What is devotion?

In ordinary life we use the word “devotion.” We’re devoted to our mother, we’re devoted to our children, we’re devoted to our partner. It’s a lovely idea. It says in the dictionary that devotion is “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person. . .” It’s a really nice...

What is anger and what isn’t it?

  A perfect question. And the perfect answer, which I heard from a lama, is: “Anger is the response when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” But what is it not?   Anger is not physical. Anger is part of our mind, and our mind is not physical. It...

What is anger and what is it not?

A perfect question. And the perfect answer is: “Anger is the response when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” But what is it not? Anger is not physical. Anger is part of our mind, and our mind is not physical. It exists in dependence upon the brain, the genes, the...

Repaying the kindness of the mother

As in most Asian cultures, for the Tibetan people the idea of the mother as kind plays a central role in their way of life. As Buddhists, they have meditations for developing love and compassion for all “mother sentient beings”: given Buddha’s view that the essence of...