Regret is not guilt

There are four steps in the psychological process of purifying negative karma. As Lama Yeshe says, “What purification is is the power of your regret, the power of reliance, the power of the remedy, the power of the resolve.” It’s the intensity of your own mind...

We’re the boss!

  According to Buddha we’re not the handiwork of anyone else, either a creator or our parents (sure, they give us a body, how kind; but they don’t give us our mind). Instead, we’re the product of our own past. This is the general meaning of the law of karma, the...

The radical practice of exchanging ourselves for others.

In the first stages of practice, our main problem is attachment. But in the more advanced stages, in the practices for developing love, compassion and, finally, bodhichitta, the main delusion is known as self-cherishing. We’d call it selfishness: putting ourselves...

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...