Good and bad in Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism Lama Shenpen Hookham

Why does it sometimes say in Buddhist teachings to give up both ‘the good and the bad’. Surely we should strive for the good and reject the bad?

You are right that we have to strive for the good and reject the bad. The question here is what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’. It means we have to give up the mind that gets attached to what it perceives as good and that reacts against what it perceives as bad. From the point of view of that kind of reactive mind, it has to learn to just relax and let whatever happens happen… Continue reading Why does it sometimes say in Buddhist teachings to give up both ‘the good and the bad’. Surely we should strive for the good and reject the bad?

A student asks: How do we maintain stability, how do we manage these huge waves of sadness and happiness?

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?

A student’s question: What is the meaning of Emanation.

I think we can somehow intuit how when we speak and act from the heart our words and actions emanate from our heart. Our nature is that of Openness Clarity and Sensitivity and everything we experience emanates from that – and it is experienced as if it were a whole world or mandala emanating from a central principle. Continue reading A student’s question: What is the meaning of Emanation.

The Trouble with Truth: Confusing the terms Relative and Absolute Truth – Why Lama Shenpen Prefers to teach about One Truth.

I like to emphasise that there is one Truth, we already intuit it, we are already it, and the best things about us are related to that. We’re already ‘there’ but we overlay it with all these doubts and confusion, which is what we’re working with. Continue reading The Trouble with Truth: Confusing the terms Relative and Absolute Truth – Why Lama Shenpen Prefers to teach about One Truth.