How should we approach online Dharma teachings and downloaded texts?

These days we surf the net and find a likely looking Dharma website and feel that parting with even a few hundred pounds is to take a risk, since who knows who the people are and what they’re are up to. So often it is with suspicion and scepticism that we embark on a course and the practice, hardly knowing what to expect and wondering if this is yet another internet scam.
Hardly the best way to approach the holy teachings! Continue reading How should we approach online Dharma teachings and downloaded texts?

Student’s Question: Does time exist? Does anything arise? What’s the difference between Totality and relative existence?

When we say ‘past’ we mean ‘everything that has gone by, it’s not now’. Of course, although logically we can understand that, the habit to cling to the past is so strong it is almost impossible to maintain that understanding. It is not how we are programmed and that has to be faced – we are deluding ourselves all the time that we know something we don’t know. We don’t know the past that has gone. In fact the whole way we think of time is an illusion. That is a tough truth to face. Continue reading Student’s Question: Does time exist? Does anything arise? What’s the difference between Totality and relative existence?

The Power of Goodness & Giving: Buddhist Practice at Christmas

  How can we align with our Buddhist practice over the Christmas period? In the extract below from Lama Shenpen’s book ‘The Mayayana Feast Offering‘ we can see how we might approach Christmas as we would a feast practice, with the opportunity to practice Dana (generosity/giving), sharing food, and generating Punya (the power of goodness) which can be dedicated for the benefit of others: Lama … Continue reading The Power of Goodness & Giving: Buddhist Practice at Christmas