Karma has got nothing to do with punishment and reward

When we hear about the law of karma we immediately assume it’s another variation of punishment and reward that we know about in our creator religions. It’s also the view deep in our bones even if we’re not religious: instinctively we feel guilty if we do something bad...

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....

The view of karma loosens the grip of ego-grasping

  The very first level of practice for a Buddhist is to abide by the laws of karma: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t jump on someone’s else’s partner—in other words, behave nicely. And why does Buddha exhort us to do this? Because my doing a negative action—harming...

What is anger and what isn’t it?

  A perfect question. And the perfect answer, which I heard from a lama, is: “Anger is the response when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” But what is it not?   Anger is not physical. Anger is part of our mind, and our mind is not physical. It...

We are the creators of our own reality

There seem to be two generally accepted ways of thinking about how or why we get born: if we have a theistic religion, we believe that God created us; if we’re materialists we believe that our parents made us. Well, Buddha’s got a different view: effectively, he says...