Those who eat too much or eat too little, who sleep too much or sleep too little, will not succeed in meditation. But those who are temperate in eating and sleeping, work and recreation, will come to the end of sorrow through meditation.
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there be a time when we will cease to exist. As the same person inhabits the body through childhood, youth, and old age, so too at the time of death he attains another body. The wise are not deluded by these changes.
I am just a practitioner, doing my best to practise, simply a student of the Dharma, who is trying, by working with myself, with the help of the teachings and my masters, to become a better human being.
Our own direct experience with Ayahuasca is our best teacher. However, reading, writing, discussing with others and our own practice are the best means of understanding our own experience clearly and in depth.
The logic of basic goodness is very similar. When we speak of basic goodness, we are not talking about having allegiance to good and rejecting bad. Basic goodness is good because it is un conditional, or fundamental. It is there already, in the same way that heaven and earth are there already.
We need to master our own anger before we can help others do the same. When the flames of anger flare up, we tend to lash out at those who have watered our seeds of anger. It is like finding our house on fire and, instead of putting out the flames, chasing those we think started it.
“The Shambhala teachings are founded on the premise that there is basic human wisdom that can help to solve the world's problems. This wisdom does not belong to anyone culture or religion, nor does it come only from the West or the East. Rather, it is a tradition of human warriorship that has existed in many cultures at many times throughout history.“
The Buddha advises in the sutras that where the teacher's behavior is wholesome, you should follow it, but where it is unwholesome, you should not. You do not simply excuse bad conduct because your teacher did it. You should identify what is improper and decide not to follow it.
On Choosing Guru.
On Choosing Guru.