The mind is like a mirror

So, what’s the definition of mind? Well, there are two parts of a definition and the first part tells you its conventional characteristics: it’s that which is clear, or clarity, meaning it’s not physical. Big surprise! The second part of the...

Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

When there’s no fear, there is no suffering

  Late one night on the Lower East Side in New York City, in the mid-70s before I was a Buddhist, a guy came out of nowhere, put a gun to my chest and said, “Give me your money, bitch!” I was shocked at first but it quickly turned into clarity: this guy...

We make the body the boss

  I like jazz. If I hear just one trumpet note, I’ll bliss out and, that second, I’ll say, “Wow! Divine Miles Davis!”    But for a couple of years before I was a Buddhist I was a radical feminist – and I mean seriously radical! – and I’d given...