In a new book by Lama Yeshe from Wisdom Publications called When the Chocolate Runs Out, I found this pithy instruction:
When the negative mind arises, instead of being afraid of it or pushing it away, you should examine it more closely.
Digesting your emotions with wisdom is really worthwhile.
So often when we become [...]
Recently, I have the good fortune to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Melbourne on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. It is a wonderful and inspiring experience, but, as usual for me, I tend to forget the contents of the teaching just as quickly.
However, a few things do [...]
Contact is the next mental factor that I will be describing, from the classic list of 51 mental factors from the Abhidharma. There are, of course, a few different versions of the listing of mental factors in Buddhism; I am following the version of Indian Buddhist master Asanga.
Contact, literally touch, describes the coming together [...]
According to the teachings of the Prasangika Madhyamika school of Buddhist philosophy, our most persistent and fundamental mistake is grasping at an inherently, independently existent essence within persons and things, when they are utterly empty of such fantasized ways of existing. It is good to get a sense of why this is problematic, right at [...]
The great Indian Buddhist master Shantideva said:
If you can remedy the suffering [or problem], then you don’t need to be unhappy. If you cannot remedy it, then there is no benefit to being unhappy.
So often I forgot to apply this teaching and ended up feeling really upset and unhappy over the suffering or [...]
Quite a number of us come to meditation because we long for a sense of inner calmness and stillness in the midst of our very busy and often chaotic life. We may instinctively sense that this inward-directing action of meditation holds the key to unlock a source of peace and well-being within us.
It is [...]
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