Why do we pray for Enlightened Beings to remain in this world, surely they are always here?

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?

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How do I wish all beings to be happy when there is unavoidable suffering in the world?

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?

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What are the different types of laziness that can prevent us from practising Dharma?

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?

Is Enlightenment really possible and what is ‘real life’?

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’?

What does it mean to meet the Buddha ‘face to face’?

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’?