A teaching from the Buddhist ordination ceremony text, focusing on the attitude to have when considering going forth from the householder’s life.
The importance of motivation when ordaining, and how to work with our expectations of monastic life.
What the Buddha faced in his life, and how the monastic community was established.
The final teaching on the auxiliary bodhisattva ethical restraints
How mindfulness of death and impermanence provides motivation to practice the Dharma, and why we need reasoning and logic as part of our spiritual practice.
An 88-year-old father of one of Venerable Chodron’s students writes a poem to explain what he has learned from reading Working with Anger.
We can get lost in the bad news of the day. A student reflects on how to avoid the extremes of malaise and apathy.
Contemplating the suffering of all sentient beings and how compassion gives courage and energy to practice.
The Buddhist explanation of unpleasant experiences and techniques to transform suffering.
The Buddhist view on happiness and suffering, how we normally react to problems, and choosing not to believe in the stories our mind tells us.