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

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

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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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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…

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

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“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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Scientific Buddhist — 5 “Emptiness” meditation how-tos for achieving Theta brainwaves, for health and cognition benefits: mindfulness, repetition, sound, visualization, mantra

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Theta brainwaves in meditation have significant health and cognitive benefits — according to numerous studies. Theta is associated with “ideas without censorship” or “ideation” mind mode [2]. It is also one of the secrets to a healthy mind and body. Despite the science, Theta is notoriously difficult to achieve. According to one study it occurs…

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How to know which type of meditation is best for you: Metta, mindfulness, breath, progressive, transcendental, or Zazen

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Our society is rife with stress, competition, fear, and commercialism – yet we’re at a time when spirituality has become a buzzword and you can find a yoga studio on every block. On one hand, there’s definitely an increased need for spiritualism in a stressful environment, but there still seems to be a disconnect here.…

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Having trouble focusing during meditation? Lack of sleep may be the issue; 70 million US adults suffer a sleep disorder

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According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. This doesn’t just result in poor performance at work, drowsy and dangerous driving, and major health issues — it may be preventing you from achieving meaningful realizations during meditation. Regardless of your style of meditation — mindfulness, breath focus, Zen, Tantric…

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No time for daily Buddhist practice? Chant a mantra; a complete meditation and practice in a few precious syllables: protection for the mind — all of Dharma in one mantra.

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There are times when daily life conspires to push aside our good intentions to meditate, or to make offerings to the Three Jewels, or — for some of us — fulfil our daily commitment to practice sadhana. Concerned that I wasn’t fulfilling my practice commitment, I once asked H.E. Zasep Rinpoche what do do at…

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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

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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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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?

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

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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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