What’s the job of being a Buddhist?

  Well, the word “buddha” tells us everything. The etymology of the word is really tasty and it tells us exactly the job to be done. It’s the end result. The end result of being a Buddhist is to be a buddha – if you are a Mahayana Buddhist.   And...

Fierce compassion

Buddhist psychology is pretty straight forward in its depiction and analysis of our various states of mind: there are only three categories: positive, negative and neutral. These are technical terms, not moralistic. When we’re on the receiving end of love, compassion,...

Spiritual or psychological?

The usual view of “spiritual” is that it’s different from “psychological.” From the Buddhist point of view they come to the same thing. But the differences between our contemporary views of the mind and the Buddha’s are vast, and understanding them gives us the key to...