That is why we talk about practice and the path, it is not just a one shot deal. We then have to train to be able to remember it and access it in every situation. Continue reading Student’s Question: How do I integrate my practice into my life?
Definitely not. Quite the reverse! The Buddha says that all conditioned existence is suffering so we should seek the real, that is not conditioned, and so free from suffering. Continue reading Student’s Question: Did the Buddha tell us that we have to just accept that there is suffering?
It mainly means gaining deeper conviction and trust in the practice and that arises from deepening understanding and insight and trust in the practice. Other practices might or might not help. Continue reading Student’s Question: How Can I Take My Practice Deeper?
It often seems that we are back at square one but that is because reality is right here in every experience. It is like a gate. We keep stepping in and out. When we are in a good space it seems like that is all there is and always will be and when we step out it seems like to get back into the space is a huge effort. Continue reading Student’s Question: Why does my meditation practice feel like I’m starting from the beginning again?
The feelings that change are the ones to let come and let go. The heart qualities do not change. Our nature is open and spacious – it doesn’t change. However much we close down and feel oppressed there is always, always that possibility of opening, of turning towards that pain and opening to it in the space of awareness. Continue reading A student asks: How do we maintain stability, how do we manage these huge waves of sadness and happiness?
It is not that some people are good and have only good karma and some are bad and have only bad karma – this life’s circumstances are not the sum total of our past karma but a random ripening of certain things… Continue reading Student’s Question – Understanding Karma, it’s not about crime and punishment
It’s important to acknowledge and appreciate what you don’t want as much as enjoying what you do want… Continue reading Student’s Question: Is it okay to want things?