Freedom is always right here within us

What are the experiences that the teachings of the Buddha are founded on? They are sadness, love, and openness. Although they appear to be quite different, sadness and openness are in fact intimately connected. The profound sadness that overwhelms us when we understand the impermanent nature of all phenomena opens us up to the world... Continue Reading →

Appreciating others

In inviting sentient beings as guests, the Bodhisattva, the practitioner in the mahayana, has a constant sense of the impermanence of the relationship — the guest is going to leave. So we view this as an opportune time, and there is constant appreciation. Our guests come. We entertain them and relate with them. Afterward, the... Continue Reading →

Fear of ourselves

Many of us, without even realizing it, are dominated by fear. We might be aware of some of our fears - perhaps we are afraid of public speaking, financial hardship, or losing a loved one. Most of us suffer from a far more pervasive form of fear: the fear of ourselves. We feel ashamed and... Continue Reading →

Contained within one’s own mind

We talk about the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha, and all these instructions and methods of practise we can do and benefit from. But in essence, to find Dharma one has to look inward, not outward. One has to constantly exert effort in examining oneself and one’s own mind. Of course, there are methods... Continue Reading →

Wanting to be happy

If you want to be really, really happy, it isn’t enough just to space out in meditation. Many people who have spent years alone in meditation have finished up the worse for it. Coming back into society, they have freaked out. They haven’t been able to take contact with other people again, because the peaceful... Continue Reading →

Importance of this moment

“When we become completely aware in the moment, we are completely attentive to what is happening in the moment. In this way we become centered in the moment. And that moment is all we ever really have. Our whole life is made up of moment after moment. If we miss these moments through thinking about... Continue Reading →

Awareness

“Sometimes people ask me about the difference between awareness and concentration. Awareness is not the same as concentration. To use an example, suppose you are reading a fascinating book, and you are completely absorbed in it. You don’t see anything else; you don’t hear anything else. That is concentration. But to know that you are... Continue Reading →

Buddhist practice of nonviolence

The Buddhist practice of nonviolence is not merely submissiveness with a smile or meek thoughtfulness. The fundamental cause of violence is when one is fixated on an extreme idea, such as justice or morality. This fixation usually stems from a habit of buying into dualistic views, such as bad and good, ugly and beautiful, moral... Continue Reading →

First peace

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is... Continue Reading →

The gap

"What we call the gap refers to a fleeting moment of naked awareness, a split-second opening that introduces us to our original mind and provides a taste of freedom from confusion."Mingyur Rinpoche

The Japanese word Mu

Yes and no…this or that…one or zero. In the basis of this elementary two-term discrimination, all human knowledge is built up. The demonstration of this is the computer memory that stores all knowledge in the form of binary information. It contains ones and zeroes, that's all.Because we're unaccustomed to it, we don't usually see that... Continue Reading →

Not knowing

Wonderment is a way of being. In wonderment we are interconnected with things as they are. It brings us to peace, openness and freedom. Through “not knowing” we access humility and awe Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel

Sky is free from clouds

The absence of grasping and fixation provides something extremely firm. It is not firm in the style of grasping or fixation but it is the firmness of pure ground. It is like flying in an airplane. When we take off and we fly up, and when we rise above the clouds, we begin to realize... Continue Reading →

Bringing about happiness

Whenever the competitive mind and jealousy come up, then you need to do the work. Now, some people will think that this is very positive thinking: “We need to work with competitive companies and competitive people and we need to work harder to improve.” But my point is that our competitive and comparing mind is... Continue Reading →

Romantic illusions

Millions of people in this world are interested in some version of meditation, or yoga, or one of the many so-called spiritual activities that are now so widely marketed.A closer look at why people engage in these practices reveals an aim that has little to do with liberation from delusion, and everything do to with... Continue Reading →

Our inherent brilliance

Sometimes in our sleep or unexpected moments we get back in touch with the 'happiest' version within or as some people call 'child within' - this point of reference lies deep within, often covered with layers of anger, resentment, grudges and buried away to avoid hurt and disappointments. Sometimes buried so deep away that we... Continue Reading →

Genuine resting place

The beautiful thing about the dharma is that whatever arises is fine. The Buddha never said that some thoughts or feelings are bad and we should reject them. And there is no need to make a big deal about them or make them special either.I think the point is to be natural with our experience…and... Continue Reading →

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