Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...

The benefit of vows

  We don’t like the sound of vows: we feel as if someone is forcing us into a corner, or that vows squash us down, or that we’ll get punished when we’re naughty and break them.   But if we think about it, when we learn to do anything,...

There are two modes of meditation

  There are two modes of meditation. The accomplishment of the first one is single-pointed concentration and the accomplishment of the second is called insight.    What the world vaguely knows as mindfulness is a version of the first mode. And it’s...

The two truths: flip sides of the same coin

One way of framing the entire Buddhist world view is in terms of how things exist: the two truths: conventional and ultimate. Finally we need to quit the primordial ignorance deep in the bones of our being that believes that everything has an intrinsic nature, exists...