What the teachers say about restarting your Buddhist practice: overcoming obstacles, bringing back the enthusiasm, re-establishing faith and commitments
Mo Dice and Mala, Bamboo Sicks, Tarot, and other “divinations” — insightful self-guided Buddhist practice or superstition?
Exploring Shunyata, Emptiness without Nihilism: the Sutra called Flawless Purity, Buddha’s dialogue with laywoman Gangottara
When you recognize the nature of mind, fabrication and effort are naturally freed — Guru Rinpoche. Happy Guru Rinpoche Day!
Painter and digital Thangka artist Jampay Dorje aims to bring “Thangka painting into a modern era” with spectacular art, lessons for students, and a life-long project to illustrate all of the 11 Yogas of Naropa
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Long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his birthday

The Dalai Lama arrived today — July 5, one day before his 84th birthday — for a traditional long life puja and prayers at Thekchen Choling in Dharmasala, India. The elaborate prayers were offered by 300 retired staff of the Central Tibetan Administration and members of their families. A mandala and prayer...

Miracles of Great Black Mahakala: three Men in Black, the Mahakala brothers, the Dalai Lama, and a crow

"You come from your tree... You, the Great Black One, the Great Crow. Glorious Six-Armed One, homage and praise to you! Sternly protect the doctrine of the Buddha!" [1] Crows and the Men in Black are recurring themes in many Tibetan Buddhist stories. Both, are considered to be emanations of the Great...

Buddhist tourism in Pakistan: The Buddha’s gift to the world; a 20-picture tour of important Buddhist sites

Millions of people around the world embark annually on spiritual journeys to soothe their souls. Global religious tourism is one of the fastest growing segments in travel today. According to the UNWTO, 300-330 million tourists visit the globe's most important religious sights every year. To put things into better perspective, 2.5 million...

“Learning how to die” and “Why Meditating on Death May Bring Joy to Life”: What the Buddhist Teachers Say About End of Life, Dying, and Palliative Care

Leonardo da Vinci is credited as saying, "While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die." This may be a discouraging thought for some, but Buddhists view end-of-life meditation as an uplifting and powerful practice. "Analysis of death is not for the sake of...

Weekly Sutra: Hatthaka Sutta: Sleeping Well in the Cold Forest: “having cut all ties… he sleeps at ease… “

The humble, and short Hatthaka Sutta, carries several profound messages. It is particularly memorable as an "intimate" peak into life in the Sangha. The picture that emerges is of just how approachable the Buddha was to everyone. [Full Sutta translated below by Thanissaro Bhikku.] In this lovely Sutta, a young man, Hatthaka,...

Transcendental Meditation: insight and stress relief. Buddha: “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”

Twenty-six centuries ago (or so) Buddha is attributed with saying (see note): “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” Seven-hundred years later, philosopher and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “The Happiness of Your Life Depends On the Quality of Your Thoughts." (around 177AD) This universal theme had...

H.E. Zasep Rinpoche returns to Toronto for rare teachings: Three Principal Paths, Mahamudra, Black Mahakala and Chod

Tibetan Buddhism is known for the preservation of lineages of teachings, passed from teacher to teacher through the centuries. Gaden Choling Toronto, one of Toronto's oldest Tibetan Buddhist Centres — established by HH Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, 97th Ganden Tripa and senior tutor of HH the Dalai Lama — will again host H.E....

In Praise of the Vajrayana – A Brief Introduction to Buddhist Tantra

A feature article introducing profound Buddhist Tantra, from Jason Espada author of the book A Belief in the Miraculous. I. The Skillful Means of the Mahayana The Stages of the Path teachings [Note 1] cover the entire range of Buddhist teachings, from refuge, to teachings on liberation, to the Mahayana motivation and...

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

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...

The month of merit: Saga Dawa, celebrating Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana — be generous, moral and practice often

Buddhist teachers always remind us to meditate on impermanence, to give us a sense of urgency to meditate and practice. Saga Dawa (sometimes Saka Dawa) is the "Month of Merit" where, traditionally, all of our meritorious karma is particularly fruitful. It is an especially good month to practice the three grounds of...

Chod Practice: the Visceral Imagery of Offering Your Own Chopped-Up Body to All Sentient Beings is Perhaps the Most Misunderstood of Profound Buddhist Practices. Chod Represents the Ultimate Expression of Bodhichitta and”Cuts Your Attachment.”

The vivid and visceral imagery of Chod Practice — where you visualize offering your own body to all sentient beings, chopped up into grisly bits, and presented in a human skull — can lead to extreme misunderstanding. Teachings such as Chod are advanced and profoundly effective practices that help us "cut" our ego,...

A Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment — dogs embody many Buddhist principles

Can dogs walk with us on the path to enlightenment? In 2018, about 85 million families in the U.S. owned a pet, 60.2% of which were dogs. Faithful, kind, forgiving; compassionate words associated with dogs. They are the true embodiment of unconditional love — man’s best friend. However, Buddhists believe dogs also...

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