The chances are that your actions are mixed with some elements that could be purer but if we had to be pure before we could accumulate punya how would any of us purify ourselves? Good actions that are directed at benefitting others always bring punya (often translated as merit) – i.e. good karmic results. Continue reading Am I a fraud? Am I craving the approval of others through my good actions?
The power of the pranidhana comes from the true nature of reality – the Indestructible Heart Essence – the Unborn and non-Compounded. This never dies and is our Tathagatagarbha or Buddha Nature. When it is no longer covered by confusion it has the power to spontaneously accomplish all it wishes and intends or has ever wished and intended. Continue reading Is a pranidhana – a wishing prayer or the power of our wishes and intentions – just a concept?
Even the feeling of heaviness associated with self-loathing can be seen as simply sensations, the habitual negative thoughts as just thinking. A possibility of being simple about the whole thing presents itself. A possibility of opening into something vaster, yet more intimate – the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue reading How do we practise with feelings of unworthiness?
In general I think that when we are feeling very emotional it is important to be gentle with ourselves and trust our underlying sanity. When it is time to sit in meditation, don’t have some huge project or demand – just sit in order to sit and just be. Continue reading How to meditate with strong emotions
Bearing death in mind is not a matter of turning away from the beauty of life. It is about enjoying life to the full because you are not deluding yourself any more. You come to really know what life actually is. Continue reading Student’s Question: How can we enjoy worldly things, knowing that they are impermanent?
Well, the question does arise doesn’t it? You reach the end of the breath and then what? Before you had something to focus on and now you don’t. It is a big shift, a bit like dropping off a cliff. Where do you go from there? Continue reading Student’s Question: What do I do after letting go on the out breath? What do I do with my mind?
Stories about the creation of the world have always been understood to be provisional in the sense that unenlightened beings are not able to understand the true nature of reality anyway – so all we need is a story that leads us to draw the right conclusions in terms of how we live our life. Continue reading Student’s Question: What is the Buddhist view on the creation of the world?