Meditation

Mokugyo: Drumming for a Wakeful Mind with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

Mokugyo are instantly recognizable by their entirely unique and pleasant penetrating sound that almost seems to hypnotize with its intensity. The use of the fish drum is nearly universally used in ritual and private meditation amongst most forms ...
Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

"Many religious traditions have contended that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too." — Science Daily [1] I'm addicted to incense. I use it in the morning. ...

Tantric Wrathful Deities: The Psychology and Extraordinary Power of Enlightened Beings in Their Fearsome Form

Wrathful deities in Buddhism can be terrifying, monstrous, and demonic in appearance—but they are actually the "good guys." People who might be casually interested in Buddhism are often puzzled, even horrified, by Tantric Buddhist Deities depicted as ferocious ...

What’s Your Karmic Net Worth? Avoid Compound Negative Karmic Interest with Vajrasattva Mantra and Four Opponent Powers.

Negative karma earns a sort of "compound interest" that rapidly accumulates if you don't purify daily — not just ordinary interest, but usury levels a loan shark could appreciate. Even if you are generous and create endless merit ...

Which Type of Meditation Suits You Best: Instructional Infographic explains why a Regular Habit of Meditation is Good For You, and How to Do It.

Meditation isn’t just for Buddhists, and it isn't just for once-a-year retreats. Like exercise, meditation, if a regular habit, is literally "good for you." Numerous peer-reviewed medical and psychology studies can't be wrong. There are at least 20 benefits ...

Research Indicates Meditation May be As Effective as Medicine for Depression (JAMA Psychiatry Journal): Taking a Buddhist Approach to Mental Health

Guest Contributor Anne Green* "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears efficacious as a treatment for relapse prevention for those with recurrent depression, particularly those with more pronounced residual symptoms." — JAMA Psychiatry Journal, Meta analysis report from randomized trials By ...

Buddhist Home Retreat: What the Teachers Say About the Home Retreat Practice for Busy People Who Can’t Attend Extensive Retreats

"What the Buddhist Teachers Say" is a long-running feature series. We pick a topic, then seek the opinions/ quote/ guidance of  teachers. DO YOU HAVE A TOPIC YOU'D LIKE TO PROPOSE? Home retreat practice can never replace the ...

Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain Disorders

Science, and in particular the medical profession, has long accepted the positive benefits of many forms or meditation. Many studies across decades of research have proven meditation is simply good for the body—and your health. A new study ...

Drumming for mindfulness and healing: a simple way to calm the mind, remove stress and heal. Studies show drum meditation supports treatments of cancer, Parkinsons and depression.

Psychology and science have identified both drumming and mindfulness meditation as helpful therapy for everything from stress to memory loss to supportive cancer care. This is not new science. Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, we have known about ...

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 ...

The Mindfulness of Feelings: Overcoming Negative Feelings and Using Discriminating Alertness of Feelings in Your Practice: Mahamudra Teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Session 3.

For coverage of Session 1 of Mahamudra Teachings>> For coverage of Session 2 of Mahamudra Teachings>> By Lee Kane "If You Don't Feel Anything, It Can Be a Problem" "Feelings are part of us," said Venerable Zasep Tulku ...

Much More-Than-Six-Words of Advice — Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches on Mindfulness of Body; Anger; and Healing Through Meditation (Mahamudra Teachings Session 2)

Part 2 of introductory Mahamudra, teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche For Part 1, "More Than Six Words" please visit>> For Part 3, "Mindfulness of Feelings" please visit>> "Don't recall, don't imagine, don't think, don't examine, don't control, rest," ...