Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

The very first level of practice: control our body and speech

Tibetans have a saying: “When you’re with others, watch your behavior. And when you’re on your own, watch your mind.” And what’s “behavior”? What we do with our body and speech.  For sure, the mind is the source, but we can see that the parts of us that...

Guilt or accountability?

We all deeply crave to be seen as a good person and cannot stand it when we’re not. So when we do something like have a fight with a friend or take something that doesn’t belong to us, we immediately feel bad – we feel guilty. It’s necessary, of course, to acknowledge...