Practicing the Patience of Voluntarily Accepting Suffering

Since it’s impossible to fulfill our desires or to stop unwanted things from happening, we need to find a different way of dealing with the frustration and anger that...

Practicing the patience of not retaliating

Anger has many faults: Anger is a painful state of mind. Anger robs us of our reason and good sense. Anger causes us to act in ways that harm others. Anger is poisonous...

Overcoming Anger with the Practice of Patience

Whenever we don’t get our way, fail to obtain what we want, see others who have what we want, or get what we don’t want – which means nearly...

Is Honesty the best policy?

I saw a meme recently on my Facebook timeline where an interviewer asked the prospective applicant if he believes that honesty is the best policy to which he answered...

You’re so vain! The faults of pride and the practice of humility

Deluded Pride Deluded pride is an inflated view of ourselves that believes we are superior to other people. Each of us is no more important than anyone else, and believing...

Rock music about Renunciation of worldly concerns

When I first began doing Lamrim meditation as my daily practice, I followed the sequence as described by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in The New Meditation Handbook. Like other treatises...

The Real and Present state of Humanity.

I believe that the doctrine of "Original Sin" has been misinterpreted and perverted in the service of the ego. Most people who subscribe to the notion of Original sin...

Top ten ways to repay the kindness you receive

Once we recognize the kindness we receive, we will naturally feel thankful, and if we feel enough gratitude, we will develop the desire to repay that kindness. By breaking...

Crux est mundi medicina

There is an old Christian phrase: Crux est mundi medicina — the Cross is the medicine of the world. This phrase is crucial in that it points to a truth that's...

Praying with a heart of Altruism.

There is a church close to where I live, that's well known for their warfare kind of prayer. It's not uncommon to heart them pray out loud for the...

The illusion of knowledge is ruining our Spiritual Development.

While I was in church yesterday, I struggled to get into the flow of the lesson considered. However, my Spirit woke up when the teacher asked a question. The...

Did I make the Right choice?

Have you ever been asked this question by a friend or family or someone that looks up to you? Have someone ever asked you to validate a decision that...

The Story of Upali

The Story of Upali (as told by Ven. Narada in The Buddha and His teachings) On one occasion Upali the millionaire, a follower of Nigantha Nataputta, approached the Buddha and...

Is a life worth more than others?

The gospels tell us of the tale of how Herod the King ordered the death of all children below a certain age because he felt threatened by the birth...