Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

  The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is giving, generosity, or as Lama Zopa Rinpoche likes to call it, charity, and the first of the three levels of giving, the easiest, is giving material things.   The second, much more difficult, is the...

Being angry is not the same as finding fault

  There’s nothing wrong with finding fault. There is a war in Ukraine, the car did crash, your sister was mean to you, the light was red. They’re facts. But then we get angry. Finding fault and getting angry are completely...

A new year and a fresh start

Many cultures celebrate the coming of a new year. And for all of them it brings the promise, the optimism, of a new start. Tibetans, for example, love their New Year celebrations. They start the night before the first day of the First Month, and go on for fifteen...

How do we know whom to trust?

One of the most painful experiences is betrayal of trust. But how to ensure that someone – our colleague, our close friend, our beloved, or simply our next-door neighbour – is worthy of our trust? Or, putting it another way, how can we learn to develop the wisdom to...

The value of money and the power of generosity

Whatever skill we learn, we learn it in stages, and spiritual development is no exception. From the Buddhist perspective the developing we’re doing is the healing of our deeply instinctive fractured sense of self. The irony of this “ego” is that we feel that we’re...