Buddhist Teachings

  • No better reality than the one we live in Paid Member

    "There is no better reality than the one we live in – where a good heart can be realized." - Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche Sasha Meyerowitz, photographer, writer, and devoted student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, sends us this, from Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, who is visiting the US this month.‎ For the details of Khyentse Rinpoche's visit, check out "Celebrating the Return" website here. For an earlier post on this site, click here. Below watch a video of Ani Pema Chodron discussing the visit. More »
  • Open Your Heart and Mind Completely Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: When we open our hearts and our minds completely, we are in a place where we can experience something new, a new truth, a new reality, a miracle that we haven’t experienced in the past. We can see things differently and they present new, expanded opportunities, new horizons. Therefore an open mind is required. This is true not only in relationship to the truth but in relationship to everyday life as well. -Anam Thubten, "How a Tomato Opened my Mind" (Fall 2009) Read the complete article here. Image ©Michael S. WertzToday’s Daily Dharma: More »
  • The Dalai Lama on "The Real Enemy" Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: When your mind is trained in self-discipline, even if you are surrounded by hostile forces, your peace of mind will hardly be disturbed. On the other hand, your mental peace and calm can easily be disrupted by your own negative thoughts and emotions. So I repeat, the real enemy is within, not outside. Usually we define our enemy as a person, an external agent, whom we believe is causing harm to us or to someone we hold dear. But such an enemy is relative and impermanent. One moment, the person may act as an enemy; at yet another moment, he or she may become your best friend. This is a truth that we often experience in our own lives. But negative thoughts and emotions, the inner enemy, will always remain the enemy. The Dalai Lama, "Loving the Enemy" (Summer 2002) More »
  • The Truth of Silence Paid Member

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  • To Be Born Human Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: To be born as a human being is a glorious privilege. Man’s dignity consists in his capability to reason and think and to live up to the highest ideal of pure life, of calm thought, of wisdom without extraneous intervention. In the “Saimanna phala Sutta” Buddha says that man can enjoy in this life a glorious existence, a life of individual freedom, of fearlessness and compassionateness. This dignified ideal of manhood may be attained by the humblest, and this consummation raises him above wealth and royalty. Anagarika Dharmapala (Spring 1995) Read the complete article here. More »
  • Don't Go It Alone Paid Member

    Today’s Daily Dharma: Aristotle said that in order for people to become virtuous, we need role models—others who have developed their capacities for courage, self-control, wisdom, and justice. We may emphasize different sets of virtues or ideas about what makes a proper role model, but Buddhism also asserts that, as we are all connected and interdependent, none of us can do it all on our own. Acknowledging this dependency is the first step of real emotional work within relationships. Our ambivalence about our own needs and dependency gets stirred up in all kinds of relationships. We cannot escape our feelings and needs and desires if we are going to be in relationships with others. To be in relationships is to feel our vulnerability in relation to other people who are unpredictable, and in circumstances that are intrinsically uncontrollable and unreliable. More »