When there’s no fear, there is no suffering

  Late one night on the Lower East Side in New York City, in the mid-70s before I was a Buddhist, a guy came out of nowhere, put a gun to my chest and said, “Give me your money, bitch!” I was shocked at first but it quickly turned into clarity: this guy...

Simply by existing we harm countless sentient beings

We vegans and vegetarians tend to have tunnel-vision when it comes to harming or not harming sentient beings. We’re convinced that merely by not eating creatures that we’re not causing the death of sentient beings. Not true! For sure, the meat and fishing and dairy...

Samsara and nirvana

Nirvana and samsara are probably the two most well-known Buddhist words on the planet. But what do they mean? The clichéd idea is that somehow we’re supposed to give up samsara, which is where we can have sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, and then enter into boring old...
Postcard 43 from Robina: Tasmania, Monday, August 4, 2014

Postcard 43 from Robina: Tasmania, Monday, August 4, 2014

Where was I after Queensland? I’ve just spent three weeks in Perth, on the West coast, most of July, but the first week I was at Atisha Centre, two hours north of Melbourne, down south. Mid-winter here, so I had my winter woolies, namely a warm woolen shawl and...
Postcard 21 from Robina: Brisbane, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Postcard 21 from Robina: Brisbane, Sunday, April 22, 2012

I’m in Brisbane now, after my five-week editing retreat on Stradbroke Island, 25 kilometers east of here. I finished the first draft of the book I was working on, of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s, about how to help people at the time of death. It’s mainly...