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The Buddhist Roots of Reiki
Reiki is an increasingly popular form of energy healing in the West, and although not formally a Buddhist practice, it does have strong Buddhist roots through it's founder, Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. Learn more about its history in this article.
The Four Thoughts That Turn the Mind
The 'four thoughts that turn the mind' in Buddhism are key understandings we can strive to cultivate as a foundation for our spiritual practice. They help us realize our real condition as humans, and prioritize our life accordingly.
Four On-Demand Movies About Tibetan Buddhism
An increasing number of documentary films about Buddhism or Buddhist teachers are available through on-demand services. Here's an overview of four great movies about Tibetan Buddhism that are currently available.
Many people associate reincarnation with Buddhism, but in fact the Buddha taught a doctrine of rebirth, not reincarnation. What is the difference, and what do the different schools of Buddhism teach about it? What is its relevance to Buddhist meditation and practice?
Buddha's Daughters - Book Review
Buddha's Daughters: Teachings from Women Who are Shaping Buddhism in the West is a wonderful collection of essays on all facets of Buddhist teachings and practice, and from all different branches, each of which is written by a woman teacher in the West, and addressing modern life.
The Ten Buddhist Perfections
The paramitas, or perfections, in Buddhism are a set of virtues that aspirants cultivate as part of their path. Cultivating these virtues is seen to purify karma, and clear away hindrances to enlightenment.
Paradise in Plain Sight
Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden by Zen Priest Karen Maezen Miller, is both memoir and Zen guide. Maezen Miller shares experiences repairing and tending a historical Japanese garden in her own backyard, guiding the reader towards direct insight, in her beautiful and honest style.
The Eight Worldly Concerns
The Eight Worldly Concerns in Buddhism are four pairs of attachments and aversions that we experience continually in our daily lives. Through Buddhist practice we strive to unhook our happiness from this cycle, abiding in the deeper happiness that arises.
The Buddhist Precepts are the core ethical guidelines for practicing Buddhists. There are core 5 Precepts adopted by both lay and monastic practitioners, and then additional Precepts added for monastics. These Precepts are guidelines for practice, not commandments.
The Four Schools of Tibetan Buddhism
While Tibetan Buddhism has grown in popularity in the West, many people are not aware that there are actually four distinct schools within it, each with unique teachings and practices. Learn a bit about each in this article, as well as which one the Dalai Lama belongs to.
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