Practice begins when we change our mind

   There’s a saying in Buddhism that if we can change something, please, change it! But the question is: what if we can’t? This is when Buddhist practice really begins. And the people whose practice I admire most are my friends in prison....

Pride and low self-esteem are flip sides of the same coin

I think we all experience low self-esteem, but if someone accuses us of being proud or arrogant, we’d find it hard to acknowledge. Actually, they’re intimately connected. With both low self-esteem and pride we hunger for praise, for affirmation from others, and suffer...

Why do bad things happen to good people?

We could just as easily ask, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” For Buddha, the answer is the same: because whatever happens to each of us is necessarily the fruit of our own past actions. This is the law of karma. The Dalai Lama likes to call it...

How to use our lives for the benefit of others and ourselves

The Dalai Lama often says, “Always aspire to do what is most beneficial”. But how to decide what is beneficial? And does that mean beneficial for me or for others? Well, it seems to me that it can mean both. For example, I’ve always been moved by people who are...