You cannot do it. The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous. Then they will be in control in its wider sense. To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, [...]
Pleasure and pain are there for all, from high officials and the rich to beggars and small children.
No matter what the degree of suffering, everyone—intellectual, fool, even the animals that know nothing—tries to solve problems by various methods requiring continuous struggle. Some are able to ameliorate their suffering a little by skillful means, while others, ignorant of technique, cannot even begin to solve their own problems. Whether it’s the frustration of getting [...]
Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state. This is a revolutionary assertion. Even ordinary people like us with hang-ups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhichitta. The openness and warmth of bodhichitta is, in fact, our true nature and condition. Even when our neurosis [...]
What Buddhism does say is that life, by its nature, is difficult, flawed, and imperfect. For most of us, this fact of life hardly merits a news flash. Who among us has a perfect life? Of course, we would like it to be delightful and wonderful all the time. But it’s not going to happen. [...]
In that continuity we hope to find security, because the brain can only function excellently when it is completely secure—secure from terrorism, secure in a belief, secure in knowledge, and so on. All that comes to an end when there is death. I may have hope for a next life and all that stuff, but [...]
The prerequisite of any meditation worthy of the name is that the purpose of practice is understood to be progress along the inner way…
rather than worldly achievement or the enlargement of worldly capacities. In meditation there is a close connection between what is done and how it is done. It may happen that the contents of experience have such overwhelming power that they force us into certain postures or literally throw us to our knees. On the other [...]
If your mind is not used to meditating and these longer periods are difficult, shorter sessions might be helpful. Even ten minutes can be beneficial, especially if repeated several times throughout the day. For example, you could meditate for ten to fifteen minutes upon waking, ten to fifteen minutes before lunch, ten to fifteen minutes [...]
by embracing with wakefulness and care our moment-to-moment experience. By accepting absolutely everything, what I mean is that we are aware of what is happening within our body and mind in any given moment, without trying to control or judge or pull away. I do not mean that we are putting up with harmful behavior—our [...]
When you feel someone is a genuine person it means they are not hiding anything, they are not putting up masks.
Genuineness means that you can trust the person because they are not conning themselves, and they won’t con you. They have seen it all about themselves. It does not mean that they are not still embarrassed or uncomfortable about what they see, but they don’t run away. The truth doesn’t cause them to avoid feeling [...]
People leave their homes and seek opportunities in distant countries, and as a result, we are likely to be sharing our community with people of different cultures and nationalities. Immigration is another indication of the global dimension of our interdependence. The presence of immigrants can be a test case for compassion in many societies. We [...]
- Even though you try to put people under some control, it is impossible.
- Pleasure and pain are there for all, from high officials and the rich to beggars and small children.
- The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment
- Buddha Dharma does not teach that everything is suffering.
- Death is the most extraordinary thing, putting an end to long continuity.