“Therefore, Ānanda, dwell as a lamp unto yourself, refuge unto yourself, seeking no other refuge; With Dhamma as your lamp, Dhamma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge.” These words clearly show how the Way of the Tathagata is to be followed as a Way that goes beyond religion.Read more
The solidity that we attribute to our existence is similar to the solidity that we attribute to dreams while we are in the dream. This article explores the empty nature of reality in experiential terms through parallels between dream state and waking stateRead more
For someone who do not notice the dreamlike nature of life, impermanence of life can be a depressing fact. But, contemplating on impermanence in this way breaks open the cocoon of wrong view. Then, we can recognize the play of awareness in its full splendor and beauty, all through this life and beyond. In Lalitavistara Sutra Buddha points to this fact.Read more
It is said that one should descend with the view from above and ascend with the conduct from below. It is equally important to maintain a view as vast and open like the sky, and to engage in conduct with precise regard for the cause and effect relations.Read more
In kasibharadvaja sutta, the Buddha explains the way of cultivating mind by using the simile of ploughing the field. Like the farmer Bharadvaja, even today, people confuse meditation to be simply idling. This sutra shows how it should be as involved and engaged as farming.Read more
Prayers in Buddhism are used as skilful means to attune the mind to the noble way and to soak oneself with the habits of noblest qualities such as discipline, altruism and equanimity. In Mahayana, prayers take a grand dimension of raising one’s aspirations to that of a Bodhisattva.Read more
Examining dharma like how a goldsmith examines goldRead more
A teaching on anger management based on Glayse Ngulchu Thogme Zangpo’s lines from the thirty-seven verses on the practice of a bodhisattva.Read more
A short teaching on how to discover the brilliant expanse of one’s own mind through the correct generosity and the correct meditation. (based on a quote from Bodhidharma)Read more
We claim to be “free thinkers”. But, are we really free in our thoughts?
If this is so, we must be thinking from clear and direct wisdom unstained by habitual presumptions, inclinations and taboos. Often, that is not the case. Whatever we hear, does it remain inside as just pieces of information we can use freely? Rather, it molds us to think in specific ways. What we hear turns into bondage – of presumptions, inclinations and taboos.