What is happiness and what are its causes?

  This is the fundamental point of Buddha’s entire path to liberation. It’s literally what it’s about, except that he frames it in terms of suffering: what is suffering and how to be free of it. For Buddha, that’s another way of saying how to get happiness,...

Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

We can mold our mind into any shape we like

  As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, we can mold our mind into any shape we like. In our modern world we know we can do that: we can mold our mind into the mind of musician, a mathematician, a carpenter: we have all the techniques at our fingertips, and we see...

How to understand emptiness by thinking about dependent arising

How do we get to realize the emptiness of the I? Am I supposed to just sit there and think, “I am empty, I am empty, I am empty,” waiting for some vision to come. Ridiculous! Actually, you don’t sit there thinking about emptiness; you sit there thinking about...