Buddhist Teachings

  • Taking a devotional approach to the Buddha Paid Member

    Last week, Bhikkhu Bodhi led us through a meditation called "Recollection of the Buddha," in which he asked us to reflect on three of nine traditional qualities ascribed to the Buddha. These three are:araham: one free from all mental defilements and thereby liberated from the round of rebirthssamma sambuddha: one who has penetrated the truth and taught others about the true nature of things and the path to its realizationbhagava: the one endowed with numerous excellent qualities who compassionately takes on the role of teacher More »
  • Why do we really criticize others? Paid Member

    For the better part of the last year, Ken McLeod has been offering video teachings on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva, the classical Tibetan text by Gyalse Tokme Zanpo (1297-1371). The text offers practical advice on how to follow the bodhisattva path, and Ken's concise teachings on the verses each week are compellingly relevant to the life of the contempoary practitioner. Ken offers wisdom that we can contemplate and apply through the course of our day. This week, he comments on verse 32: You undermine yourself when you react emotionally and Grumble about the imperfections of other bodhisattvas. Of the imperfections of those who have entered the Great Way, Don’t say anything — this is the practice of a bodhisattva. "When we criticize someone else," Ken begins, "almost always people listening form a negative impression of you. Even if they agree, you are reinforcing a critical attitude in them." More »
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    Himalayan Buddhist Art 101: Protector Deities - Mahakala & Shri Devi Paid Member

    Buddhist practice and Buddhist art have been inseparable in the Himalayas ever since Buddhism arrived to the region in the eighth century. But for the casual observer it can be difficult to make sense of the complex iconography. Not to worry—Himalayan art scholar Jeff Watt is here to help. In this "Himalayan Buddhist Art 101" series, Jeff is making sense of this rich artistic tradition by presenting weekly images from the Himalayan Art Resources archives and explaining their roles in the Buddhist tradition. Two weeks ago we explored Meditational Deities, and this week we will move the discussion onward to Protector Deities. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Buddha in the Bee Yard" Paid Member

    Counting today, there's only three days left to decide who our Short Films Showcase winner is going to be. I hate to sound like a politician, but (I'm putting on my stern face now) your votes count. This is your chance to alter Short Films Showcase history. All right, the politico-speech is over now. Let's talk short films. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Today's Featured Films Paid Member

    If you haven't already heard about our Short Films Showcase, we have twenty-five original films all competing for your votes here, trying to answer the question "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?" Voting goes until June 8, when the entry that receives the highest combination of votes and average rating will win $1,000 in cash and two 4-Day All Festival Passes to BuddhaFest. More »
  • BuddhaFest Encore: Hugh Byrne Paid Member

    As we gear up for this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival we're revisiting some of the teachings that made last year's event so special. The following video is of Hugh Byrne at BuddhaFest in Washington, D.C. on June 19, 2011. For more information on the upcoming online festival (starts May 29) check out the schedule of films and dharma talks here. Hugh Byrne is a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and somatic meditation teacher based in Washington DC, offering classes, consulting and retreats which give insight into pain management, and healing from trauma. More »