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3 levels of dukkha

Compassion is an often-used word, but rarely understood. According to the Buddha, compassion is the relief of suffering. So, what is suffering? Buddha used the word ‘dukkha.’ We do not have an English equivalent, so […]

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How to cultivate compassion

Compassion can be hard to cultivate. We are so wrapped up in our own self. We can’t see beyond our own selfish needs, and think we are number one. How can we broaden our view […]

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Like an illusion

Experience of our days is up and down. This is on the outside and superficial. As we practice more, an inner experience begins to permeate our whole experience, our whole being. At first it waxes […]

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Living in the world

Living in the world, but not part of the world is the best way to serve others. A Bodhisattva strives to help all others. In order to help, we must know their thoughts, feelings, intentions, […]

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Meaningful life of joy

Living a life with joy is meaningful. Wisdom and compassion play crucial roles. Wisdom helps foster humility. Reduction in ego-centricity is part and parcel of humility. There is automatically more focus on the wellbeing of […]

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A mind committed to compassion

A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir – a constant source of energy, determination and kindness. This mind can also be likened to a seed; when cultivated, it gives rise to many […]

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The first beneficiary of compassion is oneself

The first beneficiary of compassion is always oneself. When compassion, or warm-heartedness, arises in us and our focus shifts away from our own narrow self-interest, it is as if we open an inner door. It […]

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When we are angry

When we are angry we are blind to reality. Anger may bring us a temporary burst of energy, but that energy is blind and it blocks the part of our brain that distinguishes right from […]

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Healthy self-confidence

In the last post I discussed boosting low self-confidence. It is important not to overshoot and become arrogant. Therefore, ‘healthy self-confidence’ is our goal. Healthy self-confidence is putting no one down, not myself and not […]