It’s an interesting question which harks back to the life of the Buddha where Ananda doesn’t take the hint and omits to request the Buddha to remain in this world. It is a question of tendrel (auspicious connections) Continue reading Why do we pray for Enlightened Beings to remain in this world, surely they are always here?
We have to be prepared to just go on being kind and compassionate forever. This is always going to be needed even though we cannot make others happy. We are limited at present because we do not really believe we have any power to help much. But the Buddhas say our power to help others is limitless. We don’t believe it because we don’t understand the true nature of our being, or of others… Continue reading How do I wish all beings to be happy when there is unavoidable suffering in the world?
it is never too late… Now that you have a better understanding you can help him by recalling both his and your all-pervading Buddha Nature in which nothing is ever lost. Continue reading Is there anything we can do now to help people who have died a long time ago?
Interesting distinctions are being made here. We all know the laziness of just not wanting to bother ourselves too much. It might be that one part of us thinks something would be good to do but another part says ‘yes but…maybe later’. If you actually thought it was not good to do then it wouldn’t be laziness, it would be a difference of opinion… Continue reading What are the different types of laziness that can prevent us from practising Dharma?
What we call ‘giving up’ is actually just grasping onto the idea of ‘It’s no good’ or ‘Nothing helps’ or ‘I can’t do this’… Continue reading Why true ‘giving up’ is a good thing and how to be kind to ourselves
The instruction is to notice the mental chatter – not to stop it. So when you are reading, you just notice the way you voice the words to yourself (or not) and continue noticing what happens at other times too… Continue reading Do we have to get rid of all our mental chatter?
Do Buddhists pray to Awakened Beings such as Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? The answer is yes. This may come as a surprise to many people who have heard that there is no God in Buddhism. I don’t think it is as easy as all that to say there is no God in Buddhism. It all depends on what you mean by God, doesn’t it? Continue reading How do Buddhists pray? Who do they pray to?
Think of every time you bring the attention back into the moment as no different from meditation. This helps you to develop an on-going meditative state of mind and makes it easier to link into the meditation quickly when it comes to sitting meditation. The other thing you can do is to keep making a strong wish to Awaken, at any time of day. Continue reading How To Meditate With Tiredness
A student writes: I had an experience where I suddenly realised I don’t really believe complete Enlightenment is possible or that there is rebirth. And thought why should I really believe them as I have no experience of either? Sometimes the everyday world that most people are fascinated with seems so real as if that is really what life is. Throughout the years I have … Continue reading Is Enlightenment really possible and what is ‘real life’?
Another way of thinking of what meeting Buddhas face to face means is to actually break through the limitations of our present conception of time and space. The tradition says that this is actually possible and is a genuine experience that arises for the Bodhisattva at a certain stage of his or her progress towards Enlightenment. Continue reading What does it mean to meet the Buddha ‘face to face’?