Meditation for children: Peer-reviewed studies support structured meditation in classrooms and homes to help children deal with depression, negative coping and self-hostility
Family lay Buddhism: What the Teachers Say about keeping motivated in your Buddhist Practice as parents — and coping with every-day family life in a modern stressful world
Why Reciting Buddhist Sutras Out Loud is Important; Sutras Help Us Remain Mindful of the Teachings and Disengage the “Clinging” Conscious Mind
Happy Wesak Day! On this most sacred day, celebrating the birth, Enlightenment and Paranirvana of Gautama Buddha, we wish all sentient beings health, happiness, and ultimate Enlightenment.
Youth Buddhist Societies in the World — encouraging the young Sangha
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Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche: A big smile, easy humor, unforgettable teachings

When you first meet Venerable Archarya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, the first thing you'll likely notice is the beaming smile. Rinpoche is remembered for his approachability—born of a combination of easy humor—and a booming laugh—together with wonderful anecdotes, inspired by a eventful life and lineage. His teachings, delivered in excellent English are easily understood and fully...

Why is Following a Guru Difficult to Accept in the West? Why is it Important for Vajrayana Practitioners to Find an Enlightened Teacher?

"We must rely on a wisdom teacher because, although we have Buddha nature, ultimate wisdom does not exist in our dualistic minds. Samsaric ego always tries to protect itself, and will trick us into thinking that we have gone beyond dualistic mind when we have not. Although we intrinsically have Buddha nature,...

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Buddhist farmers in Fujian Province increased crop yield and grain size with Buddhist Mantras, according to a report in the Global Times. [1] Faithful local Liangshan villagers installed 500 lotus-shaped loud speakers to saturate the crops with empowering mantras. They covered an area 26.7 hectares in scope. Not only was yield increased,...

It’s Important to Rejoice and to Laugh: Precious Teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

"It's important to rejoice," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche at a weekend Lam Rim and Green Tara retreat in Toronto. "It's important to be positive. Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friendships. Enjoy your meditations. Rejoicing is the antidote for self-pity, envy and jealousy." Positive rejoicing certainly set the tone for a wonderful...

Seven Line Prayer to Padmasambhava

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I’m attached to my Mala

I know it's a form of attachment, but I do carry my mala everywhere. Even after my mala burst spontaneously off my wrist at a restaurant (and here's me scrambling around saying, "Excuse me, sorry, excuse me…" as I collected 108 beads that had rolled under tables), even after all that, I...

Loving Kindness: My Favorite Sutra

By Jeremiah Suarez My favourite sutra is Discourse on Advantages of Loving-kindness. Each day, I contemplate it. I clear my mind first and realize what's most important to me. I want to walk the middle road, and live a life full of contentment and peace. Having a peaceful countenance day by day,...

Six Essential Practices of Korean Buddhists: Bowing, Meditation, Yeombul, Mantra, Sutra

By Kim Sung-Su Korea is known as a very religious society, with an active mix of Buddhists, Christians and indigenous Korean Shamans. Many Koreans are openly cross-spiritual, easily moving between the three. In Korean Buddhism, there are six essential practices • Bowing • Seon (Zen) meditation • Yeombul — recitation of the...

Cruelty to Chickens Protest: Dalai Lama

I have been particularly concerned with the sufferings of chickens for many years." HH Dalai Lama in a letter to KFC Various Buddhist traditions advocate vegetarian diet on the grounds of compassion, with the notable exception of Tibetan Buddhists—due to the scarcity of plants and vegetables in Tibet. Since chickens are statistically...

How I Found the Right Teacher of the Dharma

By Ruth Wambui, Guest Contributor Buddhism has become one of the most popular spiritual practices in the world, particularly in the West. More and more people learning about Buddhism, and adopting one form or another of Buddhist practice. They certainly would have been drawn to the Buddha's message, the Dharma. They might...

Empowerment Was Important to Me

By D. Sandy, Guest Contributor A few months ago, I finally took the step I had been contemplating over the past few years as a practicing Buddhist. One of my elderly relatives who has constantly been my guide advised me to undergo the empowerment ritual saying it would lend more depth to...

Meditation is Good For You: A How To, the Research of Benefits and the Two Main Types of Meditation

Mindfulness is an important practice in virtually all schools of Buddhist thought, and in one form or another, most Buddhists practice it. From formal Chan practice, such as archery or KungFu practice in Shaolin, to facing the wall meditation, to active mindful chore meditation, to mantra or sutta recitation, to simple things...

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