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How to catch a problem before it catches you

This carries on directly from this last article. My lovely dad turned 80 on October 2nd, and we were discussing the meaning of (the rest of his) life. He told me he’d been perusing the obituaries to get a sense of how long he had to live and worked out (by some strange and somewhat optimistic […]

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How do I get rid of problems? Buddha’s advice

A million-dollar question. If we could answer this, we could get finally be free of the wretched things. In fact, this would be priceless information. Buddha did answer this. The whole of Buddhism, or “Dharma”, is supposedly a method to solve all our daily problems, and not just temporarily but FOREVER! This might seem a bit […]

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Tantra: the bliss boost

Carrying on with even more benefits of transforming enjoyments into the spiritual path with the help of the bliss boost meditation … Bliss destroys grasping Even with this simple method of transforming enjoyments, we can learn to associate bliss not with grasping but with letting go. Generally grasping has been the name of the game in […]

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Tantra: bliss and emptiness

In the previous article on Tantra, I explain a meditation derived from Buddha’s Tantric methods that some people call “the bliss boost”. Now I want to say a few things about why I think this meditation is so helpful, practical, and profound. Bliss improves concentration As the experience arising from this meditation is so pleasurable, naturally […]

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What’s the relationship between blessings and inner peace?

A guest article by a long-time Kadampa practitioner Venerable Geshe Kelsang has said that the function of Buddha is to bestow blessings continuously upon living beings and cause them to experience inner peace. Often I take these words superficially without relating them to my daily experience; but on those rare occasions when I do … […]

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Rioting on the streets of England and in our own minds

What do you make of all these riots sweeping across England right now? People are getting hurt. They are reminding me of two things: (1)   The uncontrollable nature of anger (2)   How influenced we are by others In the newspaper I was reading online, a commentator tries to figure out what exact grievances are leading […]

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Where is a problem? … more from our social worker

This is the second article from a guest writer, Kadampa Buddhist and student social worker. For the first, see Meditation Helps Me Be a Better Social Worker and Vice Versa. The problem is not in the person — the problem is the problem and the person is the person. ~ Solution-focussed social work theory Our […]

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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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What’s really changed?

Meditation is all about changing from within. Usually we’re busy trying to change things out there, but in meditation we go inward to look much deeper at the causes of happiness, suffering, sickness, and health. We learn to transform our own mind — cultivating causes of happiness and overcoming causes of suffering – and let […]

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Learning to meditate in 2013

(A holiday bonus special article, twice the length! :-)) It is that up-in-the-air time again, when between recovering from the same-old, same-old hectic holidays and looking lugubriously ahead to the same-old, same-old January treadmill we may decide we want things to be different this year. We may want it to be a better year, preferably […]

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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 […]

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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How to stop worrying about anything, everything, and nothing…

This is part of an occasional series on how not to worry.  For the first one, click here. The methods will not be in any particular order, so you can jump about to whatever interests you most. In Modern Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang says there are two types of problem: We should understand that our problems […]

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Oh woe is me! How to stop distracting ourselves from happiness.

Probably, as mentioned in this previous article, the worst fault of self-cherishing is how it undermines our wish and capability to love and help others. I have a couple of embarrassing examples of this from just now, which I have summoned up the courage to share with you below … As my teacher says in […]

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