The Path Isn't Always Smooth

Friday, 03 April 2015
Happiness is a state of mind. Enlightenment is also a state of mind. An enlightened mind never strays from a state of peace, a state of perpetual happiness. By definition, enlightenment in Tibetan, jangchub, means purified and perfected – purified of all the causes of suffering and perfection of all the causes of happiness.
You may be familiar with the saying, "variety is the spice of life," connoting that our life would become stale and bland without new and exciting things or events taking place. From a Buddhist perspective, we can say that the "variety" of life is actually necessitated by the principle of impermanence – aren't things always changing? Isn't variety already taken care of for us? Nothing is ever staying the…
Late one evening after teaching in the UK, Ven. Robina Courtin gave an interview via Skype to Ven. Tenzin Drolma about a quote from Lama Yeshe, "Buddhism is not at all a tactful religion, always trying to avoid giving offense. Buddhism addresses precisely what you are and what your mind is doing in the here and now. That's what makes it so interesting." Ven. Drolma: Do you think Buddhism…
"My approach is to expose your ego so that you can see it for what it is. Therefore, I try to provoke your ego. There's nothing diplomatic about this tactic. We've been diplomatic for countless lives, always trying to avoid confrontation, never meeting our problems face to face. That's not my style. I like to meet problems head on and that's what I want you to do, too." –Lama…

Cook's Corner - Happy Accidents

Saturday, 07 March 2015
Why is it that so many times things are invented “by mistake”? We see several examples of this in history: the invention of the slinky, chocolate chip cookies, Teflon, potato chips, and penicillin, to name a few. Or, rather than invented, certain insights are realized all of a sudden, as if a bolt of lightning had just struck.

Finding Balance

Saturday, 07 March 2015
One of the metaphors often used within shamatha practice to highlight the need for attentional balance, not being too tight or too loose in our focus, is the metaphor of the strings of a lute. If the strings are either too tight or too loose the instrument doesn't play well. Likewise if our focus is either too tight or too loose we can't focus well.

Getting to Know Yourself

Friday, 06 March 2015
Self-acceptance is a beautiful, gentle feeling, of unconditionally wishing oneself happiness, accepting all of one’s flaws, having an honest assessment of one’s strengths and virtues, and understanding one’s unique needs.
Do you ever think about how the food you eat actually becomes you? As you put a piece of food into your mouth, say, an apple – it begins to dissolve. The cell walls of the apple break down as your saliva begins the digestion process. And this digestion process is the means through which our bodies can assimilate nutrients. This is why sugar can make us jittery, why…

Dew Drop

Saturday, 07 February 2015
From where she sat in the mothers chair in the corner of the infant critical care unit, Tara Yeshe watched as the doctor and the nurses worked over the basinet holding her newborn daughter. 20% was the meager number they had offered. One in five chances of living out the night. And this was the critical hour. By the end of it, her daughter's organs would begin to fail,…

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