Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

What is happiness and what are its causes?

  This is the fundamental point of Buddha’s entire path to liberation. It’s literally what it’s about, except that he frames it in terms of suffering: what is suffering and how to be free of it. For Buddha, that’s another way of saying how to get happiness,...

The kindness of the mother

  One of the meditations in the process of achieving bodhichitta, the radical approach of caring more for others than oneself, is to contemplate the kindness of our mother. Then thinking that because we’ve had countless lives we’ve had countless mothers, so...

Is it possible to love without attachment?

  According to the Buddhist model of the mind, we divide its contents into three categories; there’s no fourth. There are the so-called positive states, such as love, compassion, forgiveness; the negative ones, such as attachment, anger, depression; and the...

All beings are kind to me!

  On the face of it, “All beings are kind to me” seems to have no basis in reality.    So what’s it mean? It’s one of the contemplations in a series of techniques for accomplishing bodhichitta, the paradigm shift in the mind that is the aspiration to...