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The Better Way: Standing Meditation? For those with injuries, arthritis or a sleepy mind, standing can help us achieve mindfulness

"You can meditate walking, standing, sitting or lying down" Buddhist monk Noah Yuttadhammo. "Standing is a moderate form, and can be used to calm you down or wake you up." For some of us, with sports injuries, arthritis or conditions that prohibit lengthy sitting, standing meditation is a better way to achieve...
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Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion or 22% of the World’s Population According to Some Recent Studies

Buddhism has never been a "propagation" spirituality. Actively seeking out "converts" is discouraged for the most part. Individual spirituality is emphasized more than group activities. Some people don't even think of Buddhism as a "religion"—certainly not an organized religion with dogma. So, it is with sense of optimism—without pride or attachment?—that we...
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Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms "Reincarnation" and "Rebirth" are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be the assumption of another body by a permanent self or a "soul". According to...
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Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

Most Buddhists know Tara—simultaneously, a friend, savior, caring Bodhisattva and enlightened being. She manifests in endless forms: she can be action-hero Green Tara who saves us from worldly harm; or blessed White Tara who heals and brings longevity, to fierce potector Palden Lhamo, and she is also the great Wisdom Mother Prajnaparamita. Even though...
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Remembering His Eminence Choden Rinpoche: The Hidden Meditator Passes into Dharamadhatu

On Sept 11 at 1:30am, Kyabje Choden Rinpoche showed the aspect of passing away at Sera Jey Monastery. "With great sadness, we must convey to you the news of His Eminence Choden Rinpoche's passing into dharamadhatu," writes Choden Lobrang in a letter to students and friends. (Sera Jey Monastery, South India, Sept...
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Biography and Birthday: His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Celebrating Decades of Teachings

Today, September 7, is the birthday of one of the eminent teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness, Sakya Trizin. It's always bittersweet when a great being reaches the age of seventy—we can be thankful for decades of teachings and care, but at the same time apprehensive about the future and, with attachment,...
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Empowering the Rural Buddhist: Tips for Remote Practice

Tips on How to Feel Empowered as a Rural Buddhist By Sarah Noel For anyone on a spiritual path, support is critical to our progress. The mind is an extremely deceptive companion that can quickly convince you that you have made great spiritual progress when in fact you can rapidly be heading...
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Much More-Than-Six-Words of Advice — Mindfulness of Body; Anger; and Healing Through Meditation (Mahamudra Teachings Session 2)

"Don't recall, don't imagine, don't think, don't examine, don't control, rest," Tilopa's six word's of advice to Naropa, could be said to be an important concept for understanding Mahamudra.[1] By Lee Kane Tilopa's famous "six words of advice" was clearly a theme emphasized consistently throughout Zasep Tulku Rinpoche's wonderful introductory Mahamudra teachings in...
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Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor, unforgettable teachings

When you first meet Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, the first thing you'll likely notice is the beaming smile. Rinpoche is remembered for his approachability—born of a combination of easy humor—and a booming laugh—together with wonderful anecdotes, inspired by a eventful life and lineage. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully...
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Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in the West? Why is it Important for Vajrayana Practitioners to Find an Enlightened Teacher?

"We must rely on a wisdom teacher because, although we have Buddha nature, ultimate wisdom does not exist in our dualistic minds. Samsaric ego always tries to protect itself, and will trick us into thinking that we have gone beyond dualistic mind when we have not. Although we intrinsically have Buddha nature,...
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Buddhist Mantras Help Crops Grow — Increase Output by Fifteen Percent; Studies Reveal the Power of Mantras to Help Plants — People

Buddhist farmers in Fujian Province increased crop yield and grain size with Buddhist Mantras, according to a report in the Global Times. [1] Faithful local Liangshan villagers installed 500 lotus-shaped loud speakers to saturate the crops with empowering mantras. They covered an area 26.7 hectares in scope. Not only was yield increased,...
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Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava

The precious seven lines of the Precious Lotus Born is chanted every day by the faithful.
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The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, our Precious One, is a daily joy for many of us who habitually and with great faith chant the sacred vowels. Padmasambhava, the second living...
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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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