Your Lasting Freedom & Happiness

This fifth “lesson before the lesson” completes the introductory teachings from Nagarjuna, Letters to a Friend, Verse 14 (see past blogs) by Geshe L. Sopa. On Monday I offer the 2nd teaching on Creating the Causes and Conditions of True and Lasting Happiness, a lesson taken from Shantideva, Bodhicaryavatara (chapter 4, verse 18). (My translation of Geshe-la’s words continue to be in blue). My commentary and spiritual writing prompts follow the lesson.  You don’t need spiritual teachings to help you be temporarily happy in this lifetime. For such temporary happiness you don’t need to study or practice the Dharma. If you are hungry, you know … Continue reading

A Healthy Dose of Doubt

Doubt can be an enriching and favorable state of mind. The old myth around doubt and curiosity – that it killed the cat, and that it will get you in a heap of trouble, is not only outdated but a myth that intends to control the congregation. Keep naughty kids in line. Make you uncomfortable and unwilling to challenge what you are told. In his commentary on Aryadeva’s Yogic Deeds of the Bodhisattvas Chandrakirti tells the story of a ship’s captain whom an ogress captures. (It could just as well been the other way around – the captain captured an … Continue reading