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...

How death and rebirth happen

  There’s a very detailed description of the death process that’s described in the Vajrayana, in terms of eight stages. It’s a gradual process of the deconstruction of the various components that make us up as a person, physical and mental....

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...

We all need knowledge-holders

  When I first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia, in 1976, I knew I wanted a spiritual path but I didn’t know I needed a spiritual teacher: a mentor, a lama, a guru.   The fact is, whatever we learn, the...

The mind is not the brain

  As far as the Buddha’s concerned, our mind, our consciousness, our capacity for cognition, is not physical, not the brain, not even a function of the brain. Nor is it the handiwork of a creator, like a soul, nor does it come from our parents. Without insulting...