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Metta or Lovingkindness Meditation
Metta, or 'lovingkindness', meditation is a beautiful spiritual practice common to many Buddhist schools that anyone can practice and benefit from, Buddhist or not. It begins by helping us cultivate feelings of self-love, and concludes with feelings of metta towards all beings.
Zen Ghosts - Children's Book Review
Zen and Halloween? Sure! In this third children's book featuring Stillwater, a beloved giant koan-speaking panda, the theme of 'what is real?' is explored through Halloween costumes and imagery. A ghost story-within-the-story, based on an ancient Zen koan, further explores this theme.
The Diamond Sutra
The Diamond Sutra is one of the most significant Mahayana Buddhist sutras, which includes both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. Within it, the Buddha teaches about the illusoriness of all phenomena, including the spiritual ideals we may become attached to.
Mindfulness for Healing Trauma
A growing number of psychotherapists and other mental health practitioners are incorporating Buddhist-based meditation and mindfulness practices into their therapeutic work, especially with trauma victims. Explore how this may help you or someone you know.
The Law of Attraction and Buddhism
'We are what we think.' This first line of the Dhammapada, one of the foremost records of the Buddha’s teachings, is often quoted by supporters of the Law of Attraction. But are contemporary teachings on the Law of Attraction compatible with Buddhism?
Detachment in Buddhism
Teachings on detachment in Buddhism are often misunderstood to mean complete detachment from pleasure or personal relationships. In fact, a true understanding of Buddhist detachment goes hand in hand with understanding compassion, and connects, rather than alienates, us.
Starting a Meditation Practice
Regular meditation benefits your mind, body, and spirit, regardless of whether you are doing it as part of a Buddhist practice. Here are some tips for building meditation into your daily life.
Dzogchen - Tibetan Teachings On Our Natural State
Dzogchen teachings within Tibetan Buddhism posit that our natural condition is one of undifferentiated, pure awareness, and that we can come to know ourselves as this directly. Sometimes referred to as a 'nondual' tradition, Dzogchen transcends religious and cultural boundaries.
Buddhist mandalas employ sacred geometry to create representations of the universe used for meditation and mindfulness training.
Haiku is one of the most revered forms of Japanese poetry, and the most famous haiku poets were Zen trained. This article provides examples of Zen haiku covering the Buddhist themes of impermanence, stillness, and sudden awakening.
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