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This podcast is pragmatic, secular and makes complicated Buddhist principles easy to understand. Yeshe is a Buddhist monk. He is from England and teaches meditation, Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness. Yeshe spent several years in a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas teaching young monks basic Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He now offers teachings freely to all in a manner that is unpretentious and clear. He does not demand students to blindly accept what he says, but instead ...
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Change is like a river, constantly flowing and shaping the landscape of our lives. It often presents itself as a challenge, a choice, or an opportunity for growth. But have you ever stopped to ponder the essence of change and its impact on your spiritual journey?Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye: Open Awareness, Open Mind - www.amazon.in/Open-Awareness-M…
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In our journey through life, many of us seek spiritual guidance to help us navigate the complexities of our existence. A spiritual teacher can offer wisdom, support, and direction as we strive for personal growth and inner peace. However, finding the right spiritual teacher is crucial, as the wrong choice can lead to confusion, disillusionment, and…
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In the teachings of Buddhism, renunciation and surrender play pivotal roles in the spiritual journey towards awakening. Rooted in the fundamental principles of letting go and acceptance, these concepts offer profound insights into the nature of suffering and liberation. In this article, we will explore what renunciation and surrender mean in the co…
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Guilt, a powerful and complex emotion, can often weigh heavily on our hearts and minds when we've done something that goes against our values or has harmed others. It's a natural response to recognizing our own mistakes and the impact they have had. However, dwelling in guilt can be detrimental to our well-being and hinder our ability to move forwa…
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In today's fast-paced and constantly changing world, the ancient Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi offers a refreshing perspective on life, encouraging us to appreciate the beauty of imperfection and transience. Wabi Sabi is not just a design or aesthetic concept; it's a way of life that can inspire us to find contentment and peace in the midst of l…
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Ultimately, bouncing back is about finding the inner strength to persevere, adapt, and grow in the face of adversity. It's about recognizing that setbacks are a natural part of the human experience and that they can serve as opportunities for self-discovery and transformation. With the right mindset and support systems in place, individuals can bou…
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Grief is an unavoidable part of the human experience, a natural response to loss that can profoundly impact our emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing. Whether triggered by the death of a loved one, the end of a significant relationship, or a major life transition, grief is a universal phenomenon that touches us all at some point in our lives. I…
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In Buddhism, there are five omnipresent mental factors. These factors are present in every moment of our mental experience and play a fundamental role in shaping our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Understanding these factors can help us cultivate mindfulness and develop a deeper awareness of our own minds.Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye: Open Awarene…
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In both Buddhism and neuroscience, the concepts of brain, mind, and consciousness play vital roles in understanding human existence and awareness. While Buddhism offers a philosophical and spiritual perspective, neuroscience approaches these concepts from a scientific and empirical standpoint. Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye: Open Awareness, Open Mind …
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Buddhism, originating in ancient India, has traversed continents and centuries, touching the lives of millions. As it spread to the West, it underwent adaptations to resonate with the Western mindset. One such adaptation that gained popularity is Secular Buddhism. In this podcast, I want to explore the essence of Secular Buddhism, its distinctions …
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The Buddhist concept of emptiness refers to the idea that all things lack intrinsic or inherent existence. It is a way of understanding the nature of reality and the way in which things come into being. By recognising the emptiness of all things, we can let go of our attachment to fixed identities and concepts, leading to greater freedom and compas…
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Over the years, I have spent a lot of time meditating and reflecting on world peace. I have even wondered if it was even possible. I concluded that it is not only possible, but also essential for humanity. It is complicated, multifaceted and requires cooperation, but it is achievable.World peace is important because it is the foundation for global …
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In the dictionary, defilement means a state of being polluted, and that is what we are talking about here: our minds being polluted. So, what is polluting our minds? It is destructive mental states, and these are what we need to remove so we can free our minds.This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available from Amazon…
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In this podcast, we will be looking at the Buddhist concept of non-self. This is a difficult subject for many of us to grasp because we have invested so much time and effort into building and reinforcing a sense of self. However, Buddha stated that what we call a self is just a coming together of different parts.This podcast is based on my book ‘Li…
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Impermanence is one of the most important topics Buddha taught. He stated that there is no phenomenon that exists from its own side—that is, there are no phenomena that are not compounded.Things do not just come into existence by sheer magic or by some superior power, such as a god. It is through causes and conditions, the joining together of thing…
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I have mentioned various ways of reducing our suffering throughout this series on the Mangala Sutra, so now I want to discuss things that may stop us from reducing our suffering, namely, the ten fetters. These are ten things that shackle us to a life of suffering. If we cut through these fetters, we will be able to start reducing our suffering.This…
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All our actions of body and speech stem from our mind, so it is vitally important to have a strategy whereby we can have some control over our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Mindfulness and carrying out a day of observance are two good ways to practice self-restraint.This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available f…
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In part six of the Mangala Sutra, we look at the importance of having a teacher, guide, or spiritual friend. We are obviously going to face obstacles and hindrances on the path, so having someone with experience to support us is essential.This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available from Amazon and Kindle.Books by K…
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This podcast deals with characteristics and patterns of behaviour we should all try to cultivate, such as diligence, patience, contentment and being humble and a good communicator.This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available from Amazon and Kindle.Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye: Open Awareness, Open Mind - www.amazon.i…
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In part four of the Mangala Sutra we continue to look at the social principles. This covers how we can refrain from harmful acts and how we need to put great effort into developing beneficial acts and avoiding destructive ones.This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available from Amazon and Kindle.Books by Karma Yeshe R…
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In this third part of the Mangala Sutra, we will look at the Social Principles.These social principles take us further into our journey of becoming more responsible and reducing our mental suffering. By implementing these principles, we will also be reducing the suffering of those around us. This is not a selfish journey; it is one that helps us ga…
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In part two of the Mangala Sutra we look at learning and practical skills, a code of conduct, appropriate speech and much more. This podcast is based on my book ‘Life’s Meandering Path’- which is available from Amazon and Kindle.Books by Karma Yeshe Rabgye: Open Awareness, Open Mind - www.amazon.in/Open-Awareness-Min…=1627806820&sr=8-1 The Best Way…
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For centuries people have been indulging in superstitions, lucky charms, omens, divinations, and fortune-telling. They have used these things to help them make decisions and keep them from taking responsibility for their own actions. Buddha called all of these practices ‘low art’, and on many occasions he stated that such things are of no use as we…
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A central teaching in traditional Buddhism is the principle of dependent arising, which states that all things happen through cause and conditions and that they are interdependent. No phenomenon, whether outer or inner, occurs except as a reaction to a previous cause, and all phenomenon will, in turn, condition the following results. So, in a nutsh…
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It is my understanding that we are born with compassion as part of our survival instincts, which means compassion is essential to human relationships and to help humanity. The problem is these days we spend an awful lot of our day in the fight or flight mode, and this blocks our compassion. This is because we are stressed and under pressure for lar…
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When we are faced with challenging obstacles, we all cope in different ways, some face them head on, whereas others buckle under the pressure. It's important for us to find ways to build up our emotional strength.What is emotional strength? It’s a type of response when reacting to emotional events in an open and vulnerable way, which allows us to f…
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The more we get caught up in negative patterns of behaviour and mental states, the more they become engrained. This means they become stored in our subconscious, and we act in certain ways without consciously thinking and we become overwhelmed by our mental states, such as anger, jealousy, pride, without noticing it.We can start to change by follow…
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During the pandemic, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had something that will improve our sleep, digestion, immune and respiratory functions, while reducing our blood pressure, fear, and anxiety? The good news is there is something and it is called ‘breathworks.’ By learning to direct your attention to your breath, you can condition yourself to shift…
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We human beings tend to focus on what we want or what we don’t want, but very rarely take time to appreciate what we have. Conscious gratitude is a simple way for us to count our blessings, build relationships and help strengthen our mental and physical wellbeing.Gratitude is an attitude. Gratitude is a choice. And gratitude is a habit. When we con…
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Lust is the strong, passionate desire for something, and not only sex, but also, food, drink, money, fame, power, knowledge and so on. It is a biological impulse without which you would not have been born in the first place. Our purpose in life is to survive, that is how our brains are wired. So, seeing lust as something bad is not helpful. I belie…
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Nature gives our brains time to reset from the hectic pace of modern life and gives our mental health a well-deserved boost. Being outdoors can reduce your stress levels, help fight anxiety and depression, boost your mood, improve your immune function, provide relaxation and rehabilitation, and of course, give us the exercise we all need. Forest th…
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This is part four of a special four-part interview series aimed at High School and College Students – but the information is relevant for everyone. Darsh Pant interviewed me for his ‘In Conversation’ series.In this session, we cover thoughts, expectations, mindfulness and inner-calm.Try my free guided meditation course on compassionhttps://round.gl…
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This is part three of a special four-part interview series aimed at High School and College Students – but the information is relevant for everyone. Darsh Pant interviewed me for his ‘In Conversation’ series.In this session, we cover perspectives, consumerism, happiness, memories and the blame game. I would like to thank Darsh for giving me the opp…
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This is part two of a special four-part interview series aimed at High School and College Students – but the information is relevant for everyone. Darsh Pant interviewed me for his ‘In Conversation’ series.In this session, meditation, thoughts, emotions and daily reflection practices are discussed. I would like to thank Darsh for giving me the oppo…
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This is part one of a special four-part interview series aimed at High School and College Students – but the information is relevant for everyone. Darsh Pant interviewed me for his ‘In Conversation’ series.In this session, we discuss the difference between meditation and mindfulness, how to deal with anxiety and why we shouldn’t identify with our t…
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What we usually do is try to fight against our strong emotions, suppress them or get totally tangled up in them. None of these are going to be helpful. The more we fight against the emotion, the stronger it becomes. Acting this way, we will eventually make the emotion into our enemy. But emotions are not our enemies, they are our teachers. They don…
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I believe there are three qualities everyone should try to cultivate. Not just for our own benefit, but also for the benefit of everyone we come into contact with. The three qualities are being humble, contented, and grateful.My latest book 'Open Awareness, Open Mind' is available now on Amazon and Kindle - amzn.to/35uboLqIf you have any questions …
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Change is never far from our door, whether it's breaking up with an ex, moving to a new city, the death of a relative, a pandemic, or the loss of a job. Even good changes, such as having a baby or getting a new job, can be stressful. Change isn't easy but here are some ways to help you cope with change and make it feel less scary.My latest book 'Op…
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Karma isn't some magical or mystical thing handed out by some higher being. It is simply patterns of behaviour. In this podcast, Yeshe Rabgye explains that karma is totally in our hands, so if we want to change our lives, we have to change our behaviour. We can do this by using the acronym AWARE (Attention, Why, Assess, Reality, Examine).My latest …
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In Buddha's last teaching, he spoke about impermanence, we have to work towards our own liberation and we need to practice the Buddha Dharma diligently.In this podcast, Yeshe Rabgye explains this last teaching in detail and brings the Buddha Dharma Series to an end.My latest book 'Open Awareness, Open Mind' is available now on Amazon and Kindle - a…
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In Buddhism, one of the most difficult teachings for people to understand is anatman or non-self. The doctrine states that in humans there is no permanent entity that can be called a self or a soul. This denial of “any Soul or Self” is what distinguishes Buddhism from other major religions, such as Christianity and Hinduism, and gives Buddhism its …
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The fourth immeasurable is open-hearted joy. What we are appreciating is the happiness someone else is experiencing. With this quality we feel real joy at their happiness. This practice is the perfect antidote for envy and it deals a killer blow to jealousy and pride.Happiness is fleeting, so to begrudge what little joy people can find in their liv…
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Compassion is the third of the four immeasurables and it is an understanding that the world is full of suffering, and a heartfelt wish that this suffering will come to an end or at least lessen—for ourselves and others.Through compassion, the fact that everyone is suffering remains vivid in our minds. Everyone is suffering, so everyone deserves it.…
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The second of the four immeasurables is kind-heartedness. This is not about how we feel, but about how we relate to these feelings. It invites us to drop our habitual patterns of reactivity and to free ourselves from emotional habits which serve neither ourselves nor anyone else.Sometimes our goodwill only covers people that are useful, pleasing or…
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When we look at the world, we can clearly see how hard it is to attain a balanced mind, as we are continuously in a flux of rises and falls. These lift us up one moment and fling us down the next. This is true for everyone; we are all the same. So, if that is the case, why do we discriminate against others? We are all in the same boat, all trying o…
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We all have concerns and this is just part of being human. But there are eight concerns that bring us unnecessary suffering because we become attached to them or are adverse to them.The ones we call desirable are gain, status, praise and pleasure. The four we call undesirables being loss, insignificance, blame and pain. It doesn’t matter if we see …
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The four foundation practices of mindfulness are awareness of our bodies, of our feelings, our mental states and objects of the mind.The purpose of these practices is to get to know ourselves better. It will help us understand what is working for us and what isn’t. This will allow us to change more effectively and positively.My latest book 'Open Aw…
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In this, the sixth in the Buddha Dharma Series, Lama Yeshe talks about the final aspect of the eight-fold path which is staying focused, and is achieved by effort, mindfulness and concentration.My latest book 'Open Awareness, Open Mind' is available now on Amazon and Kindle - https://amzn.to/35uboLqIf you have any questions for Yeshe about this pod…
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In this, the fifth in the Buddha Dharma Series, Lama Yeshe talk about the second aspect of the eight-fold path, which he calls 'living responsibly.' We can all achieve a responsible life by being mindful of our communication, actions and livelihood.My latest book 'Open Awareness, Open Mind' is available now on Amazon and Kindle - https://amzn.to/35…
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In the fourth truth, he explained what path we can take to start the process of destroying the three poisons. This path is known as the eightfold path. This path is not a religious path and doesn’t require rituals, prayers, ceremonies, or even for you to become a Buddhist. It can be looked upon as a path that leads to us living a responsible life a…
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