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,...

The word “buddha” tells us exactly the job to be done.

  The etymology of the word “buddha” is very delicious: budh implies the utter eradication of all delusions, all the neuroses, the painful emotions such as attachment, anger, low self-esteem and, of course, the root of them all, the primordial...
Postcard 8 from Robina: Raleigh, NC, Friday June 10, 2011

Postcard 8 from Robina: Raleigh, NC, Friday June 10, 2011

I’ve just spent five days in Denmark, my first visit ever. The people at the Copenhagen center, Tong-nyi Nying-je Ling, are sweethearts. They have their place right in the center of town: Rinpoche said it needs to be there, the director Rasmus said. And it was...
Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

Postcard 5 from Robina: Moscow, Thursday May 19, 2011

I’m a city girl, and the bigger and louder the place, the better. Right now I’m in one of them: Moscow. I love it! There are 15 million people here. The traffic is unbelievable: they drive just like I aspire to drive: with the aggression and focus of the...