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...

Searching for the bit called “me”

  Given Buddha’s view that the fundamental cause of our suffering is the clinging to an independent self and that the discovery of its nonexistence will cut the suffering, one of the first steps in this discovery is the identification of what we think that self...
Postcard 53 from Robina: Athens, April 6, 2015

Postcard 53 from Robina: Athens, April 6, 2015

I arrived in Athens from London Monday March 30. Again, I’d been invited by Tao’s Center, on Paros, an island in the Aegian, one of the group called the Cyclades. My friend Panos picked me up and took me to our friend Angeliki’s, in Byronas. She lives in the apartment...
Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

I’m a city girl, and the bigger and louder the place, the better. Right now I’m in one of them: Moscow. I love it! There are 15 million people here. The traffic is unbelievable: they drive just like I aspire to drive: with the aggression and focus of the...