Mahayana

Is there room for the supernatural in Western Buddhism? Four sutra views of magic and metaphysical and why a supernatural perspective helps “see beyond ordinary perception”

Does removing the magic from Buddhist practice seem less — magical? Sometimes, with a secular approach to Buddhism, we strip away some of the flair, the near euphoric joy of the Buddha's Dharma. That "bliss" can be an ...

Three Principal Paths of Lama Tsongkhapa: from the land of snows, the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata

In the land of snows, it could be argued that the peerless Lama Tsongkhapa was the greatest of philosophers, writers, teachers. He wrote over 10,000 pages of commentary and instruction on Buddha’s teachings. This vast library or writings ...

“Who is Tara?” — the miraculous, mystical and marvelous view. Book excerpt from “A Belief in the Miraculous” — Jason Espada

Many Buddhists in "modern" times tend to rationalize the "sacred" and the "miraculous" as metaphors and skillful means. While this may seem very reasonable, safe and rational, there is room for faith, belief and "magic" in our practice. ...

Why 35 Confessional Buddhas practice and “The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls” is a critical purifying practice for Buddhists

The 35 Confessional Buddhas practice is the ultimate sutra-based purification practice. Ven. Thubten Chodron explains: “Why do we need to purify? Because our mind is full of rubbish." Even though The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls to the Thirty-Five ...

Swift Healing with White Tara: the Rapid Path to Long Life, Merit, Wisdom, and Health

When I need help in a hurry, Tara is the "swift one"—the One I call on first. If I'm in trouble, Green Tara. If I'm sick, White Tara. So far, end of life isn't top of mind, but ...

Why Reciting Buddhist Sutras Out Loud is Important; Sutras Help Us Remain Mindful of the Teachings and Disengage the “Clinging” Conscious Mind

In many Buddhist disciplines we are taught to value the meritorious practice of reciting sutras. Often this is done from memory, in a mantra-like chant, which begs the question why do we recite sutras? A Buddha Weekly Special Feature Sutras ...

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 ...

Guan Shi Yin and the ten great protections of the Goddess of Mercy Kuanyin: Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion

Millions of devotees around the world call on the name of Guan Yin (Kuanyin) Goddess of Mercy, in times of need, fear, or despair. Aside from her best-known role as Compassion embodied — she is, after all, none ...

How a Home Retreat Helps Busy People Manage Time and Save Money; How to Do It, and Why it is Necessary

Sitting retreats are important opportunities to "still the mind", allowing us to develop "realizations."  There is something very special about the Buddhist Retreat. We all look forward to our first (or next) retreat, but hectic modern life makes it very difficult ...

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers recommend Kṣitigarbha mantra and practice for times of disaster, especially hurricane and earthquake, because of the great Bodhisattva’s vow

In times of great danger, many Mahayana Buddhists call out to Tara for rescue, or Avalokiteshvara for compassion — but in times of impending great natural disasters, such as hurricane, typhoon, tornado, earthquake, Buddhists inevitably Kṣitigarbha (or Jizo ...

Medicine Buddha video teaching: the Four Immeasurables are immeasurably important; meditation and commentary — H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

"To do effective healing, beneficial healing it is suggested that we practice the Four Immeasurables. Four Immeasurables. Immeasurable of love, immeasurable of compassion, immeasurable of joy, immeasurable of equanimity. Then the healing becomes more powerful and meaningful." — ...

Video Medicine Buddha Retreat, part 1: open self-healing weekend with visualization, mantras and teachings with H.E. Zasep Rinpoche

Part 1 of a series featuring a full Medicine Buddha weekend retreat, suitable for anyone who wishes to meditate on healing. Medicine Buddha practices are universally popular and very effective for self-healing. Millions of Buddhists around the world ...