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...

Changing our mind – it sounds so simple!

  The idea that we can change our mind — mold our mind into any shape we like, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it — is really simple. Conceptually, it’s not complicated. But because it’s so utterly different from the way we think, and have been thinking, Buddha would...

We make the body the boss

  I like jazz. If I hear just one trumpet note, I’ll bliss out and, that second, I’ll say, “Wow! Divine Miles Davis!”    But for a couple of years before I was a Buddhist I was a radical feminist – and I mean seriously radical! – and I’d given...
Postcard 37 from Robina: Idaho, Sunday, March 9, 2014

Postcard 37 from Robina: Idaho, Sunday, March 9, 2014

We’ve finished our two weeks now. Maria and Paula drove me back to Miami, where they live, on Sunday night February 17 after our final teaching. I like Miami, for sure! Another of these big, vibrant, energetic cities. I stayed at Maria’s for two days, and they invited...
Postcard 10 from Robina: Washington DC, Tuesday July 12, 2011

Postcard 10 from Robina: Washington DC, Tuesday July 12, 2011

My five days at Thubten Norbu Ling in Santa Fe went like the wind, but felt like two weeks because we packed so much in (click here for Thubten Norbu Ling’s website). I arrived from New York on Thursday June 30 and left for Washington DC the morning of July 6....