Everyone wants to be happy

So we need to begin by reducing our self-focus and self-important thoughts. To do so, we remind ourselves that we aren't the only ones who want to be happy - everyone wants to be happy. Though others seek happiness, they may not understand how to go about accomplishing it, whereas if we have some understanding... Continue Reading →

Don’t meet anger with anger

When someone insults us, we usually dwell on it, asking ourselves, ‘Why did he say that to me?’ and on and on. It’s as if someone shoots an arrow at us, but it falls short. Focusing on the problem is like picking up the arrow and repeatedly stabbing ourselves with it, saying, ‘He hurt me... Continue Reading →

Integrating stillness with movement

Meditation doesn‘t always mean sitting somewhere with eyes closed. That is just one way to do meditation. It means you are working with the experience of emptiness. If through this experience you develop knowledge of contemplation, your practice may really become true Contemplation - but if it does not, you just remain in that state... Continue Reading →

Meditation thief

When thoughts come while you are meditating, let them come; there's no need to regard them as your enemies. When they arise, relax in their arising. On the other hand, if they don’t arise, don't be nervously wondering whether or not they will. Just rest in their absence. If big, well-defined thoughts suddenly appear during... Continue Reading →

Going beyond samsara

Most people feel cozy enough in samsara. They do not really have the genuine aspiration to go beyond samsara; they just want samsara to be a little bit better. It is quite interesting that “samsara” became the name of a perfume. And it is like that. It seduces us into thinking that it is okay:... Continue Reading →

Happiness lies within

One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won't solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can't find peace and happiness there,... Continue Reading →

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