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How to mend a broken heart according to Buddhism

How to mend a broken heart according to Buddhism

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So close and yet so far

I have recently been in New York City for a week. People often say they feel lonelier in the middle of a huge city surrounded by long queue at airportmillions of people than in a rural area with hardly anyone around. A friend of mine who used to live in London said he always felt somewhat alone there. Then one weekend he did a Buddhist meditation…

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Why do I feel so lonely?

Why do I feel so lonely?

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Can you remember the last time you felt lonely?

If you can, you are not alone!  Reminds me of that Billy Joel lyric from Piano Man:

They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness
But it’s better than drinking alone.

We crave companionship, closeness, union, but the irony is that we are not actually alone in the first place. To appreciate this, we first need to understand the actual reasons we feel…

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Happiness from the inside outEscape to reality
People often decide they’ll learn to meditate once they see the connection…View Post

Happiness from the inside out

Escape to reality

People often decide they’ll learn to meditate once they see the connection…

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Learning to meditate in 2014Deciding to learn meditation is a really great new year’s resolution. Anyone can learn, if they…View Post

Learning to meditate in 2014

Deciding to learn meditation is a really great new year’s resolution. Anyone can learn, if they…

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Do you even like yourself?!This is the fourth in a series of articles on overcoming discouragement. 
The last article looked…View Post

Do you even like yourself?!

This is the fourth in a series of articles on overcoming discouragement.

The last article looked…

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Feeling stuck?Continuing the subject of overcoming discouragement.
Motivation, the first step
Here’s a little…View Post

Feeling stuck?

Continuing the subject of overcoming discouragement.

Motivation, the first step

Here’s a little…

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Normally we try to hold tightly onto the infrastructure of our lives – our relationships, our money, our car, our pets, our children, our house, our job, our career, our status, our power, our control. Much of our current self-image is based on these very concrete, solid, pretty much permanent things that seem to define us. The stronger we grasp at this chunky restrictive sense of self, the more attachment we will need to generate for all these things in order to keep the illusion alive, and the more fear we will have of losing them. Like trying to hang onto the deck furniture on the Titanic, or a sandcastle by the rising tide, our desires and efforts are doomed to failure. Every small loss of, say, a turret on our castle is disillusioning for us because we wanted it to be permanent and fixed, and it ended up being the opposite. Then when the whole lot gets swept away at death…

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Celebrating 100,000 page visits on Kadampa Life with a brand new design of the site… Big thank you to all readers, subscribers and contributors.

Celebrating 100,000 page visits on Kadampa Life with a brand new design of the site… Big thank you to all readers, subscribers and contributors.

Our mind, like a drop of water, can dissolve into the mind of all enlightened beings, which is like a boundless blissful ocean. The drop is then pervaded by the ocean. ~ Blissings, Kadampa Life

Our mind, like a drop of water, can dissolve into the mind of all enlightened beings, which is like a boundless blissful ocean. The drop is then pervaded by the ocean. ~ Blissings, Kadampa Life