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!

On Saturday September 17th 2022, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche passed very peacefully into the clear light.  I asked a friend yesterday how she felt, and she replied “I don’t know yet.” Exactly. But as the hours and days pass, more meaning is emerging for all of us, it seems. So I keep adding to this article …  This is my heart In the 2009 Summer Festival, Geshe-la said: “Now from today our summer holiday finished, we enjoyed very much our Summer Festival 2009, wonderful, but please keep in your heart the intention to enjoy the summer festival 2010, 2011,…

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A light has just gone out in our world. I, like you, have just heard that Queen Elizabeth has died. It is Tara Day. May she go directly to Tara’s Pure Land where she belongs. I will miss her, I feel she provided some protection for our world. I wonder what will happen next … ? … so far, rainbows over the Palace and other major landmarks across the capital, including Elizabeth Tower in Westminster and the Queen Victoria Memorial. I want to repeat here a story from long ago that shows we never know who people are  … When…

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In the last article on resilience, Grace under pressure, I was saying how we need to view difficult situations as challenges as opposed to insurmountable obstacles or we can’t transform them. Later I was thinking we could get to the point where we even see them as invitations: “I invite you to transform me!” An invitation When I had Omicron last month, for example I was trying to pray not so much, “Please don’t let me feel too ill!” but “May I accept whatever is appearing due to my karma as an invitation to transform my mind into renunciation, compassion,…

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The James Webb Space Telescope has been designed to answer many of the core questions that have animated astronomers over the past half-century … nothing less than to rewrite the history of the cosmos and reshape humanity’s position within it. What do you make of these new images being brought to us via the Webb Telescope?! I know I’m not alone in finding them useful for expanding my mind. Reminds me of a favorite quote: We are all of us in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. ~ Oscar Wilde One journalist spoke of how…

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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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