We all need knowledge-holders

  When I first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia, in 1976, I knew I wanted a spiritual path but I didn’t know I needed a spiritual teacher: a mentor, a lama, a guru.   The fact is, whatever we learn, the...

What is devotion?

In ordinary life we use the word “devotion.” We’re devoted to our mother, we’re devoted to our children, we’re devoted to our partner. It’s a lovely idea. It says in the dictionary that devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person. . .” It’s a really nice...

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...