We all have delusions, at least until we become liberated or enlightened. Delusions are the attitudes and emotions that destroy our inner peace. Sometimes the aggressive ones like anger are stronger. At other times the clinging ones like desire is stronger. We all have tendencies one way or the other. Observing our thoughts, feelings, and reactions to different situations allows us to become familiar with our emotional and reaction patterns. This is quintessential as this becomes the basis for our inner work and transformation. In this way these destructive emotions like anger, jealousy, pride, and desire are gifts that offer us the potential to transform and become a Buddha, on this very day, the 4th day of Saga Dawa, the month the Buddha became enlightened.
We are now in the second half of the month the Shakyamuni Buddha became enlightened – Saga Dawa duchen. The fact that enlightenment was in fact achieved by one individual means we all can do […]
In order of difficulty starting with the easiest, we practice generosity, then no harm, patience, not giving up, and concentration. These are the practices of a Bodhisattva, one who trains in Bodhicitta, or universal compassion […]