Dharma does not just happen while we are sitting on our cushion. It is available all the time. Whatever situation we find ourself is an opportunity to practice the dharma. Especially powerful is transforming our negative often aggressive reaction to people who are jealous of us, belittle us, and put us down. Learning not to react, without suppressing our emotions, is healthy. Being open to seeing the suffering of the difficult person shifts our attitude towards them. With practice, seeing their suffering can lead to compassion. Our relationship becomes much easier. The negative influence has much less power over us. We can slowly transform our reaction into love and compassion. The dharma is so incredibly powerful!
We just celebrated Chötrul Düchen, the magical displays of Dharma performed by the Buddha to preserve the Buddhadharma by defeating through debate the non-believers, preventing conversion. What a wonderful way to start the new year […]
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 […]