Buddhism Is About Absolute Victory

Imagine yourself dreaming a dream very vividly and chanting hard for it every day – quite diligently, doing home visits and even reading the gosho day after day – only to realise that the outcome that you had in mind was completely different from what eventually happened. Imagine that you had been chanting hard to…

Buddhist Cheat Sheet Part 4

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  VII. The Eight Vicissitudes According to the Buddha, we will experience these vicissitudes throughout our lives no matter our intentions or actions :– Pleasure and Pain – Gain and Loss – Praise and Blame – Fame and Disrepute…

Buddhist Cheat Sheet Part 3

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  V. The Six Sense Doors and Three Feeling Tones Everything we experience comes through these portals. – Eye (Seeing)– Ear (Hearing)– Nose (Smelling)– Tongue (Tasting)– Body (Touching)– Mind Experience is felt as one of the three tones –…

Buddhist Cheat Sheet Part 2

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  III. The Seven Points of Posture Attend to each in turn when you first take your meditation seat. If you become uncomfortable while sitting, you may go through these points again :– Legs– Shoulders – Back– Eyes– Hands–…

Buddhist Cheat Sheet Part 1

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.  I. The Noble Eightfold Path The Buddha taught that to attain liberation one must practice wholesome :– View– Intention – Speech – Action – Livelihood– Effort– Mindfulness– Concentration II. The Four Noble Truths This was the Buddha’s first…

Daily Dose for the Mind

The world comes to exist because we are aware of it. We cannot live in a reality of which we are unaware. The world depends on our minds in order to exist, just as our minds depend on the world as the subject of our awareness. Put differently, our mind’s awareness can be said to…

Rules To Live By

I hear this or some version of “things move too fast” every day. It’s no wonder. Just a scant five or seven years ago we had a choice: to plug in, or to refrain. Today, most feel they don’t have a choice. We’ve grown new appendages in the name of “i” gadgets or other connected…

Power of Intention

Sometimes stepping out of one’s comfort zone can amount to a huge phase shift in life, like taking a new job or starting a relationship. Other times the act can be as simple as forgoing a daily routine to do something new and different like socializing with coworkers after hours or finally taking the step…

Self Doubt – Kill It

Self-doubt is paralyzing. It will cripple you and prevent you from taking action or moving forward. To render someone ineffective, you don’t have to get them to change the core of their beliefs you just have to get them to doubt the validity of their beliefs. Do you want to be crippled like this? Sadly,…

You Need To Fall In Love With Yourself

The problem is, we forget to love ourselves. We cannot expect someone to commit to us if we are not devoted to ourselves. We cannot hope for someone to support us if we don’t have faith in ourselves. We cannot wish for security and laughter and jealous fights if we do not believe that we…