We need to learn to greet problems

  I think we all have a misunderstanding of patience. We actually think it means passive aggression, kind of gritting your teeth and waiting for that horrible thing to go away. That is not patience; that literally is aversion or anger, but suppressed. “Passive...

Emptiness and dependent arising go together

  Buddha says that whatever exists necessarily exists in dependence upon various factors – causes, parts, and so on – and is therefore empty of existing from its own side: the two truths: dependent arising and emptiness. One of our biggest mistakes when we hear...

Don’t think of receiving, think of giving

  The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is giving, generosity, or as Lama Zopa Rinpoche likes to call it, charity, and the first of the three levels of giving, the easiest, is giving material things.   The second, much more difficult, is the...

Attachment is a lie

At its root, attachment is a lie. That sounds so abstract. At the emotional level it’s experienced as dissatisfaction, emotional hunger, neediness, expectations, controlling to get what it wants, manipulating, grasping; all of those are attachment. This is the daily...

We need to understand the absence of the fantasy self

  Buddha talks about how things exist in two ways – well, many ways, actually. But this particular way of presenting it, he calls the two truths: conventional truth, the way things exist conventionally; and the way things exist finally, or ultimately. Initially...