We need maintenance for our mind

Our trouble is we wait till it’s too late to deal with our attachment and anger and jealousy and the rest. We wait till the wheels fall off before we even notice what’s going on in our mind. And that’s because all our focus is on the outside – the person, the event,...

We’re not set in stone

  One scientist a few years ago said that neuroplasticity “is the greatest finding of the twentieth century.” I’m glad we’re catching up with the Buddha who’s been telling us this for quite a while!   If we could have confidence in this, it’d radically...

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...

Samsara and nirvana

Nirvana and samsara are probably the two most well-known Buddhist words on the planet. But what do they mean? The clichéd idea is that somehow we’re supposed to give up samsara, which is where we can have sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and then enter into boring old...

What is love?

The English word “love” is used to convey so many different emotions that it’s amazing that we can communicate with each other! We can love chocolate cake, our dog, our mother, our new shoes, God, or our boyfriend. So, what’s the difference? According to the Buddhist...