Don’t believe in our karmic appearances

  Let’s analyze how an object of attachment appears to us, let’s say chocolate cake. First you see the shape and the color. That’s instant. The eye consciousness perceives shape and color, that triggers instantly the mental consciousness, where the memory is...

Patience is not passive aggression!

  I don’t think we like the idea of patience. We think it’s like gritting our teeth and waiting for the awful thing to go away. For us it’s more like passive aggression!    So, what is it actually? T0 begin to understand it we need to be familiar with...

In his approach, Buddha is more scientific than religious

  Part of the problem for many of us is that as soon as we hear the word Buddhism, we straight away go into our religious mode, don’t we? We think it’s about believing things.    We can so easily fall into the trap of a kind of intellectual laziness...

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...

The radical practice of exchanging ourselves for others.

In the first stages of practice, our main problem is attachment. But in the more advanced stages, in the practices for developing love, compassion and, finally, bodhichitta, the main delusion is known as self-cherishing. We’d call it selfishness: putting ourselves...