Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t , Why It Matters

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Karma What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Book Title: Karma: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters Author: Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2015 Pages: 160 Paperback Price: $11.27 Kindle Price: $9.99   Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche (1955-2012) was born in eastern Tibet and was the ninth incarnation of the Traleg Tulku line. He was educated by many great Buddhist philosophers of all four of the main lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute in Australia where he was a pioneer in bringing Buddhism to Australia.  … Continue reading

What Makes You Not A Buddhist Review

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What Makes You Not A Buddhist Review Book Title: What Makes You Not A Buddhist Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Publisher: Shambhala Year Published: 2008 Pages: 134 Paperback Price: $11.94 Kindle Price: $10.99   The author of this book is Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, a lama from a prominent and influential Tibetan Buddhist family living in Bhutan.  He is also a filmmaker and directed a movie called “The Cup” (1999) which is about a group of Tibetan monks who become obsessed with soccer. He also directed two other films, “Travellers and Magicians” (2003) and “Vara: A Blessing” (2013).  And he is the … Continue reading

Buddha at Bedtime Review

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Buddha at Bedtime Review Book Title: Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read With Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten, and Inspire Author: Dharmachari Nagaraja Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers Year Published: 2008 Pages: 144 Paperback Price: $17.95   Dharmachari Nagaraja is native Scottish Buddhist practitioner who has been practicing Buddhism since 1988.  He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 1993 and taught at the Covent Garden Meditation Centre in London.  Today he is involved with the Glasgown Buddhist Centre in Scotland and works as a psychotherapist as well. He was also a regular guest … Continue reading

Planting Seeds Thich Nhat Hanh

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Planting Seeds Thich Nhat Hanh Book Title: Planting Seeds : Practicing Mindfulness with Children Author: Thich Nhat Hanh (Edited by Chan Chau Nghiem) Publisher: Parallax Press Year Published: 2011 Pages: 238 Paperback Price: $19.38     This book is written by renowned Buddhist teacher and activist Thich Nhat Hanh.  Born in Vietnam, he is the author of more than 100 books on Buddhism.  He lives in a community called Plum Village in France, and travels worldwide leading retreats on the art of mindful living.   Book Summary This book contains a lot of background information and practical easy-to-follow exercises that … Continue reading

The Four Brahma Viharas

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The Four Brahma Viharas The Brahma Viharas are four qualities or Buddhist virtues that are cultivated with meditation practices.  These qualities of the mind and heart are cultivated using mindfulness and insight meditation. In this article I will go over what each of the Brahma Viharas are and what they mean for Buddhists.  I also include passages from the Buddhist sutras that are relevant to the Four Brahma Viharas. Etymology Brahma Vihara is Pali term that is commonly translated as “divine abodes” or “the sublime abodes of Brahma”.  The word brahma means “highest, superior” and the word vihara means “to … Continue reading