Response to the Cries of the World: Teacher Theodore Tsaousidis asks “Why do such terrible things happen?”
Why the Buddha is Regarded as the Supreme Healer; plus, a daily healing meditation anyone can practice.
Buddhist healing: strengthening health, helping others — downloadable text from Jason Espada: A Collection of Buddhist Methods for Healing
How to Use Writing as a Meditation Practice
Mindfulness and meditation daily: tips for making it a healthy habit
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Healing meditation, prayer and mantras? Do they work — according to research? With new viruses arising can we turn to mantras for help?

Do you feel silly when you turn to “mantras” for healing? Do you think meditation is healthy but not necessarily healing? Does it seem impossible to expect results from meditating on the Medicine Buddha? To chant or not to chant? — that is the question. To Pray or not to pray? To...

Mahayana Sutra Of The Three Superior Heaps — now, is always the right time to confess downfalls and purify them

Venerable Thubten Chodren explains the importance of the Sutra of the Three Heaps, and why it should be part of everyone's practice: "There are a variety of purification practices, The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Ethical Downfalls being one of the most popular. We all have done actions that we now feel badly about...

Don’t have faith in Buddha — Buddha taught the logic of karma, method and wisdom — not a religious belief-system

Buddha did not teach faith. Period. That doesn’t mean we can’t have faith in Buddhism — or Dharma — only that the faith is earned through logic, practice and practical methods. This is clearly stated in the discourses and Suttas. Most Buddhists classify Buddhism as “philosophy” rather than "religion" — and this...

Awakening to success — following in the Buddha’s footsteps — the ultimate “self-help” path

Around 563 BCE, Siddhartha Gautama sat under a massively branching Bodhi tree for days — until he achieved the "awakened" intellect of a Buddha. Bodhi literally means "awakened," and today, an "ancestor" of the great tree in Bodh Gaya — where Buddha became the "Enlightened One" — is called the "Maha-Bodhi" tree...

Dastan-e-Irfan-e-Budh – The Buddha story as a dastangoi — a performance of an epic

Dastangoi is probably an unfamiliar vehicle to transmit the Buddha's life and teachings - and the Buddha’s teachings have witnessed several kinds of “vehicles” for their dissemination. Dastangoi is a compound of two Persian words ‘Dastan’ (story, narrative) and ‘goi’ (‘telling’), which together mean to tell a Dastan. “Dastans were epics, often...

Tsog (Tsok) dates in 2020: quick reference with dates — the blissful feast

“The very highest meaning of tsog is to join method and wisdom. The real meaning of experiencing tsog is the transcendental wisdom, non dual great bliss – the wisdom of emptiness, the non-duality of that, and uniting these two. That is the very essence of tsog. It is the offering of that...

Video: In Praise of Tara, written and recited by Jason Espada — Praising the Mother of All the Buddhas

Jason Espada recites In Praise of Tara with beautiful Tara images. Don't miss this wonderful praise of the Mother of All the Buddhas. Jason Espada is well known for his Dharma Recordings.He is the author of several books on Buddhism and Dharma. [More on Jason below.] Buddha Weekly presents Jason Espada Recites...

May All Beings Have Happiness — Wishing all beings will have happiness in 2020 — the Year to Practice Metta and Loving Kindness (includes Metta Sutta)

May all beings have happiness and its causes, May they never have suffering or its causes. May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; May they dwell in equal love for both near and far. — The Four Immeasurables       May 2020 be a year of Metta and Loving Kindness...

Headed for darkness or light? Of world’s 7.8 billion people, Tamonata Sutta says there are four types of people, two headed to darkness

The world clock says there are now 7,752,598,114 people in this world. Of these, according to Holy Sutra, there are only "four types of people" — two types headed to "light" and two types headed to "darkness." This isn't meant to be judgmental. Buddha was teaching a way to change this outcome....

10 reasons meditation benefits students (and, the rest of us): citations from experts and studies

Meditation can offer many benefits to people of all ages, including students. Daily practice will help students to remain healthy and improve their wellbeing. Here are ten reasons why meditation is worth the time and effort. 1. Improved Focus and Academic Performance One of the key benefits of regular meditation is that...

Sutra in Forty-Two Sections — excerpts of timeless wisdom and practice advice from the World Honoured One

This sutra contains many favorite gems: "You should be mindful of the four elements within the body. Though each has a name, none of them is the self. Since they are not the self, they are like an illusion." "When you see someone who is practicing giving, aid him joyfully, and you...

Buddhism 108: Much more than the number of beads on a mala

There are 108 beads on a mala; in yoga, the 12 postures of the sun salutations are often completed in rounds of nine; and pranayamic breathing is often practiced in cycles of 108. Several eastern spiritual paths, including Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, hold the number 108 sacred, and yogic and dharmic practices...