What do I know for certain

This one question—"What do I know for certain?"—is tremendously powerful. When you look deeply into this question, it actually destroys your world. It destroys your whole sense of self, and it's meant to. You come to see that everything you think you know about yourself, everything you think you know about the world, is based... Continue Reading →

I have a Buddha nature

Sometimes when we are alone, we have thoughts such as "Oh, I am a failure". I cannot do anything right! I am worthless, no wonder nobody loves me!This low self esteem is one of our biggest hindrances on the path to full awakening. We live with ourselves 24/7 but we don't even know who we... Continue Reading →

Eating poison

When I was introduced to the subject of mental afflictions, I thought, 'Oh no, I'm flawed. I'm ignorant. I have a lot of attachments and aversions. I'm stuck with unhappiness for the rest of my life.' But then I heard an old proverb. I don't know if it's based on fact, but it goes something... Continue Reading →

Shifting our perspective

The modern world has become infatuated with the practice of meditation. Smiling meditators grace the covers of magazines. CEOs are bringing mindfulness into the workplace. We’re even teaching children to meditate at school. Seeing all the images and hearing the stories, it would be easy to think that the point of meditation is simply to... Continue Reading →

Meditation on nonself

A friend of mine has been taking care of her ninety-three-year-old mother. The doctors say that her mother will die any day. For more than a year, my friend has been teaching her mother meditation exercises that have been very helpful. She began by watering the seeds of happiness in her mother, and now her... Continue Reading →

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