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How to mend a broken heart according to Buddhism

This continues on from Why do I feel so lonely? So close and yet so far I have recently been in New York City for a week. People often say they feel lonelier in the middle of a huge city surrounded by millions of people than in a rural area with hardly anyone around. A […]

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Prostrating to the Buddha of Compassion

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day is coming up on April 15, and I, along with a lot of Kadampa Buddhists in places around the world, tend to celebrate it with two days of Drop of Essential Nectar, sometimes known as Nyung Nä. This is a purification, prostration, and fasting retreat in conjunction with Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. […]

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Being Buddha Tara

Who is supposed to be looking after all these animals? Most of the animals we can see are in our human realm, of course, because that is where we are. But there are countless more. According to Buddha’s explanation of the six realms of samsara, the vast majority of animals are packed together in the animal […]

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Why do I feel so lonely?

Can you remember the last time you felt lonely? If you can, you are not alone!  Reminds me of that Billy Joel lyric from Piano Man: They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it’s better than drinking alone. We crave companionship, closeness, union, but the irony is that we are not actually alone in […]

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Rebirth?

Do you feel that death is curtains, or that there is life after death? When it comes to rebirth, or life continuing after the death of this body, it seems very well worth keeping an open mind, for what is there to lose? Lights out? An old friend of mine in his fifties is approaching […]

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Anger wrecks our day(s)

The smallest thing can fill our mind if we have no control over our thoughts. Someone on Facebook fessed up that they had been engaging in an “internal tantrum and imaginary arguments”, and I thought to myself, “Now ain’t that the way our delusions go!” It is so easy to get irritated if we let […]

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Do liberals and conservatives share any common ground?

Someone commented on my last article that from the perspective of someone in the UK there is no difference between the two US presidential candidates. But I think that up closer there is a difference in candidates (and parties), not just in terms of their policies but in terms of the core values that motivate […]

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Advice from a Buddhist dad on making practice a priority

This is the second guest article from our Kadampa Buddhist dad, who has five young kids and a very busy job. The first is Kadampa Parenting. Making our daily practice a priority In many ways, the biggest obstacle to our attainment of enlightenment is our inability to establish a consistent daily practice.  This is especially […]

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It all depends how we’re looking at it

So I have recently moved from Florida (80 degrees, wall to wall sunshine, sea breezes, pelicans and dolphins) to Liverpool (frozen lake, not quite wall to wall sunshine, bracing wind, swans and Lambananas.) Just now I was scooting down the stairs to the World Peace Café that is conveniently placed inside the large house I’m […]

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Love, attachment and desire according to Buddhism

Happy Valentine’s Day! A good day to talk about love, I think. This is the annual “love day”. For most of us, our love is a mixture of two things – attachment, which is not in fact love at all, and love, which is. I like Valentine’s Day here in America. In England, Valentine’s Day […]

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Watching out for the Scrooge within

The holiday season is upon us, and it seems as good a time as any to think about miserliness and generosity. Ebenezer Scrooge: What reason have you got to be merry? You’re poor enough. Fred: What reason have you got to be miserable? You’re rich enough. Ebenezer Scrooge: There is no such thing as rich […]

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Mirror, mirror, at the door

At 8am this morning, as I was peacefully absorbed in meditation, someone honked their horn very loudly. There was a pause, then they did it again. Another pause, and then a loud banging at my door. I open it in my dressing gown, and a (watch this instant prejudice…) brash looking man in a shiny […]

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What’s karma got to do with it?

This morning I felt mildly irritated at an “official” person because they have a different idea about something than I do, and naturally that means their idea is daft, but they are the ones in charge. Sound familiar? (I know it’s not just me). Angry Birds People play Angry Birds, so they tell me, because […]

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What can we do about tragedies, including the Japanese earthquake?

“What did you feel when you heard about the colossal tragedy in Japan? Powerless or not? What are the best ways you think you personally can help?” I asked these questions on Facebook and share some replies below. I just saw three fish struggling for their lives, inevitably losing the battle. One was big, one […]

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