Look Before You Chuck

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 27th August 2019

If we regard our afflictions as something like garbage to be thrown out and gotten rid of, then we won’t look at them very carefully. As soon as we notice an affliction, we will immediately want to get rid of it, won’t we? Taking this approach our practice will become more and more difficult and […]

The Measure of our Practice

Our normal way of being will show us how our practice is going, not how long we can sit on the cushion.

Go Easy on the Platitudes

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 21st July 2021

In Tibetan Buddhist circles you hear many people theses days referring to their lama as Buddha so-and-so, or Dorje Chang so-and-so. But in truth only those who have attained accomplishment can see their lamas as Dorje Chang, Vajradhara. Ordinary beings cannot. I think I have quite strong faith in my Lamas, I think it would […]

No Time for Anger

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 21st July 2021

Venerable Tashi came to see me today to confess that he had become angry at me for what he thought was me wasting his time. But, Venerable Tashi, you should know that if you had even a shred of a practitioner’s way of thinking, and are someone who is truly careful with their time, then […]

How to Approach Formal Practice Sessions

Meditation Retreat, Kagyu Samye Ling, Scotland, 10th Oct 2016

In general we should set aside a particular time for formal practice, and keep to it very conscientiously. Within the sessions we should apply the methods taught for clearing agitation and dullness, and do our very best not to fall under their sway. The level of concentration and care with which we should try to […]

The Freedom To Be Free – Or Not

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 3rd June 2021

In the Buddhist view we each have to take responsibility for ourselves. We cannot expect the Buddha to bless us out of our suffering. For example, Devadatta was born in hell before the Buddha’s very eyes and the Buddha couldn’t stop it from happening. We each experience the results of our own actions.  What the […]

A Nameless Face

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, 3rd June 2021

A few years ago a middle-aged Tibetan man, a shopkeeper in Boudha, Nepal, came to see me to receive transmission and instruction for a practice he wanted to do. We had a chat and he said something that made me feel he had a better understanding of the teachings on the preciousness of human life, […]

Not Outside of Our Mind

The three jewels are not outside of our own mind, if they were, they wouldn’t be able to give us refuge or protection.

Emptiness and Causality

The more we understand emptiness, the more confidence we will have in the law of causality.