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,...

When there’s no attachment, there’s joy

  It’s impossible to be content when there is attachment. It’s just how it is. So, clearly, if that’s so, we need to understand attachment.   By definition, the Buddha’s view of attachment is discontent, dissatisfaction in its nature. Attachment is a cute...

Consciousness is not the brain

  If it’s the mind, our consciousness, that gets enlightened, we’d better know what Buddha means by it! What is the mind? Well, “mind” in Buddhism is used in a much broader way than we tend to use it in our own culture. It is used synonymously with the word...

For the Buddha, what is mind?

As it’s the mind that gets enlightened, we’d better know what Buddha means by it! Well, “mind” in Buddhism is used in a much broader way than we tend to use it in neuroscience and psychology. It is used synonymously with the word “consciousness.” If you’re a Christian...

Fierce compassion

Buddhist psychology is pretty straight forward in its depiction and analysis of our various states of mind: there are only three categories: positive, negative and neutral. These are technical terms, not moralistic. When we’re on the receiving end of love, compassion,...