Raja Yoga: Exit Strategy for Suffering

Everyone wants to be happy, but the happiness we seek is elusive. Our lives are spent seeking happiness through possessions, positions, relationships; even our addictions are a misguided search for happiness. And what do we find? Generally, we get a little happiness...

The Wisdom of the Poets

In your darkest moments, when your heart feels tender and broken wide open, I hope you’ll turn to the wisdom of the poets. A good poem can act as a balm for your soul as well as prepare you for the truths you’ll rediscover at this time. One of the poems, “The Guest...

Guru Tattva: The Guru Principle

Today, there’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the nature of the Guru. The Vedantic tradition tells us that, “The syllable gu means shadows. The syllable ru, he who disperses them. Because of the power to disperse darkness, the Guru is thus...

A “Karuna” Virus Teaching and Prayer from Dzogchen Rinpoche

Andrew Holecek (author, Buddhist scholar and teacher), recently shared the following message with students in his online course, “Bardos in Everyday Life.” Hi friends, I received this teaching and prayer from Dzogchen Rinpoche to contemplate. A Tibetan...

Why is There Suffering?

Again and again, people ask me, “Why is there suffering? How can I avoid suffering?” My answer is, “You cannot.” If anything has to happen, it will happen. Think, All right, let it happen. I am bold. What’s the use of being afraid of it? I’m not going to be able to...

Shanti: The Peace We All Really Want

Shanti. I see God as Shanti. Shanti is the nature of God. My God is Shanti and has no form no other name. God is all peaceful, all serenity—the peace that cannot be expressed by words. Even to say the word “peace,” in a way limits, the expression of that very peace....