Without enthusiasm we can’t succeed at anything!

Changing our minds, becoming better human beings, helping others – it all takes effort, there’s no doubt about that. Which means in order to move forward, to be successful, to struggle through difficult times, we need to be sustained by enthusiasm. Otherwise we’ll...

The difference between being angry and angry thoughts coming up

  There’s a big difference between having angry thoughts and being angry. Let’s say I’m convinced that Fred is cheating on me, so I go to see you, my friend, and rant and rave about terrible is Fred is, and you kind of encourage me. The anger comes, and...

We need maintenance for our mind

Our trouble is we wait till it’s too late to deal with our attachment and anger and jealousy and the rest. We wait till the wheels fall off before we even notice what’s going on in our mind. And that’s because all our focus is on the outside – the person, the event,...

What’s the job of being a Buddhist?

  Well, the word “buddha” tells us everything. The etymology of the word is really tasty and it tells us exactly the job to be done. It’s the end result. The end result of being a Buddhist is to be a buddha – if you are a Mahayana Buddhist.   And...

Why should we forgive our enemies?

Seen from our own vantage point there are three categories of beings on this earth: friends, enemies, and strangers: those we adore, those we don’t like, and the rest – the vast majority – those we couldn’t care less about. It’s just the way we are and we never...