Get ready for death

  Lama Atisha, in his Lamp on the Path, takes from all the extensive teachings of the Buddha on impermanence and gets us to contemplate the grosser level of how things change, in particular our own death. And coming organically and naturally from the...

Death is definite – but we can’t stand the thought of it

  Buddha’s teachings about impermanence and change are vast, but the best way to get the essence of them and use them as a wake-up call so as not to waste our life is to think about the impermanence of death – our own death.   The first thing to...

Wwe’re all dying, it’s just a question of when

In the presentation of Buddha’s teachings in the lam-rim, one of the first contemplations is on the reality of impermanenence, in particular the impermenance of oneself: I will die. The first of the three points to contemplate is that death is definite. Although it’s...

Friends, enemies, and strangers

We could divide all beings on this planet into three categories: friends, enemies and strangers; there’s no fourth category. A friend is the object of my attachment; an enemy is the object of my aversion; and a stranger is the object of my indifference. And how do we...
Postcard 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

Postcard 54 from Robina: Amsterdam, April 12, 2015

From Athens I flew to Amsterdam on Monday April 6. I stayed the night there with my old friend Australian nun Ven. Kaye Miner in her lovely light-filled Amsterdam flat. Then to Loenen, where there’s a residential center, also called Maitreya. A lovely place, a former...