Four heroic incarnations of Ksitigarbha, the “Earth Store” Bodhisattva — unfailing, never-tiring compassion
Amitabha Sutra: cutting delusions with one-pointed blissful contemplation of Amitabha Buddha and the Pure Land
Avalokiteshvara: delivering us from every danger — “Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World’s Suffering”; Chapter 25 Lotus Sutra
“Is there any consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal… that will stay just as it is as long as eternity”… Nakhasikha Sutta The Tip of the Fingernail
The First Doctor: Medicine Buddha Bhaisajyaguru — Empowering You to Heal
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Using Mindfulness to Combat Memory Loss, Early Alzheimers or Dementia: Helpful Video Advice from Buddhist Teacher Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, with the full Satipatthana Sutra

In the third of a new video series, Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Spiritual Guide for Gaden for the West, answers a student's question about memory loss: What advice would you give for a student who is concerned with memory loss, or the onslaught of early Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Full transcript below,...

Video: Celebrating 40 Years of Dharma Practice in Remote Tasmania! One of the oldest Dharma centers in the West Commemorates with Retreat, and a Party

Zasep Rinpoche cuts the cake at the 40th Anniversary Party for Dorje Ling. Dancing and singing seems like an appropriate way to bring in a celebration of Dorje Ling's 40 Years as a non-sectarian Dharma Centre — especially a Dharma retreat farm in remote and stunning island state of...

Vajrayana Visualization can Generate Body Heat, Heal, and Manifest Deity Qualities Helping Overcome Ego

One of the most intriguing demonstrations of the power of Vajrayana visualization is Tummo. By visualizing heat in the tummo centre, an expert practitioner can actually meditate for hours on an icy winter day — without clothing or discomfort. In a different demonstration of the transformative power of Vajrayana meditation, various peer-reviewed clinical...

Tantric Wrathful Deities: The Psychology and Extraordinary Power of Enlightened Beings in Their Fearsome Form

Wrathful deities in Buddhism can be terrifying, monstrous, and demonic in appearance—but they are actually the "good guys." People who might be casually interested in Buddhism are often puzzled, even horrified, by Tantric Buddhist Deities depicted as ferocious personas. At first exposure, they might seem almost demonic, sporting garlands of human heads,...

Buddha Weekly Celebrates 10 Years of Publishing Buddhist Feature Stories, Teacher Interviews, and News: We Look Back at Our Successes and Failures

On our 10th anniversary, we wish to thank our thousands of regular readers for returning to us week after week for Buddhist features and news. Our volunteer writers and web team are very grateful for the loyalty — and have a lot of fascinating new content planned for 2017. We also thank...

BW Interview: Bön Teacher Chaphur Rinpoche Explains How Bön is Different, and Similar, to the Five Buddhist Schools in Tibet

Chaphur Rinpoche of the Bon tradition. In our first interview with a Bön tradition teacher, the charismatic Geshe Chaphur Rinpoche frankly discusses the ways in which Bon school differs from the other five Schools in Tibet — and how it is also similar in many ways. Practices such...

Can Buddhism Continue to Flourish as the World’s Second Largest Spiritual Path as the Current Lineage Teachers Begin to Slow Down and Retire?

Buddhism may have grown to the second largest spiritual path worldwide, with 1.6 billion followers according to some experts, but can this be sustained? (Story on "Buddhism Second Largest" here>>) The current great teachers and lineage holders are aging, slowing down, retiring, and, ultimately, must pass on. It's an issue that concerns...

Video Advice from the Buddhist Teachers on Bereavement: Advice for Someone Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One.

In the second of a new video series, Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche answers a question from a student about loss of a loved one: What advice would you give for a student who is dealing with the loss of a loved one? Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is spiritual director of many temples, meditation centres...

Meditation Techniques for People With Unsettled Monkey Minds

Coping with the Monkey Mind — a meditation term indicating an "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable" mind — is one of the biggest obstacles to meditation and mindfulness practice in Buddhism. Active Quigong (Chi Gong) and also Tai Chi are excellent meditations for monkey...

The Emptiness of Prayer—Who Do We Pray To? “You and the Buddha are not separate realities.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

The most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. "A prostration based on the perception that Buddha has a separate self from your own, and that you have a self separate from the Buddha, can only be called superstition," wrote Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's most noted teachers. The...

Part 2 Interview: Alejandro Anastasio, Martial Arts and Dharma Teacher, Sees a Special Relationship Between Martial Arts and Buddhism: Dharma in Action

In part one of our interview with dynamic Dharma Teacher AlejAndro Anastasio, he revealed how he came to Buddhism, how martial arts influenced his practice, and how mhe met his own teacher Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. (Part 1 of this interview here>>) As we continued to speak, AlejAndro —the director of the...

Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty.” TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA By Guest Contributor James Porr   Anita Mui, much beloved, sings Heart Sutra. Anita, has since...