Inner light is unceasing—forever luminous and clear. Even in the darkest of circumstances, you can trust that it is always thereRead More
Meditation is somewhat designed to experience life as it is. Meditating isn’t particularly a big deal. So you shouldn’t make a big deal about what happens in your meditation. It is part of your daily existence. You wouldn’t make a big deal about having had breakfast or that you had brushed your teeth.Read More
Simply imagine that everything is just like the vast, open sky, like empty space, and let your mind blend into the space so that it becomes just as vast and open.Read More
Generosity might be strategically effective or virtuous, but that’s not important. The point is that there is no good reason to love life or each other, yet we do.Read More
Being free of fear is not a matter of never feeling it, but of not being flattened when we do. We can feel it and know it is a natural phenomenon, also an impermanent one, which will have its say and be gone.Read More
Discovering emptiness brings a lightness of heart, flexibility, and an ease that rests in all things. The more solidly we grasp our identity, the more solid our problems become.Read More
Changing ourselves involves learning how to develop those states, behaviors, and dispositions that are healthy, while allowing the unhealthy ones to atrophy from neglect… Generosity, kindness, and wisdom can save us from ourselves.Read More
Sympathetic joy is a heartfelt gratification that accompanies the awareness of another’s well-being. It’s a joy entirely devoid of expectations. Instead, it carries one of life’s greatest pleasures: celebrating the happiness of others.Read More
The force needed to empower wisdom is compassion. Both wisdom and compassion shift our sense of identity away from ourselves toward the wider human, biotic, and cosmic community to which we belong.
Fear thrives in the absence of mutual understanding and diversity, and it is a poisonous weapon. But there is an antidote: compassion. Compassion combats fear.Read More
Wisdom has to do with seeing clearly, seeing things as they are, that is, coming to terms with the way things are. “Perfect seeing” is one translation of vipassana.
Enlightenment is always grounded in our own direct experience of mind and its activities, no matter what they may be. When we trust our creative energy, we encounter a supreme kind of enjoyment—an amazement at the natural unfolding of life beyond our ordinary way of looking at things.Read More
According to the Buddhist teachings, buddhanature is present in every living being. The natural state of one’s mind, when it is not misconstrued by the power of negative thoughts, is perfection.Read More
In terms of the future being open space, there is no security in the future—or in the present, either. There’s no security, and there’s no entrapment. It is a free situation. The negative and the positive aspects coexist all the time. Death and birth are happening all the time.Read More
Our practice exposes us to the underlying reality of the universe. And that underlying reality is not just dead matter interacting at random. There is order and beauty and truth. And our universe is fully alive. We ourselves are expressions of that life, order, beauty, and truth.Read More
The two things that you are always free to do—despite your circumstances—are to be present and to be willing to love.Read More
The taste of freedom that pervades the Buddha’s teaching is the taste of spiritual freedom, which from the Buddhist perspective means freedom from suffering. In the process leading to deliverance from suffering, meditation is the means of generating the inner awakening required for liberation.Read More
When the tug of sense desire and aversion has been quieted, when restlessness and sluggishness have been balanced out, and when doubts are put aside for a time, the mind is able to attend to experience more openly and with much greater freedom.Read More
So bright in the eyes of those
clutching at the thought of death.
Shut your mouth, close your lips, and say something!Read More