Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

  The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is giving, generosity, or as Lama Zopa Rinpoche likes to call it, charity, and the first of the three levels of giving, the easiest, is giving material things.   The second, much more difficult, is the...

If something is true, it must be coherent theoretically

  I was brought up as a Catholic. I had faith in God. I loved God; I was in love with God. So the concept of a creator – this is what defines religion for us – is that there is this energy, this being, who doesn’t itself have a source, has always been, is...
Postcard 64 from Robina: Amman, December 3, 2015

Postcard 64 from Robina: Amman, December 3, 2015

On Monday November 23, from Vajrapani, where I’d spent a week, Fabienne the director drove me to Santa Cruz, to the Staffords: Mer and Troy and their three daughters, Maddy, Mia and Maude. They moved here from Raleigh a year ago. And then Mer drove me to San Jose from...
Postcard 23 from Robina: Sydney, Thursday, May 3, 2012

Postcard 23 from Robina: Sydney, Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sydney again, and seven months since my dramatic departure last year after accomplishing the normally impossible task of getting a visa to India in three hours. I talked about it in my postcard 16 from Dharamsala. Sydney Harbor. Photo by Pat Travels the World. I drove...