Today is Zamling Chisang: Universal Prayer Day — “Purification Day” — celebrating Guru Rinpoche’s liberation of local deities
New teaching video: Chod teaching and full drumming and chanting ritual with scenes of 108 Springs retreat in Mongolia
Three Principal Paths of Lama Tsongkhapa: from the land of snows, the peerless path of Renunciation, Bodhichitta, Shunyata
The Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche: Master Padma’s Ten Key Points, Ten Foundations, Ten Faults, Ten Superficialities
Sutra on the Eight Realizations: one of the most important suttas; contains the 11 essential subjects for meditation
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Buddha Weekly Special: Interviews with the Buddhist Teachers — Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Buddha Weekly begins its special series "Interviews with the Teachers" with an extensive hours-long interview with the most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres and retreat centres in Australia, the United States and Canada and teaches also in Mexico and Mongolia. He was first invited to...

Namaste: Respect Overcomes Pride, a Universal Greeting, and a Sign of Reverence

To many Buddhists, "Namaste" is more than a commonly spoken greeting. It is not just a salutation, it's a sign of genuine respect and good will. More importantly, bowing to another helps us overcome the obstacle of pride, a major obstacle to Buddhist practice. The mudra Anjali, which is associated with "Namaste"—the hands...

“Designer Dharma” or “Dharma-Lite”—What the teachers say about picking and choosing Buddhist core beliefs such as rebirth and karma

By Lee Kane, Editor, Buddha Weekly  " The eightfold path is often represented as a wheel with eight spokes. Pick a wheel with just one or two and it won't take you very far." — Mark Vernon [13] "Some traditional Buddhist teachers tend to serve "Dharma-Lite" like "Coca-Cola Lite," rather than "the...

What the Teachers Say About Emptiness: Removing “Lazy Nihilism” from Shunyata — or “How Deep the Rabbit Hole goes” and “How Big is the Moon?”

What do big moons, lazy nihilists and rabbit holes have to do with Shunyata? Yesterday I read a feature on Space.com which became the inspiration of this feature: "The 'Big Moon' Illusion May All Be in Your Head," by Joe Rao. This led to rabbit holes and lazy nihilism. Bear with me, I come back...

The Psychology of Buddhist Prostrations: The Humble Bow, a Meaningful Method to Connect with Buddha Nature

Many modern Buddhists are hesitant to practice ancient physical methods—prostrations, mudras, physical offerings—and can often only be convinced if they can somehow psychologically rationalize it. For example, deity practice is often "psychologically" categorized as "making a connection with your inner Self"—Buddha Nature in Buddhism, "Self" in Jungian psychology.   [caption id="attachment_5940" align="aligncenter"...

The Better Way: Standing Meditation? For those with injuries, arthritis or a sleepy mind, standing can help us achieve mindfulness

"You can meditate walking, standing, sitting or lying down" Buddhist monk Noah Yuttadhammo. "Standing is a moderate form, and can be used to calm you down or wake you up." For some of us, with sports injuries, arthritis or conditions that prohibit lengthy sitting, standing meditation is a better way to achieve...

Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion or 22% of the World’s Population According to Some Recent Studies

Buddhism has never been a "propagation" spirituality. Actively seeking out "converts" is discouraged for the most part. Individual spirituality is emphasized more than group activities. Some people don't even think of Buddhism as a "religion"—certainly not an organized religion with dogma. So, it is with sense of optimism—without pride or attachment?—that we...

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms "Reincarnation" and "Rebirth" are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be the assumption of another body by a permanent self or a "soul". According to...

Rebirth, Part 1: Is There Evidence of Rebirth or Reincarnation?

Part 1 of a Buddha Weekly Series on Rebirth Nothing inspires more debate amongst Buddhists, than the notion of rebirth. There's no doubt the Buddha believed in rebirth (not in reincarnation, which implies a soul). To hundreds of millions of people, rebirth, or reincarnation, is a powerful, widely accepted belief. (They're not...

Limitless Tara, Beyond the Green: Buddha, Bodhisattva, Savior, Mother of all the Buddhas, Hindu Maa Tara, Goddess of Many Colors, Consort of Buddhas, Wisdom Mother, Action Hero…

Most Buddhists know Tara—simultaneously, a friend, savior, caring Bodhisattva and enlightened being. Hindus consider Her one of the Mahavidyas, or Great Wisdom Goddesses—a role she carries on in Buddhism. To advanced practitioners, she is equally the great Wisdom Mother Prajnaparamita. Yet, at the same time, without contradiction, Tara is the intimate and treasured friend....

Remembering His Eminence Choden Rinpoche: The Hidden Meditator Passes into Dharamadhatu

On Sept 11 at 1:30am, Kyabje Choden Rinpoche showed the aspect of passing away at Sera Jey Monastery. "With great sadness, we must convey to you the news of His Eminence Choden Rinpoche's passing into dharamadhatu," writes Choden Lobrang in a letter to students and friends. (Sera Jey Monastery, South India, Sept...

Biography and Birthday: His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Celebrating Decades of Teachings

Today, September 7, is the birthday of one of the eminent teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness, Sakya Trizin. It's always bittersweet when a great being reaches the age of seventy—we can be thankful for decades of teachings and care, but at the same time apprehensive about the future and, with attachment,...

REMINDER: DAKA TSOG > JULY 12, 2019 (FRIDAY)

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