Praises to the Twenty-One Taras

Praises to the Twenty-One Taras Praises to the Twenty-One Taras is a traditional prayer in Tibetan Buddhism to the female Bodhisattva Tara, also known as Ārya Tārā, or Jetsun Dolma. It appears in the Derge Kangyur as “Offering Praise to Tara through Twenty-One [verses] of Homage” The prayer is found […]

Deciphering the Lotus Sutra: Commentary by Gene Reeves (Chapter 3)

Deciphering the Lotus Sutra: Commentary by Gene Reeves (Chapter 3) #1 The Parable of the Burning House is interpreted as saying that the world is like a burning house…leading some to think that our goal should be to escape from the burning house that is this world. But escaping from […]

A Shin Buddhist’s Experience about Forgiveness

A Shin Buddhist’s Experience about Forgiveness In Buddhist understanding, even before we try to forgive, we have to realize that we are always being forgiven by others. Realistically speaking, whenever we become angry because of what another has done to us, it is close to impossible to be forgiving. In […]

10 Vows of Bodhisattva Universal Worthy (Bodhisattva Samantabhadra)

10 Vows of Bodhisattva Universal Worthy (Bodhisattva Samantabhadra) Bodhisattva Universal Worthy, known in Sanskrit as Samantabhadra, Chinese as Puxian and Japanese as Fugen, is a bodhisattva associated with practice, vows, and meditation in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protagonist in the closing sutra of the Lotus Sutra, The Sutra of Meditation on Bodhisattva […]

Jataka Tale: The Whatnot Tree

Jataka Tale: The Whatnot Tree Once upon a time there was a caravan leader. He went from country to country selling various goods. His caravans usually had at least 500 bullock carts. On one of these trips his path led through a very thick forest. Before entering it, he called […]

Gosho Study #17: The True Aspect of All Phenomena

  Gosho Study #17: The True Aspect of All Phenomena Believe in the Gohonzon, the supreme object of devotion in all of Jambudvipa. Be sure to strengthen your faith, and receive the protection of Shakyamuni, Many Treasures, and the Buddhas of the ten directions. Exert yourself in the two ways […]

10 Inspirational Quotes by Pema Chodron

10 Inspirational Quotes by Pema Chodron Pema Chodron is an American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She became the first American in the Vajrayana tradition to become a fully ordained nun or bhikṣuṇī. Chodron was appointed by Trungpa to be director […]

What is Happiness? By Daisaku Ikeda

What is Happiness? By Daisaku Ikeda What is the purpose of life? It is to become happy. Whatever country or society people live in, they all have the same deep desire: to become happy. Yet, there are few ideals as difficult to grasp as that of happiness. In our daily […]