The mind is like a mirror

So, what’s the definition of mind? Well, there are two parts of a definition and the first part tells you its conventional characteristics: it’s that which is clear, or clarity, meaning it’s not physical. Big surprise! The second part of the...

Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

Get ready for death

  Lama Atisha, in his Lamp on the Path, takes from all the extensive teachings of the Buddha on impermanence and gets us to contemplate the grosser level of how things change, in particular our own death. And coming organically and naturally from the...

Best to think I’ll die today

  We know we’ll die one day, but we can’t stand the thought of it so we live in the fantasy that somehow we’re permanent. But best, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, to think that we’ll die today.   It’s too shocking! We think that if that happens, then why bother...

Not only will we not find an I, we don’t need one!

  So, let’s look at some logical arguments to prove how there can’t be a separate “I.” It’s just not viable. One of the arguments is called “one or many”: If something exists, it’s either one thing or more than one. So listen.   I will make a...