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Research: Meditation Proven to Reduce Pain, Anxiety and Tiredness during Breast Cancer Biopsy

Feature Contributor Anne Green* "The meditation comprised a loving/kindness message that focused on building positivity through greater compassion for oneself and for others. It also aimed to rid the patient of negative emotions... those in the meditation group reported experiencing...
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Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and Dorje are Inseparable Symbols of Indivisible Emptiness and Form

The Bell and Dorje are virtually synonymous with advanced Vajrayana tantric practice. A Tibetan practitioner is rarely separated from these powerful meditational and ritual symbols—just as the Bell and Dorje should never be separated from each other. Even non-Buddhists might...
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Anjali Mudra is a Universal Buddhist Greeting —— Not “Namaste” (A Counterpoint from a Contributor/Reader)

Guest Post Pam Margera Editor: Pam Margera, responding to one of our popular older stories, Namaste: Respect Overcomes Pride, a Universal Greeting, and a Sign of Reverence, by another guest contributor, writes his perspective on the use of "Namaste" as a greeting....
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Research Indicates Meditation May be As Effective as Medicine for Depression (JAMA Psychiatry Journal): Taking a Buddhist Approach to Mental Health

Guest Contributor Anne Green* "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears efficacious as a treatment for relapse prevention for those with recurrent depression, particularly those with more pronounced residual symptoms." — JAMA Psychiatry Journal, Meta analysis report from randomized trials By 2020 it...
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Knowledge is not Wisdom —— and Other Lessons of the Fool: the Ultimate Mindful Wisdom of Child-Mind and Simplicity

The inner-child in us is often the beginning of wisdom. Letting the child flourish, play and act the fool is one path to mindfulness. Who is more mindful than the young child? Unlike grown-ups (or grumps, as they called them...
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Buddhist Water Bowl Offerings as an Antidote to Attachment

Basic foundation practices in Vajrayana Buddhism (and many other forms of Mahayana) include making offerings and prostrations to the Three Jewels — Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, and, in some practices, Gurus, Yidams and Dakinis. Yongchap practice, offering seven water bowls,...
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Early view: Vajrapani Documentary for Supporting Members (ad free HD)

Why does Vajrapani Bodhisattva's name mean "indestructible hand of the Buddha?" Why is he also called the "Lord or Secrets"? Why is Vajrapani one of the three most important Bodhisattvas? Come along with us now as we get to know...
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Member Video: Patrons and Members: Vajrapani 108 Mantras beautifully chanted with meditational images

In Buddhism, Bodhisattva Vajrapani's ultimate power activity mantra is famous for its inspiring benefits — protecting, strengthening and empowering our practice. His mantra is the highest expression of ultimate activity, or karma. Listen or chant along with the Sanskrit version...
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NEW Member Video, ad-free HD version of: Vajrasattva’s Purifying and Healing 100-syllable mantra in Sanskrit beautifully chanted

For Patrons and Members HD and ad-free: Buddha taught us how to purify obstacles, obscurations, negative karma, even disease, through Vajrasattva meditation, visualization and mantras. Chant along the 100-syllable Sanskrit mantra, here beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar, with the meditative...
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Vajrasattva’s Purifying and Healing 100-syllable mantra in Sanskrit beautifully chanted

Buddha taught us how to purify obstacles, obscurations, negative karma, even disease, through Vajrasattva meditation, visualization and mantras. Chant along the 100-syllable Sanskrit mantra, here beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar, with the meditative images of Vajrasattva. Visualize all of your...
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Member Ad-Free Video: Vajrakilaya Buddha documentary: Cutting the 3 poisons with the sharpest weapon, plus chanted mantras

Why is wrathful Buddha Vajrakilaya, described by Garchen Rinpoche as "the mind of great love?" Can such a ferocious embodiment of Enlightenment really calm the mind and tame our obstacles, both external and internal? Why is Vajrakilaya — also called...
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Supporting Member Video: Ad-Free version HD of Manjushri Mantra beautifully chanted with visualization images.

Manjushri Mantra 108 Times beautifully chanted by Hrishikesh Sonar with Visualization images. This is the ad-free version HD, as a thank you to our wonderful supporting members:  
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10 ways Science aligns with Buddhist concepts: Science and Buddhism concur on method, openess, cosmology, temporal concepts and more

What ten ways do current science and modern Buddhism actually appear in agreement? What ten teachings of Buddha align well with well-accepted modern science? We look at these questions, and much more, in this special feature of "The Scientific Buddhist"...
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The Science of Reincarnation and Rebirth? The research into verified past lives claims

Have you ever wondered about what happens after we die? Some believe that our souls reincarnate — or are reborn — into other beings or come back to Earth in another form. Others think that we simply disappear and cease...
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Buddha taught temporal cosmology, the multiverse and non-linear time — 2500 years ahead of modern science (and Marvel comics). How is this possible?

How is it possible that Buddha predicted the sun would consume the earth in roughly 7.5 billion years – a theory scientists only recently confirmed? That places Buddha at least 2500 years ahead of modern science — in linear time....
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Arya Supreme White Tara, ultimate Tara is more than a “long life” Tara — she is the ultimate of the Taras

Vajrayana Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health and auspiciousness. In fact, when we wish our...
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Shabkar’s Song of Practice: the entire path, from refuge to generation to completion in one song by one of the great sages of Tibet

Only a true visionary Yogi could distill a path that fills lifetimes and books into a single song. Such a Yogi is the great Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangdrol, an emanation of the great Milarepa. Both were famous for their songs of...
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Six ways to focus the mind: Metta, mindfulness, breath, progressive, transcendental, or Zazen

Our society is rife with stress, competition, fear, and commercialism – yet we're at a time when spirituality has become a buzzword. On one hand, there’s definitely an increased need for spiritualism in a stressful environment, but there still seems...
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“The Dalai Lama will see you now” — chapter excerpt from Threads of Awakening by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo.

Excerpt: Piece 1 from Threads of Awakening by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, This is an excerpt from Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo's amazing new book Threads of Awakening. In Threads of Awakening, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo beautifully tells her story as a personal spiritual memoir,  seamlessly weaving...
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“The Sakya Jetsumas — The Hidden World of Tibetan Female Lamas” — spiritual biographies of the great female meditation masters

There can be no doubt of the vast contribution of the great female wisdom masters of Tibetan Buddhism, yet with the notable exception of Yeshe Togyal and Machig Labdron, there are precious few stories of their lives. Elisabeth Benard, Ph.D.,...
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“I Meet the Buddha” — Chapter excerpt from “Pilgrim Maya” a Buddhist “pilgrim” quest that ends in “nothing” — a novel by Bela Breslau and Stephen Billias

In Pilgrim Maya, we start with the ending. Or, rather, when we asked for permission to excerpt, we received the final chapter — that tells you some of what you need to know about this fascinating novel by Bela Breslau...
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The Seven Great Parables of the Lotus Sutra; some of the most important teachings of Buddha for the Mahayana Buddhist path

The lotus flower is among the most beautiful and delicate of blossoms. It grows in the mud and mire at the bottom of a pond, and yet it is not stained by the dirty water. Instead, the lotus flower blooms...
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Yodhajiva Sutta — the warrior Sutta? The four great qualities of the warrior compared to the qualities of the monk: full English

The so-called Warrior Sutta is a fascinating, short sutra. The way of the warrior and the way of the monk are often compared from the point of view of discipline. In Tibetan Buddhism, there is the notion of Sems Dpa,...
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Buddha taught temporal cosmology, the multiverse and non-linear time — 2500 years ahead of modern science (and Marvel comics). How is this possible?

How is it possible that Buddha predicted the sun would consume the earth in roughly 7.5 billion years – a theory scientists only recently confirmed? That places Buddha at least 2500 years ahead of modern science — in linear time....
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“Mind Jewel” Green Tara – a Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Chittamani Tara (Cittamani)

"Tara is the mother of all the Buddhas; when you practice Tara you become closer to Tara; you feel her motherly love. If Tara is good enough to be the mother of all the Buddhas, then she can certainly become...
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Arya Supreme White Tara, ultimate Tara is more than a “long life” Tara — she is the ultimate of the Taras

Vajrayana Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health and auspiciousness. In fact, when we wish our...
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Compassion, Wisdom and Power as Buddha, Bodhisattva, Heruka and Dakini — the most important aspects of practice as Enlightened beings

In Mahayana Buddhism, and especially Vajrayana, the three most important aspects of practice are Compassion (Karuna), Wisdom (Prajna) and Power (or activities). In non-dualistic terms, these are all simply Buddha. In dualistic terms, these appear and manifest as Enlightened Beings...
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Korean Seon Buddhism: the thriving and profound tradition, history and practices of Seon Buddhists

The resonating sound of the Korean moktak is iconic of the beautiful practices of Korean Buddhism. Although the wooden Moktak is similar to the Mokugyo Japanese fish drum — there are subtle differences, just as there are subtle differences between...
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Six ways to focus the mind: Metta, mindfulness, breath, progressive, transcendental, or Zazen

Our society is rife with stress, competition, fear, and commercialism – yet we're at a time when spirituality has become a buzzword. On one hand, there’s definitely an increased need for spiritualism in a stressful environment, but there still seems...
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Chan Buddhism – the “Flower Sermon” and the profound roots of Chan or Zen — the open hearted path

To understand the origins of Chan or Zen Buddhism, we have to go back to the "Flower Sermon." This sermon, given by the Buddha himself, is at the heart of Chan — also known as Zen in Japan or Seon...
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Mahakala: Miracles of Great Black and the Dalai Lama — three Men in Black, the Mahakala brothers, the Dalai Lama, and a crow

Crows and the "Men in Black" are recurring themes in many Tibetan Buddhist stories, especially in legends of Mahakala and the histories of the Dalai Lama. Both Mahakala and the Dalai Lama are emanations of Avalokiteshvara / Chenrezig. "You come...
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Simhamukha Dakini, the supremely ferocious remover of obstacles, Sengdongma, snow-lion-faced Dakini, whose roar defeats all negativities, curses, obstacles or evil forces

Amongst the most powerful, rapid, and awe-inspiring of the Wisdom Dakinis is Glorious Simhamukha, the Snow-Lion faced Dakini. Her mantra is often the first one chanted when a yogi practitioner feels threatened by any crushing supernatural or psychological threat, including...
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Destroyer of Death Yamantaka: Buffalo-headed Vajrabhairava, supremely wrathful Yidam manifestation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom

Death itself is conquered by this towering, wrathful deity, Yamantaka. Conquering death, and the cycle of samsaric suffering, is at the very heart of Buddhism. As the "death destroyer" Yamantaka symbolizes this aspiration, and his meditational deity practice is designed...
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Overcoming the Poison of Jealousy with Mudita, “Sympathetic Joy”! How can joyful Tara, and other methods, help us overcome the dangerous klesha of Envy?

Jealousy or Envy (irshya in Sanskrit) is among the most dangerous of the "poisons" of Buddhism. Why is Jealousy so dangerous? Why is overcoming jealousy a critical, urgent mission for Buddhists seeking realizations? It comes down to one core concept....
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“Mind Jewel” Green Tara – a Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Chittamani Tara (Cittamani)

"Tara is the mother of all the Buddhas; when you practice Tara you become closer to Tara; you feel her motherly love. If Tara is good enough to be the mother of all the Buddhas, then she can certainly become...
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Arya Supreme White Tara, ultimate Tara is more than a “long life” Tara — she is the ultimate of the Taras

Vajrayana Buddhist teachers are universal in their enthusiasm for White Tara. Almost every teacher has real-life stories of people close to them who have been helped by White Tara, especially for health and auspiciousness. In fact, when we wish our...
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Buddha Weekly’s Special Section

Tara, Mother of all Buddhas

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Loving face of the Mother of All Buddhas Green Tara. Detail from art by Ben Christian.
Karma Mother

How does Tara Help?

Tara, like any Mother, is ready to jump to our aid, even in mundane areas of life. She is the “practical Buddha” — the “Karma Mother” — the Buddha most active in our lives. Her Sanskrit name translates as “a star by which to navigate” — and like a star, she is always with us whenever we look for her.

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21 Taras Mantra Video Playlist

An entire playlist of every one of the mantras for the 21 Taras. Don't miss the amazing Tara mantra chanting of Yoko Dharma for the each Tara of the 21 Taras according to Surya Gupta lineage. One video with many repetitions and visualized images for each Tara. The final video is the English-translated 21 Praises to Tara sung in English.

September 2022 Dharma Dates

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin often offers initiation in Black Manjushri.

His Holiness Sakya Trichen's Birthday

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Green Tara as Chittamani Tara, her highest form of practice. Detail from a 21 Taras Thangka by Angeli Lhadripa Shkonda.

Tara Puja Day

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Guru Rinpoche, the Lotus Born, the second Buddha who brought Dharma to Tibet.

Padmasambhava Day Daka Tsog

Monday, September 5, 2022

Medicine Buddha.

Medicine Buddha Puja Day & Full Moon

Saturday, Sept 10, 2022

Vajrakilaya close up feature image.

Annual Grand Vajrakilaya Drubcho

September 6-16, 2022

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Dakini Tsog Day

Tuesday, Sept 20, 2022

Black Mahakala is the most iconic of the wrathful Enlightened Deities. He is a ferocious emanation of the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig.

Dharma Protector Puja Day

Saturday, September 24, 2022

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