James Low Letting the mind settle: how to find freedom without searching and striving Public talk, Geneva, 7th July 2019. Organised by Manon Widmer.Transcribed by Sanatan. Listen to the audio recording here. Extracts …If instead of applying the concept ‘flower’ we just look and open to it like the Buddha did, simply sitting there. When thoughts and feelings arise we […]» Read more
James Low Public Talk, Umbusi, Estonia. 20th Sept 2013 Transcribed by Camel Chhimed Wangpo Prepared by Rob Dowling Excerpt… our ego self is like a bucket with a hole in it, it is always going to leak no matter how often you fill it up. We like to fall in love and the feeling this generates is like a big […]» Read more
James Low Vienna, 7th June, 2012 Transcribed by Kathleen Brady and prepared by Rob Dowling The audio recording in German and English is here Excerpt…Let’s say you are going rock climbing. You are looking for where your hand is going, for where your feet are going and as long as the climb is not too difficult for you, you can […]» Read more
James Low taught on Patrul Rinpoche’s commentaries on Garab Dorje’s Three Statements, hitting the main point. This talk is from the preparatory introductory day in Freiburg. It was followed by teaching retreats in Todtmoos Au in 2009 and 2010. Transcribed by Sarah Allen and edited by James Low. Excerpts The great chain of cause and effect keeps growing as if […]» Read more
Talk by James Low London, 22 April 1995 Transcribed by Ruth Rickard and edited by Barbara Terris ExcerptThe key thing that I want to emphasise today is that this story of Nyima Özer is about the nature of service and of being a servant. The bodhisattvas are our servants and from that point of view, their service is holy. It […]» Read more
This text comes from Nuden Dorje, the first incarnation of my own teacher, C R Lama. We believe that Nuden Dorje was himself an incarnation of one of the close disciples of Padmasambhava, and that Padmasambhava came directly from the pure heart of Amitabha.
Buddhist texts often include a history of how the text arose, from whom, where and when. To say that a text came directly from Padmasambhava or from the mind of another great teacher, what does this mean? Why should we trust it? Who should we trust? You come here and I am telling you a lot of things. Why should you trust me? If you trust there is a chance you will be cheated, but if you don’t trust it’s difficult to proceed.
Buddhist teaching day. Equanimity and the pull of the five poisons: the power of the five poisonous afflictions (mental dullness, desire, aversion, jealousy and pride) is very strong and each affliction can easily pull us away from grounded harmony and into the treacherous security of taking up a position. However equanimity is the great quality of the Middle Way avoiding extremes. Poised, dynamically balancing according to circumstances yet without bias in any direction, it reveals the freedom not to be at the mercy of the afflictions.» Read more