What is real and what is not real? That is the question. Is my ego that generates anger, jealousy, and pride real? Or is it mistaken? That is the question. If it is real, we are in big trouble. Then there is no way out of pain and misery. Our suffering would be endless. But the Buddha taught different. He taught there is a way out. The way out comes from recognizing that things are not as they appear. There is a deeper reality that frees us from our ego, and thus from anger, jealousy, and pride. This deeper reality is bathed in love, unconditional love. Because of love and compassion, we free not only ourself, but all others, since we are all the same in wanting happiness and not pain.
Dismantling our false ego opens the heart to unconditional love. Our selfish reactivity lessens. Our destructive emotions lessen. There is inner peace and tranquility. All is one taste, the taste of reality as it is. […]
Occasionally we fall into a funk. We get stuck in a rut and can’t seem to get ourselves out. Has this ever happened to you? It happened to me recently. I noticed some underlying fear, […]
Another effective method to reduce anger involves imagination or visualization. Again we try to recognize anger early, when there is irritation, frustration, fast heartbeat and breathing, getting quiet or the opposite, loud. Often there is […]