Image by kordi_vahle on Pixabay A great technique to make our mind peaceful and strong is to read Venerable Geshe-la's books in an active manner. This means slowing down and reading with a special focus on particular terms, words and phrases, in the text. Since we have recently finished the chapter, ‘The Pre-Eminent Qualities of … Continue reading When did you last enjoy the stillness of your own mind?
I am tired. More than tired. Exhausted. Again. Recently I bought a new mattress in the hopes of improving the quality of my sleep. From a shop called ‘Dreamland,’ my mattress promised not only a good night’s sleep, but excellent support conforming to the contours of my body with memory foam insuring enhanced comfort and … Continue reading Rest and Relaxation
In our General Program classes [GP] we began reading the book, ‘The New 8 Steps to Happiness’. A short review of what we were reading follows. The Introduction Every reader will have their own takeaway from the readings - and that is the beauty of reading such profound texts. Still we can observe a theme … Continue reading New Horizons
Pacifying Minds - The Unbelievable Value of Compassion This week on The Life Scientific on BBC radio 4, the interviewee was Dr Gwen Adshead, a forensic psychologist and psychoanalyst who treats the most violent in our society. When asked whether people who have committed the worst offensives deserved treatment, her answer was very interesting from … Continue reading Thought for the Weekend
Who has access to your imagination?? Few weeks ago Margaret alerted me to a radio show she heard on BBC R4 where the presenter said that the technologies we use allows tech companies to access and influence our imagination.As Buddhists who understand and therefore respect the power of imagination we were both quite alarmed by … Continue reading Thought for the weekend
Last week we looked at the Buddhist presentation of what the mind is. In many ways, this is one of the most challenging Buddhist claims/concepts/truths [you choose]. When we look at the world we can see that there are many debates about what the mind is. Many philosophers argue from different positions - Monism, dualism, … Continue reading Happiness and the mind
Last week we trained our imagination in the Body of Light meditation. Some people feel they have no imagination, others think imagination is only for kids, and most people think that imagination is only a visual thing. In fact, everybody has imagination. We all use our imagination all the time and it plays very important … Continue reading Imagination and the Mind