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Nembutsu: a Simple Home Practice ~ Satya and Kaspa

If you want to explore Amida Shu Buddhism, why not start by trying our simple practice? The nembutsu is the core practice for Pureland Buddhists across the world. It is...

Mindfulness in Waiting

I’m waiting for something to happen. Beyond the existential concept that says we’re all waiting for something, I am waiting right now for information about something very specific. The details of what I’m waiting for aren’t important. Show More Summary

Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community to hold silent peace walk in Los Angeles

Members of the monastic community founded by Thich Nhat Hanh will hold a silent walk for peace in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 9. The post Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastic community to hold silent peace walk in Los Angeles appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Wavelessness

Zhao De wrote, “If water is still enough, everything is reflected clearly.  If mind is calm, then wisdom grows.” A key goal in the practice of Buddhist meditation is to develop a calm mind.  We call the practice mindfulness but mindfulness is also a state of mind.  And calmness does not mean absolute stillness.  There […]

In Light of DACA Controversy, a Simple Way for Buddhist Communities to Be of Service

Mushim Patricia Ikeda suggests a way that you can help the immigrant communities in your area and their non-immigrant allies. The post In Light of DACA Controversy, a Simple Way for Buddhist Communities to Be of Service appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Who Was the Buddha?

What do we really know about Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha? And who are these other Buddhas we sometimes see and hear about? The post Who Was the Buddha? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Buddhism with rebirth

Western Buddhist teachers all too often seem to find it necessary to apologize for rebirth, I guess in an effort to appease the religion of modernity, namely, big science. But this attitude only demonstrates a willingness to misrepresent Buddhism rather...

Help Phap Nguyen Temple rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

Phap Nguyen Temple in Pearland, Texas is currently seeking donations following damage from flood waters as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The post Help Phap Nguyen Temple rebuild after Hurricane Harvey appeared first on Lion's Roar.

More than 120,000 refugees have fled violence in Myanmar

15,000 refugees are fleeing violence in Myanmar each day, according to the United Nations. The post More than 120,000 refugees have fled violence in Myanmar appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Fake teachers and the way of fake Zen

Modern day Zen teachers are not liars. It is not their intention to deceive their students. That being said, on the other hand they can be fake Zen teachers. Being a fake teacher first begins with self-deception, that is, one’s...

Share Your Wisdom: How do you express your Buddhist values through political, social, or environmental activity?

We’ve got a question for you: How do you express your Buddhist values through political, social, or environmental activity? The post Share Your Wisdom: How do you express your Buddhist values through political, social, or environmental activity? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

North American Buddhist Alliance issues response to racial violence

In a new statement, the North American Buddhist Alliance responds to the current events related to White Supremacy in the United States. The post North American Buddhist Alliance issues response to racial violence appeared first on Lion's Roar.

What are the Five Precepts?

How can Buddhists know if their life is an ethical one? By keeping the five precepts, a set of guidelines for those who wish to do no harm. The post What are the Five Precepts? appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Seventeen Forms of Conditioning ~ Dharmavidya

Here is a list of seventeen major forms of conditioning that shape our lives. Included are the factors that tend to keep us trapped in samsara and also those that...

A goal which can never be reached

Max Planck said in his book, Where Is Science Going? (1932), that physical science rests on two theorems which, by the way, I tend to think are closer to assumptions. The first is: There is a real outer world which...

Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How to Bring Compassion Into Your Interactions With Others ~ Roshi Joan Halifax

by Roshi Joan Halifax, reprinted from The Huffington Post. Compassion can change your life. Just ask Dr. Gary Pasternak, the medical director of Mission Hospice in San Mateo, Calif.: “I’m...

Becoming the Mountains and Rivers

When we know something intimately, taught Dogen, it ceases to exist and so do we. John Daido Loori Roshi examines this teaching. The post Becoming the Mountains and Rivers appeared first on Lion's Roar.

Buddhist organization Tzu Chi distributing humanitarian relief in Houston after Hurricane Harvey

“We are facilitating recovery with love and care,” reads the organization’s website. The post Buddhist organization Tzu Chi distributing humanitarian relief in Houston after Hurricane Harvey appeared first on Lion's Roar.

A New Look at the Heart Sutra, from Thich Nhat Hanh and Norman Fischer

Thich Nhat Hanh offers his new translation of the Heart Sutra, which teaches transcendent wisdom, and Norman Fischer offers comment. The post A New Look at the Heart Sutra, from Thich Nhat Hanh and Norman Fischer appeared first on Lion's Roar.

The Cosmos Wakes Up

It was a 14-billion year journey from simple hydrogen to Mahatma Gandhi. David Loy asks: Is evolution the universe waking up to itself? The post The Cosmos Wakes Up appeared first on Lion's Roar.

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