Inner peace is not apathy

Published on November 24, 2012 In Articles about Buddhism

It's very important not to confuse serenity and apathy. One of the characteristics of a stable spiritual practice is not to be vulnerable to outer circumstances, whether favorable or unfavorable. The practitioner's mind is likened to a mountain that the winds can't shake; he's neither tormented by the difficulties he may come across nor elated ...

A Piece of Advice

Published on November 24, 2012 In Articles about Buddhism

The thoughts of happiness and suffering, desire and aversion, Are none else than the clear voidness of mind. Without modifying whatever arises, Look at its nature, and it will manifest as great bliss. Now that you obtained this human existence, Focus all your energy on practicing the sublime Dharma. There is no way you can complete all your...

How to approach death

Published on November 24, 2012 In Articles about Buddhism

At first you should be driven by a fear of birth and death like a stag escaping from a trap. In the middle, you should have nothing to regret even if you die, like a farmer who has carefully worked his fields. In the end, you should feel relieved and happy, like a person who has just completed a formidable task. At first, you should know that...

A remarkable life

Published on November 24, 2012 In Articles about Buddhism

Dilgo Khyentsé Rinpotché was one of the last masters from this generation of great lamas who completed their education and training in Tibet. He was one of the leading masters of the Nyingma tradition, and spent nearly 30 years of his life in retreat and meditation in order to profit from the vast teachings he’d received.  Rinpotché wrote man...

Emptiness

Published on November 25, 2011 In Articles about Buddhism

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the great Tibetan masters of the twentieth century, talks about the Buddhist concept of emptiness: When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear it as clothing, or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is n...

Impermanence

Published on November 25, 2011 In Articles about Buddhism

When his mother dies, the remarkable nineteenth-century Tibetan yogi Shabkar sees the impermanence of all things, and the importance of practicing dharma: When they placed in my hands my mother's bones, I thought, ‟A ho! Things of this world really are nothing. In the past, my old mother, overwhelmed by affection and thinking of her only son...

The Science of the Mind

Published on November 25, 2011 In Articles about Buddhism

Matthieu Ricard is a member of the Mind and Life Institute, an organization that advances the collaboration between modern science and Buddhism. He is a participant, both as a subject and as a collaborator, in research programs on the effects of meditation and mind training on the brain. He shares some thoughts on the topic: Is it possible fo...