Author: Luna Kadampa

Based on 40 years' experience, I write about applying meditation and modern Buddhism to improve and transform our everyday lives and societies. I try to make it accessible to everyone anywhere who wants more inner peace and profound tools to help our world, not just Buddhists. Do make comments any time and I'll write you back!

Who doesn’t love the idea of freedom? That, along with the pursuit of happiness, are the two basic wishes of all living beings, including a caterpillar who caught a ride inside on my shirt just now. But it just so happens that freedom comes not from holding onto a false sense of being independent but from realizing our interdependence. Since today is July 4th, I thought it’d be a good day to talk some more about this. Quick preamble Buddha’s ultimate view is the union of the two truths, which can be understand in various ways: the union of compassion…

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There’s a lot going on at the moment. People are understandably feeling troubled: “I can’t handle this, it’s overwhelming,” because we are encountering problems we don’t see any solutions for. There may even be a yearning for everything to go “back to normal”. We can stay calmer by learning to view our difficulties in a bigger context – letting them remind us, for example, that there has never actually been a particularly good normal. We don’t want to bounce back. We want to bounce forward, like that little bear. Preferably right out of samsara and into the Pure Land. Carrying…

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I don’t know if you’re like the rest of the world in having some trouble coping. It’s no secret that humanity has been living through difficult times, and a lot of people have been struggling to stay afloat these past few years and counting. Buddha specialized in overcoming suffering – his teachings deal with all aspects of the human experience, including trauma, grief, loneliness, uncertainty, depression, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. With this in mind, when I saw this CNN article  … Here are some of the top traits and behaviors resilient people used to survive the worst life had to…

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Another major benefit of getting good at concentrating is that we can make serious spiritual progress. This is important. Carrying on from this article, From concentration comes peace. A lot of people I love are suffering badly at the moment from illnesses. I have been spending some time again with my beautiful mother, who is still slowly falling into herself, spending much of her day staring into space, sometimes peaceful, sometimes hallucinating anxiously (though aren’t we all). A digression I know this may seem ironic only one minute into an article on concentration, but now we are on the subject…

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This article is published in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Sixth Temple for World Peace — in Malaga, Spain, June 2022. The English version is here. Publicamos este artículo en celebración de la apertura del Templo Internacional Para la Paz en el Mundo en Málaga, España, junio del 2022. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=740311533949097&ref=sharing Pensaba por ejemplo en nuestro gran templo por la Paz en Ulverston, Inglaterra, basado en el mandala de Heruka. El templo aparenta tener una estructura muy clara, con columnas y sillas en filas, personas ordenadas al frente y laicas detrás, reglas establecidas de comportamiento, e incluso, seguridad. Sin…

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If we want to stay peaceful, and therewith feel good, we need to have some ability to focus our mind at will. The great Indian Buddhist Master Nagarjuna said it: From concentration comes peace. This even applies to concentrating on relatively neutral objects. Whenever we allow ourselves to concentrate on anything, let’s say playing an instrument or running or gardening, we can get into “the zone.” You know that feeling — when we get so caught up in our craft or our talent that we start to feel great, to feel really alive? Wild horses can’t tear us away.…

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 4 mins read. I suspect that, like me, you’d generally prefer to be relaxed. We want to chill out, unwind, let go. Maybe we’ve had a very stressful day so we think, Okay, how am I going to relax? Oh, I know, I’m going to … I don’t know exactly what you do to relax. Maybe you get into YouTube or Netflix. Or maybe you pour yourself a glass of wine, or start chatting with someone on social media or IRL, or maybe you go out somewhere. If you check, whatever it is we’re doing is usually more of a…

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Last Wednesday, one of my youngish housemates whom I’ve known for 20 years accidentally swallowed deadly poison in a euthanasia gone horribly wrong. Victor died as he wanted to, but C ended up in the ER unresponsive, which nobody wanted. People who loved him were praying like crazy. And that first night, straight after Venerable Geshe-la’s assistant sent me a 4am message saying he was praying, I had a vivid dream where C recovered completely and his family and friends had a meal to celebrate. I woke up feeling happy even though C still looked like death. That day –…

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8.5 mins read. There’s a scaredy cat staying with me at the moment who I’m slowly taming with the help of a play pen and some love. Alice has either developed Stockholm syndrome or is genuinely warming up to her captor because she now won’t get off my lap. And, like you do, while she was staring at me curiously yesterday I started to wonder whether I’d be this prepared to help her if I knew she was Putin in her past life (if the timing worked out, that is, hypothetically). I found that I think I would be. Perhaps…

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 9.5 mins read. The more I hear about this war, the more angles there are, the more difficult seem the choices. On one level, it’s very simple – stop hurting and destroying people because that’s bad and peace makes everyone happier. On another level, the delusions in the minds of living beings are relentless quagmires and it is delusions that are creating this war. Power struggles tend to spring from self-grasping ignorance, greed, and aversion, the three poisons that complicate everything and destroy all our lives. As Gen-la Dekyong, the General Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition, said in…

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