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How to be kind according to Buddhism

With consideration for others we determine to avoid negativity because we don’t want to hurt others. (This carries on from this article.) Non-harmfulness is the guiding principle and chief refuge commitment in Buddhism. Buddha said: No one who deliberately harms others is a follower of mine. So we develop love and compassion in our hearts, […]

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There is no depth other than emptiness

It’s really helpful when contemplating emptiness to do it with a blissful, spacious mind, to allow the mind to rest naturally, releasing thoughts without clinging. You can use the time-honored Yogis’ favorite meditation on the clarity of the mind, for example; and if you want to experience the natural bliss of your mind and use […]

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What would a Buddhist do?

When asked to sum up his lifetime’s teachings, Buddha managed with his typical genius to condense all 84,000 of them into one short verse: Cease to do evil, Learn to do good, Control the mind. This is the teaching of Buddha. In Transform Your Life, in the section “A Daily Practice”, Geshe Kelsang explains how […]

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The Non-Thingyness of Things

The other day I was sitting among exotic plants, hearing the trickling of a small waterfall and the call of wild birds. Could this be Florida?! But a quick glance upwards reminded me that I am still in Denver —  this was not a “real” tropical paradise but a giant greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens. Rather […]

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Happiness is here right now

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! How’s it going?! Feeling happy?! Feeling loved? Or feeling unloved?! Feeling disappointed?! Whether we are having a great day or a depressing one is not whether or not we have a hot partner (or any partner!) to go to dinner and a movie with, but whether or not we are feeling […]

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Shantideva

DON’T PANIC

The great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva is famous for his practical advice on dealing patiently with problems: If something can be remedied Why be unhappy about it? And if there is no remedy for it, There is still no point in being unhappy. Here is a flow chart to illustrate this seemingly unarguable point (sorry, […]

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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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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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Karma and us

Some of you may remember the inappropriate attention I paid to the supposed theft of two bikes two summers ago… bikes that turned out not to be stolen at all. Well, some months ago, the big blue bike was stolen “for real”! Someone really wanted that bike. We’d locked them to a palm tree on […]

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Buddhist advice for worrywarts

We probably all worry unduly sometimes, which makes us all worrywarts according to the dictionary. Here are some more practical solutions for this unpleasant state of mind. Stop paying inappropriate attention Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.  ~Mark Twain You’re […]

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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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Sue’s parting advice

Click here for a 30 second video of Sue: Sue Hulley, Marin, CA, November 2011. Click here for a tribute to Sue from her son, Tim. Sue Hulley, who died yesterday, was able to greet her illness and death with grace, compassion, and humor. So about a month ago I asked her if she would […]

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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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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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