Experiencing your own basic goodness

We must decide to look at ourselves and experience ourselves honestly. We need to find ourselves, face ourselves, and beyond that, give up our privacy, our inhibition. There may be a semantic problem here with my use of the word privacy in the English language. The point is that when you give up privacy, that... Continue Reading →

A spark of warmth in ourselves

We may also want to combine aspiration and prayer and make aspirations and prayers for others welfare. This practice is particularly useful when we encounter something painful that we wish we could change but the situation seems so overwhelming we don’t even know where to begin. For example, the other day I was driving from... Continue Reading →

Why it was ever such a big deal

Having spent some “quality time” with whatever it is we have been trying to avoid, we may soon recognize that “it” is not actually a thing at all! We make it a thing. It’s like having some mouldy food at the back of the refrigerator that we don’t want to deal with, so we keep... Continue Reading →

Taking refuge

In our pursuit of genuine wellbeing, if we are lucky, we will run into a quiet but potent irony: genuine happiness demands that we allow ourselves to feel “profound disappointment” in life. What I mean is that life doesn’t necessarily lend itself to our preferences. We are not in total command. Of course, the Buddha... Continue Reading →

There is no resolution

When we examine this process we learn something very interesting: there is no resolution. The resolution that human beings seek comes from a tremendous misunderstanding. We think we can resolve everything! When we human beings feel powerful energy, we tend to be extremely uncomfortable until things are resolved in some kind of secure and comforting... Continue Reading →

The truth of impermanence

In life there are moments that we think that we should give up and look for something different, there are moments that we feel that I am the victim, I am loser, I am lonely, all kind of this thoughts arises and that's the perfect moment to reflect the Buddha’s teaching. And to realise the... Continue Reading →

Foundation for a path with heart

People talk about sudden enlightenment, a sudden glimpse, satori, and all kinds of other spiritual attainments. But those things require the conditions for you to pull yourself together. You need to be in the right frame of mind to experience such a thing. So-called sudden enlightenment needs enough preparation for it to be sudden. Otherwise,... Continue Reading →

Belonging to ourselves

“Once we belong thoroughly to ourselves and believe thoroughly in ourselves, true belonging is ours. Belonging to ourselves means being called to stand alone. To brave the wilderness of uncertainty, vulnerability and criticism. And with the world feeling like a political and ideological combat zone, this is remarkably tough. We seem to have forgotten that... Continue Reading →

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