Japanese Zen Gardens – A Brief History

Winter is over.  The cycle of rebirths, never ceasing, becomes more evident to the human senses at this time of year, as the warmth of spring slowly washes over our landscapes, bringing plants and wildlife back to life.  As conducive as winter moods are to meditation, with their natural tendency to make us introspective, we […]

Buddhist Calligraphy Masters Short Video

Buddhist Calligraphy Masters Chogyam Trunpa Rinpoche, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, and Maezumi Roshi create calligraphies for exhibitions and fundraising over the years. Video compiled by Shambhala Art International.

Video: Learning to Meditate

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche guides us in basic meditation practice.

Celtic Piggy Maze

Even on paper, this exercise has a calm, grounding effect. Help the stressed out piggy do a walking meditation through the Celtic labyrinth to the peaceful place inside.

Ikebana Basics: A Comparison of Styles

Here EileenKay, Sogetsu instructor in Boulder, CO, discusses the differences in two styles of ikebana flower arranging — classic and free-style — in the Sogetsu tradition. For this demonstration, Eileen used the Storm Suiban and the black Nageire vase, available on Ziji.com.

Tonglen: The Practice of Giving and Taking

Tonglen, literally “giving and taking,” is a Tibetan practice for cultivating compassion, the Mahayana path of the bodhisattva. The great master Atisha brought Tibetans this practice from India in the 11th century. Tonglen reverses the pattern of self-cherishing that is the knot of our personal suffering.

Family Meditation: The Art of Abiding Peacefully Together

Just a few minutes of sitting meditation each day calms the mind, body and spirit. When family members have a peaceful place inside themselves, they naturally become happier and more positive, getting along better with each other and those in their world.

Ikebana Demonstration – Sogetsu School, Classic Style

Ikebana demonstration of a classic-style arrangement in the Sogetsu tradition.