Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

Our mind is like a mirror

  In Mahamudra Lama Yeshe talks about how the mind functions as a mirror: it reflects what’s out there. This is how it cognizes things. There is mind here – subject – and then there are objects of the mind, the things that mind cognizes – the world out...

We make the body the boss

  I like jazz. If I hear just one trumpet note, I’ll bliss out and, that second, I’ll say, “Wow! Divine Miles Davis!”    But for a couple of years before I was a Buddhist I was a radical feminist – and I mean seriously radical! – and I’d given...