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...

A new year and a fresh start

Many cultures celebrate the coming of a new year. And for all of them it brings the promise, the optimism, of a new start. Tibetans, for example, love their New Year celebrations. They start the night before the first day of the First Month, and go on for fifteen...

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,...
Postcard 34 from Robina: New York, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Postcard 34 from Robina: New York, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Riverside Drive from my room on the fifth floor at the Buddhist Church in New York City. Here I am in New York, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, and it’s mid-morning. I’m into the second of my two weeks here for Shantideva Center, and they found me a nice room...