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Self-care in Buddhism

This cracks me up. These are the two incomplete cycling workouts from Week 1 of the training plan. That week, I was only able to make it to the end for 1 out of 3 sessions, and was in tremendous pain at the end. It took me three days to recover. Just three weeks later, […]

Five ways to love more

Originally posted: 1. Let go of pain from the past Let go of the people who hurt your body, because you yourself should not keep hurting your body by holding onto pain anymore. Let go of all pain you wish on others. Do not wish pain on others and yourself. Let go of the […]


For the last week or so, I’ve been proofreading the transcript of a teaching Rinpoche gave on Dorje Shugden. I’ve just gotten to the part where Rinpoche explains the distress he felt when he first found out about the ban in 1986. In short, Rinpoche said that news of the ban hit him very deeply because […]


Martin (welcome back!) and I got into a little discussion today. He asked about my process for writing and how I get started. After answering him, I realised it is something I have never really given much thought to. This is despite the fact I have been writing in some capacity since I was 15 / 16. When I was in my teens, my […]


It has always fascinated me how there are just so many ways a person can die and in fact, it is easier for a person to die than to stay alive. The thought first came in high school when, at Rinpoche’s urging, I watched Faces of Death. The thought then continued into university when our developmental and abnormal […]

Brutal truth and honesty

I glance over at my laptop’s clock. It is coming up to 3am and a small group of us are sitting here with Rinpoche as Rinpoche goes through the blog for what must be the 200th time tonight. We’ve been here for 12 hours already, writing and clicking and checking, and then checking and rechecking […]


If memory serves, this blog post is an elaboration of a text message that I sent to a friend who was pining after a girl. His opinion of her changed by the day and quite frankly, my patience was tested sometimes especially since he showed little signs of wanting to make a change. After many conversations, […]


“Food is one of the few pleasures we can control”. I heard this quote somewhere on YouTube the other day and thought it was interesting. My first thought was, is the rest of our life so out of control that one of the only things we can control is what passes our lips? Surely the […]


After posting the comment on Rinpoche’s blog, it occurred to me that the space in these apartments is no bigger than many meditation spaces and retreat huts. Yet the result derived from the same square footage is so vastly different… Blog post:   Comment: Who should read articles like these: 1) children, to expose […]

A comment on “I Want My Pain to Last…Forever”

Li Kim’s debate between the Ego and Wisdom made me chuckle. I have had my fair share of such conversations after painful relationships. Over time, the conversations got shorter and the pain healed more quickly, but it did not mean the endings still did not suck. But articles like these are good for self-reflection on […]