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Upaya - Skillful Means
Upaya, or 'skillful means', is a key concept in Mahayana Buddhism, of which both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism are a part. Find out what upaya means for both individual seekers and teachers, as well as the Buddha's story about upaya, 'the white lie', as told in the Lotus Sutra.
Review of A Guide to Zen
A Guide to Zen: Lessons from a Modern Master by Katsuki Sekida is a contemporary classic that lays out the foundation for zazen, Zen sitting meditation, as well as commentary on the artistic masterpiece and spiritual parable 'In Search of the Missing Ox.'
Buddhist mantras - sounds or words repeated aloud or silently - are an important part of meditation practice in some Buddhist schools. This article lists some common mantras and their meanings, and includes a sampling of monks chanting one.
Tibetan Women's Uprising Day
This week marks the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Chinese occupation, which led to the Dalai Lama's escape. March 12th is a special day set aside by the Tibetan Women's Association to honor the Tibetan women that participated in this historic event.
Jataka Tales - Buddhist Morality Fables
The Jataka Tales are a set of morality fables or folktales in Buddhism that are said to be stories of the Buddha's past lives. Each one teaches the importance of a paramita or perfection such as generosity, compassion, kindness, discernment, or courage.
The Six Bardos of Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism delineates six 'bardos', or states of consciousness, that we experience, including three states that occur at death and between births. This article describes each, and briefly explains the teachings commonly referred to as the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead'.
Review of The Female Buddha
This lovely, contemplative photography and quotation book features images of Kuan Yin, the 'female buddha', taken throughout East Asia, along with quotes from women teachers and writers from the Buddha's time to our own.
A Lamp in the Darkness - Book/CD by Jack Kornfield
A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times, by celebrated American Buddhist author and teacher Jack Kornfield is a beautiful and warm book/CD combo offering meditations for moving through the most difficult phases of our lives, including illness, loss, betrayal and more.
Jesus and Buddha – Practicing Across Traditions
Are you a Christian interested in Buddhism? A Buddhist interested in Christianity? An interfaith spiritual seeker? The documentary Jesus and Buddha: Practicing Across Traditions may offer you new insights into the connection points between these two spiritual traditions.
The Five Buddha Families
The conceptual framework known as the 'five Buddha families' is a way of understanding the energies at work in our own minds and personalities, as well as in the world at large. Come find out what 'family' you belong to.
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