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Ethical behavior

Ethical Behavior in Buddhism: The Virtues

Ethical behavior occupies a central role on the Buddhist path to awakening. Yet often, modern presentations of Buddhist teaching skip over these fundamental principles. In...
Dharma wheel and pair of deer

Dharma Wheel and Pair of Deer

We may notice certain representations such as a Dharma wheel with two deer gazing steadily at it appear frequently. Why do we see this image...
Mani Wheels

Maṇi Wheels Spreading the Dharma

When we spin maṇi wheels in a clockwise direction, rolls of paper (or film) printed with mantras spin. In this way, we are turning the wheel...
life-release

Life-Release

Life-release, or the saving of animals destined for slaughter, is practiced throughout the Buddhist world. All schools of Buddhism encourage followers to not only refrain...
water offerings

All About Water Bowl Offerings

Water offerings are a tradition was accepted by the masters of the past as a practice unique to Tibet. It is the most common offering...
Offering water bowks

Offering Water Bowls as Material Offerings

Offering water bowls is an easy and pleasurable meritorious activity widely practiced in Tibetan Buddhism. Water's purity gives it great power....
Confident faith

Developing Confident Faith

Developing confident faith in the Buddha and the Dharma is crucial on the path. Confident faith means conviction based on wisdom and experience. ...
Dharma student

Dharma Student Qualities: How to Listen

Classic Buddhist texts discuss how to be the best type of Dharma student. Once we know the proper approach for a Dharma student, we can make...