Buddha on Dharma Prayer Wheels: “defilements will be purified and the face of the deity will appear”; Guru Rinpoche: you will “be able to attain mystic powers…”
Sutra in Forty-Two Sections — excerpts of timeless wisdom and practice advice from the World Honoured One
Angry Wisdom: Yamantaka, the Destroyer of Death; Vajrabhairava, the wrathful Highest Yoga Tantra Heruka manifestation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom
Meditation is Good For You: A How To, the Research of Benefits and the Two Main Types of Meditation
A Map of the Mind Universe — the Mandala of the Five Buddhas: a perfect practice; a perfect remedy for the five poisons
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Book Review: Tara in the Palm of Your Hand: a guide to the practice of the twenty-one Taras in the Surya Gupta lineage

"Tara is without a doubt the most beloved female deity in Tibetan Buddhism, revered for her swiftness in helping those who rely on her... Of all the Buddhas, Tara is the most accessible." — from Tara in the palm of your hand, Venerable Zasep Rinpoche Tara in the palm of your...

Reviving the genuine Dharma ritual art traditions: an interview with Vajra artisan and craftsman Rigdzin Pema Tuthob

It is rare and precious to find a genuine Dharma craft artisan trained in the old traditions. Today, most Dharma ritual objects are bronze knockoffs made in factories. It is exceedingly rare to find traditional hand-crafted ritual objects —made by a qualified and trained Dharma-practitioner craftsman, in the old way. For this...

Great Compassion Mantra: Purification, healing and protection, the Maha Karuna Dharani Sutra — benefiting all beings

Around the world, millions of Mahayana Buddhists chant the Maha Karuna Dharani, the Great Compassion Mantra of Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig, Guanyin) — famous for its benefits of healing, protection and purification. It is probably the second most chanted mantra, after Om Mani Padme Hum — which is a short mantra of Avalokitesvara. It...

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

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

A Sutra for Troubled Times: Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra and Mantra— Purify Karma, Eliminate Illness and Prevent calamities

A special request from Buddha Weekly reader Mr Leung Mitchell John. Mr. Leung wrote to us and asked us to publish the Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra, a sutra for troubled times — for the merit and benefit of all sentient beings. Recitation of the sutra, and its contemplation, is reputed to help during...

Interview Lama Dr. Shannon Young: Dzogchen teacher focuses on bringing Dharma practice into daily life and bridging heritage with modern life

Lama Dr. Shannon Young — Dzogchen Lineage teacher, Doctor of Pharmacy, and loving wife and mother — advocates bringing "Dharma" into daily life. "My teacher has always said that the Pharmacy is my retreat cave," she explains, referring to her "day job" as a Pharmacist. Lama Young is one of the rising new teachers...

H.H. 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Canada for one month, arrived in Toronto for teachings

H.H. the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje's first visit to Canada got off to an auspicious start on Day 1 of his visit to Toronto. Devotees lined the streets with katas, despite tight security from both private teams and Metro Toronto Police.     The city of Toronto is hosting the visit of...

Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Establishing of Awareness; mindfulness of body, feelings, mind, mental qualities

Perhaps the greatest teaching on mindfulness, the Maha (translates as: great) Satipatthana is a Sutta that serious meditators of all traditions reference in modern teachings. As a Pali sutta, it is an important teaching for the elder path (Theravada) — and mindfulness is a major foundational practice. In advanced Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Vajrayana Buddhist...

Difficult lesson of karma: even “mass murderer” turned Arhat, Angulimala, had to bear the consequences of 999 murders

The story of Angulimala stands as one of the great sutras on Compassion. Shakyamuni Buddha, alone and unarmed, sets out to single-handedly stop a mass murderer from killing his own mother — just to add a 1000th "severed finger" in his murder necklace.   Shakyamuni saves Angulimala from himself....

Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche’s condensed “all teachings into one — which is concise and easy to practice”at the time of death: as requested by Lady Tsogyal

One of the most wonderful teachings of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, Guru Rinpoche was written down by the Lady Tsogyal — from a request she made just as the master was about to leave — and she, herself, was worried about death. Although she was a accomplished Dakini, she requested: "This old...

Video: Why a teacher-coach is important and how to practice Guru Yoga; the “inconvenient” subject many teachers avoid

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia, returns to Gaden Choling Toronto Canada on May 21 for a full day teaching on Lama Chopa and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga "I know some teachers — they avoid the subject [of Guru...

“Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth” — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia. The stirring beat of many drums and a festive rise of musical voices broke the serene silence of a sunny and warm Saturday morning on sparkling Georgian Bay. In a nice surprise for the many attendees...