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Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism
Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism, found in both Tibetan and Japanese schools, is an esoteric form of Buddhism emphasizing direct transmission of teachings and the possibility of enlightenment in this lifetime.
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.
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?
Book Review - Sex, Sin and Zen by Brad Warner
In his latest book, outspoken Soto Zen Priest Brad Warner explores Buddhism's attitudes towards gender and sexuality, in an explicit and humorous way.
Buddhist Meditation and Brain Changes
Recent research indicates compassion meditation and other Buddhist practices permanently change the brain. Learn how, and what this research means for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.
The Story of the Elephant and the Blind Men
The story of the Elephant and the Blind Men is an ancient Indian tale used by the Buddha to illustrate the problems with attaching oneself to only one religious opinion or theological view.
Dakinis in Tibetan Buddhism
Dakinis, or 'sky-dancers' are female representations of enlightenment and enlightened energy, and play a big role in Tibetan Buddhist writings and teachings. Learn more about them in this article, as well as viewing images of several.
Review of Pocket Peace
Subtitled 'Effective Practices for Enlightened Living', this lovely book offers accessible and practical guidance for practicing the ten Buddhist 'paramitas' or perfections, in everyday life. The author's background is interfaith, and no prior Buddhist knowledge is required.
Vipassana or Insight Meditation
Vipassana means 'insight into reality' and is a method of meditation focused on observing the mind, rather than concentrating it, in order to discover the roots of thoughts and sensations.
Review - PBS Documentary Film 'The Buddha'
PBS recently aired the original documentary 'The Buddha', by Director David Grubin, featuring narration by Richard Gere, and commentary by the Dalai Lama and many Buddhist academics, teachers, and writers. It is now available for DVD rental or purchase, so be sure to check out this review.
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