What part of you is really you?

In Buddhism, we talk about the concept of “no self”, the idea that things have no intrinsic existence of their own. Take a moment and look down at your hands right now, they’re probably holding your phone or holding the mouse, ready to click away from this article (don’t do it!). But look at them

Beware of Labels

One of my favorite Buddhist concepts is the concept of “emptiness“. It’s a central teaching in Buddhism and yet it’s often misunderstood. [mks_highlight color=”#eeee22”]Emptiness does not mean nothingness[/mks_highlight]. In fact, the proper understanding of emptiness is so vital that the great Buddhist philosopher/poet Nagarjuna wrote: “Emptiness wrongly grasped is like picking up a poisonous snake by the wrong

Allegory of the cave

In Plato’s allegory of the cave,  we learn about some prisoners who have been trapped in a cave their whole lives, they’ve never seen the world outside of the cave. They are chained in such a way that they are facing the wall, with their backs towards the entrance of the cave. Due to their
We all experience ups and downs in life but it’s important to remember that we should never get caught up in these moments. To enjoy the “whole” experience of life, we must learn to see past the individual highs and lows and instead focus our perspective on the big picture.

The Power of Compassion

The Buddha taught that in order to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. These two qualities are sometimes compared to two wings that must work together to achieve flight, or two eyes that work together to be able to experience depth perception.
1) Empty your mind. A student went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the student talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor’s cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The student watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s full! No more will go

Are You Stuck? Let It Go!

Do you know how they trap certain species of monkeys in Africa? Some of the indigenous populations devised an ingenious method to trap monkeys. They would take a coconut, a jar, or a container and make a hole small enough for the monkey to stick it’s hand in it. Then they would place a piece of fruit or food