Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...

The mind is like a mirror

So, what’s the definition of mind? Well, there are two parts of a definition and the first part tells you its conventional characteristics: it’s that which is clear, or clarity, meaning it’s not physical. Big surprise! The second part of the...

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....

What is happiness and what are its causes?

  This is the fundamental point of Buddha’s entire path to liberation. It’s literally what it’s about, except that he frames it in terms of suffering: what is suffering and how to be free of it. For Buddha, that’s another way of saying how to get happiness,...