Feeling others suffering

The more open our heart is, the more we feel others suffering as our own. But that doesn’t mean we feel depressed and despondent. The suffering of others doesn’t weigh us down because we are buoyed by the warmth of our tenderness toward them. For someone who is guided by bodhichitta, the wish to benefit... Continue Reading →

Practice letting go daily

Letting go of small things is important in order to learn how to let go of large things. We can practice letting go daily. In conversations with someone who has a different point of view, we can let go of our point of view. Or perhaps we might be attached to wanting to be good... Continue Reading →

A homeless prince

Grasping to a non-existent self, we misread our world and lose the true treasure of our mind. Because of our belief in a self that must be preserved at all costs, ego controls our every mental, emotional, verbal, and physical act. Although our wisdom mind is completely radiant at all times, we become like a... Continue Reading →

When your heart is stretched

Whenever the heart is stretched painfully we know we are growing in the right direction. This is because the essence of bodhicitta is to uproot our holding on to the self - trying to cherish and protect it. When this challenging stretch happens we then have room to replace this self-importance with love for all... Continue Reading →

Nurturing our heart

Buddhahood comes from bodhisattvas because a Buddha has to become a bodhisattva first. Where does the bodhisattva come from? The bodhisattva comes from bodhicitta. And where does bodhicitta come from? Bodhicitta comes from compassion. So, the root of all of this, when you trace it, is compassion...and compassion comes from nurturing our warm and tender... Continue Reading →

Where do Buddhas come from?

The sutras ask, where do the Buddhas come from? And the answer in the sutras is, they come from ego. What does this mean? This means that realization comes from our ability to expand our sense of self-care and longing for happiness to include others. This is the business of a bodhisattva- Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

Courage is openness

Someone asked me recently if I am afraid to die. Truthfully, I am more afraid of not living my life fully — of living a life dedicated to cherishing and protecting myself. This fear-driven approach to life is like covering your couch in plastic so it won’t get worn. It robs you of the ability... Continue Reading →

Not bound

The notion of enlightenment means, “not bound”. Not bound to what? Not bound to one’s own mind in ordinary ways; not bound in confusion to all the suffering that one’s mind has produced and is experiencing. So the notion of enlightenment is not something outside of one’s own mind.We cannot imagine achieving enlightenment, let alone... Continue Reading →

Conviction in bodhicitta

In the practice of bodhicitta, there are no enemies, only loved ones.It’s the responsibility of the practitioner to specifically include every individual person in their bodhicitta practice, even if at the same time they oppose their actions. The reason people like Gandhi don’t succumb to their emotions is because of the principles they have deeply... Continue Reading →

Imagine craving nothing!

"Imagine craving absolutely nothing from the world. Imagine cutting the invisible strings that so painfully bind us: what would that be like? Imagine the freedoms that come from the ability to enjoy things without having to acquire them, own them, possess them. Try to envision a relationship based on acceptance and genuine care rather than... Continue Reading →

What is emptiness?

Realizing interdependence leads us to the naked understanding of reality beyond the extremes of existence and nonexistence—reality empty of all conceptual contrivances. A disciple of the Buddha once asked him, “What is emptiness?” The Buddha then entered the nonverbal state of meditation. Manjushri explained that this was the Buddha’s expression free of all contrivances, a... Continue Reading →

The notion of enlightenment

The notion of enlightenment means "not bound". Not bound to what? Not bound to one's own mind in ordinary ways; not bound in confusion to all the suffering that one’s mind has produced and is experiencing. So the notion of enlightenment is not something outside of one's own mind. We cannot imagine achieving enlightenment, let... Continue Reading →

The bodhisattva’s path

Reducing the overwhelming presence of me and mine is the bodhisattva’s path. It decreases all the confusion, ignorance, and habitual patterns that come from self- indulgence. We extend care to others, generate feelings of love, and wish for all others to obtain the causes and conditions of happiness. So strive to generate feelings of love.... Continue Reading →

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