We are all in this together

The discovery that our failings are shared by many others allows us to begin to forgive ourselves. If, rather than being uniquely flawed, we simply share common human failings, then these failings aren't our fault. They simply result from the difficulty of being a human. We all act unskillfully at times. We all hurt others.... Continue Reading →

Love on Dharma path

Attachment and love are similar in that both of them draw us to the other person. But in fact, these two emotions are quite different. When we're attached, we're drawn to someone because he or she meets our needs. In addition, there are lots of strings attached to our affection that we may or may... Continue Reading →

Permanent Enlightenment

One idea that really hampers us is to believe that people get 'enlightened,' and then they’re that way forever and ever. We may have our moments, and if we get sick and have lots of things happening, we may fall back. But a person who practices consistently over years and years is more that way,... Continue Reading →

Greatest trap in our life

Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have... Continue Reading →

Let’s not relinquish our inner home

One of the greatest skills we can develop is the confidence to not relinquish our inner home when we hear the knock of anger at the door of our mind. We can learn to open the door, recognize with awareness what's happening, have compassion and balance, and not confuse the visiting mental state with who... Continue Reading →

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