Twilight Love: Do You Love Like a Vampire & Is It a Good Thing?

photo credit: bruna :] Edward Cullen. The name causes hearts all over the world to skip a beat. Chivalrous, dangerous, protective. His love for Bella, 90-odd years his junior, has captivated the hearts and minds of girls and women everywhere. They leave cinemas green with envy; wishing that that had a love like that. In […]

The Art of Taking Your Life as Your Teacher

photo credit: Tom Spender “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost The day I finished school I packed my bags, borrowed some money from my mother and got on a plane to the Himalayas. I needed a teacher. I needed someone who could help […]

Ethical Dilemma #6: Should President Obama Meet the Dalai Lama?

photo credit: ctsnow This week news came out saying that President Obama would be the first President since 1991 not to meet with the Dalai Lama while he is on tour in the United States. This has produced a mixed reaction from pundits, Tibet supporters and peace advocates around the world. Some people say that […]

The Excuses Culture: Why We Protect Ourselves With Excuses

photo credit: sevenfloorsdown He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin When was the last time you made a resolve to achieve something, set a deadline and then achieved it? Can you even remember the last time? I’m struggling. And the reason I am struggling to remember […]

Ethical Dilemma #5 – Would You Lie?

photo credit: DarkB4Dawn The last four ethical dilemmas have been really popular and some amazing discussions and insights have resulted. I really like asking these questions because I learn a lot about my readers as well as the topic we are discussing. Today’s ethical dilemma stems from some thoughts I have thinking about the absolute […]

Technology: The Reason You are Stressed, Depressed and Bored

photo credit: Bert Kommerij “In Tibet you would send a letter and not expect a reply for six months. Now if people send an email and don’t get a reply in 30 seconds they get angry.” – Tai Situ How long can you go without checking your email? If you find a juicy bit of […]

How to Become a Better Husband, Boyfriend or Life Partner

This article is not particularly insightful. Nor is it all that authoritative. I am not claiming to be the world’s best husband – far from it. But one thing I can attest to is that I am always trying to be better for my lady. I never forget that our relationship is something that needs […]

Growing Up: The Train That Can Never Stop

photo credit: joesflickr I’m 24 years old. I’m in the North Indian Himalayas. I’m sitting down for a private audience with one of Tibet’s most revered Buddhist teachers. After telling him how attached I am to my mother he looks at me straight in the eyes, smiles and gently says, “Well, you have to grow […]

How to Live Longer: The Buddhist Practice of Saving Life

photo credit: BarefootAdrianne “No thing is as dear to someone as his or her own life, so no greater crime is there than taking life away. And no conditioned virtue brings greater merit than the act of saving beings and ransoming their lives.” – Chatral Rinpoche. Many years ago in the Himalayas I met a […]

Ethical Dilemma #4 – Would You Take the Heat?

photo credit: Mutasim Billah Pritam [EWU] The last ethical dilemma was a really good one. We had lots of fantastic responses; some more insightful than others. In the end, only one person picked out that the person might not have even been an Arab. You can check it out here (towards the end of the […]

What Your Dreams Can Teach You About Being Awake (and Happy)

photo credit: koke We all dream. Some more than others. Some people will go off on fantasy journeys to far of lands where the imagination creates a smorgasbord of sensual pleasures. Other people will toss and turn the night over as they struggle to wake up from a nightmare that seems all too real. But […]

How to Accept a Gay Friend or Family Member

Do you know someone who is gay? It might be your friend, family member or work colleague. Do you have trouble accepting their sexual orientation? Does it make you feel uneasy when they are around? Do you even go so far as to say that they are disgusting? If so – please read on.

What Has Michael Jackson’s Death Taught You?

photo credit: Sen-Sai I have never seen anything like it. Michael Jackson. Dead. Twitter goes crazy, people rally in the streets to sing his songs and a whole generation of fans cry for their lost hero. It is quite incredible. Michael Jackson was, to me, almost a mythical figure. His fame and charismatic presence left […]

Ethical Dilemma #3 – Would You Say Something?

Every now and then I hear about a situation that makes me wonder what I would have done if I was there when it happened. Over the past few months I have asked you all what your opinions were regarding these scenarios and as such I have gained some terrific new perspectives. You can see […]

How to Make Every Minute of Your Life Meaningful

photo credit: Desirée Delgado “My religion is to live and die without regret.” – Milarepa Something that scares me more than anything else is dying with regret. I don’t want to look back on my younger years wishing I had done something differently or wishing that I hadn’t hurt this or that person. Regret scares […]

Bad Company: Are Your Friends Really Friends?

photo credit: Photo Mojo “Put a rose in a sack of fish and soon the rose will start to stink too. Be careful of the company you keep.” – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Urgyen Trinley Dorje. Are your friends really your friends? Are they supporting and enhancing your life or are they teaching you […]

Say “No” to Television: Why TV is Your Worst Habit

photo credit: Loving Earth Television has become like sleep; you just can’t do without it. Every day hundreds of millions of people around the world sit down and spend time watching their favorite shows. In fact, people love TV so much they might even spend a few hours watching programs that they don’t even like! […]

Why Do You Still Hate Your Job?

photo credit: Andy Wilkes You get up every day with a frown on your face. Grab your towel, drudge down the hall to the shower. Get dressed, eat some breakfast, kiss your kids goodbye and walk out the door. In half an hour you’ll be back at the job you hate. Tomorrow you will do […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Not Fear Your Future – PART 2

photo credit: lanuiop “When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – John M. Richardson, Jr. A few days ago we looked at how to let go of the past; the first article in our […]

How to Let Go of the Past and Not Fear Your Future

  “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne dyer. The other night I was sitting down with my brother watching a late night soccer match when we started talking about the “good […]