The mind is like a mirror

So, what’s the definition of mind? Well, there are two parts of a definition and the first part tells you its conventional characteristics: it’s that which is clear, or clarity, meaning it’s not physical. Big surprise! The second part of the...

The two truths: flip sides of the same coin

One way of framing the entire Buddhist world view is in terms of how things exist: the two truths: conventional and ultimate. Finally we need to quit the primordial ignorance deep in the bones of our being that believes that everything has an intrinsic nature, exists...

The view of karma loosens the grip of ego-grasping

  The very first level of practice for a Buddhist is to abide by the laws of karma: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t jump on someone’s else’s partner—in other words, behave nicely. And why does Buddha exhort us to do this? Because my doing a negative action—harming...

Thank you for showing me how not to be!

  We have to ask ourselves why we always have to have an opinion about everything. We are compelled to do it, and it ends up making us crazy. If it’s your child, that’s a different discussion. But when it’s the world out there, we stick our nose...

All beings are kind to me!

  On the face of it, “All beings are kind to me” seems to have no basis in reality.    So what’s it mean? It’s one of the contemplations in a series of techniques for accomplishing bodhichitta, the paradigm shift in the mind that is the aspiration to...