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...

We can mold our mind into any shape we like

  As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, we can mold our mind into any shape we like. In our modern world we know we can do that: we can mold our mind into the mind of musician, a mathematician, a carpenter: we have all the techniques at our fingertips, and we see...

Arrogance and low self-esteem: flip sides of the same coin

  If we’re accused of being arrogant, it’s not very comfortable, is it? “No!” we think. “I don’t have pride. I have low self-esteem.”   We all have low self-esteem. In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he heard about the extent of low self-esteem in our...

The power of vows

For the Buddha, vows play a huge role all the way from here to enlightenment. Because we have crazy ideas about religion we get nervous when we hear about a vow – we hear it as someone telling us what to do and if we don’t do it, we’ll get punished. Well, there’s no...