Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better

"My life is over. I have hit the bottom. I don’t know what to do. Please help me." And here is the advice Trungpa Rinpoche gave me. He said, “Well, it’s a lot like walking into the ocean, and a big wave comes and knocks you over. And you find yourself lying on the bottom... 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 →

Observing our heart

"Although much of the [ground]work has already been done for us [by the enlightened beings of the past and present], we still have to use our own experience to arrive at our own unshakable confidence. We have to observe our heart, over and over again, both when it's open and when it's closed. We have... Continue Reading →

Wisdom in compassion

We need to deal with difficult situations, with both wisdom as well as compassion, which is definitely a challenge. We need insight into just how to deal with someone's negative emotions, especially anger, without creating more aggression and harm.Of course, compassion itself can be very strong and fearless, but it needs a clarity to understand... Continue Reading →

Our fundamental insecurity

“The cause of all these sufferings is our fundamental insecurity. We are always wondering whether we exist or not. Our ego, or rather our attachment to the idea of self, is completely insecure about its own existence. Our ego may seem strong but it is actually quite shaky. Of course, we do not ask such... Continue Reading →

Our true nature

If we look at our habitual mind without deception or judgment, we will see beyond it to who we truly are. Beyond the "self" and what it does or doesn't want, beyond the self that is constantly fighting or tugging at the world lies our true nature and true face. This is the face of... Continue Reading →

We can’t just save ourselves

This world needs tremendous help. Everybody's in trouble. Sometimes they pretend not to be, but still, there's a lot of pain and hardship. Everybody, every minute, is tortured, suffering a lot. We shouldn't just ignore them and save ourselves alone. That would be a tremendous crime. In fact, we can't just save ourselves, because our... Continue Reading →

Light of enlightenment

Enlightenment is referred to as en-lighten-ment. It is further luminosity; it illuminates life. Up to this point, we had a very bad lighting system; but now we are getting a better lighting system, so we begin to see every curve of skin, every inch of our world, properly. We might get irritated by such sharpness... 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

Sense of self

The sense of the self is very much behind everything we do. That's why I'm always saying, you have to temper your sense of self - though you cannot get rid of it - but if you want peace in your life, you have to temper your sense of self. Do not engage the self... Continue Reading →

More sane approach to life

As uncertainty and groundlessness increase, as we lose control of external circumstances, we find ourselves with our backs to the wall. One response is to cower in the corner, hoping that chaos and suffering will just go away. But in our heart of hearts we know that will never happen. The alternative is to use... Continue Reading →

Sense of humour

We could all use more humor in our lives. Having a sense of humor doesn’t mean laughing and being cheerful all the time. It means seeing the illusory nature of things—and seeing how, in this illusory life, we are always bumping into the very things we meticulously try to avoid. Humor allows us to see... Continue Reading →

Natural intelligence within

All living beings seek happiness and the causes and conditions of happiness and wish to avoid suffering and the causes and conditions of suffering. That natural intelligence is a sign of the buddhanature and is known as the natural disposition toward enlightenment.The activation of that natural disposition into actual movement toward enlightenment starts when you... Continue Reading →

Happily ever after

Maybe we also think that some day we will have gained perfect maturity from the lessons of our lives. We expect to be wise old sages like Yoda, not realizing that maturity is just another aspect of decay.Subconsciously we are lured by the expectation that we will reach a stage where we don’t have to... Continue Reading →

Suffering of a Bodhisattva

Everybody, every minute, is tortured, suffering a lot. We shouldn't just ignore them and save ourselves alone. That would be a tremendous crime. In fact we CAN'T just save ourselves, because our neighbors are moaning and groaning all over the place. So, even if we could just save ourselves, we wouldn't have a peaceful sleep.... Continue Reading →

Sowing the right seeds

We speak of the preciousness of human existence and its potential for constructive productivity, yet few of us manage to put this into practice before we grow old. We spend decades of our lives wanting happiness, peace, and contentment — without sowing the causes for that aspiration. Why did we not plant the seeds of... Continue Reading →

Allowing ourselves to be disappointed

We expect the teachings to solve all our problems; we expect to be provided with magical means to deal with our depressions, our aggressions, our sexual hangups. But to our surprise we begin to realize that this is not going to happen.It is very disappointing to realize that we must work on ourselves and our... Continue Reading →

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