Purify Karma and Accumulate Merit with Mandala
Initiation or Empowerment: what is it, why it is important in Vajrayana, how it helps, when you need it, how to receive it
Samatha meditation teaching: “Resting the mind in the natural state,” video of session 1 of a Mahamudra weekend retreat
The forgotten nuns of Zanskar: 9 Buddhist nunneries in “one of the coldest inhabited places” have limited electricity, water and healthcare
Tara, the Saviour, and Vajrayogini the Sarvabuddhadakini: how are they different, and how are they the one? The importance of Female Buddhas: Wisdom personified
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Technology and apps for Buddhist meditation: useful in modern life — especially with between 500 million and 1.6 billion Buddhists worldwide

There are between 500 million and 1.6 Billion Buddhists worldwide — depending on which study you cite — an impressive percentage of the population. Many are business people, medical professionals, office workers and others who use technology on a daily basis to achieve their goals more quickly efficiently. Time is definitely a commodity...

Lama Tsongkhapa: A Short, Powerful Practice Helps Bring Compassion, Wisdom, Good Fortune, and Healing

Lovely statue of the great sage Lama Je Tsong Khapa. "In my opinion, having the opportunity to practice the guru yoga of the great holy being Lama Tsongkhapa, is more fortunate than having the chance to receive and practice other Dharma teachings," wrote Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in the...

Swift Healing with White Tara: the Rapid Path to Long Life, Merit, Wisdom, and Health

When I need help in a hurry, Tara is the "swift one"—the One I call on first. If I'm in trouble, Green Tara. If I'm sick, White Tara. So far, end of life isn't top of mind, but if I was concerned about how long I might live to practice dharma, I'd...

Guan Yin and the ten great protections of the Goddess of Mercy: Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion

Millions of devotees around the world call on the name of Guan Yin (Kuanyin) Goddess of Mercy, in times of need, fear, or despair. Aside from her best-known role as Compassion embodied — she is, after all, none other than Avalokiteshvara — she also protects against the ten great fears. [For the...

How a Home Retreat Helps Busy People Manage Time and Save Money; How to Do It, and Why it is Necessary

Sitting retreats are important opportunities to "still the mind", allowing us to develop "realizations."  There is something very special about the Buddhist Retreat. We all look forward to our first (or next) retreat, but hectic modern life makes it very difficult for many of us. Who can take six weeks or...

Dalai Lama and Lama Tsongkhapa: teachings on calm abiding meditation that go beyond “the breath” as the focus — targeting the main affliction

When we think of calm-abiding meditation, we might think of breath as the focal point of meditation. In-out. Follow the breath. Breath, as a focal point, however, is just one of many targeted calm-abiding meditations. Breathing mindfulness is specifically recommended for people who are dominated by "conceptuality," and who are unable to...

Becoming Gesar, the fearless Buddhist: How to overcome fear in uncertain times, according to Pali Sutta, Mahayana Sutra and Tantra

Gesar of Ling was a fearless Buddhist king of 1027A.D. His story teaches, in allegory, how to overcome fear, and how to destroy our maras (especially fear). [More on King Gesar below.]  Fear is a necessary survival instinct, and — as long as we cling to this precious, human life — it...

The Disease Specialist: Black Manjushri Practice Has a Reputation for Successfully Helping Victims of the Most Dangerous Diseases, Including Cancer, Heart Disease and Aids

When all is well with the world, and you're in peak health, it's probably enough to eat well, exercise and see a family doctor once a year. But, if that annual doctor's visit brings dreaded news, a diagnosis of a serious disease or condition, your doctor will probably refer to a specialist....

Long life practice: White Heruka and Red Vajrayogini: Annutarayoga meditational deity prolongs life

White Heruka and Vajrayogini long life deities. The uplifting and radiant White Heruka - Red Vajrayogini practice is among the most popular Highest Yoga Tantra practices for serious students. Although there are different forms, White Heruku's most popular form is focused on longevity practice. White Chakrasamvara is...

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers recommend Kṣitigarbha mantra and practice for times of disaster, especially hurricane and earthquake, because of the great Bodhisattva’s vow

In times of great danger, many Mahayana Buddhists call out to Tara for rescue, or Avalokiteshvara for compassion — but in times of impending great natural disasters, such as hurricane, typhoon, tornado, earthquake, Buddhists inevitably Kṣitigarbha (or Jizo as he is widely known in Japan and even China). During these times —...

Is there room for the supernatural in Western Buddhism? Four sutra views of magic and metaphysical and why a supernatural perspective helps “see beyond ordinary perception”

The kind face of loving Guanyin, the female aspect of Avalokiteshvara, Goddess of Compassion. To her followers, there is no question of her power. Does removing the magic from Buddhist practice seem less — magical? Sometimes, with a secular approach to Buddhism, we strip away some of the...

What does Buddhism say about the idea of God? Best answer: ‘it’s complicated.” Are Buddhists theists, atheists or non-theists? Does it even matter?

Do Buddhists believe in God? What does Buddhism teach about the idea of God? Many people, not familiar with Buddhist thought, assume that the label of "religion" means Buddhists must believe in some type of God. There's the opposite nihilistic extreme — those who have studied a little about Buddhism — and...

Milam Sleep Yoga: lucid dreaming can bring us closer to experiencing non-dualistic “reality” than waking meditation

"You should know all phenomena are like dreams." — Shakyamuni Buddha. Unless we are Yogis or Yoginis, the closest we are likely to come to an inciteful appreciation of Emptiness and the true nature of phenomenon might actually be our dreams. The first Karmapa attained Enlightenment with Dream Yoga. The conflicted "daytime"...

Cree Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear returns for a quick video talk on busy minds, ego, pride and spiritual path — showing the commonalities between Buddhism and native spirituality

Medicine Man Sean Walking Bear. Medicine Man and movie actor, Sean Walking Bear discusses humility, ego, prayer and beliefs in this short video discussion. We previously interviewed Walking Bear in Buddha Weekly in 2016, where he discussed native spirituality — and pointed out many of the parallels and...

“Dharma in motion”: Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhist Tantra and Zen have as much in common with martial arts as religion?

Siddartha Buddha grew up in the palace and was an expert in martial arts. Premise: Buddhism, Vajrayana Tantra and Zen have as much in common with martial arts as it does with religion. Second Premise: Martial arts skills are helpful to meditators and helps develop practice discipline. That...

Buddha Weekly named among top 3 Buddhist magazines by Feedspot under the category “Best 5 Buddhist Magazines”

Buddha Weekly was ranked number 3 on Feedspot's Top 5 Buddhist Magazines list. The volunteer writers, editors, video editors, graphic designers and researchers at Buddha Weekly are thrilled to hear that Buddha Weekly has been placed under "Top 5 Buddhist Magazines" for online content and ranked number 3,...

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