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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...

Advice from the Teachers: How do we purify negative karma? Do you have advice for people confused by karma?

In the first of a new video series, Venerable Acharya Zasep Tulku Rinpoche answers a question from a student about Karma: Do you have any advice for people who are confused about karma? How do we purify negative karma?   Transcript of Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinoche's answer on the question of Karma. Okay,...

One Hand Speaks: Dharma Teacher AlejAndro Anastasio Speaks with Buddha Weekly About His Life as an Authorized Vajrayana Teacher, Inspirational Speaker, Martial Artist and One-Handed Superhero

When Alejandro Anastasio was a child, he wanted to grow up to be a Jedi Knight. Instead, he grew into a popular inspirational speaker, Buddhist teacher and martial artist. Luke Skywalker would be proud. As AlejAndro says, on his website, "You can do a lot with one hand!" He likes to joke "need...

What’s Your Karmic Net Worth? Avoid Compound Negative Karmic Interest with Vajrasattva Mantra and Four Opponent Powers.

Negative karma earns a sort of "compound interest" that rapidly accumulates if you don't purify daily — not just ordinary interest, but usury levels a loan shark could appreciate. Even if you are generous and create endless merit each day, negative Karma can still — to use our analogy — bring us...

What the Teachers Say About Doggie Dharma: Did Buddha Teach That Dogs and Cats Have Buddha Nature? How Can You Help Your Companion Meet the Dharma in Daily Life? What to Do About Euthanasia?

I saw a sparkling moment of real Doggie Dharma last weekend. At a Medicine Buddha retreat, a nice couple brought along their beloved 15 month-old pup. My kind teacher, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, smiled as they lifted the pup for a blessing after the teachings. I had brought along my bell and vajra...

May all beings have happiness and its causes! Wishing you a healthy and peaceful Holiday and New Year from Buddha Weekly.

May all beings have happiness and its causes, May they never have suffering or its causes. May they constantly dwell in joy transcending sorrow; May they dwell in equal love for both near and far. Shakyamuni Buddha, Metta Sutra "This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness,...

The Lightning Path of Buddhism: The Power of Yidams

Guest Contributor: Bhagat Bhandari Note: This is a personal perspective of the author. What is the purpose of Vajrayana practice? Purifying one’s impure perception of all appearances and experiences.” —— His Eminence Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche the Third Yidam practice is a teacher-guided method on the vajra "lightning path" to enlightenment, Vajrayana. In this important path,...

Mantra Part 2: Good Vibrations — Mantras in Buddhist Practice “Of what is the body made? Of emptiness and rhythm.” How does mantra work?

"Of what is the body made?" asked George Leonard in The Silent Pulse. "It is made of emptiness and rhythm." He went on to describe how science views matter: "We can see the fully crystalline structures of muscle fiber, waving like wheat in the wind, pulsing many trillions of times a second....

Interview: Yoko Dharma’s Buddhist-Influenced Music Rouses Compassion; Her Divine Voice Touches People; Music “inspired by teachings of the Buddha and my precious Guru”

Yoko Dharma is best known for her divine voice and evocative musical Buddhist mantras (previously released as Treasury of Jewels available here>>). A soon-to-be-produced, more "mainstream" album — never-the-less influenced by Buddhism and her teacher — and produced by well-known producer Marty Rifkin, we requested an interview with Yoko. Brilliantly vocalized tracks from her new...

Padmasambhava: The Eight Great Qualities of Taking Refuge; Taking Refuge in the Three Precious Jewels, the Defining Practice of Buddhism, and How it Can Rescue Us From All Dangers.

"It is necessary to cut the misconception of thinking that it is enough to take refuge once in awhile. You should take refuge again and again, both day and night." — Guru Rinpoche The ultimate protector practice in Buddhism is Taking Refuge in the Three Jewels. We take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma...

Science of Meditation: Peer-reviewed studies prove there are at least 10 reasons to meditate daily, from boosting your immune system to increasing cognitive function to reduction of inflammation at the cellular level.

Medical professionals, scientists and psychiatrists almost universally endorse the tangible benefits of meditation. All the mechanisms for realizing these specific benefits may not be known, but the tangible and objective results certainly are. In the last few years there have been many peer-reviewed research projects, studies and reports supporting specific benefits to...