The very first level of practice: control our body and speech

Tibetans have a saying: “When you’re with others, watch your behavior. And when you’re on your own, watch your mind.” And what’s “behavior”? What we do with our body and speech.  For sure, the mind is the source, but we can see that the parts of us that...

How do we know whom to trust?

One of the most painful experiences is betrayal of trust. But how to ensure that someone – our colleague, our close friend, our beloved, or simply our next-door neighbour – is worthy of our trust? Or, putting it another way, how can we learn to develop the wisdom to...

Giving and receiving forgiveness

To forgive others when they have harmed us is a brave thing to do. It releases anger and resentment, opens our hearts, and heals relationships. But what about asking for forgiveness when we have hurt others? What’s involved? Asking for forgiveness implies...
Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

I left off postcard 76 with this: “Tomorrow, Friday January 13, I fly to Stockholm, via London. In Sweden for two weeks, the UK for two months, then other bits of Europe till mid-July.” Actually, I missed out a place: Martigny in Switzerland. François, Violette and I...