All beings are kind to me!

  On the face of it, “All beings are kind to me” seems to have no basis in reality.    So what’s it mean? It’s one of the contemplations in a series of techniques for accomplishing bodhichitta, the paradigm shift in the mind that is the aspiration to...

Why do bad things happen to good people?

We could just as easily ask, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” For Buddha, the answer is the same: because whatever happens to each of us is necessarily the fruit of our own past actions. This is the law of karma. The Dalai Lama likes to call it...

Repaying the kindness of the mother

As in most Asian cultures, for the Tibetan people the idea of the mother as kind plays a central role in their way of life. As Buddhists, they have meditations for developing love and compassion for all “mother sentient beings”: given Buddha’s view that the essence of...