Tag Archives: Buddhism

Non-conceptual happiness

Our brain is constantly making sense of the world around us through looking for familiar concepts, recognizing familiar objects and shapes and putting them all into an inner map telling us whether we are doing fine, how do we fit in, how do we compare, how should we feel, whether “our life” is good and […]

The mind and “I”

Question: “What is the difference between “the mind” and “I”? You can find a lot of definitions of “mind” in spiritual literature, ranging from all-positive to an “evil one”. But, really, if we look at the mind – that thing that processes everything in our head – is only a tool, it is like a […]

Zen and unexpected beauty

From the early childhood, we are told what is beautiful and what is not. As children, we find everything around us fascinating and new because we don’t have yet this structure, this imaginary scale… Source: Zen and unexpected beauty

Celebrating impermanence: Chiang Mai flowers

Every February Chiang Mai, Thailand, hosts a lively and colorful Flower Festival. Thai people prepare many amazing floats for the parade, intricately decorated with myriads of live flowers. I remember how seeing this fragrant opulence for the first time was a bit of shock for me. I couldn’t believe that people would put so much […]

Settling into Emptiness

Many people had transcended and mystical experiences of boundless Love, Presence and what is expressed in Buddhism as Emptiness – eternal unlimited space permeated with peace and sense of well-being. It is commonly accepted that this mystical experience is temporal and will fade into a memory as all other experiences. And yet, what is shown […]