The kindness of the mother

  One of the meditations in the process of achieving bodhichitta, the radical approach of caring more for others than oneself, is to contemplate the kindness of our mother. Then thinking that because we’ve had countless lives we’ve had countless mothers, so...

All beings are kind to me!

  On the face of it, “All beings are kind to me” seems to have no basis in reality.    So what’s it mean? It’s one of the contemplations in a series of techniques for accomplishing bodhichitta, the paradigm shift in the mind that is the aspiration to...

Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

The practice of generosity, or giving, or charity as Lama Zopa Rinpoche refers to it, is very interesting. Lama Tsongkhapa says in one of his lovely poetic lamrim text called Hymns of Experience that “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with which you can fulfill...

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...