Letting go is part of the answer

Time and again in our work helping others deal with their challenges, we find that letting go can be a real challenge for many folks. It takes a great leap of faith to let go of one’s conceived notions of self and all its attending problems. But unless you do, you won’t make space for better things to come like the peace and joy you want so much but seems so out of reach.  To further illustrate this point, we invite you to watch the movie below. It is based on the novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse that became an …

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Can the Lamrim Path end all suffering?

Lam (path) Rim (stages) or The Path is a Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist text and is described as an essential distillation of the Buddha’s teachings. Condensed into an integrated approach, it is an escalated path to help a practitioner achieve the very same liberation from the samsaric wheel of cyclic existence through enlightenment. Just as the Buddha taught, enlightenment is definitely possible within a single lifetime given the right causes and conditions. LamRim ChenMo is the full name of the text better known as The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, published in 1402 by Je Rinpoche, …

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Discover lasting happiness through self-observation

Many a times, we have observed in our work that the most debilitating suffering comes when one no longer finds any meaning in life. What is this life about? How do I navigate it? Do I have a specific gift for the world? You will find your answer when you look at your soul treasures – knowledge, talents and gifts – you have carried over from your past lives. By bringing forth what is in us, our soul treasures, that is the road to meaning and purpose. In a previous post here, we wrote about how you can better understand …

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The Buddha’s Four Noble Truths on suffering

The Buddha’s mission was simple. He’s only interested to teach the end of suffering. And thus he began by teaching the Four Noble Truths that are said to contain the entire sum of the his teachings. Why? Because they will always point us back to the fundamental and irrefutable Law of Causation. That of karma, cause and condition, attachment and letting go. And within these are many more layers of the most profound meaning that shows us what life is really about. As the story goes, the Buddha didn’t really want to teach because he thought it would be too …

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Know why you suffer – Journalling

As we think, so we become. This is the eternal truth about the human mind which is the source of all joy and suffering. Why is that so? Because the way we think leads us to form habits that are strengthened each time we repeat them. Over time, we become the sum of our habits. Question is: what sort of habits rule our life? Ask any wise person for the formula of success and he or she will tell you to examine, analyse and study your habits. If there are mental, physical and spiritual habits that impede your progress, you …

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Samskara n vasana – karmic imprints

Much of our behaviour is driven by triggers deep down within our psyche. These can be intergenerational patterns of behaviour that are passed on from generation to generation. They could be learned or adaptive behaviour. The thing is all behaviour results in an energetic imprint known as samskara or vasana. This is the universal Law of Cause and Effect which no one can escape. What are samskaras and vasanas? These are energetic imprints that we carry forward from past lives to our present incarnation which also include those we create in this lifetime through our behavioural patterns in thought, speech …

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Raga and dvesha – likes and dislikes

How do we attain a peaceful state of mind no matter what happens? Answer: Start training your mind to pause so that you can choose a more spiritually-appropriate response. Don’t let ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ govern your thinking or reaction. They will bring about your downfall and ruin. Catch yourself each time you find yourself thinking in terms of like or dislike. Because in reality, there is no qualifier of good or bad, like or dislike unless you will it so. Be determined to change this habit by training yourself to look at all events, situations, and persons with the eye …

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How suffering arises

Both Vedanta and the Buddha teach the same. We suffer because of the way we perceive which then forms the basis of our thinking. Our thinking then shapes how we react to a stimulus. How we react would start a chain of cause and effect resulting in karma which boomerangs back as joy or suffering.  You can’t really begin to understand how to stop suffering if you didn’t also take into consideration several other factors besides the Law of Causation i.e. Karma. Karma is formed from every act we engage in – think, speak, do. They cause energetic imprints that …

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