Vajrayana Buddhism and Practices

The Hand of Buddha defeats the three poisons : Vajrapani (literally, “Vajra Hand”) — Guardian of Shakyamuni Himself; Vajrapani, the power of the mind to overcome obstacles such as pride, anger, hate and jealousy

A 2nd Century Gandhara-style relief of Vajrapani with thunderbolt (right) protecting Gotama Buddha (left). Gandhara-style art was influenced by classical Greek art. Here, Vajrapani appears similar to Zeus. In the early Pali Sutta — Ambattha Sutta ("Pride Humbled")[1]— ...

Tonglen video: Why giving and taking practice is an important kindness meditation and Bodhichitta practice; how to do it: taught by Zasep Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche has taught in the West for 40 years and is the spiritual head of Gaden Choling for the West centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Among the best known — and yet most mysterious ...

Phurba or Kila: the most potent of wrathful ritual implements in Vajrayana Buddhism, symbolizes the Karma activity of the Buddhas

The Purbha is probably the most exotically evocative of Vajrayana Buddhist symbols. The Bell and Vajra are sacred and special — but ubiquitous;  the Phurba is iconic of the mysteries of higher practices in Vajrayana Buddhism. One of ...

Reviving the genuine Dharma ritual art traditions: an interview with Vajra artisan and craftsman Rigdzin Pema Tuthob

It is rare and precious to find a genuine Dharma craft artisan trained in the old traditions. Today, most Dharma ritual objects are bronze knockoffs made in factories. It is exceedingly rare to find traditional hand-crafted ritual objects ...

Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche’s condensed “all teachings into one — which is concise and easy to practice”at the time of death: as requested by Lady Tsogyal

One of the most wonderful teachings of Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, Guru Rinpoche was written down by the Lady Tsogyal — from a request she made just as the master was about to leave — and she, herself, ...

“Mahamudra is ultimately about trying to experience absolute truth” — and Helping Your Mind Get to Know Your Mind: Teaching Retreat Notes, Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, spiritual director of many meditation centres in Canada, U.S. and Australia. The stirring beat of many drums and a festive rise of musical voices broke the serene silence of a sunny and warm Saturday morning on sparkling ...

Inspired by H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Galgamani Art Project Aims Personalize the Tibetan Prayer Wheel: Interview with Micha Strauss

H.E. Garchen Rinpoche (left) with Micha Strauss working with a personalized prayer wheel. Over many years, Micha and Ayelet Strauss have made personalized prayer wheels for people around the world, including H.H. the Dalai Lama and many other notable ...

Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity

Lama Atisha, the revered lama and Mahasiddha, came across an old man, dying of starvation in Bodghaya. Lama Atisha offered his own flesh, cut from his body, to save the old man. But the old man said, “How ...

Purifying Negative Karma Advice Video: How to Purify Obstructions and Defilements with Vajrasattva Practice and Other Buddhist Meditations, Answered by Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche

Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche (center) surrounded by students at a teaching in Tibetan Buddhist Society Temple in Perth, Australia March 2017. Rinpoche tours extensively to deliver precious teachings. He is in Mongolia currently, and will be in Vancouver ...
Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

"Many religious traditions have contended that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too." — Science Daily [1] I'm addicted to incense. I use it in the morning. ...

Tantric Wrathful Deities: The Psychology and Extraordinary Power of Enlightened Beings in Their Fearsome Form

Wrathful deities in Buddhism can be terrifying, monstrous, and demonic in appearance—but they are actually the "good guys." People who might be casually interested in Buddhism are often puzzled, even horrified, by Tantric Buddhist Deities depicted as ferocious ...

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 ...