Buddha Weekly: Buddhist Practices, Mindfulness, Meditation


Mokugyo: Drumming for a Wakeful Mind with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

We use a drum in meditation to keep us wakeful, mindful, alert. At the same time, the stimulating sound, entirely unique in percussion, has a trance-like effect, allowing something of an altered state of meditation.

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

By Lee Kane, Editor / January 13, 2017 / 1 Comment

“The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both, by nature, empty,” – a one-line “prayer” widely used by Buddhists around the world.

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Purify Karma and Accumulate Merit with Mandala

By Lee Kane, Editor / November 28, 2016 / 4 Comments

Mandala set offerings is a practice that combines the best of meditation, mantra, purification and offerings in one very powerful act, and many teachers, as early as the great Lama Tsong Khapa, advocate this critical practice as a daily essential.

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Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

By Lee Kane, Editor / October 2, 2015 / 15 Comments

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 this doctrine, after…

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Bringing Happiness to Others on Wesak Day: Buddha’s Birthday

By Lee Kane, Editor / May 25, 2013 / 0 Comments

On the most precious day of Wesak, we celebrate not only the birth, but ask the enlightenment, and Parinarvana of Guatama Buddha. Also known as Saka Dawa (Tibetan), Vesakha, Buddha Pumima, and Buddha Jyanti, we celebrate the life and teachings of the Buddha by bringing happiness to others. Affectionately known as Buddha’s Birthday, we traditionally…

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I’m attached to my Mala

By Lee Kane, Editor / December 15, 2012 / 0 Comments

I know it’s a form of attachment, but I do carry my mala everywhere. Even after my mala burst spontaneously off my wrist at a restaurant (and here’s me scrambling around saying, “Excuse me, sorry, excuse me…” as I collected 108 beads that had rolled under tables), even after all that, I still wear my…

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Loving Kindness: My Favorite Sutra

By Lee Kane, Editor / November 18, 2012 / 0 Comments

Having a peaceful countenance day by day, hour by hour, second by second, is the mantra of my existence. To be part of the Sangha and be a true Buddhist, I must be peaceful in my treatment of others, as well. Loving Kindness.

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How I Found the Right Teacher of the Dharma

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 9, 2012 / 0 Comments

Vajrayana is the “thunderbolt” path because it promises to bring personal enlightenment in one lifetime, but this inevitably requires guidance.

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