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Moments of Clarity

Thrangu Sekhar Retreat Centre, Nepal, October 2021

Here’s are some good questions you can ask yourself occasionally: What if everyone were like me? What would happen to my community if everyone had the same degree of care and concern for others as me? What would happen to the community if everyone offered the same amount of service as me? What would happen […]

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 […]

Emptiness and Causality

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

The Two Things I Fear

I only fear two things, I am scared of my lamas because they have been so good to me. They have helped me with my way of thinking so that now I know I won’t be overwhelmed by the hardships of this life, even if I do hit hard times I do not dwell on […]

Q & A : Belief in Past and Future Lives

Teaching at Tara Rokpa Centre, Groot Marico, South Africa, 1st September 2017

Question: The belief in past and future life is intrinsic to being a Buddhist. I’m not looking for definitive proof, but the seed of doubt in my mind noticeably affects my practice. Please could you help me to destroy this doubt and deepen my motivation. Answer: Generally this is a difficult but also very essential […]