This month I am exploring the idea that “Food is not the only thing that feeds us.” Each of us have our own pocketful of simple truths, and this is one of mine. I remember a specific instance when I experientially felt this to be true; a moment when I understood that there are many other things in life besides food which support and sustain our natural flow of…

100 Days of Giving

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
I started my 100 Days of Giving project because I was struggling with feelings of loneliness and depression. In the book I Like Giving by Brad Formsma, a particular quote really struck me: "You can give without loving, but you can't love without giving."

What is Merit?

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Western students of Buddhism are often confused about the idea of "merit" or "virtue." In the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings, the accumulation of merit is something that is strongly emphasized.

Gettin' Our Merit On

Wednesday, 06 May 2015
Some time ago, over 2550 years in the past, Buddha Shakyamuni took birth as a prince of the Shakya clan in India. He achieved enlightenment at the age of thirty-six and entered Mahaparinirvana (that is, showed the aspect of dying) at the age of eighty-one. These three great events took place on the same day of the year, which we celebrate as the season of Vesak.

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.

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