Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

The difference between being angry and angry thoughts coming up

  There’s a big difference between having angry thoughts and being angry. Let’s say I’m convinced that Fred is cheating on me, so I go to see you, my friend, and rant and rave about terrible is Fred is, and you kind of encourage me. The anger comes, and...

We can mold our mind into any shape we like

  As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, we can mold our mind into any shape we like. In our modern world we know we can do that: we can mold our mind into the mind of musician, a mathematician, a carpenter: we have all the techniques at our fingertips, and we see...

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,...

Changing our mind – it sounds so simple!

  The idea that we can change our mind — mold our mind into any shape we like, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it — is really simple. Conceptually, it’s not complicated. But because it’s so utterly different from the way we think, and have been thinking, Buddha would...