The Happiest People Don’t Let Their Minds Wander, According to a Harvard Study Think back to a time when you were very unhappy. You probably attribute it to some specific situation, such as a problem or issue you were dealing with, or perhaps you didn’t have things you thought you wanted or needed. You probably
The Feeling Aggregate (Emotions) is defined as ‘an omnipresent factor of the mind which labels experiences into three categories: pleasant, unpleasant or neutral’: •When the label of pleasant is given to an object, we develop attachment. •When the label of unpleasant is given to an object, we develop aversion, and sometimes even anger or hatred.
I really want to help my community and the world, but it seems so hard. Why do our efforts have so little effect? The answer is that most of us have minds that are scattered or distracted: sometimes positive, sometimes negative, constantly changing with our shifting moods and desires. Flickering attention is a sure sign
I mentioned recently that life is “dukkha” which is loosely translated as “suffering”, “pain” or “unsatisfactoriness”. Without getting unnecessarily complicated lets just call it “discomfort”. There is physical and mental discomfort. If you are human I doubt you would argue this. When we experience discomfort, what do we want? Comfort. There are many unhealthy sources
Tonight we are going to have a simple and fun Satsang! Mantra is sound, a vibration, that somehow helps us cut the stream of discursive thoughts that runs through all of our minds. The term “Mantra” has been translated many different ways. The definition I find most suitable is “Gatekeeper”. Mantra is the gatekeeper to
Why the Buddha Kept Meditating – When I was a young monk, I wondered why the Buddha kept practicing mindfulness and meditation even after he had already become a buddha. Now I find the answer is plain enough to see. Happiness is impermanent, like everything else. In order for happiness to be extended and renewed,
We all want to be happy and there are many books and teachers in the world that try to help people be happier. Yet we all continue to suffer. Therefore, we may think that we’re “doing it wrong.” Somehow we are “failing at happiness.” That isn’t true. Being able to enjoy happiness doesn’t require that
The word meditation describes a variety of directed mental activities. Some define it as a type of concentration, others as a self-study of mental processes, and yet others as a method for transcending ordinary worry and concerns. Overall, meditation can have mental and physiological effects such as relieving pain, anxiety, stress, and high blood pressure.
One of the central concepts of Buddhist philosophy is the notion of attachment, or clinging. Upadana is a word from ancient Pali and Sanskrit, which is usually translated as attachment, grasping, or clinging – but it’s literal meaning is “fuel.” This relates to the metaphor of the mind as being like a fire: burning, consuming,
You may have heard that Buddhists are supposed to be free of attachments. That sounds a bit grim. Does that mean we Buddhists have to abandon our friends and loved ones? Thankfully, no, it doesn’t. In Buddhism, “attachment” doesn’t mean what you might think it means. What Is Attachment? In order for there to be