On the path we glimpse the deception of Mara and don’t let ourselves be drawn into attachment and aversion, but as we lose that clarity dullness cuts in and we are deceived again… Continue reading What does Equanimity feel like? What does it mean to be ‘unruffled by attachment’?
Letting go of delusion is about cultivating enthusiasm for life… You need to keep coming back to look more carefully at what you mean by detachment – is it cutting off connection with life or is it letting go of delusion and attachments that are just the cause of suffering? Continue reading How to reject samsara but not reject enthusiasm for life
It is not saying everything is transient and without the slightest meaning. I often see samsara being used to mean life in general. It doesn’t mean life in general. Samsara means the weary round of rebirth driven by ignorance of our true nature beyond thought, clinging to wrong views, getting caught up in the complications of our confused thinking that turns all we do into karmic actions that bring about further entrapment in samsara – the weary round of rebirth and falling into the sufferings of the six realms. Continue reading Does giving up Samsara mean giving up on life in general?
It sounds as if you see coming back to benefit beings as somehow at odds with realising the True Nature of Reality. We take the Bodhisattva vow in order to link directly into our true nature that is naturally caring and concerned for others – all others simply because they exist and are just like us. Linking into any other motivation is the slow path. Continue reading No More Samsara? A student writes: I’ve no interest in coming back for the sake of beings
We don’t have to be perfect before we begin – so yes we do start off taking Refuge and practising Dharma with mixed motives. There is no point in developing renunciation if people don’t have a sense of something they trust in first. If they don’t trust in anything at all then what is the point of banging on about suffering and impermanence? Continue reading Are We Fooling Ourselves? Lama Shenpen talks to a student about checking that our motivation and practice is genuine
We need to discover what is real – there is a path that leads to discovery of what’s real. Samsara is hard! But if you are on the path there is a sense that even the suffering is somehow a sign of deepening understanding. Without the suffering we might think it was all going to be easy. The suffering tells us that it’s not easy and that we need patience and determination. We need to slow down, relax and reflect gently. Continue reading What is Real? The Path to Truth & Lasting Happiness
Lama Shenpen Hookham talks to a meditation student about deepening their Dharma practice. “Having said that, I notice I find distractions and entertainment interesting phenomena. We can sometimes feel confused as to what is a distraction on the one hand and what is obsessiveness on the other – but this is an important edge for all of us! We are all seeking the wisdom to be able to get the right touch with this – not too tight and not too loose.” Continue reading Buddhist Practice Can Take Many Forms