Whenever some problem arises (and when do they not!), remember to practice ‘tonlen’ – taking and giving. Think about other people and animals experiencing some similar problems. Silently take away their suffering, and give them back whatever they need. Maybe it is excellent medical care, or maybe it is money, or whatever they need imagine giving it to them. It this way you are using your own problems as inspiration to practice compassion. It shifts our attention from “me, me, me” to “others’ welfare.” This is a powerful way to live. This is a powerful way to cultivate Bodhicitta. This is a powerful way to cultivate enlightenment for ourself and for others.
The blocks to unconditional love
It comes down to unconditional love. The blocks to unconditional love, or Bodhicitta, are our destructive emotions like anger, jealously, pride, and selfishness. These are all rooted in a delusion that we and things exist […]
The more we practice, the softer we become
The more we practice, like kneading dough, the softer we become. We are working out the impurities and roughness. This softness is forgiveness. This softness is kindness. This softness is love, towards ourself and others. […]
Completed a 2-day meditation retreat in Tokyo
Three days ago, we completed a 2-day meditation retreat in Tokyo, meditating on compassion, wisdom, non-distraction, awareness, and walking. The subtle lasting bliss that slowly develops with regular practice is nourishing, feeling that everything is […]