We need to understand the absence of the fantasy self

  Buddha talks about how things exist in two ways – well, many ways, actually. But this particular way of presenting it, he calls the two truths: conventional truth, the way things exist conventionally; and the way things exist finally, or ultimately. Initially...

We exist in dependence upon causes and conditions

    Everything exists in dependence upon other things. It’s just the way things are. If we understand it properly, we’ll understand the ultimate way that things exist: their lack of independence.   The first way in which things exist is in dependence...

When there’s no fear, there is no suffering

  Late one night on the Lower East Side in New York City, in the mid-70s before I was a Buddhist, a guy came out of nowhere, put a gun to my chest and said, “Give me your money, bitch!” I was shocked at first but it quickly turned into clarity: this guy...