Buddhist practice

What is Ullambana: The Hungry Ghost Month? -

Aug 22, 2019

In Chinese culture, commonly known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, the practice of burning extensive offerings made of joss papers to appease hungry ghosts still exists today. Growing up in Chinese communities,...

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What Devotion Really Is: Part 3 Infallibly Inseparable -

Jul 23, 2019

By Erric Solomon   Infallibility of the Guru There seems to be a lot of talk in Buddhist blogs, magazines and in real-time lectures about what it means for a guru to...

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A Garland Of Protection – A Reflection By Chou Chuen -

Jun 20, 2019

By Chou Chuen Perfectly Enlightened Mother, please protect us beginners on the Path! Sipping coffee and museum hopping in London with a monk that I barely knew. That was how my journey...

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Experience Opens Understanding -

Dec 11, 2018

Experience opens understanding of the Buddha’s teaching, the Dharma, in a different way than simply hearing many teachings.  Here, in this audio recording from a September 2018 teaching in Gomde, Austria, Phakchok Rinpoche...

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Renunciation: Wake-up Call -

Oct 23, 2018

Renunciation: Advice for Serious Buddhist Practitioners Renunciation is fundamental to the Buddhist path, and all schools of Buddhism in the three vehicles (Śrāvakayāna , Mahāyāna, and Vajrayāna) emphasize this teaching.  If we are serious...

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Celebrate Chökhor Düchen! -

Jul 16, 2018

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen by recollecting the Buddha's first teaching after his awakening. Tibetan Buddhists commemorate this auspicious event on the fourth day of the sixth Lunar month. In 2018, we celebrate Chökhor Düchen on July...

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Improving Ourselves on the Buddhist Path -

Jul 2, 2018

Improving ourselves, or making progress, while practicing the Buddhadharma should be a natural outcome.  Phakchok Rinpoche observes that we practice correctly when our behavior and our Dharma practice function together. We benefit...

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Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues -

Feb 27, 2018

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In our hurry to jump to the "good stuff," however, we may be missing some crucial...

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Sense of Balance -

May 30, 2017

When we interact with our partners, our parents, our children, and our extended family, we should always switch our perspective back and forth between ourselves and others. This helps us maintain a balance. This sense of balance reduces the likelihood...

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Sādhana Practice: The Importance of Ritual -

Feb 2, 2017

Sādhana practice is the essence practice of the Vajrayāna tantras. Many great masters brought us important tantras, but in order to practice them, we use practice manual texts. In Tibetan, we use...

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