Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...

What is happiness and what are its causes?

  This is the fundamental point of Buddha’s entire path to liberation. It’s literally what it’s about, except that he frames it in terms of suffering: what is suffering and how to be free of it. For Buddha, that’s another way of saying how to get happiness,...

The mind is not the brain

  As far as the Buddha’s concerned, our mind, our consciousness, our capacity for cognition, is not physical, not the brain, not even a function of the brain. Nor is it the handiwork of a creator, like a soul, nor does it come from our parents. Without insulting...

Equanimity is the basis of love and compassion

  In the series of techniques for developing love and compassion and, finally, bodhichitta, the basis, the foundation is the development of equanimity.    One type of equanimity is referring to your own steadiness as a result of working on your mind:...