It is important that we consider how to present Dharma in the West. You can’t just say, ‘‘Oh, this director invited me to come and give teachings. OK, I’ll just go.’’ This has happened many times, but I’m not sure that it’s appropriate. Therefore, I wanted to say a little about education at Nalanda Monastery.Continue reading “The Advantages of Monastic Life”
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We are delighted to offer you another taste from Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe. This chapter is drawn from Volume 1 and begins in 1969 as the lamas and their early Western students go on pilgrimage to Lawudo and begin to establish Kopan Monastery.
In order to make the action of listening to teachings the cause of everlasting happiness, complete freedom, it is necessary to make that action Dharma. Furthermore, in order to make the action of listening to teachings the cause of enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings, it’s necessary to cultivate pure motivation, the pureContinue reading “Making Life Meaningful”
I’ve been asked to say a few words on the topic of anxiety in the nuclear age. The first thing to observe is that the people who created nuclear energy are now afraid that it will destroy them. Is this realistic or not? First we create a situation; then we’re scared of it. We knowContinue reading “Switch Your Mind from Emotion to Peace”
The happiness we desire, the suffering we do not want, the happiness we try to get, the suffering we try to eliminate all come from the mind—not from somebody else’s mind but from our own. For example, how does the everyday, unwanted suffering that we try to prevent come from our own mind? It arisesContinue reading “Finding Peace in Everyday Life”
During our lifetime we accumulate a great many hallucinated experiences that cause us to experience much confusion at the time of death. Since these are interdependent phenomena, when we are old and our four elements absorb, these experiences energize internal chaos. Actually, as we age, our sense organ function declines, so in a sense ourContinue reading “The Death Process”
Each human being has a mind, and that mind has three divisions: gross, subtle and most subtle. Similarly, we have a body, and that too has three divisions: gross, subtle and most subtle. The gross consciousness comprises the five sensory consciousnesses that we use every day. The subtle consciousness can include things like intuitive egoContinue reading “The Nature of the Mind”
Whenever human problems arise, instead of getting nervous and worried, you’re better off meditating and checking up. Meditation is like a computer—whenever regular people have a problem, they turn to their computer for answers; similarly, whenever meditators have a problem, they meditate. And through meditation they get answers. The answers are there; the calm, clearContinue reading “The Best Answers Come Through Meditation”
Sometimes you might think, “I want inner freedom; I want some kind of magic, higher meditation.” If you do, you’re dreaming, not facing the reality of what you are right now. Because what you always have to deal with throughout your life, with other people, with your mind, all the time, from birth to death,Continue reading “The Shortcomings of Attachment”