Everything is our own karmic appearance

  We have sensory consciousness and then we have the mental – that’s where the workshop is, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it: all our thoughts and feelings and emotions, opinions and viewpoints; intuition, instinct, you name it.   But as Lama Yeshe says, we...

Best to think I’ll die today

  We know we’ll die one day, but we can’t stand the thought of it so we live in the fantasy that somehow we’re permanent. But best, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, to think that we’ll die today.   It’s too shocking! We think that if that happens, then why bother...

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...

The logic of enlightenment

  Buddha’s saying that we can remove utterly from our minds all delusions and develop to perfection all goodness. That’s what’s implied by the Sanskrit word “buddha”: the full enlightenment, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche would say, of buddhahood.    What’s the...

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...