Managing Anxiety in Troubling Times

We are all worried about the coronavirus. Our stable and predictable worlds were shaken by the rapid and unexpected onset of a terrible disease that’s caused us to upend...

Tithing: A Rational Perspective.

One of the major doctrinal issues in most churches is Tithing. There are several arguments for and against Tithing, and I don't plan to go into that today. What...

How to deal with Financial Stress?

I've seen adults worry about financial stress. I've seen youths and young adults in their mid-twenties and thirties complaining about how the money they earn isn't enough. I've lived...

The entire self-help industry is built on a false idea

The first of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths is the Truth of Suffering. People are biological organisms, and the primary imperative of any organism is survival. Our instincts and...

Selfless Giving: The way of Life.

Most people in this world help those who help them, value those who value them and call on those who call them. This is how most people think in...

Life’s First Principle

A first principle is a fact that can’t be reduced to other facts. Physics has broken down the constituents of our shared reality to small strings of folded space...

Put off not put on.

In most of the Bible verses that try to teach believers how they can be Holy, or like God, or be morally disciplined; words that depict "putting on" these...

Understanding Karma leads directly to superior moral discipline

Why should people do good in the world? Why should they show any restraint on the pursuit of their selfish ends in this life? Why would anyone ever do...

What is your Anchor?

An anchor is a heavy object that is attached to a cable or chain and used to moor a ship to the sea bottom. When the anchor is removed,...

Karma and the Very Subtle Mind

Buddhists, atheists, and most scientists agree that most of what we associate with personal identity, perceptions, memories, and so on, does not survive death. As we discussed the other...

Two meditations that reveal how your mind really works

You think; therefore you exist, right? “I think; therefor I am.” was René Descartes undoubtable Truth. René Descartes walked into a bar. The bartender asked him if he wanted a...

Practicing the Patience of Voluntarily Accepting Suffering

Since it’s impossible to fulfill our desires or to stop unwanted things from happening, we need to find a different way of dealing with the frustration and anger that...

Practicing the patience of not retaliating

Anger has many faults: Anger is a painful state of mind. Anger robs us of our reason and good sense. Anger causes us to act in ways that harm others. Anger is poisonous...

Overcoming Anger with the Practice of Patience

Whenever we don’t get our way, fail to obtain what we want, see others who have what we want, or get what we don’t want – which means nearly...