Equanimity is the basis of love and compassion

  In the series of techniques for developing love and compassion and, finally, bodhichitta, the basis, the foundation is the development of equanimity.    One type of equanimity is referring to your own steadiness as a result of working on your mind:...

See things from another point of view

  One time His Holiness was asked, “How do you apply emptiness in daily life?” He said, “See things from a different point of view.” That’s pretty tasty. Because when we’re so fixated, when attachment or anger are running the show, the mind is so narrow,...

Practice begins when we change our mind

   There’s a saying in Buddhism that if we can change something, please, change it! But the question is: what if we can’t? This is when Buddhist practice really begins. And the people whose practice I admire most are my friends in prison....

How do we know whom to trust?

One of the most painful experiences is betrayal of trust. But how to ensure that someone – our colleague, our close friend, our beloved, or simply our next-door neighbour – is worthy of our trust? Or, putting it another way, how can we learn to develop the wisdom to...
Postcard 78 from Robina, Cumbria, March 26, 2017

Postcard 78 from Robina, Cumbria, March 26, 2017

It was straight to London from Riga, February 6, for two months in the UK. From Heathrow I took a train to London. As usual, instead of flying, my usual method of getting around the world, I got myself a senior’s train pass that allowed me to go where and when I...