Buddha Weekly Theodore meditation and mental health Buddhism

The role of meditation in mental health, depression, cognitive decline, delusional behavior and trauma: also, what to do when teachers fail in issues of ethics: interview with teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

By Theodore Tsaousidis / March 13, 2018 /

In a hard-hitting, frank interview, Meditation teacher Theodore Tsaousidis — a well-known meditation teacher in Ontario — discusses the role of meditation in mental illness, cognitive decline, and general health. He points out, for example that clinical depression, delusional behavior and some other mental health issues may not benefit from meditation. On the other hand,…

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Buddha Weekly Zasep Tulku Rinpoche and Umbrella Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhist views on LGBTQ: is Buddhism accepting, neutral, supportive, or alienating to lesbians, gay men and trans-gendered persons? What about same-sex marriage?

By Josephine Nolan / March 7, 2018 /

One of the most often asked questions in our “Ask the Teacher” submission form [link here>>] is “How does Tibetan Buddhism view same-sex issues?” or “Does Buddhism encourage same-sex marriage?” and many variations on this theme. The LGBTQ (or LGBT) topic is muddied by lack of uniformity in terms of the views of various Tibetan…

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Buddha Weekly Medicine Buddha Sutra glow around head of Buddha Buddhism

Twelve syllables of Medicine Buddha’s name represent his twelve great vows: Bhaisajya-guru-vidurya-prabha-raja — recite his Holy name as a mantra

By George Jones / January 31, 2018 /

By George Jones Bhaiṣajya-guru-vaiḍūrya-prabhā-rāja This is His full name in Sanskrit, the language of the sutras. Medicine Buddha, before He attained to Highest Enlightenment, made twelve vows for the benefit of all sentient beings. These twelve vows are connected to the twelve syllables of His Full name: Bhai “The first great vow: ‘I vow that…

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Buddha Weekly Buddha Weekly 2018 Calendar with Buddhist practice dates Tsog and lunar calendar feature image Buddhism

Buddha Weekly’s beautifully illustrated 2018 practice calendar – with full thangkas of Buddhas from renowned artist Jampay Dorje – is now available (no cost for download), in time for Lunar new year: featuring Holy days, Tsog and lunar practice dates

By Lee Kane / January 29, 2018 /

By popular demand, our volunteers decided to produce a gorgeous practice calendar with important practice dates — as a downloadable and printable PDF — with each month featuring a different Buddhist deity illustrated by Jampay Dorje: Shakyamuni Buddha, Manushri, White Tara, Green Tara, Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig), Vajrasattva, Vajradhara, Samantabhadra-Samantabhadri, Lama Tsongkahapa and others. By necessity, many…

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Buddha Weekly Amitabha Buddha in modern style Buddhism

Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

By Lee Kane / January 15, 2018 /

“Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature.” ­— Acvaghosha “Discourse on the Awakening of Faith” “Namo Amitabha” is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as a complete practice in itself. He is best known as the Buddha of Compassion. Sometimes he is…

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Video: chanting Green Tara by Yoko Dharma; from our guided meditation series, Green Tara images and mantra to empower your practice

By Yoko Dharma / January 5, 2018 /

Green Tara “is one of the most popular devotional and meditational deities, honored all around the world, practiced by all schools of Vajrayana Buddhism, many Mahayana Buddhists, Hindus, and others. She is so popular, she is called “Mama Tara”—and She never takes Herself seriously. She’s a daily good friend, ready helper, saving hero, precious guide.”…

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Migtsema chanting Lama Tsonkhapa Mantra chanted by Yoko Dharma

Video mantra chanting: Lama Tsongkhapa’s Migtsema wonderfully chanted by Yoko Dharma. Benefits: healing, compassion, metta, wisdom

By Yoko Dharma / November 18, 2017 /

The benefits of the powerful Migtsema prayer or mantra is well-documented by many great teachers of the Gelug lineage — including H.H. Dalai Lama, H.E. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, H.E. Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Its beauty and simplicity and benefits are near-legendary. For busy people, Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice is particularly efficacious, as it combines three major practices…

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Buddha Weekly Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha Video Chanting Music Yoko Dharma Heart Sutra Buddhism

Video with wonderful mantra chanting: Om Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha, the essence of Heart Sutra and Emptiness

By Yoko Dharma / October 15, 2017 /

The profound essence of Buddha Nature and Emptiness is beautifully expressed in the Heart Sutra Mantra, magnificently chanted by Yoko Dharma with video visualizations. [Full Heart Sutra text below video in English.] Watch this Buddha Weekly video here: Om Gate Gate Paragate Para Samgate Bodhi Soha   For a wonderful commentary on Heart Sutra by…

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Buddha Weekly Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaching on Mantra Buddhism

Video: Why is Mantra important to daily practice? For protection: “We are human beings. We have many problems.”

By Lee Kane / June 9, 2017 /

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

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Buddha Weekly Theodore Tsaousidis teaching Buddhism

BW Interview: Theodore Tsaousidis, a Teacher Who Focuses on Healing Practices in Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Meditation and Shamanism

By Theodore Tsaousidis / March 14, 2017 /

This fascinating teacher embraces all three paths. His main focus is on healing practices — practical rather than theoretical — in the belief they support and enhance each other without contradictions.

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Thirteenth Zasep Tulku, Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, an Internationally Respected Teacher, in Toronto June 8-18

Illness and Cancer Advice: Video, Buddhist Teachers Answer — — Advice for students with aggressive illnesses such as cancer, supportive practices Medicine Buddha and Black Manjushri (with full Medicine Buddha Sutra)

By Venerable Zasep Rinpoche / February 18, 2017 /

In the fifth in a new video series, “Advice from the Teachers”, the Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Spiritual Head of Gaden for the West Centres, answers a students question: “What advice would you give to a student who needs supportive practices for healing, especially for agressive illnesses such as cancer?” Rinpoche speaks of important…

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Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

By James Porr / January 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty.” TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA By Guest Contributor James Porr   Anita Mui, much beloved, sings Heart Sutra. Anita, has since passed away:  …

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