The Buddha’s First Two Followers

The Buddha’s First Two Followers

Throughout the Ganges region, people were longing for a new spiritual vision, especially in the cities. This became clear, the Pali texts tell us, almost immediately after the Buddha’s enlightenment, when two passing merchants, called Tapussa and Bhalluka, who had...
The Buddha

The Buddha

Renunciation During the time of the Buddha life was in a state of flux. A new urban class was coming to be, fueled by greed and power. The restricting caste system was being put to the test by the merchant class. Traditional values were crumbling. The old ways and...
The Essence of Buddha’s Teachings

The Essence of Buddha’s Teachings

“Commit not a single unwholesome act. Develop a wealth of virtue. Tame, transform, and conquer this mind of ours. Peace. Compassion. Wisdom. This is the essence of the teachings of the Buddhas.” We Are What We Think “We are what we think. All that we are arises...
It Isn’t All Suffering.

It Isn’t All Suffering.

Compared to minds timeless space like luminous nature everything else pales in comparison. Maybe you’ve even experienced this already briefly… Staring at a sunset Looking at a newborn child smile Seeing your loved one across a crowded room In the ecstasy...
Padmasambhava’s Pointing Out Instructions

Padmasambhava’s Pointing Out Instructions

Over 1000 years have passed since the Great Master Padmasambhava gave these pointing out instructions. And I believe that these instructions of precise clarity were truly meant for the Western mind. Below you’ll find: Padmasambhava’s Pointing Out...

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