Category Archives: Freedom

Making friends with the word ‘ignorance’

A good way to contemplate the natural freedom of the mind, which I wrote about in last two posts, is to reflect on what keeps us from being free. In The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche recounts … Continue reading

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The natural freedom of the mind

The word “freedom” is often used in the modern world. In my last post, I brought up the question: “What does freedom truly mean?” When I reflected on this question myself, what came to my mind were things like free … Continue reading

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What do we mean by freedom?

Freedom is not only an important theme in the Buddhist teachings but is also a very popular word these days. There are so many ways to think of it. In the modern world freedom is considered to be a fundamental … Continue reading

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The logic of happiness

One of the main study texts that my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche wrote for his students begins with, “Regardless of who we are, the main purpose of our life—you could call it the heart of being human—is to be happy.” I … Continue reading

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Learning to appreciate challenges

Sometimes I don’t sleep well and then I feel unwell and tired for the day. When this happens, I can see quite clearly the habitual pull of aversion to this experience in my mind. In a way, it is natural … Continue reading

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