If something is true, it must be coherent theoretically

  I was brought up as a Catholic. I had faith in God. I loved God; I was in love with God. So the concept of a creator – this is what defines religion for us – is that there is this energy, this being, who doesn’t itself have a source, has always been, is...

In his approach, Buddha is more scientific than religious

  Part of the problem for many of us is that as soon as we hear the word Buddhism, we straight away go into our religious mode, don’t we? We think it’s about believing things.    We can so easily fall into the trap of a kind of intellectual laziness...

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...

Can we prove Buddhism?

In the world we’ve got “science” and “religion” — they seem to be the two main approaches. We all accept that if it’s science it can be proved. Einstein tells us about relativity, for example. But the moment we hear about reincarnation, let’s say, we know it fits in...
Postcard 41 from Robina: Melbourne, Monday, May 26, 2014

Postcard 41 from Robina: Melbourne, Monday, May 26, 2014

After Rinpoche’s teachings I flew back to Bogota and then to Santiago in Chile, where I spent 24 hours. Every year that I teach in Colombia, I fly from here to Sydney: Qantas has direct flights across the Pacific, but I’d never been out of the airport. I...