Don’t have faith in Buddha — Buddha taught the logic of karma, method and wisdom — not a religious belief-system
Awakening to success — following in the Buddha’s footsteps — the ultimate “self-help” path
Dastan-e-Irfan-e-Budh – The Buddha story as a dastangoi — a performance of an epic
Tsog (Tsok) dates in 2020: quick reference with dates — the blissful feast
Video: In Praise of Tara, written and recited by Jason Espada — Praising the Mother of All the Buddhas
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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. She manifests in endless forms: she can be action-hero Green Tara who saves us from worldly harm; or blessed White Tara who heals and brings longevity, to fierce potector Palden Lhamo, and she is also the great Wisdom Mother Prajnaparamita. Even though...

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,...

Empowering the Rural Buddhist: Tips for Remote Practice

Tips on How to Feel Empowered as a Rural Buddhist By Sarah Noel For anyone on a spiritual path, support is critical to our progress. The mind is an extremely deceptive companion that can quickly convince you that you have made great spiritual progress when in fact you can rapidly be heading...

The Mindfulness of Feelings: Overcoming Negative Feelings and Using Discriminating Alertness of Feelings in Your Practice: Mahamudra Teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Session 3.

For coverage of Session 1 of Mahamudra Teachings>> For coverage of Session 2 of Mahamudra Teachings>> By Lee Kane "If You Don't Feel Anything, It Can Be a Problem" "Feelings are part of us," said Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, during the recent mini-retreat on Mahamudra and "mindfulness of feelings" in Owen Sound....

Much More-Than-Six-Words of Advice — Zasep Tulku Rinpoche teaches on Mindfulness of Body; Anger; and Healing Through Meditation (Mahamudra Teachings Session 2)

Part 2 of introductory Mahamudra, teachings from Zasep Tulku Rinpoche For Part 1, "More Than Six Words" please visit>> For Part 3, "Mindfulness of Feelings" please visit>> "Don't recall, don't imagine, don't think, don't examine, don't control, rest," Tilopa's six word's of advice to Naropa, could be said to be an important...

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,...

Buddhist Mantras Help Crops Grow — Increase Output by Fifteen Percent; Studies Reveal the Power of Mantras to Help Plants — People

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,...