Surrounded by Buddhist Women

The fourteenth Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women is well underway, with approximately a thousand people here to celebrate women in Buddhism. There are 475 from Indonesia and 520 from forty different countries attending! In the opening ceremony there were two hundred Buddhist nuns. All of their different color robes speak of the diversity of Buddhism. Each day … Continue reading Surrounded by Buddhist Women

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A Buddhist Women’s Rights March

The Buddha’s mother had died in childbirth and he was raised by his aunt, Mahapajapati Gotami. With a motivation to develop spiritually to her fullest capacity, she repeatedly requested that the Buddha create a nun’s order and asked that the nuns be equal to monks. She marched with five hundred women to make this request, in an action called by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, the first women’s right march.

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When Buddha Was A Woman

This story of the Buddha’s lifetime as a female is an important pivotal story in the succession of lives because this it feature’s a woman making the enlightened intention that lays the foundation for the future attainment of Buddhahood.

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International Conference on Buddhist Women

Buddhist women from all around the world are gathering to discuss the history and future of women in Buddhism. Pema Khandro’s presentation focuses on women’s leadership roles as depicted in Tibetan narratives.

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Saga Dawa

Today is Saga Dawa, the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, awakening and passing away (parinirvana). It is a day when Buddhists around the world practice mantras, make prayers and ritual offerings and perform acts of generosity. Tibetan Buddhists believe that today the effects of actions are multiplied many millions of times over, therefore it is … Continue reading Saga Dawa

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From True Self to the Bare Fact of Being

Buddhadharma quarterly is featuring an article I wrote on waking up while facing crisis. Buddhism orients around finding freedom from suffering through changing the way we see ourselves. This is the teaching of non-self (anatman). The idea of non-self is not just a philosophical or abstract issue. Quite practically – it could lead to seeing oneself in … Continue reading From True Self to the Bare Fact of Being

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3 Meditations for Healing From Depression

Even though, these days, everyone is doing it, starting with silent sitting meditation can be difficult for someone who is depressed or exhausted. But silent sitting meditation is only one kind of meditation. There are others. Rather than a one size fits all approach, the greatest benefits come from practicing the right kind of meditation practice at the right time. Consider Mantra recitation, guided visualization or meditation, and somatic meditation.

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Prayers for Earthquake in Nepal

Dear Friends, Please join me in saying prayers for all the people of Nepal and the many people and families affected by the 7.9 earthquake and aftershocks that took place in Nepal this morning. The center of the earthquake was in Nepal, which been an important pilgrimage site for myself and for many other Buddhists … Continue reading Prayers for Earthquake in Nepal

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 5: Organ Donation

There is a traditional story, a Jataka tale, of the Buddha’s past life before he became a Buddha. While walking in the mountains he happened upon a mother tiger and her cubs. They were starving to death and about to die.

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Buddhism on Death & Dying Part 4: Practices for the Deceased

This is also why Tibetan Buddhists believe that our loved ones can offer great help. By offering prayers, mantras and other practices at this time, it helps to comfort and guide the deceased through their passing, through the post-death state, into a state of greater peace and clarity. The Vajrasattva mantra can be recited every day for forty-nine days after the person has died.

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