Stop wandering

Sitting at the foot of the bodhi tree on the night when he realized the truth, the Buddha discovered something which is very surprising to him and to us. He saw that the good, the beautiful and the true are to be found in everyone. But very few people know that. People think that the... Continue Reading →

Recognising weaknesses

...It also advises us to be positive with ourselves. Instead of getting frustrated with our faults we should appreciate the fact that we have recognized them. If we find a particular weakness, instead of thinking, “Oh my goodness, how terrible I have this weakness,” we should think, “How wonderful I have recognized my weakness.” We... Continue Reading →

Letting Be

The method that the Buddha discovered is meditation. He discovered that struggling to find answers did not work. It was only when there were gaps in his struggle that insights came to him. He began to realize that there was a sane, awake quality within him that manifested itself only in the absence of struggle.... Continue Reading →

Taking refuge in sangha

We say, “I take refuge in sangha,” but sangha is made of individual practitioners. So you have to take care of yourself. Otherwise you don’t have much to contribute to the community because you do not have enough calm, peace, solidity, and freedom in your heart. That is why in order to build a community,... Continue Reading →

Drop the judgement

By and large, human beings tend to prefer to fit in to society by following accepted rules of etiquette and being gentle, polite, and respectful. The irony is that this is also how most people imagine a spiritual person should behave. When a so-called dharma practitioner is seen to behave badly, we shake our heads... Continue Reading →

Enlightenment – right now

We’re always in some kind of mood. It might be sadness, it might be anger, it might be not much of anything, just a kind of blur. It might be humor or contentment - In any case, whatever it is, that’s the path. When something hurts in life, we don’t usually think of it as... Continue Reading →

Bodhicitta – Awakened Heart

Bodhicitta is particularly available to us when we feel good heart; when we feel gratitude, appreciation or love in any form whatsoever. In any moment of tenderness or happiness, bodhicitta is always here. If we begin to acknowledge these moments and cherish them, if we begin to realize how precious they are, then no matter... Continue Reading →

Ultimate relaxation

A critical attitude towards oneself doesn’t mean that you have to be hateful of yourself. The critical attitude can be accompanied by compassion and warmth. All your polarities are equally valid, whether weakness or strength. There’s no point in splitting your basic being into several parts and trying to suppress certain parts and cultivate others.... Continue Reading →

Our practice is to be present

Buddhism’s Dzogchen teachings focus on the idea that every person, every one of us, has buddha nature, so we are all equally good in our intrinsic nature. Through becoming familiar with our buddha-nature, we ordinary human beings (even flawed ones) can relax. We can accept the whole situation of our wisdom and confusion as workable.... Continue Reading →

Become a hero

"We often think of heroism as something that occurs in moments of grave crisis... But in Buddhism, warriorship also points to the sense of not giving up on goodness and kindness. This warriorship is a matter of showing up again and again to life. This is the sense of the courage required to be on... Continue Reading →

Become your own psychologist

“To become your own psychologist,” says Lama Yeshe, “you don’t have to learn some big philosophy. All you have to do is examine your own mind every day. You already examine material things every day—every morning you check out the food in your refrigerator. Why not check out the state of your own mind? Investigating... Continue Reading →

Fighting evil

“Are the great spiritual teachings really advocating that we fight evil because we are on the side of light, the side of peace? Are they telling us to fight against that other 'undesirable' side, the bad and the black. That is a big question. If there is wisdom in the sacred teachings, there should not... Continue Reading →

Something basically good about our existence

“If we are willing to take an unbiased look, we will find that, in spite of all our problems and confusion, all our emotional and psychological ups and downs, there is something basically good about our existence as human beings Discovering real goodness comes from appreciating very simple experiences. We are not talking about how... Continue Reading →

Accommodating neuroses of others

Humility is the vessel that accommodates the neuroses of others. Then, having been accommodated, their neuroses are transformed. So it is very important for us to realize that humility, gentleness, and genuineness are absolutely necessary if we are interested in working with others. And if we are not, then we are not actually practising dharma,... Continue Reading →

The bodhisattva’s path

Reducing the overwhelming presence of me and mine is the bodhisattva’s path. It decreases all the confusion, ignorance, and habitual patterns that come from self- indulgence. We extend care to others, generate feelings of love, and wish for all others to obtain the causes and conditions of happiness. So strive to generate feelings of love.... Continue Reading →

Nature of suffering

I like to question the nature of suffering because we tend to just shut down and say, “I’m suffering” without really examining it. Suffering seems to be a combination of many dynamic factors…it’s quite raw and vibrant if we don’t shut down. But it is hard to relax and experience the fullness of it. To... Continue Reading →

We’re in this together

When you touch your sorrow or fear, your anger or jealousy, you are touching everybody’s jealousy, you are knowing everybody’s fear or sorrow. You wake up in the middle of the night with an anxiety attack and when you can fully experience the taste and smell of it, you are sharing the anxiety and fear... Continue Reading →

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