The bridge between science and Buddhism, atoms and no atoms, theism and athiesm; Yidam deity meditation and the Cognitive Science of Tantra

By Lee Kane / September 3, 2019 /

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of the existence of consciousness.” — Max Planck,…

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Tantra is esoteric rather than exotic: embracing Samsara and Nirvana, and transforming our cravings

By Lee Kane / June 8, 2019 /

The inspiration for this feature is a reader who wrote in to ask: “What does Buddhist Tantra have to do with love-making?” The short answer is, it doesn’t. In Buddhist Tantra, sex is no more important than any other activity: “Making love, as we like to call it, is in itself no more profound than…

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Tsog dates: Happy Dakini Day — Introducing the Wisdom of the Female Enlightened Dakinis

By Josephine Nolan / April 29, 2019 /

Dakini Day, celebrated on the 25th day of each lunar month in Vajrayana Buddhist traditions, celebrates the feminine energy of wisdom. Devoted Buddhists will celebrate with a Tsok (Tsog), a feast including food, singing, a group (or single) sadhana full of sound and celebration. The 10th is also celebrated with Daka Tsog to honor Guru…

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Initiation or Empowerment: what is it, why it is important in Vajrayana, how it helps, when you need it, how to receive it

By Josephine Nolan / April 18, 2019 /

The great Lama Thubten Yeshe, one of the pioneer teachers who brought Vajrayana and Tantric Buddhism to the West, defined initiation this way: “What is initiation? It is the beginning of the experience of meditation and concentration, of penetration into the nature of the reality of all phenomena. Initiation leads us into the mandala of…

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Samatha meditation teaching: “Resting the mind in the natural state,” video of session 1 of a Mahamudra weekend retreat

By Lee Kane / April 17, 2019 /

The first session of a teaching and meditation retreat on advanced Mahamudra, taught by H.E. Zasep Rinpoche, the author of Gelug Mahamudra: Enlightened Speech of Manjushri. In session one, Rinpoche introduces Mahamudra, then speaks about the nature of mind and its obstructions. He then gives detailed, and often humorous instructions on Samatha and on “resting…

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The Dalai Lama and eight other teachers explain how to avoid taking Refuge in the wrong things and why Refuge can help us overcome obstacles

By Lee Kane / February 23, 2019 /

“We are extraordinarily adept at taking refuge, the problem is we take refuge in the wrong things.” writes noted Buddhist teacher and psychologist Rob Preece, in his breakthrough book, Preparing for Tantra. [1] Rob Preece explains what he means by “wrong things”: “We take refuge from our stress, our emotional problems, and our relationships in anything…

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Buddha’s tooth or dog’s tooth? Are Buddhist deities real? How deities actually exist and why Buddhist faith is still important

By Lee Kane / January 5, 2019 /

In Vajrayana and Mahayana we accept multiple Buddhas and deities — not only the historical Buddha. To some Westerners, the only way to accept this view is with rationalizations such as, “Deities are mind-constructs”, they are “archetypes and symbols given form”, or “Deities are our own Buddha Nature,” and so on. Or, the ultimate rationalist…

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Chittamani Tara (Cittamani)- the “Mind Jewel” Green Tara, an approachable and appealing Highest Yoga Anuttara practice – one of the main practices of many great Gelug teachers

By Josephine Nolan / January 3, 2019 /

Green Tara Buddha is almost certainly one of the most popular Yidams in Vajrayana Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhism especially, Green Tara is accessible to all, Mother of all the Buddhas, and virtually a “universal” symbol of Active Compassionate Wisdom. Green Tara, who is also a Savior Goddess, is as accessible to the prisoner in jail…

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Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa: teachings on calm abiding meditation that go beyond “the breath” as the focus — targeting the main affliction

By Josephine Nolan / November 26, 2018 /

When we think of calm-abiding meditation, we might think of breath as the focal point of meditation. In-out. Follow the breath. Breath, as a focal point, however, is just one of many targeted calm-abiding meditations. Breathing mindfulness is specifically recommended for people who are dominated by “conceptuality,” and who are unable to see beyond ordinary…

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Becoming Gesar, the fearless Buddhist: How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra

By Lee Kane / November 25, 2018 /

Gesar of Ling was a fearless Buddhist king of 1027A.D. His story teaches, in allegory, how to overcome fear, and how to destroy our maras (especially fear). [More on King Gesar below.]  Fear is a necessary survival instinct, and — as long as we cling to this precious, human life — it is often what…

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Writers and Contributors

By Kam / October 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Writers and Contributors

  Buddha Weekly is proud of our growing team of 24 volunteer writers , editors and video editors. They bring a diverse view of Buddhism, covering most schools and traditions. Click on any photo to see their valuable contributions. Are you interested in submitting? Please use our contact form. H.E. Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche Teacher…

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Milam Sleep Yoga: lucid dreaming can bring us closer to experiencing non-dualistic “reality” than waking meditation

By Lee Kane / October 24, 2018 /

“You should know all phenomena are like dreams.” — Shakyamuni Buddha. Unless we are Yogis or Yoginis, the closest we are likely to come to an inciteful appreciation of Emptiness and the true nature of phenomenon might actually be our dreams. The first Karmapa attained Enlightenment with Dream Yoga. The conflicted “daytime” mind — so…

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