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 inevitably accompanies what we judge...

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 to our relationships. Angry people die...

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 all of the time –...

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 we are is a source...

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 on Lamrim, his work is...

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 was so pleased with the...

The Monkey’s Heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oisUMubLzUo The Monkey's Heart Once upon a time, while Brahmadatta was king of Benares, the Bodhisatta came to life at the foot of the Himalayas as a monkey. He grew strong and sturdy, big of frame,...

Crossing the Wilderness

Crossing the Wilderness While the Buddha was staying at Jetavana Monastery near Savatthi, the wealthy banker, Anathapindika, went one day to pay his respects. His servants carried masses of flowers, perfume, butter, oil, honey, molasses,...

I am awake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKpE3wmrpRA I Am Awake When the Buddha started to wander around India shortly after his enlightenment, he encountered several men who recognized him to be a very extraordinary being. They asked him, "Are you a god?" "No," he...

The Brave Little Parrot

What matters more, the results of your actions or the spirit with which you perform them? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPnY9_l8AEw The Brave Little Parrot -- A Jataka Tale Once, long ago, the Buddha was born as a little parrot. One...