There are all manner of things that we need to satisfy our physical needs. However, what we really need to gain clarity about is our most fundamental needs are, which I think are three: what should cause us regret, what it is we truly need, and what is real happiness.
Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 3 - Part 8" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Way of the Bodhisattva contains many concrete practices for the cultivation of bodhicitta but for a more simplified, condensed description on how to go about cultivating bodhicitta, a practice that has essentially been filtered down into an easily accessible format, read the Wisdom Light book series in which I explain that practice.
Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 3 - Part 7" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
It is most fortunate that we have the opportunity to read these scriptures from the Mahayana tradition and that we have so many sources available to help us understand their meaning. Over the course of any of our lives there are all kinds of things that we regret or that we wish had happened otherwise. What would be most regrettable, though, is that even though such wonderful texts exist, we did not take the opportunity to study them and understand their content.
Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 3 - Part 6" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Greed, anger and delusion are prevalent in our daily life and in the work environment. We the beginners of Mahayana Buddhism oftentimes act like some of the uninitiated who cannot keep emotions contained. This not only makes the motto of delivering all sentient beings something tenuous but may also discredit Buddhism as a whole. Among the so-called three poisons, anger is the most harmful. It not only destroys one’s own virtuous roots but also ......