Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

Compassion for everyone, not just the victims

   Let’s look at compassion and what we mean by it in the ordinary world. Based on our assumptions that things happen unfairly, of evil people over there and nice people over here, monsters over there, victims over here, which this is the view we have of the...

Death is definite – but we can’t stand the thought of it

  Buddha’s teachings about impermanence and change are vast, but the best way to get the essence of them and use them as a wake-up call so as not to waste our life is to think about the impermanence of death – our own death.   The first thing to...

Why do we need a teacher?

Why do we need a spiritual teacher and what is one? The Sanskrit word is “guru” and I believe it implies someone “heavy with qualities” – who doesn’t need someone like that! The Tibetan equivalent is “lama.” They’re “knowledge-holders”: rigzin. We so often mystify all...