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 →

The great heart of compassion

As children, many of us were taught courage in the form of the warrior or the explorer, bravely facing danger. In the Buddhist understanding, however, the greater courage is not demonstrated by aggression or ambition. The courageous heart is the one that is unafraid to open to the world, to care no matter what. Facing... Continue Reading →

Finding Joy

"Perhaps Rumi said it best: 'Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.' We all need to find that field beyond guilt and responsibility, beyond sin and redemption, where there’s rest for the busy mind, always arguing, elaborating, affirming, condemning, criticizing; rest for the anguished heart, seeking... Continue Reading →

Developing basic sanity

We have discussed two possible approaches to spirituality: spiritual materialism and transcending spiritual materialism. Padmasambhava's was is that of transcending spiritual materialism, of developing basic sanity. Developing basic sanity is a process of working on ourselves in which the path itself rather than the attainment of a goal becomes the working basis. The path itself... Continue Reading →

Fear & Fearlessness

The ideal of warriorship is that the warrior should be sad and tender, and because of that, the warrior can be very brave as well. Without that heartfelt sadness, bravery is brittle, like a china cup. If you drop it, it will break or chip. But the bravery of the warrior is like a lacquer... Continue Reading →

Listening Deeply

If you look deeply into the person you love, you'll be able to understand her suffering, her difficulties, and also her deepest aspirations. And out of that understanding, real love will be possible. When someone is able to understand us, we feel very happy. If we can offer understanding to someone, that is true love.... Continue Reading →

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