We can learn to be content

The neurotic attitude that drives us, according to Buddha, is this primordial feeling that I don’t have enough, I haven’t achieved enough, he doesn’t love me enough, I am not good enough. It’s a bottomless pit of dissatisfaction. Why are we...

How death and rebirth happen

  There’s a very detailed description of the death process that’s described in the Vajrayana, in terms of eight stages. It’s a gradual process of the deconstruction of the various components that make us up as a person, physical and mental....

Happiness is what we get when we give up attachment

The Buddha’s view is that actually the basis, the source, of our day to day suffering is attachment. If that’s true, then clearly we’d better know what he means by it. Otherwise, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, when you hear that Buddha says you’ve got to give it up,...
Postcard 75 from Robina, Kathmandu, November 20, 2016

Postcard 75 from Robina, Kathmandu, November 20, 2016

Wednesday, November 16: we’re back in Kathmandu, having just finished my twelfth three-week pilgrimage to Nepal and India, which raises funds for Liberation Prison Project. Well, actually, the first was in 2001, so it’s the sixteenth, but it’s my twelfth. And I’m not...
Postcard 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

Postcard 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

It’s six weeks since I left Los Angeles, at 10:30pm Monday March 28, and landed in Sydney 15 hours later, at 6:30am Wednesday the 30th. It was Spring in California and Autumn in Sydney, but it felt pretty much the same, weather-wise. I went straight to my sister...