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Types of Buddhist Meditation
Meditation is an essential part of Buddhist practice, and there are many different types, ranging from focusing on the breath, to mindfulness, to mandala and mantra meditations.
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.
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.
Vesak and Saga Dawa
Vesak, celebrating the Buddha's birth, death, and enlightenment, is the most holy day of the year within most Buddhist traditions, and falls on May 24th/25th in 2013. It corresponds to the month of Saga Dawa in Tibetan Buddhism, and all are celebrated as times to reaffirm our commitment.
Vesak or Saga Dawa - Celebrating the Buddha
May 27th 2010 is celebrated as Vesak or 'Buddha' Day in many Buddhist cultures. Learn more about this major Buddhist holiday.
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.
Yantra Yoga - History and Book Review
Yantra Yoga is one of the few Buddhist-based yogas taught in the West today. Learn more about this ancient practice, the definitive book recently published about it, and the Tibetan Buddhist school of which it is a part.
Yeshe Tsogyal - Tibetan Woman Buddhist Master
Yeshe Tsogyal was a Tibetan princess who through her relationship with Padmasambhava, the Indian master who brought Buddhism to Tibet, became an enlightened Buddhist teacher and the most revered female figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
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.
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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