Purification is a psychological process

  There’s no karma we can’t change. Our mind is not set in stone. As Lama Yeshe says, we create negativity with our mind so we purify it by creating positivity with our mind.  If you’ve eaten poison, because you know the meaning of poison and its...

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...

What is anger and what is anger not?

From the Buddhist perspective, attachment is a neurotic neediness to get what I want every second, and the moment it’s thwarted anger is what arises. Because attachment is a fantasy it’s not sustainable, the bubble has to burst, and it has nowhere to go but to...

Pride and low self-esteem are flip sides of the same coin

I think we all experience low self-esteem, but if someone accuses us of being proud or arrogant, we’d find it hard to acknowledge. Actually, they’re intimately connected. With both low self-esteem and pride we hunger for praise, for affirmation from others, and suffer...