What I Learned From HH.The 17th Karmapa

Many with an interest in Buddhism, hope to meet with HH The Dalai Lama or HH The Karmapa even if only for a few minutes. But what’s to be learned by those fortunate enough?

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In 2010 I had the opportunity to do that very thing. Something many people only dream of – meeting his Holiness the 17th Karmapa on a one-to-one basis.  It came out of the blue, totally unplanned from a young girl I’d been helping with English language. It turned out, her husband is the bodyguard of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in return for my kindness she wanted to arrange a one to one appointment with his Holiness the Karmapa. It would have been The Dalai Lama if he hadn’t been out of the country.  Of course I accepted the offer, not wishing to appear ungrateful. But in situations such as this, I would have preferred to have something to say, questions to ask and something constructive to base my appointment on.   The time came quickly,  in fact it was the following day, so even if I’d wanted to think something up I didn’t have time.  Arriving early afternoon in Norbulingka the home of his Holiness, I was shown into a small basic room with only a short wait, before being shown into something far

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What is the Purpose of Human Life?

Why have we been born human? And what’s our main purpose in life?

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A question someone asked me recently during one of our deep philosophical conversations. My reply was its my belief we were brought into this world as humans to end suffering. She looked at me and said “Well where does God  fit in then?” The thing is, I have no clue where God fits in if I’m being truthful. As humans we’ve been born with a moral & ethical conscience – something no other species has.  We know it’s wrong to cause harm to another  sentient being and whilst we may not always act on that knowledge, we have it.  As humans we are tangible, we can touch each other and if we work together we can achieve great things.

So what are your thoughts on the Purpose of Human Life?

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The Mind Debate?

 The western world – a hub for mindfulness, meditation and all things mind related. But what is the mind? And where is it located? Let’s debate!

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In today’s fast moving societies where targets and deadlines dominate &  our economic situation is constantly changing. It’s no surprise people are trying to find ways of quieting the mind, to manage stress and deal with every day life. It’s true we talk about it every day, but even if the most skilled surgeon on the planet cut open our head and body he/or she would not find anything that resembles mind. So where & what exactly is the mind?

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