We can learn to be content

The neurotic attitude that drives us, according to Buddha, is this primordial feeling that I don’t have enough, I haven’t achieved enough, he doesn’t love me enough, I am not good enough. It’s a bottomless pit of dissatisfaction. Why are we...

Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

Don’t believe in our karmic appearances

  Let’s analyze how an object of attachment appears to us, let’s say chocolate cake. First you see the shape and the color. That’s instant. The eye consciousness perceives shape and color, that triggers instantly the mental consciousness, where the memory is...

Compassion for everyone, not just the victims

   Let’s look at compassion and what we mean by it in the ordinary world. Based on our assumptions that things happen unfairly, of evil people over there and nice people over here, monsters over there, victims over here, which this is the view we have of the...

Stop believing in our own karmic appearances!

How do things exist for us? As Lama Zopa Rinoche says, “The way the world out there appears back to us is in the aspect of what’s in our mind.” Depending on our past karmic imprints and what’s in our mind now, things appear to us a certain way.  And, of course,...