Happiness is what we get when we give up attachment

The Buddha’s view is that actually the basis, the source, of our day to day suffering is attachment. If that’s true, then clearly we’d better know what he means by it. Otherwise, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, when you hear that Buddha says you’ve got to give it up,...

Guilt or accountability?

We all deeply crave to be seen as a good person and cannot stand it when we’re not. So when we do something like have a fight with a friend or take something that doesn’t belong to us, we immediately feel bad – we feel guilty. It’s necessary, of course, to acknowledge...
Postcard 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

Postcard 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

From Athens I flew to Amsterdam on Monday April 6. I stayed the night there with my old friend Australian nun Ven. Kaye Miner in her lovely light-filled Amsterdam flat. Then to Loenen, where there’s a residential center, also called Maitreya. A lovely place, a former...
Postcard 6 from Robina: Moscow, Sunday May 22, 2011

Postcard 6 from Robina: Moscow, Sunday May 22, 2011

Our weekend nyung-ne fasting retreat finished yesterday. As always, very intense. Just one meal on one day and no food or drink on the next, even with 100 minutes of prostrations daily, doesn’t sound like much of a hardship, but it is. I’ve avoided these...