Sīlabbataparāmāso, ‘’attachment to rules and rituals’’ is one of the three mental ties that are undone forever by the event of seeing Dhamma for oneself, and awakening to the level of Sotapana – or “stream enterer,” the two others being the obstacle of doubt, and the view of the five aggregates of body and mind […]Continue reading
This is one of the Buddha’s teachings that is most often quoted everywhere, so it might be difficult to realise how significant or how valuable it is when we read it.
In meditation, every time you let go of an emotion or a thought, you are removing from yourself, going against yourself. You believe these are your feelings, your thoughts, your ideas. Part of yourself. It is as if every time you have to cut and emotion or a thought, you have to accept to allow […]Continue reading
To practice the quality of equanimity, it is important to learn how to stop being a slave of one’s emotions. In the meditation of this school, we aim to be able to observe how any emotion is born and drop it right at the place where it is born.
Can we exercise control over our emotions? Trying to control one’s emotions or the direction of one’s mind in no way reduces the struggle that we live from day to day. Maybe you have already seen this in your life? We cannot control our emotions, regardless of how much we would like to. Emotions are […]Continue reading
Why do we make rites and rituals? There are thousands that exist in hundreds of various forms all around the world. How are these born, and what is the purpose of them? What is the purpose of them for you who practice them? So, let us speak to the one who is suffering. You have […]Continue reading
We are so worried, so constantly anxious, running as fast as we can in circles round our little Self. It’s as if we already know inside from the beginning that it is just an image, fake, put-together.
I have this problem that keeps coming back: I am desperately lonely. I need to be loved, and I’m not. I feel that in the deepest way possible, nobody understands me: I have nobody I can really, fully trust. I’m ashamed of this feeling. What’s wrong with me? There are times when I want to […]Continue reading
Have you ever asked yourself the question: does life have value? Why am I here? Is there a point to everything, and if there is, what is it? And if there isn’t – what are we doing here in this short space between birth and death? Have you ever desperately searched for meaning in everything, […]Continue reading
It’s easy to think of effort as being purely physical, purely to do with persistence and non-stop work. Yet mental effort is more difficult and more valuable than physical effort; mental laziness is more damaging than physical laziness.