Application of Buddhist principles can help reduce stress and improve mental health
10/02/2013 13:28 (GMT+7)
Colombo, Sri Lanka -- With the rapid spread of Buddhism in the western United States, boosted by increased immigration from Asia, Americans should consider applying Buddhist principles to solve their everyday problems. Although Buddhism has two major sects - Theravada and Mahayana - both agree on the crux of Buddhist philosophy based on the Four Noble Truths (FNT), the Noble Eightfold Path (NEP), and the associated 12-factor formula of conditioned genesis (paticca samuppada).
Young monks pitch new ways to teach old values
12/02/2013 11:29 (GMT+7)
Tokyo, Japan -- Put it down to good karma. More than 100 curious citizens applied over the Internet for the chance to feast on vegetarian fare at the table of Kakuho Aoe, chief monk of the Ryokusenji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district.

Putin Wishes Happy New Lunar Year to Russia's Buddhists
13/02/2013 10:12 (GMT+7)
MOSCOW, February 11 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladmir Putin wished a happy New Lunar Year to Russia’s Buddhists on Monday, as they marked their main religious festival, the Kremlin reported on its website.
What Is Enlightenment?
22/02/2013 10:46 (GMT+7)
For many of us, enlightenment is an inspiring but distant goal. Joan Sutherland explores what enlightenment is and isn’t and how we can actually experience it in our everyday lives.

Unlikely Animal Friendships
22/02/2013 22:07 (GMT+7)
The leopard crept through the sugar cane on an October night in 2002, and found a cow tied in a field, the way villagers keep their livestock in this dusty farming community.
Richard Gere: Buddhism is my life
06/03/2013 15:50 (GMT+7)
Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Richard Gere says his Buddhist faith is at the centre of everything he does and every decision he makes in his life.

Mindfulness meditation heightens a listener's musical engagement
08/03/2013 11:37 (GMT+7)
EUGENE, OREGON (Jan. 30, 2013) - When De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, says University of Oregon researcher Frank Diaz, Thomas put Ducks fans into a heightened zone of engagement for watching the game, not unlike what was experienced by music students who were first exposed to a brief session of mindfulness meditation before hearing an opera passage.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book
Health : Cancer
11/03/2013 18:30 (GMT+7)
A student was diagnosed with cancer. There was secondary cancer in her spine, and the original cancer was believed to be in either the lungs or breast. She was using a small prayer book and reciting White Tara mantras. Her friend wrote to Rinpoche to request prayers and practices.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book
Miscellaneous : Black Magic & Spirit Harm
12/03/2013 08:56 (GMT+7)
A student advised she had strayed from the teachings and requested advice on how to resume her practice. She also asked Rinpoche to check if she was affected by spirit harm, because she was having nightmares and experiencing heavy negative energy, as well as anger and depression.
Practicing Dharma in Daily Life
15/03/2013 14:56 (GMT+7)
When Zopa Rinpoche stayed in Singapore in May 1988, he stayed at the home of a happy and very devoted family. Before leaving, Rinpoche, with his great compassion dictated the following to me to compile for the Lim family, especially the mother, to practice. He suggested it also be included in this book, so that others could learn how to transform daily life activities into the path to enlightenment.

The difficulty makes it special
12/04/2013 23:05 (GMT+7)
Learn to embrace the challenges in your ventures as well as the rewards.  If it were easy or simple then everyone would do it and it would be nothing special.  By learning NOT to attach negative emotions to challenging tasks and obstacles, we can see them more objectively for what they are - a part of the journey.  Be aware of your self talk and the labels that you place on the tasks and events in your life and enjoy the journey.
Life Lessons from Riding a Motorcycle
19/04/2013 14:48 (GMT+7)

Buddhist Views on Marriage
27/04/2013 20:44 (GMT+7)
In Buddhism, marriage is regarded as entirely a personal, individual concern and not as a religious duty.
6 Ways to Find Composure When You Feel Panicked
27/04/2013 23:50 (GMT+7)
Once I allow myself to get into this kind of state, it takes me a while to “come down” again. After some time sitting at my desk and feeling agitated, I decided to go out into the garden. I walked slowly up the path, noticing the bang of my heart. I looked at the baby pink roses, the inner-most petals still holding onto drops of dew. I heard the clear song of a blackbird. I took a deep breath. And another. These are the things that help me when I get panicky.

Mark Sanford, meditator: I’ve learned “the importance of stillness and quietness”
08/05/2013 08:23 (GMT+7)
“Sanford told me that his interest in Buddhism stretched back three years, when he retreated to his remote family farm after the scandalous end to his term as governor when he secretly left the country to have an affair with an Argentine woman who he now plans to marry.
Tham Sua Temple, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
14/05/2013 14:39 (GMT+7)
Dating from 1971, when a monk named Pasarigo used the hilltop caves for meditation, Wat Tham Sua (“Tiger Cave Temple”) has the feel of a tourist attraction but its caves are now closed to the public.

A Better World
31/05/2013 12:13 (GMT+7)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book (Health : Other Illnesses)
08/06/2013 09:25 (GMT+7)
A student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche from Texas, United States, lives with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and is almost completely paralyzed. In order to write to Rinpoche and formally request Rinpoche to be his teacher, he used a computer that allowed him to type using just his eyes. In his letter to Rinpoche, Bob writes that his introduction to the Dharma in 2007 was "transformational.” Rinpoche sent Bob a long letter in response, giving encouragement and sharing some spiritual advice. He later gave Bob the bodhisattva vows over Skype.

If You Love your Kids
23/06/2013 10:25 (GMT+7)
If we teach our kids dharma when they are young, it means we love them. If we don’t , when they grow up they will be uncontrollable because the world and media is not getting better. And it influences them terribly…
There are two people who are not easy to repay
23/06/2013 10:31 (GMT+7)
I tell you, monks, there are two people who are not easy to repay. Which two?Your mother & father.

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