We need maintenance for our mind

Our trouble is we wait till it’s too late to deal with our attachment and anger and jealousy and the rest. We wait till the wheels fall off before we even notice what’s going on in our mind. And that’s because all our focus is on the outside – the person, the event,...

Spiritual or psychological?

The usual view of “spiritual” is that it’s different from “psychological.” From the Buddhist point of view they come to the same thing. But the differences between our contemporary views of the mind and the Buddha’s are vast, and understanding them gives us the key to...
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 61 from Robina: Portland, OR, October 22, 2015

Postcard 61 from Robina: Portland, OR, October 22, 2015

From the Staffords in Santa Cruz I went to Reno, NV for the weekend of October 9–11. On my first visit there, two years ago, I drove. It’s only five hours, and I like driving. Well, maybe I used to like driving: the thought of it this time didn’t appeal to me, so I...