctant cannibals: Samyukta Agama Sutra 373, the Four Nutriments

In The Discourse on the Four Nutriments, Gautama Buddha tells the story of a mother and father, lost in the desert and starving, resorting to cannibalism of their own son to survive. [Full sutta below.] No, this wasn't a dissertation on the horrors of killing or filicide. The most venerable Thich Nhat Hanh...
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Pali Sutta for Our Age: Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Book Review of a Classic

Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha is about as close any of us will get to actually simulating what it felt like to live alongside and learn from the greatest teacher of all tilme. This book is as much an experience as a classic book. There are...
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“Every one has Buddha Nature.” A teaching video: Venerable Zasep Rinpoche with mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche.
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"Everyone has Buddha Nature." — Zasep Rinpoche In a short video teaching, Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche explains why understanding "Buddha Nature" — in Sanskrit, tathāgatagarbha — can really inspire your Buddhist practice. This short teaching was in response to a question from a student. With...
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Cankama Sutta: Walking Meditation Sutra: put some mileage on your Buddhist practice with formal mindful walking

Meditation is the metaphorical transport vehicle on the journey towards Enlightenment. Mediation is a key practice within the Noble Eightfold Path, specifically: Right Concentration (samma samadhi) and Right Mindfulness (samma sati). But, no one ever said the only way to meditate was in the seated posture. Walking meditation actually teaches us to be...
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Soma Sutta: Sister Soma gets the better of Mara — what difference does being a woman make in Buddhism? None

The short and pithy Sutta of Sister Soma (Soma Sutra) stands as one of the clearest (and most unequivocal) illustrations of Buddha's teachings on the equality of women.
A Buddhist nun meditating in the forests near Julichun India.
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Of course, Buddha directly told the Sangha that women are...
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Healing video: full Medicine Buddha guided meditation with Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche; with Medicine Buddha Mantra chanting by Yoko Dharma

Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche is an engaging and respected Tibetan Buddhist Guru who is spiritual director for Gaden for the West.
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The most Venerable Zasep Rinpoche guides a full Medicine Buddha healing visualization meditation followed by the amazing vocals of Yoko Dharma chanting the Medicine...
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Phurba or Kila: the most potent of wrathful ritual implements in Vajrayana Buddhism, symbolizes the Karma activity of the Buddhas

The Purbha is probably the most exotically evocative of Vajrayana Buddhist symbols. The Bell and Vajra are sacred and special — but ubiquitous;  the Phurba is iconic of the mysteries of higher practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of its esoteric names is “Diamantine Dagger of Emptiness.” “The triple-bladed ritual dagger essentially symbolizes...
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“Mind is the creator of our own happiness or suffering”—Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches Lojong Seven-Point Mind Training

By Lee Kane "On one level all our minds are connected," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche in his introductory remarks at a weekend retreat dedicated to Lojong Seven-point mind training. "We are the creators of our suffering. Everything depends on mind." Lojong literally can translate as "mind training"— lo, mind; jong, training....
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Atisha’s Great Praise: 11th century wisdom.

The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways. The greatest magic is transmuting the passions. The greatest generosity...
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Reviving the genuine Dharma ritual art traditions: an interview with Vajra artisan and craftsman Rigdzin Pema Tuthob

It is rare and precious to find a genuine Dharma craft artisan trained in the old traditions. Today, most Dharma ritual objects are bronze knockoffs made in factories. It is exceedingly rare to find traditional hand-crafted ritual objects —made by a qualified and trained Dharma-practitioner craftsman, in the old way. For this...
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Video: Why is Mantra important to daily practice? For protection: “We are human beings. We have many problems.”

A student asks Venerable Zasep Rinpoche: Why is Mantra important to daily practice? What is mantra and what does it do for us?
Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche.
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Zasep Rinpoche: "Mantra is calling the Buddha. Mantra are also praises of the Buddha. Mantra is medicine. Mantra is like food for...
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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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