Pain is one thing, our attitude towards it is another

We know that the Buddhist approach is that we can change our attitude towards something in the outside world, but we often don’t think that when it comes to experiences of pain, let’s say. We just assume if we’ve got a headache, “Of course I’m angry, of course I’m...

There are two modes of meditation

  There are two modes of meditation. The accomplishment of the first one is single-pointed concentration and the accomplishment of the second is called insight.    What the world vaguely knows as mindfulness is a version of the first mode. And it’s...

Get ready for death

  Lama Atisha, in his Lamp on the Path, takes from all the extensive teachings of the Buddha on impermanence and gets us to contemplate the grosser level of how things change, in particular our own death. And coming organically and naturally from the...

We can become our own person

  Loneliness is this feeling that we don’t have anyone to talk to, no one to share our experiences with. Even more fundamentally it’s not having anyone to validate us, support our thoughts and our feelings, love us, approve of us, to tell us we’re okay....

Searching for the bit called “me”

  Given Buddha’s view that the fundamental cause of our suffering is the clinging to an independent self and that the discovery of its nonexistence will cut the suffering, one of the first steps in this discovery is the identification of what we think that self...