What is devotion?

"Devotion is resting at ease in that most natural state. With nothing to give, nothing to gain, nothing to lose, and no one to praise or blame; no need for this, no need for that; beyond hope and beyond fear — simply abide in the nature as is." MINDROLING JETSUN KHANDRO RINPOCHE

Natural expression of your true mind

Wherever you are, whatever you do, it’s essential to acknowledge your experience as something ordinary, the natural expression of your true mind. If you don’t try to stop whatever is going on in your mind, but merely observe it, eventually you’ll begin to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation, a vast sense of openness within... Continue Reading →

How to train yourself

BUDDHA SPEAKS “Bahiya, this is how you should train yourself:Whenever you see a form, simply see;whenever you hear a sound, simply hear;whenever you taste a flavor, simply taste;whenever you feel a sensation, simply feel;whenever a thought arises, let it be simply a thought.Then “you” will not exist;whenever “you” do not exist, you will not be... Continue Reading →

Tend inside

Stop continuously trying to change the outer world in a way that it always brings peace to you. You will never succeed, and you will lose so much of your precious energy. Use your precious energy to change your inner world instead, so that whatever arises in the outer world, it will not affect your... Continue Reading →

The greatest deception

Prince Siddhartha sat on a patch of kusha grass beneath a ficus religiosa tree investigating human nature. After a long time of contemplation, he came to the realization that all form, including our flesh and bones, and all our emotions and all our perceptions, are assembled — they are the product of two or more... Continue Reading →

Equanimity holds it all

"Equanimity holds it all. Peace is not about moving away from or transcending all the pain in order to travel to an easeful, spacious realm of relief: we cradle both the immense sorrow and the wondrousness of life at the same time. Being able to be fully present with both is the gift equanimity gives... Continue Reading →

Degrees of awareness

"From the earth’s point of view, the sun shines with varying degrees of brightness, but from its own point of view, it always shines with the same intensity. Likewise, from the mind’s point of view, there are various degrees or states of awareness, but from the point of view of awareness, which is the only... Continue Reading →

Great stillness within

Most of us search for peace and happiness in our thoughts, feelings, activities, relationships and our experiences of the body and the world. We hope for a time in the future when our minds and the world will settle down, so we can finally experience the peace of mind for which we long. However, this... Continue Reading →

Longing for happiness

“This perpetual longing for happiness – which can, by definition, never be fulfilled because that very search itself denies the happiness that is present in our own being now – condemns us to an endless search in the future and thus perpetuates unhappiness. It is for this reason that the poet said, “Most men lead... Continue Reading →

A good teacher

"An old man meets a young man who asks: “Do you remember me?” And the old man says no. Then the young man tells him he was his student, and the teacher asks: “What do you do, what do you do in life?” The young man answers:“Well, I became a teacher.”“Ah, how good, like me?”... Continue Reading →

At the heart of every addiction

At the heart of every addictionis the attemptto run awayfrom ourselves. To flee our sorrow, self-doubt, anxiety, shame, fear, guilt, loneliness. To be somewhere other than where we are. To be out of the Now. Meditation, true meditation, courageously dismantles the core addiction,the addiction to 'somewhere else',to 'another Now',to 'not here'. In true meditation, we... Continue Reading →

Purpose of spiritual life

You cannot find any peace by escaping human suffering.You have to find peace and harmony right in the midst of human pain. That is the purpose of spiritual life. Dainin Katagiri

Perfect conditions

"Of course we can always imagine more perfect conditions, how it should be ideally, how everyone should behave. But it is not our task to create an ideal. It's our task to see how it is, and to learn from the world as it is. For the awakening of the heart, conditions are always good... Continue Reading →

Seed of compassion

“Because I have experienced pain, I am able to embrace the pain of others. Because I have made mistakes, I am able to forgive others their mistakes. May my suffering become the seed of compassion” Haemin Sunim

Developing genuine compassion

It is essential to distinguish between two things: the person and their action. We criticize the action, not the person. The person is neutral: he or she wants to be happy and overcome suffering, and once their negative action stops, they will become a friend. The troublemaker is the afflictions and actions. Speaking out against... Continue Reading →

Stop reacting instantly

When You Are Feeling LowQuietly observe the feeling without trying to change it. It will change on its own. As if gazing at a tree in the backyard, as if sitting by a river and watching the water flow by, quietly observe your feelings as if they are external to you. If you observe your... Continue Reading →


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