The benefit of vows

  We don’t like the sound of vows: we feel as if someone is forcing us into a corner, or that vows squash us down, or that we’ll get punished when we’re naughty and break them.   But if we think about it, when we learn to do anything,...

We can learn to be content

The neurotic attitude that drives us, according to Buddha, is this primordial feeling that I don’t have enough, I haven’t achieved enough, he doesn’t love me enough, I am not good enough. It’s a bottomless pit of dissatisfaction. Why are we...

Bringing the future result into the present

  There are various levels of Buddhist practice. The most advanced, the most sophisticated level of understanding and working with and transforming the mind, is found in the Vajrayana, Tantrayana. For various technical reasons it’s said to the be quickest...

Emptiness and dependent arising go together

  Buddha says that whatever exists necessarily exists in dependence upon various factors – causes, parts, and so on – and is therefore empty of existing from its own side: the two truths: dependent arising and emptiness. One of our biggest mistakes when we hear...