The workshop is in the mind

  We have sensory consciousness and mental consciousness, and they cognize phenomena in very different ways. Eye consciousness, for example, is that part of our mind – effectively “consciousness” and “mind” are synonyms – that, through the medium of the eyeball...

The view of karma loosens the grip of ego-grasping

  The very first level of practice for a Buddhist is to abide by the laws of karma: don’t kill, don’t steal, don’t jump on someone’s else’s partner—in other words, behave nicely. And why does Buddha exhort us to do this? Because my doing a negative action—harming...

When there’s no attachment, there’s joy

  It’s impossible to be content when there is attachment. It’s just how it is. So, clearly, if that’s so, we need to understand attachment.   By definition, the Buddha’s view of attachment is discontent, dissatisfaction in its nature. Attachment is a cute...

Pride and low self-esteem are flip sides of the same coin

I think we all experience low self-esteem, but if someone accuses us of being proud or arrogant, we’d find it hard to acknowledge. Actually, they’re intimately connected. With both low self-esteem and pride we hunger for praise, for affirmation from others, and suffer...

Everything is interdependent

We don’t need to be great philosophers to see that everything around us functions in dependence upon everything else. If we start to think more deeply it’s evident that we can’t isolate anything; there’s nothing that doesn’t rely upon something else for its existence....