What is devotion?

In ordinary life we use the word “devotion.” We’re devoted to our mother, we’re devoted to our children, we’re devoted to our partner. It’s a lovely idea. It says in the dictionary that devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person. . .” It’s a really nice...
Postcard 45 from Robina: New Delhi, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Postcard 45 from Robina: New Delhi, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived in Australia the first week of September and went straight to Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo, Queensland, 100 km north of Brisbane. Chenrezig Institute had 40th anniversary celebrations going on. Photo Ven. Roger Kunsang. There were events...
Postcard 38 from Robina: Portland, Monday, March 10, 2014

Postcard 38 from Robina: Portland, Monday, March 10, 2014

I visit FPMT’s Maitripa College in Portland, OR every year. Now in Portland. Monday March 10. I always spend a week here, and no different this year. Boise is an hour away so I got here Monday morning March 10. As usual, there was Carina and beaming Dechen, six...

Never give up! With joyful effort we can achieve any goal

In the Buddhist teachings they talk about developing “enthusiastic perseverance” or “joyful effort”. It’s said that without it we simply won’t succeed in our spiritual path. Well, we won’t succeed at anything without it! It’s obvious: anything we want to achieve,...