Congressional committee moves to restore US aid for Tibet

Congressional committee moves to restore US aid for Tibet
Daily News & Analysis
The House Appropriations Committee in its report supported the continued allocation of funds to assist Tibetan refugees in Nepal and India …more

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain
Washington Post
Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain. She explains: …more

Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and Dorje are Inseparable Symbols of Indivisible Emptiness and Form

Wisdom and Compassion—Ghanta and Vajra: Why the Bell and Dorje are Inseparable Symbols of Indivisible Emptiness and Form
Buddha Weekly
The Bell and Dorje are virtually synonymous with advanced Vajrayana tantric practice. A Tibetan practitioner is rarely separated from these powerful meditational and ritual symbols—just as the Bell and Dorje should never be separated from each other. Even non-Buddhists might recognize the symbolism immediately—among the most widely recognized symbols used in Buddhism. (See video below for “How to use the Vajra and Bell”.)

But why does the Bell and Dorje hold such a prominent place in Buddhist practice? What is so special about these seemingly simple—yet endlessly profound—ritual implements? …more

Symbolism of Ghanta Bell

Symbolism of Ghanta Bell

The Philosophy of The Buddha

The Philosophy of The Buddha
The Buddha’s philosophy teaches us that our desires are at the root of our restlessness – and that calm can be achieved through willpower and spiritual exercise.
TEDLed
According to Buddhism, a prophecy foretold that when he grew up, the Buddha would become either a holy man, or…more