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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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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, […]

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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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Putting things in perspective

We make up our own storyline as we go along. So we might as well make it a good one. I just heard that our two $700 bicycles that I ride all the time have been stolen. The upstairs tenants left them unlocked in the front yard. (I’m property manager but away at the moment). […]

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Wanted Dead or Alive!! (Our anger and other delusions…)

At 11.30pm last night I had just brought some friends home from the airport when we heard the news from President Obama that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Rejoicing broke out in streets all over the US. I found myself starting to do a high five with one of my friends, but caught myself […]

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Awakening our inner Santa

This is continued from this article for the holiday season. So, what’s wrong with miserliness. Well, for starters: Due to miserliness we sometimes wish to hold onto our possessions forever, but since this is impossible we experience much suffering. If our possessions dwindle, or we are forced to give them away, we experience great pain. […]

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Can ageing be worthwhile?

Carrying on from where this article left off. The power of the Bodhisattva’s mind  When a Bodhisattva experiences pain, they regard this pain as an example of the pain experienced by countless other living beings. They do not possess the pain or identify with it. Ordinarily, pain destroys our happiness because we grasp it tightly […]

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Delusions be gone!

I had one more article on delusions up my sleeve, quickly finishing off the six causes of delusion as these are so practical. They show how delusions arise in dependence upon other factors and so, if we avoid those factors, we don’t have to experience the delusions. First it is worth remembering, as always, that it […]

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Winners and losers

Wild applause in Chicago. Stunned silence in Boston. Geshe Kelsang once told a sports lover how to watch games skillfully by rejoicing in the winners and having compassion for the losers. If we are doing otherwise right now, ie, feeling resentful of the winners or gloating ignobly over the losers, this is good advice for […]

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What’s YOUR problem?! :-)

A recent survey discovered that people in the UK “feel fully fit and well only 61 days of the year”. Some Australian commentators apparently reacted to this report as typical of the “whinging Poms”, but the fact is that other studies show that this level of health worry is just about normal throughout the Western […]

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