Pain is one thing, our attitude towards it is another

We know that the Buddhist approach is that we can change our attitude towards something in the outside world, but we often don’t think that when it comes to experiences of pain, let’s say. We just assume if we’ve got a headache, “Of course I’m angry, of course I’m...

Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

What is self-care?

  We talk a lot about self-care, especially if we’re in the helping industries. Someone told me that they recently got an email from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office focused on self-care, addressed obviously to people who are political activists –they’re people...

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...

The King of Logics to Prove Emptiness

  The “king of logics” to prove emptiness Paraphrasing Lama Tsongkhapa, Lama Yeshe says that dependent arising is the “king of logics” to prove emptiness.    All of Buddha’s teachings, the entire lamrim, are based upon the assumption of emptiness, and...