See things from another point of view

  One time His Holiness was asked, “How do you apply emptiness in daily life?” He said, “See things from a different point of view.” That’s pretty tasty. Because when we’re so fixated, when attachment or anger are running the show, the mind is so narrow,...

Practice begins when we change our mind

   There’s a saying in Buddhism that if we can change something, please, change it! But the question is: what if we can’t? This is when Buddhist practice really begins. And the people whose practice I admire most are my friends in prison....

Why is happiness hard to find?

It seems pretty easy to deduce that what drives all of us, including animals and creatures, is the instinctive wish to be happy and to not suffer. It underlies every action we do, every choice we make. Nothing wrong with that! But we ought to ask ourselves why, no...
Postcard 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

Postcard 69 from Robina: Brisbane, May 20, 2016

It’s six weeks since I left Los Angeles, at 10:30pm Monday March 28, and landed in Sydney 15 hours later, at 6:30am Wednesday the 30th. It was Spring in California and Autumn in Sydney, but it felt pretty much the same, weather-wise. I went straight to my sister...