The Buddha taught many different teachings to suit the disposition of different disciples and guide them along the path. This is particularly true regarding the teachings on selflessness, which is emptiness. Since people of his day had strong belief in an extended self, atman, he began teaching them there is a self. Slowly he introduced them to no self, or anatman. Having introduced no self, he guided his disciples to subtler notions of no self. All these teachings are incredibly skillful to guide disciples along the path to enlightenment. Thus they are all complementary and not contradictory.
Forgiveness is the spice of life. Without it, life is bland at best. Forgiveness opens our heart and allows us to breathe fully. It brings a smile, and fills the heart with joy. Keeping hurts […]
We often forget to practice forgiveness and walk around with many hurts that slow us down. These hurts affect us, even though sometimes they are invisible. They can make us reactive and hypersensitive. They can […]
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]