The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is an important text from Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (mind training). The root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe.
These verses explain how we can see life through the eyes of compassion, and not through our self-cherishing ego. The more we meditate on thought transformation, the more compassionate we become. (more…)
Let me ask you a question, ‘Do you live in reality?’ I expect you will say yes, but I would beg to differ. Why is that? Well, our brains do not allow us to live in reality. (more…)
Many years ago when I first moved to India, I went to see a Buddhist teacher to get a personal instruction. We chatted for around thirty minutes, and then he told me at the end of each day to sit quietly and review all my actions, thoughts, feelings and emotions for that day. (more…)
Unawareness is a lack of understanding of the true nature of things, which leads us into wrong views. In the Avatamsaka Sutra, Gautama Buddha stated: (more…)
How can we make our life more meaningful and live it responsibly? One way is to start each day by contemplating the following points:
- 1 – my life is special and so I should cherish it and use it to help others. If I cannot help, I should at least not harm anyone.
- 2 – all my happiness and sadness are impermanent, so I won’t hold on to them as though they were everlasting.
- 3 – my actions have consequences, not in another life, but here in this life. So, I should act skilfully by being mindful of my actions of body, speech and mind.
- 4 – my attachment to this life brings me discontentment. So, I should try to let go and see life as an every-changing thing.
I believe by spending 10 minutes a day on contemplating each of these points, you will start to live a more enjoyable and responsible life. The best time to contemplate these points is in the morning before you start your day. This will ensure your day gets off to a good start and your mind is in a positive place.
These points are not religious or dogmatic in anyway, so you don’t have to be a Buddhist, or even religious, to make these contemplation’s a part of your daily routine. try them!
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