Understand conventional things first, then emptiness

  As far as Buddha is concerned we’re living in la-la land in relation to how things exist. And this, very simply, is why we suffer. Therefore his method for stopping suffering, achieving liberation from suffering, is to get in touch with reality.   The...

The two truths: flip sides of the same coin

One way of framing the entire Buddhist world view is in terms of how things exist: the two truths: conventional and ultimate. Finally we need to quit the primordial ignorance deep in the bones of our being that believes that everything has an intrinsic nature, exists...

The logic of enlightenment

  Buddha’s saying that we can remove utterly from our minds all delusions and develop to perfection all goodness. That’s what’s implied by the Sanskrit word “buddha”: the full enlightenment, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche would say, of buddhahood.    What’s the...