Lamrim and Life

Ten steps to happiness (Part 7)

Tuesday, 26/7/2011 - 12:50pm

When our world falls apart, when we suffer loss, when it seems everyone is turning against us, we have to [...]

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Ten steps to happiness (Part 6)

Friday, 8/7/2011 - 3:14am

Understanding that the good fortune we are presently enjoying is the result of the practice of generosity in the past, [...]

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Ten steps to happiness (Part 5)

Saturday, 28/5/2011 - 12:50am

We have to stop thinking about the wall in front of us, and look at the space behind the wall [...]

Ten steps to happiness (Part 4)

Thursday, 12/5/2011 - 12:28pm

Life in the context of Buddhism means past, present and future lives. Remembering life means learning from the past in [...]

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Ten steps to happiness (Part 3)

Wednesday, 27/4/2011 - 4:21pm

We need to be mindful that although death is certain, the time of death is uncertain. Death can be just [...]

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Ten steps to happiness (Part 2)

Friday, 18/3/2011 - 4:28am

Being unattached, we are ready for new and fresh experiences and discoveries…

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Ten steps to happiness (Part 1)

Friday, 4/3/2011 - 12:51pm

Our spiritual path does not end until we are fully enlightened. Until then, it is a constant endeavour of study, [...]

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Rock and not roll

Saturday, 19/2/2011 - 11:02pm

When we are faced with problems or difficulties, the first thought in our mind is to avoid them. This aversion [...]

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Ignorance is (not) bliss

Monday, 7/2/2011 - 12:04am

The bliss of ignorance is a deception. In reality, what is merely a temporary reduction or postponement of one’s suffering, [...]

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Impermanence need not be a bad thing

Thursday, 13/1/2011 - 1:32am

The biggest problem with failing to realise that all phenomena is subject to impermanence, is that it deceives us into [...]

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A balanced mind

Monday, 27/12/2010 - 4:52pm

Dharma does not make us suffer. The fluctuations in our minds make us suffer H.E. Tsem Rinpoche When we work [...]

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Don’t be a great pretender, be a real practitioner

Thursday, 9/12/2010 - 6:38pm

What constitutes pure motivation? Pure motivation is a mind free from the eight worldly concerns…

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Taking refuge is to become a Buddhist, not a refugee

Wednesday, 24/11/2010 - 2:03am

Until we can perceive the Enlightened ones directly, the best teacher is our spiritual guide, the source of all good…

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The agony + ecstasy of love

Tuesday, 9/11/2010 - 11:32pm

To give and receive love is one of the greatest joys of being human. Animals and other beings do not [...]

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Think out of the box

Thursday, 28/10/2010 - 12:14am

When our minds are closed, we cannot learn from anyone and our learning curve plateaus and takes a dive. We [...]

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Be a Dharma warrior, not an ostrich

Wednesday, 13/10/2010 - 9:17pm

On our journey to Enlightenment, we need to proceed in an organised and efficient manner. Mount Everest cannot be conquered [...]

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Ethical living: Giving and taking

Wednesday, 29/9/2010 - 12:53am

The laws of karma is the law of cause and effect, whereby all our actions are the causes and our [...]

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Back to school

Tuesday, 14/9/2010 - 2:19am

What is spiritual practice? The transformation of bad to good. His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche Generally, we can engage in spiritual [...]

The destructiveness of anger

Tuesday, 7/9/2010 - 3:54am

We may have knowledge and even teach Dharma. But are we humble and kind to everyone?

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#29: The most beautiful mind of all

Tuesday, 17/8/2010 - 3:39pm

From our experiences, we know that despite our best intentions, we cannot really do much to benefit others. We may [...]

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#28: Why Buddhahood?

Thursday, 12/8/2010 - 12:05am

It is very important for us to know why we want to become a Buddha. If you think it is [...]

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#27: Altruism, the mother of superior intention

Tuesday, 3/8/2010 - 1:31am

It is easy for us to wish for all sentient beings to be happy or to recite a verse of [...]

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#26: Compassion conquers all

Monday, 26/7/2010 - 2:57pm

All samsaric life is characterised by beings taking what they like from others, and giving things they do not like. [...]

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#25: The power of imagination (Part 2)

Wednesday, 21/7/2010 - 3:37pm

First, we imagine exchanging places with someone who is of similar ability, intellect or status as ourselves. Next, we relate [...]

#24: The power of imagination (Part 1)

Tuesday, 13/7/2010 - 11:46pm

When we use our imagination to exchange our self with others, there is no danger or confusion because the exchange [...]

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#23: The power of familiarity

Thursday, 17/6/2010 - 12:12pm

How is it possible to exchange self with others? First, we must acknowledge and understand that the object we cherish [...]

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#22: The art of switcheroo

Wednesday, 9/6/2010 - 5:39pm

If we are determined to turn over a new leaf and become the truly beautiful person we really are, a [...]

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#21: Cherishing ourselves and others equally

Wednesday, 2/6/2010 - 10:18am

Since the moment we were born we have been cherishing ourselves. Just look at babies – don’t they get whatever [...]

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#20: How to be the greatest lover of all: Be an equaliser

Wednesday, 26/5/2010 - 10:07am

We still need to remove some doubts before we can move on to be a lover of all…

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#19: Remembering and repaying the kindness of our mothers

Thursday, 20/5/2010 - 12:14pm

Recognising that all living beings – humans, animals, insects, anything – in the universe seen and unseen, known and unknown [...]

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#18: Believe it or not, all living beings are our mothers

Thursday, 13/5/2010 - 3:04pm

Many will find the above assertion a tough nut to swallow. Before we reject it, please consider what the Enlightened [...]

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#17: Equanimity: The key to a cool mind

Wednesday, 5/5/2010 - 11:42am

A Buddha is cool because he has stilled his passions and is therefore free from excitement and depression. He does [...]

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#16: How to be really cool: Developing equanimity

Thursday, 29/4/2010 - 12:35pm

In Buddhism, being cool is not about ignoring everything or accepting everything. To be cool means we can deal with [...]

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#15: On the way: The seven-fold cause and effect method

Wednesday, 21/4/2010 - 10:13pm

Each step is a cause for the succeeding effect, which in turn becomes the cause.

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#14: The way of the bodhisattva

Wednesday, 14/4/2010 - 1:27am

The suffering I witness will be what all living beings, without exception, will have to go through…

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#13: The road to perfection

Tuesday, 6/4/2010 - 11:31pm

What is so imperfect or unsatisfactory about our life, and daily challenges and encounters? We have to recognise this first [...]

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#12: Hallebuddhaya: The cure and the medicine

Thursday, 1/4/2010 - 4:34am

For those who have been following this series so far, we have reached a milestone here which can be considered [...]

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#11: Nipping the bud: The true origin of suffering

Wednesday, 24/3/2010 - 1:42pm

According to Buddhism, our main mental problems or delusions are: ignorance, attachment and anger. Because of these delusions, we engage [...]

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#10: Closing in on the truth of suffering

Wednesday, 17/3/2010 - 2:38pm

What is it we have in common with Queen Elizabeth or the homeless Ah Kow on Sultan Street? Suffering! It [...]

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#9: Suffering of change

Wednesday, 10/3/2010 - 5:56pm

When we encounter obvious pain or suffering, there is no issue about us seeking treatment, whether for ourselves or for [...]

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#8: The path to freedom

Wednesday, 3/3/2010 - 4:11am

The path to freedom… Well, not quite yet. We’ve got to get real first.

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#7: To be or not to be FREE

Wednesday, 24/2/2010 - 5:57pm

What do we want to be free from? All kinds of suffering. Not only freedom from suffering from physical ailments, [...]

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#6: Karma, part 2 (Be a karmic doctor, not a karmic slave)

Thursday, 11/2/2010 - 4:34am

Karmic cause and effect is the fairest operation of a natural law one can find in our world system. It [...]

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#5: Karma, part 1 (Karma and chameleon)

Thursday, 4/2/2010 - 2:28am

A chameleon protects itself by changing its body’s colours through a bio-chemical process to ‘hide’ itself in different environments…

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#4: The dharma & sangha jewels

Tuesday, 26/1/2010 - 8:01pm

The Buddha gave 84,000 teachings during his lifetime , each of which are specific antidotes to the 84,000 afflictions of [...]

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#3: Refuge

Tuesday, 19/1/2010 - 8:43pm

When you are in deep trouble, who do you call? Buddhists know where to seek relief – they go for [...]

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#2: Life after death

Tuesday, 12/1/2010 - 5:46pm

Since the dawn of civilisation, mankind has been fascinated by death and life thereafter

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#1: Death and impermanence

Wednesday, 6/1/2010 - 4:10pm

While there can be arguments or debates with regards to the impermanent nature of many objects in this universe, known [...]

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