In general the English words confidence, faith, trust and conviction can be used synonymously depending on the context… our confidence grows as we gain in experience… ultimately this confidence becomes liberation – liberation from suffering – another name for it is Awakening. Continue reading Questions on Confidence: How does it relate to faith, trust and conviction? What is ego-centred confidence?
I start where people are. I start with what is motivating people to come to learn about Buddhism in the first place. They are looking for a spiritual path, for meaning, for truth, for peace of mind, for a path to happiness, for a way of overcoming their feelings of hopelessness and lack of direction in life. They are looking for something that will make their life make sense to them and enable them to live out their deep wish to be of benefit to others and to the world. Continue reading How does Lama Shenpen tailor her teachings for a Western audience?