There are two modes of meditation

  There are two modes of meditation. The accomplishment of the first one is single-pointed concentration and the accomplishment of the second is called insight.    What the world vaguely knows as mindfulness is a version of the first mode. And it’s...

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...

If something is true, it must be coherent theoretically

  I was brought up as a Catholic. I had faith in God. I loved God; I was in love with God. So the concept of a creator – this is what defines religion for us – is that there is this energy, this being, who doesn’t itself have a source, has always been, is...

How karma works

Everywhere people talk about “karma” as a vague notion that what goes around comes around. It’s not a bad way of putting it! And lots of people say they “believe in it.” Well, if we have decided to take on board Buddha’s view of the world as our working hypothesis,...