Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

Searching for the bit called “me”

  Given Buddha’s view that the fundamental cause of our suffering is the clinging to an independent self and that the discovery of its nonexistence will cut the suffering, one of the first steps in this discovery is the identification of what we think that self...

We need to understand the absence of the fantasy self

  Buddha talks about how things exist in two ways – well, many ways, actually. But this particular way of presenting it, he calls the two truths: conventional truth, the way things exist conventionally; and the way things exist finally, or ultimately. Initially...

The king of logics to prove emptiness

  Paraphrasing Lama Tsongkhapa, Lama Yeshe says that dependent arising is the “king of logics” to prove emptiness.   All of Buddha’s teachings, right from the beginning, are based upon the assumption of emptiness, and are leading us to emptiness. Emptiness...

In his approach, Buddha is more scientific than religious

  Part of the problem for many of us is that as soon as we hear the word Buddhism, we straight away go into our religious mode, don’t we? We think it’s about believing things.    We can so easily fall into the trap of a kind of intellectual laziness...