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Tantra and attachment

I am just overlooking my neighbor’s magazine, as once again I cross the Atlantic. (You can’t blame me; these US Airways flights don’t have video screens. OR power sources for our gadgets. Seriously! How are we supposed to stay stimulated non-stop for 8 hours?! Surely they are not expecting us to rely on our own […]

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Why do I have no friends?

(Kadampa Life has now received half a million page visits ~ thank you to all readers and subscribers!) This article is part of a series on overcoming loneliness. Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3. I miss you! When did you last miss someone? Missing people is of course related to loneliness. When […]

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Learning to let go

A dear friend emailed me during my rather paltry adventure in Denver airport. She is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer at the moment, and this is what she said: Struggles are spiritual adventures with a vision. That is how I am trying to see my whole journey through this cancer thing. It’s a spiritual adventure. So, […]

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Tantra: Bringing the result into the path

I’m carrying on from this article on Tantra, and how we can use the power of bliss, wisdom, and the creative power of our imagination swiftly to switch our sense of being stuck and limited with the sense of being liberated and enlightened. Of course we cannot say we are ACTUALLY a Buddha, but we can’t […]

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Stop grasping

To me the spiritual path seems largely a process of letting go – first of the expectations that this life is the be all and end all of existence, then of the expectations of samsara working out, then of the expectations that our happiness comes first, then of the expectations that everything is as really happening […]

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What’s really changed?

I wanted to write something short and simple for this article, as my last few articles were the opposite. 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 […]

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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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Five ways to deal with criticism, part 3

This is the final installment. For the first two installments, see Five ways to deal with criticism and Five ways to deal with criticism, part 2. How about us criticizing others? Most of you agreed that it is best avoided. This is because our criticism can hurt others and is often not that helpful. If […]

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Breathe your way to inner peace

This is the last installment of the how not to worry articles. Breathing meditations can help enormously in instantly alleviating our worry, and anyone can do them if they have a mind to. Simple breathing meditation Worrying affects us physiologically, from shallower breathing and the inability to relax through to full blown panic attacks when […]

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“Me me me me me me me me me me me me me me me”! (to the tune of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy)

Self-cherishing — thinking that me and my happiness are the most important in the world  — is bad news for me and for everyone else. Very bad news. Beaker unwittingly demonstrates some of the perils of self-cherishing in his rendition of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy: Self-cherishing not only destroys our chances at any lasting peace […]

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A Buddhist solution to boredom

UK riots The unexpected riots and looting in England left all of us wondering where they sprung from. There were some extenuating external factors but, as I said in this last article, I think they certainly were inflamed by inappropriate attention and the baleful influence of unhelpful “friends”. I also agree with those who say […]

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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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Want peace of mind? Get rid of your delusions.

We already have within us our own source of peace and happiness, as Buddhist master Geshe Kelsang says in Transform Your Life. It is our birthright, our Buddha nature, who we actually are. Sometimes we know this, when the dark clouds of discontent disperse and the sun naturally shines through. So if we have the […]

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What am I so attached to?

Back in this article I was surmising that the reason we don’t go for a realization of emptiness more passionately seems to be because we are so attached to inherently existent things, particularly if they appear nice. That seems to me to be our deep laziness of attachment. There’s a contemplation I do to combat […]

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