The word “buddha” tells us exactly the job to be done.

  The etymology of the word “buddha” is very delicious: budh implies the utter eradication of all delusions, all the neuroses, the painful emotions such as attachment, anger, low self-esteem and, of course, the root of them all, the primordial...

Our mind is like a mirror

  In Mahamudra Lama Yeshe talks about how the mind functions as a mirror: it reflects what’s out there. This is how it cognizes things. There is mind here – subject – and then there are objects of the mind, the things that mind cognizes – the world out...

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...

Various methods for dealing with our crazy roommates

  The essential job of being a Buddhist is to distinguish between the deluded, neurotic, unhappy thoughts in our head and the positive, virtuous, appropriate ones. That’s it! Buddha’s unique approach to the mind is that we can rid our mind utterly of the voices...

The logic of enlightenment

  Buddha’s saying that we can remove utterly from our minds all delusions and develop to perfection all goodness. That’s what’s implied by the Sanskrit word “buddha”: the full enlightenment, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche would say, of buddhahood.    What’s the...