The ephemeral world

We have the capacity to be awake and to see the world as it is with a graciousness and an understanding.As the poet Mary Oliver writes, "To live in this world, you must be able to do three things: to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends... Continue Reading →

Start again, here and now!

You are bigger than your wounds. Even though we all want to be happy, often we don’t know how. You are born radiant, a child of the earth, innocent, open, and filled with wonder. As Wordsworth describes, we arrive “trailing clouds of glory.” Then as you grow, you find yourself vulnerable and, inevitably, you experience... Continue Reading →

Powerful seed of gentleness

Rather than reinforcing our "me-ness" and justifying ourselves constantly, we should base our lives on something more powerful and trustworthy. If we develop real trust in ourselves, constant self-defense is no longer required. That may sound good, but what we are going to trust in ourselves? To begin with, we need to conduct another examination.... Continue Reading →

Bardo

The Tibetan word bardo literally means “between two.” Although it is popularly taken to refer to the after-death state, its principal meaning is the nowness in every moment of time, the continually moving point between past and future. Thus bardo occurs at every moment of time, and to understand it is to understand the development... Continue Reading →

A sense of decency

Our topic is decency. Decency here is not in contrast to the indecency of, say, wearing two different-colored socks or not having your zipper done up. We are talking about decency as something more profound to be realized and understood. The first part of decency is what is called modesty, which here is the absence... Continue Reading →

Ocean of samsara

The definition of an ocean of samsara is that as long as we are dualistic, we are in samsara. Anything that is pursued through dualism can never be fulfilled. The appetite of dualism is equal to the size of all space. There is no way to fulfil your desire, greed, hatred, jealousy, pride, stinginess and... Continue Reading →

Have patience

When you try to get rid of fear or anger, what happens? You just get restless or discouraged and have to go eat something or smoke or drink or do something else. But if you wait and endure restlessness, greed, hatred, doubt, despair, and sleepiness, if you observe these conditions as they cease and end,... Continue Reading →

This restless mind

This restless mind is buddha nature. Because it is so intelligent, therefore it is restless. It is so transparent that we can’t put any patch on it to mask over the irritation—if we do, the irritation still comes through. We can’t hold the irritation back or maintain ego-style comfort anymore. In tantric literature, buddha mind... Continue Reading →

Totally fed up

"In Tibetan there's this interesting word: ye tang che. The YE part means "totally, completely" and the rest of it means "exhausted." Altogether ye tang che means totally tired out. We might say "totally fed up" It describes an experience of compete hopelessness, of completely giving up hope. This is an important point. This is... Continue Reading →

What is the most important thing?

"One of my favorite subjects of contemplation is this question: “Since death is certain, but the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?” You know you will die, but you really don’t know how long you have to wake up from the cocoon of your habitual patterns. You don’t know how... Continue Reading →

Acknowledging truth of suffering

Among the most central of all Buddhist psychological principles are the Four Noble Truths, which begin by acknowledging the inevitable suffering in human life. This truth, too, is hard to talk about in modern culture, where people are taught to avoid discomfort at any cost, where “the pursuit of happiness” has become “the right to... Continue Reading →

Learning to give

Not receiving love in life causes great suffering & pain. We all know how damaging it can be to be devoid of love & affection. As a result we become dependent on others for our emotional wellbeing and a sense of belonging. Therefore at a subconscious level we do whatever we can to be loved,... Continue Reading →

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