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?
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?