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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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Dalai Lama, please give religious freedom

(This article is just my personal point of view. Before I go any further, if you don’t want to read this, I really don’t mind. I’ll only write one article on it, and then I will go back to our usual fare. I know some of you are fans of the Dalai Lama and will […]

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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 […]

Buddha happiness is within

Wherever you go, there you are

Buddhism 101 explains how happiness and suffering are states of mind, and how external conditions can only make us happy if our mind is peaceful. Even if we are in the most blissful surroundings and have everything we need — the one time we might reasonably expect to be deliriously happy — we’re still not […]

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No more nervous Nellie

(Please click here and like Kadampa Life on Facebook! A page where everyone can share ideas and conversations on applying Buddhist meditation to daily life, and to let others know about all the various Kadampa blogs appearing on the Internet.) Tomorrow’s another day There have been some great comments on the previous no worry articles, […]

Biggest problem

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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Clearing out the clutter from our mind

Yesterday I met Steve, recently evicted from his mobile home and locked out from his possessions for no longer earning enough money from eBay to pay his rent. Living in his car for two weeks, he has just been rescued by my old friend Iben who lives next to him and who decided to buy […]

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First you, then me ~ the Bodhisattva’s attitude

I hope you’re having a happy holiday season. Just before Christmas I wrote a couple of articles about becoming more generous, and I have a few more things to say on the subject. We’ve no doubt bought and given all our presents by now, but we don’t have to wait a whole ‘nother year before […]

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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 […]

Elizabeth Edwards

It could be us

Tributes are pouring in for Elizabeth Edwards, who died at 10.15am yesterday. As one cancer survivor says: “It breaks our hearts, because it could be us,” Schmid said. “She lived through everyone’s worst nightmare — the loss of a child, cancer, infidelity.” She did. Imagine how hard it must be, for example, to face leaving […]

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How are you feeling? Musings on karma continued…

(You may want to read this article first to get up to scratch. I’ve divided the article up into two parts to make it easier to read in a coffee break.) Feelings Going back to the discussion in the last article, as there are three types of object, there are three types of feeling that experience […]

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