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The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva
The Way of the Bodhisattva, also called the Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattvacharyavatara, is an eighth century teaching particularly honored in Tibetan Buddhism. It teaches the way to cultivate and maintain both relative and ultimate bodhicitta, or 'awakening mind.'.
Vesak or Saga Dawa - Celebrating the Buddha
Vesak or 'Buddha day' is celebrated in the Spring on various days within different Buddhist traditions, the first being April 8th in Japan. It is a time for celebrating the Buddha's birth and teachings, and for renewing one's own commitment to the path.
Jomo Memo - 13th Century Tibetan 'Terton'
In celebration of Women's History Month, learn about one of the few 'tertons', or discoverers of hidden knowledge, within Tibetan Buddhist history - Jomo Memo.
Tara - Female Buddha of Compassion
Tara is a popular female deity within both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She is sometimes referred to as the 'first feminist' Buddha, due to her vow to work in the body of a woman to benefit all sentient beings.
The Therigatha - First Buddhist Writings by Women
The Therigatha, or 'verses of the elder nuns' is a collection of poems and songs written by the first Buddhist nuns, and is among the earliest religious writings by women in the world. Learn more about it in this article.
Embodying Forms of Feminine Power
Tibetan Buddhism has many feminine deities that serve as archteypes for the feminine energies that exist in us all. Learn how they are used in meditation, as well as more about Samantabhadri, the basis of all the female deities.
Into the Heart of Life - Book Review
Into the Heart of Life is a beautiful book of teachings by Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She first came to prominence as the subject of Cave in the Snow, a book about her 12 years in solitary retreat.
Lojong and the Eight Verses of Mind Training
Lojong, or mind training, is an important teaching within Tibetan Buddhism on developing bodhicitta, the compassionate desire to forgo one's own liberation to work towards the liberation of all beings. The Eight Verses of Mind Training is one of the seminal texts on this teaching.
The 12-Step Buddhist - Book Review
Drug and alcohol addiction is a huge source of suffering for many, and Buddhist teachings address the causes of suffering head-on. The 12-Step Buddhist outlines a way to integrate Buddhist teachings with traditional 12-Step recovery programs, applying Buddhist teachings to addictions of all types.
2014 - Year of the Horse
In 2014, Chinese New Year and Tibetan New Year (Losar) fall a month apart, on January 31st and March 2nd. In both traditions, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Learn more about these festivals and predictions for this year.
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