Understanding Karma leads directly to superior moral discipline

Why should people do good in the world? Why should they show any restraint on the pursuit of their selfish ends in this life? Why would anyone ever do...

What is your Anchor?

An anchor is a heavy object that is attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom. When the anchor is removed,...

Karma and the Very Subtle Mind

Buddhists, atheists, and most scientists agree that most of what we associate with personal identity, perceptions, memories, and so on, does not survive death. As we discussed the other...

Two meditations that reveal how your mind really works

You think; therefore you exist, right? “I think; therefor I am.” was René Descartes undoubtable Truth. René Descartes walked into a bar. The bartender asked him if he wanted a...

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...