When someone is in our heart they are always in our heart – through life through death through all their lifetimes and all our lifetimes too. That is how the Bodhisattva vow works, that is why we can make a vow to bring all beings to Awakening. It makes sense because we are connected with all beings in our hearts whatever life circumstances they are in or identities they have adopted. Continue reading How should we practise for those who have died? Do we focus on their ‘old’ identity? Should we expand the practice to all beings too?
Many Western Buddhists struggle with this. It is not so much that we have to believe in life after death as to give up our belief that life ends at death. Instead, we need to be honest about the fact we are unsure what life means anyway and that is what we are looking to Dharma fo Continue reading Do you struggle with believing in rebirth and karma?
Tibetan Buddhism talks about our connections (Tibetan: Tendrel) with each other as being lasting and meaningful and that they can continue between lives. “This is actually pointing to something extremely profound that one can only come to understand gradually as one comes to understand the full implications of emptiness or openness. What it means is that you cannot separate things off from each other and so there is no way we can ever escape our connections.” Continue reading Connections Outside Time & Space