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If you would like to come on pilgrimage to India and Nepal at the end of the year to see the holy sites associated with the Buddha’s life, now is the time to book. As an incentive to book early, the first six participants to pay their fully-refundable joining fee will receive a saving of $250 USD on the total cost of the trip!

We’ve created a new website for the pilgrimages which will hopefully make navigation and finding the information you need a lot easier. You can find everything you need to know at www.enthusiasticbuddhistpilgrimages.com.

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Perhaps there is nothing more mysterious than the true nature of our mind. The Buddha taught that the mind is luminous in nature but that it’s temporarily obscured by the five defilements and the three poisons (three unwholesome roots). In this video I explore what the Buddha said about the nature of the mind and how these defilements are not something for us to identify with as they are not an intrinsic part of who we really are.

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There’s nothing shameful about experiencing suffering or dissatisfaction in our lives. The Buddha taught in the first and second Noble Truth, that life is ultimately dissatisfactory, because not only do we constantly crave for something better, but we aren’t able to feel satisfied once we finally attain the things we’ve desired. If we live our lives with the expectation that life will be rosy, pleasant and secure one day, then we’re ultimately fooling ourselves because unless we address the primary reason for our dissatisfaction (our mind), nothing is going to change and our experiences will continue to be unsatisfactory.

In essence, our days and lives are unsatisfactory because of the way we perceive the world and the expectations we have about the role of happiness in it. Further, our dissatisfaction arises because everything is impermanent by nature, so its ‘pleasantness’ can only last so long.

When we see people post their ‘highlight reel’ on social media, we shouldn’t feel jealous or envious of them. Instead we should ask the question, ‘What makes them feel the need to broadcast this to the world? Isn’t their experience alone, satisfying enough? Do they need the ‘likes’ of others to feel happy? Are they trying to make someone in their contacts jealous or envious of them?’ You might find that behind the happy façade those people are riddled with insecurities and a feeling of dissatisfaction for their otherwise uninspiring life.

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Karma is a complex and often misunderstood concept in Buddhism. Karma means ‘action’ as well as the law of cause and effect. In this video I explain what karma is and how we can use it to empower ourselves and our lives so that we will only meet with favorable conditions and happiness, now and in the future. Karma also explains how we have become the person we are today and how we can transform our present-day difficulties into causes for future happiness and even enlightenment.

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