We can learn to be content

The neurotic attitude that drives us, according to Buddha, is this primordial feeling that I don’t have enough, I haven’t achieved enough, he doesn’t love me enough, I am not good enough. It’s a bottomless pit of dissatisfaction. Why are we...

Why do we need to be mindful?

  It’s a lovely word, “mindful.” And it’s used a lot these days. From the Buddhist point of view, there are states of mind that are neurotic and unhappy (attachment, anger), some that are positive and productive (love, generosity), and then there’s a third lot,...

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...

The difference between being angry and angry thoughts coming up

  There’s a big difference between having angry thoughts and being angry. Let’s say I’m convinced that Fred is cheating on me, so I go to see you, my friend, and rant and rave about terrible is Fred is, and you kind of encourage me. The anger comes, and...

Various methods for dealing with our crazy roommates

  The essential job of being a Buddhist is to distinguish between the deluded, neurotic, unhappy thoughts in our head and the positive, virtuous, appropriate ones. That’s it! Buddha’s unique approach to the mind is that we can rid our mind utterly of the voices...