Category Archives: buddhism

Happy birthday, Buddhist style 😊

An interesting alternative perspective from Buddhism on birthdays… It is my birthday! I baked 2 cakes, prepared post Soviet “tapas” like sproty, red caviar rye bread canapes, pickled tomatoes, a mandatory post Soviet New Year salad, there is sangria in … Continue reading

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Too busy? Or afraid to face emptiness?

When I was younger, I filled all my free time with activities and projects. God forbid, I were to find myself alone in my flat with nothing to do. I was constantly on the go. Life seemed full and good … Continue reading

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Buddhist humour – happy enlightenment 😊

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Finding enlightenment in the in-between state

It takes some training to equate complete letting go with comfort. But in fact, “nothing to hold on to” is the root of happiness. There’s a sense of freedom when we accept that we’re not in control… This may lead … Continue reading

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Resilience in Buddhism, a different perspective to find happiness, joy and peace #burnout #unemployment #anxiety

When you find yourself in a predicament, see it from a different point of view. “Happiness is sorrow, sorrow is happiness. There is happiness in difficulty, difficulty in happiness”. If it’s so bad it’s impossible, know it too shall pass, … Continue reading

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Loving awareness – what does it feel like?

What does loving awareness feel like? I had no idea before. It was just a concept. Like one of my spiritual friends says, all you need to do is meditate and answers will come (or rather questions will dissolve but … Continue reading

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30-day no drama (and catch your klesha) challenge

How is it going, fellow nomads? What are you working on at the moment? I’ve got so tired of the drama that I noticed I tend to trigger in myself and others that I concocted this challenge. Mind you, day … Continue reading

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When unexpected happens, how do you react?

When you stumble on a loose pavement slab and nearly fall, what do you do? Swear? Kick it? Write to the local authorities and complain? How about thanking the slab and the Universe for putting it there, smiling and saying … Continue reading

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A closing chant

On the course with Ani Pema where we learn to “live purposefully and die fearlessly”, I learned this chant that one can also use when dying. Another way is to close meditation or retreat with it. We chant it at … Continue reading

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Precept #5 of the Order of Interbeing. The realization of perfect understanding is Bodhisattva’s only career

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of your life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. The Eight … Continue reading

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Contemplating death five times a day brings happiness

I am preparing for a home retreat on impermanence with Pema Chodron (Buddhist nun) and these are the five reminders we were told to keep with us daily. I relate.

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What is karma?

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What is done is done

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“In the end, one reverses all views”

As I age, I realise that there is no such thing as absolute truth – only points of view. There is no black and white “right and wrong”. Just shades of “depends”. The more I know the more I realise … Continue reading

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On mudita, joy for others

Making time for joy, prioritising it is very important. Life often becomes dull, grey and joyless if we don’t prioritise moments when we do something that excites, expands us, helps us feel alive. This is self-centred joy. Nothing wrong with … Continue reading

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