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 our normal routines, become leery...

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 through times where there are...

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 deepest intuitions prepare us to...

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 this world. It’s a mutually...

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 day, Christians want to believe...

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 to our relationships. Angry people die...

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 all of the time –...

Is Honesty the best policy?

I saw a meme recently on my Facebook timeline where an interviewer asked the prospective applicant if he believes that honesty is the best policy to which he answered yes. He was further asked...

You’re so vain! The faults of pride and the practice of humility

Deluded Pride Deluded pride is an inflated view of ourselves that believes we are superior to other people. Each of us is no more important than anyone else, and believing we are is a source...

Rock music about Renunciation of worldly concerns

When I first began doing Lamrim meditation as my daily practice, I followed the sequence as described by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso in The New Meditation Handbook. Like other treatises on Lamrim, his work is...