Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

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...

Consciousness is not the brain

  If it’s the mind, our consciousness, that gets enlightened, we’d better know what Buddha means by it! What is the mind? Well, “mind” in Buddhism is used in a much broader way than we tend to use it in our own culture. It is used synonymously with the word...

We’re the boss!

  According to Buddha we’re not the handiwork of anyone else, either a creator or our parents (sure, they give us a body, how kind; but they don’t give us our mind). Instead, we’re the product of our own past. This is the general meaning of the law of karma, the...