We get easily caught up in our self and loose site of others. When others enter the picture, we see them through the eyes of our own self-interest. We forget that everyone has a story of trials and tribulations, just like ourselves. To emerge from this suffering, we need to identify and overturn the causes of suffering. How do we do this? Based on an ignorance of not knowing who we really are, and what the world really is, we respond with delusions of attachment and anger. Acting on these delusions we create karma, which are actions along with their consequences. These bring all our suffering. To emerge from this vicious cycle, we must eliminate this ignorance from the root. Overturning ignorance into the wisdom that sees reality as it is, is our path to freedom. Never forsake it!
Recognize and transform
“Shake it up baby. Twist and shout.” Don’t let the negative attitudes and emotions stay around. Shake them up and kick them out. They are not helpful, in fact they are harmful. Harmful to us, […]
The heart of the practice
The 1st Panchen Lama, Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen, in his ‘Guru Puja’ (‘Lama Choepa’) writes, “This chronic disease of cherishing ourselves is the cause giving rise to our unsought suffering; understanding this, we seek the courage […]
Offer happiness and peace to all my mother
This awesome text on compassion written nearly 1300 years ago, called ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by the humble Samurai Spiritual Warrior Langri Thangpa.’ Verse 7 reads: “In short, may I directly and indirectly Offer […]