Category Archives: zz HH Dalai Lama

My ten favorite quotes on happiness

I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog. To find out what my ten favorite quotes on happiness are click here.

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What is true happiness?

I am currently instructing an introductory meditation course for the Rigpa online course program in the United States. This term we changed to a new course called “What Meditation Really Is”. It not only includes teachings on meditation but also … Continue reading

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Is there a satisfying answer to “What is the Meaning of Life”?

I have been reflecting on the meaning of life a lot recently. I read and thought about many possible answers from many different spiritual traditions. They all look at the meaning and purpose of life in different ways but there … Continue reading

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Good at the End: Dedication

Today I am going to conclude my series of posts on the “Essence of Buddhist Practice” which is encapsulated in the three noble principles which are, for example, presented in chapter five of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. … Continue reading

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Good in the Beginning: Motivation

Over the last few years I have realized more and more how stressed and wound up I am. That was a really good insight. It helped me understand, why my mind is wild and agitated and that it is expected … Continue reading

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Ordinary Enlightenment

Since the aim of Buddhist practice is to attain enlightenment, it might be good to ask: What is enlightenment? Enlightenment is a very misunderstood and misused word in the modern world.  Often it is talked about as some far out … Continue reading

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Your religion is not important

Yesterday friend of mine sent me an email with a a brief dialogue between the Brazilian theologist Leonardo Boff and the Dalai Lama, which deeply touched me. Here is what Leonardo, one of the renovators of the Theology of Freedom, … 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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Buddha is here, right now!

The teachings tell us that buddha is here, right now. It is said the moment you think of them, the buddhas are here. I often reflect on this and try to get my head around this statement because I find … Continue reading

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