While it can often feel like the challenges of the world are “out there”, according to Buddhist philosophy, the root causes of all challenges (both personal and global) originate “inside” the human mind. Buddhism describes these sources as the Five Poisons of the Human Mind: ego, envy, anger, attachment and confusion. Each of these sources is associated with an element of the natural world.
Examples: pride, arrogance, selfishness low self-esteem
Examples: hatred, divisiveness, aversion, agitation
Examples: uncontrollable desire, anxiety, fear
Examples: judgment, comparison, competitiveness
Examples: indecision, lack of clarity
A mind centered around greed, ego, and divisiveness is a mind that creates the kind of outcomes and the kind of challenges we are facing these days. When our minds are occupied by these poisons, there is no peace.
Human consciousness is the most essential element of peace in ourselves in peace between our cultures and communities and an environment that is flourishing.
You can begin cultivating inner peace and contributing to lasting, positive change in the world through working with your mind.
We know that the journey to understanding and training the mind can be daunting to pursue alone and identifying qualified teachers is not easy.
Here at Lama Dorje Foundation, you have the opportunity to connect with Tibetan masters and other indigenous wisdom keepers committed to guiding you to train your mind. Many of these teachings date back to over 2,500 years ago. hough these teachings are ancient, their applications are relevant to modern issues.
The Noble Eightfold Path describes daily practices that cultivate inner and outer peace. These practices are distinct yet connected and orient our lives to become meaningful while contributing to the well-being of others.
This may seem like a lot to absorb — and you may be wondering, “How do I actually start to put this into practice?”
The key is to get started and connect with others also on the path.
Practicing meditation is an essential part of getting started. Having a community (or sangha) makes the journey easier and enriching.
To help you along your journey, we provide self-paced educational and meditation resources, offer live trainings with Drupon Lama Dorje, and host retreats where you can deepen your practice.