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...

Why do bad things happen to good people?

We could just as easily ask, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” For Buddha, the answer is the same: because whatever happens to each of us is necessarily the fruit of our own past actions. This is the law of karma. The Dalai Lama likes to call it...

What is love for others? And what is love for self?

We talk a lot about loving ourselves – but what does it actually mean? In relation to others, I think we could say that genuine love is our heartfelt wish that they be happy and our delight for them when they are happy. And how we’d show it would be to do whatever we...

Giving and receiving forgiveness

To forgive others when they have harmed us is a brave thing to do. It releases anger and resentment, opens our hearts, and heals relationships. But what about asking for forgiveness when we have hurt others? What’s involved? Asking for forgiveness implies...