We’re not set in stone

  One scientist a few years ago said that neuroplasticity “is the greatest finding of the twentieth century.” I’m glad we’re catching up with the Buddha who’s been telling us this for quite a while!   If we could have confidence in this, it’d radically...

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...

A new year and a fresh start

Many cultures celebrate the coming of a new year. And for all of them it brings the promise, the optimism, of a new start. Tibetans, for example, love their New Year celebrations. They start the night before the first day of the First Month, and go on for fifteen...

Is it possible to love without attachment?

First of all, we assume that love and attachment mean the same thing. But the Buddhist way of understanding our emotions is that attachment is the neurotic, needy, dissatisfied part of us that yearns for someone out there, believing that when I get him, then I’ll be...
Postcard 64 from Robina: Amman, December 3, 2015

Postcard 64 from Robina: Amman, December 3, 2015

On Monday November 23, from Vajrapani, where I’d spent a week, Fabienne the director drove me to Santa Cruz, to the Staffords: Mer and Troy and their three daughters, Maddy, Mia and Maude. They moved here from Raleigh a year ago. And then Mer drove me to San Jose from...