Category Archives: Freedom

Catching a cold: a lesson in discovering non-duality!

My brother’s Au pair had a cold when I visited a few days ago. A day later I had one, too! Sigh! A vivid reminder, how we human beings share our happiness and suffering in this life with each other. … Continue reading

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How can we find happiness inside?

In my last two posts What is true happiness? and Do we need to give up the sense pleasures to find true happiness?, I wrote that in the Buddhist teachings looking for happiness outside is talked about in terms of … Continue reading

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A deeper happiness based on inner peace and contentment

Many Buddhist teachings begin with the statement that all beings want to be happy, but that unfortunately they are looking for happiness outside and fail to understand that true happiness can only be found inside. The goal of Buddhist practice … Continue reading

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Anger is sneaking in

Now that I decided to move on to a new topic, karma, my mind seems to not want to let go of reflecting on destructive emotions. I decided I better give my mind some space and let it do what … Continue reading

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More quotes on freedom, happiness and destructive emotions

Here are some more quotes on the relating to the topic of freedom, happiness and destructive emotions from another one of my favorite books, The Joy of Living by Mingyur Rinpoche: “When the mind is realized, that is the buddha. … Continue reading

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How to embody the transcendent

In my last post I reflected on how to embody the transcendent truth of my being. To embody this truth does not mean to reject the relative aspect of my daily life in favor of a mysterious ultimate truth. It … Continue reading

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What is this “one thing” we must never forget?

My last post had a quote by Rumi which said “there is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten.” For me this immediately brought up the question, “So what is this one thing?” Often questions like this … Continue reading

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There is one thing in this world which must be never forgotten

In my last post I wrote about how this life is a special opportunity to become free of the grip of negative emotions and that it would be a pity to let this opportunity go to waste. In The Tibetan … Continue reading

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Why are negative emotions harmful?

In the last few days I have been continuing to reflect on negative emotions. What does it really mean that negative emotions take my freedom? How do they manage to do this? I have been asking these same questions for … Continue reading

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Guess what today’s topic is!

Sorry! Today’s reflection is once AGAIN—I am sure you guessed it— ‘negative emotions!’ You are probably tired of hearing about this again. I fully understand. It’s never been my favorite topic and, for the most part, I successfully ignored it … Continue reading

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Is it possible to overcome negative emotions?

The last couple of posts explored how our negative emotions manage to control us. This brings up the question of how can we actually apply this understanding to put an end their tyranny? The first step, I believe, is to … Continue reading

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Negative emotions are our true enemies

Yesterday I found an excellent and brief explanation of the destructive nature of negative emotions in the book The World of Tibetan Buddhism by the 14th Dalai Lama. He writes: “To aid us in considering the destructive nature of the … Continue reading

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Breaking out of the prison of ignorance

The Buddhist teachings explain that we are not free because we are controlled by our negative emotions. For example, in the reflection on the suffering nature of samsara, which is part of brief version of the Four Thoughts from the … Continue reading

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Getting to know ignorance

My teachers have emphasized that it is much more useful to focus on understanding how ignorance works than to get lost in speculation about how it could have arisen in the first place. In his latest book, Uncommon Happiness, Dzigar … Continue reading

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How does ignorance come about?

Buddha taught that ignorance is what imprisons us. The Tibetan word for ignorance is ‘marigpa,’ sometimes translated as ‘not seeing,’ whereas ‘rigpa’ means ‘seeing’ or ‘pure awareness’. As I mentioned in one my last posts, the only difference between a … Continue reading

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Natural Great Peace

The topics of freedom, happiness, and ignorance are turning out to be a fertile ground for my daily reflection. I usually make a post on this blog every other day. On the days in-between, I try to post a quote … Continue reading

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