We all need knowledge-holders

  When I first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia, in 1976, I knew I wanted a spiritual path but I didn’t know I needed a spiritual teacher: a mentor, a lama, a guru.   The fact is, whatever we learn, the...

Without enthusiasm we can’t succeed at anything!

Changing our minds, becoming better human beings, helping others – it all takes effort, there’s no doubt about that. Which means in order to move forward, to be successful, to struggle through difficult times, we need to be sustained by enthusiasm. Otherwise we’ll...

What is anger and what is it not?

A perfect question. And the perfect answer, “Anger is the response when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” Attachment just can’t stand problems. It only wants what I want, it only wants everything to be lovely. So anger’s like a panic attack. We just can’t cope....

Searching for the bit called “me”

  Given Buddha’s view that the fundamental cause of our suffering is the clinging to an independent self and that the discovery of its nonexistence will cut the suffering, one of the first steps in this discovery is the identification of what we think that self...

What is self-care?

  We talk a lot about self-care, especially if we’re in the helping industries. Someone told me that they recently got an email from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office focused on self-care, addressed obviously to people who are political activists –they’re people...