We can mold our mind into any shape we like

  As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, we can mold our mind into any shape we like. In our modern world we know we can do that: we can mold our mind into the mind of musician, a mathematician, a carpenter: we have all the techniques at our fingertips, and we see...

Changing our mind – it sounds so simple!

  The idea that we can change our mind — mold our mind into any shape we like, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it — is really simple. Conceptually, it’s not complicated. But because it’s so utterly different from the way we think, and have been thinking, Buddha would...

We’re not set in stone

  One scientist a few years ago said that neuroplasticity “is the greatest finding of the twentieth century.” I’m glad we’re catching up with the Buddha who’s been telling us this for quite a while!   If we could have confidence in this, it’d radically...

A new year and a fresh start

Many cultures celebrate the coming of a new year. And for all of them it brings the promise, the optimism, of a new start. Tibetans, for example, love their New Year celebrations. They start the night before the first day of the First Month, and go on for fifteen...

The value of money and the power of generosity

Whatever skill we learn, we learn it in stages, and spiritual development is no exception. From the Buddhist perspective the developing we’re doing is the healing of our deeply instinctive fractured sense of self. The irony of this “ego” is that we feel that we’re...