“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” This popular saying about courage and strength is very true. From a dharma perspective it means to take whatever comes our way into the path. When times are easy, we do not let our guard down. We remain vigilant on the lookout for harmful emotions to turn into positive beneficial ones. When times are challenging, we meet the challenges with dharma. Becoming overwhelmed by difficulties is not helpful. It is no helpful to ourself, and not helpful for others. We remain steadfast and courageous with gratitude to be alive and to be able to take the next breath. Adopting a wide perspective recognizing that obstacles are clearing out negative karma from the past, we actually feel some relief. So we rejoice and feel grateful for purifying some of our negativity.
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 […]
Compassion is often misunderstood. Partly because we do not have a good word in English that gives the full meaning of ‘nyingje’ or ‘karuṇā’. Not only is this general compassion, it includes enlightened wisdom. There […]
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 […]