Lojong Point One: Train In The Preliminaries

POINT ONE: Train in the Preliminaries 1)Resolve to Begin This involves everything that has led us to the path of the Bodhisattva. It’s hard to view our past as part of the path, especially when our past may have been particularly difficult. But the truth is everything that’s happened to us before now has led […]

What is Lojong?

Lojong is a set of techiniques for training the mind. These techniques are designed to open our hearts and awaken our minds. There are fifty nine slogans and they offer us a lot of help in transcending our egotism and putting down the baggage we are carrying. The fifty nine slogans have been used by Tibetan […]

Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva | the tattooed buddha

We bind ourselves to concepts like I and you, self and other. That’s why seeing things as they really are helps us to walk the Bodhisattva path. We can come to an understanding that things aren’t as divided as they seem. More here: Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva

Our Empty Nature

Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form. That’s what the Heart Sutra said. Emptiness is all, from the very beginning. We have to dig through and penetrate all of our delusions to really get at the truth of things. We have to put down our baggage and habitual thought patterns. We have to let go of […]

Quieting the Mind | Patheos

“It’s so hard to become quiet and still in a busy world. Some people come to meditation to find that stillness. People have a hard time sometimes. It’s a busy world and sometimes people don’t want to think about adding another thing to their to do list. But that’s because they aren’t thinking about the […]

Tragedy Led me to the Dharma | Secular Buddhist Association

Tragedy Led Me To The Dharma I had a very personal article published by the Secular Buddhist Association. I sometimes think the deaths of my parents led me directly into Buddhism. When I was fourteen years old my dad was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was in his early 50s. I remember when he told […]

On The Practice of Taking Refuge

Taking refuge is central to Buddhist teachings and practice. It’s referred to as “entering the gate”. When we come to understand that taking refuge means that we are working on ourselves, then we understand that it’s a process of changing the directions of our lives. We work on ourselves by doing the practices that the […]

Great Compassion

When we come to see things as they really are, we naturally start to be more compassionate. We begin to develop what’s referred to as Great Compassion. The Bodhisattva Path is sometimes referred to as “Emptiness with a heart of compassion.” Our way of seeing the world, when we begin to understand the true nature […]

Breathing

  Breathing is something that we do all the time. We can return our minds to the breath any time because it is something that is with us all the time. When we bring our minds to the breath, we feel connected to the world. Training in following the breath is so important that the […]