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I study, and try to practice, Vajrayana Buddhism. My main areas of interest are Chod, Kagyu and Nyingma traditions as well as Buddhisms interactions with the West, pop-culture and engaged Buddhism.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Protector of sentient beings, Lord Dusum Khyenpa, Gyalwa Karmapa.
Please bless being like me so we can turn our minds away from mundane samsaric bullshit, and instead focus a hundred percent on developing kindness, wisdom and compassion.
May you remain for kalpas, until the samsaric ocean runs dry!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Under the influence

Whether we like it or not, our environment and surroundings have an impact on how we think, speak and act. Very few of us have the stability of mind not to be influenced to some extent.

This does not mean that we can abdicate responsibility for our actions by means of blaming external conditions.

The Buddha taught various methods for subduing our minds and one way of helping to do this is to, if possible utilise our environment in the most conducive way to Dharma practice.

Environment doesn't simply mean the physical surroundings, but also who we associate with. If we are primarily surrounded by people who are engaging in negative actions, there is a distinct possibility we will also engage in those actions. Conversely if we are surrounded by kind people engaged in positive actions, then evcentually we will also see our own minds naturally turning to virtue,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Happy Saga Dawa

I wish you a happy Saga Dawa, filled with joy and the accomplishment of virtue, should you wish to dedicate this virtue to the Buddhahood of all sentiend beings without bias, then this would be excellent.

Wishing people happiness and taking part in whatever virtuous acts on Saga Dawa is a very good and excellent thing. If we wish other happiness, ultimate and relative, and engage in virtuous activities everyday, not just on special days, then this is even better.

Precious Bodhicitta Mind, may it fill the sky without limit.
Precious Bodhcitta Mind, may it bring immesurable joy to sentient beings.
Precious Bodhicitta Mind, may it be realised right now, on this very seat.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Years ago someone told me in conversation that we need to stay withing our own moral universes in order to be happy.

I sort of agree, but would say that once our physical and verbal actions are in accord with our mind, we are on course for some level of contentment.