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 devotion?

In ordinary life we use the word “devotion.” We’re devoted to our mother, we’re devoted to our children, we’re devoted to our partner. It’s a lovely idea. It says in the dictionary that devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person. . .” It’s a really nice...

If something is true, it must be coherent theoretically

  I was brought up as a Catholic. I had faith in God. I loved God; I was in love with God. So the concept of a creator – this is what defines religion for us – is that there is this energy, this being, who doesn’t itself have a source, has always been, is...

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...