Equanimity is the basis of love and compassion

  In the series of techniques for developing love and compassion and, finally, bodhichitta, the basis, the foundation is the development of equanimity.    One type of equanimity is referring to your own steadiness as a result of working on your mind:...

Thank you for showing me how not to be!

  We have to ask ourselves why we always have to have an opinion about everything. We are compelled to do it, and it ends up making us crazy. If it’s your child, that’s a different discussion. But when it’s the world out there, we stick our nose...

Fierce compassion

Buddhist psychology is pretty straight forward in its depiction and analysis of our various states of mind: there are only three categories: positive, negative and neutral. These are technical terms, not moralistic. When we’re on the receiving end of love, compassion,...

Friends, enemies, and strangers

We could divide all beings on this planet into three categories: friends, enemies and strangers; there’s no fourth category. A friend is the object of my attachment; an enemy is the object of my aversion; and a stranger is the object of my indifference. And how do we...
Postcard 11 from Robina: Boulder, CO Sunday July 24, 2011

Postcard 11 from Robina: Boulder, CO Sunday July 24, 2011

My last morning in DC was with His Holiness, receiving the blessings of White Tara, last Saturday July 16. It seems that 10,000 people were at the Verizon Center for His Holiness’s teachings and Kalachakra initiation the previous week. And many more thousands,...