All posts by Aksel Sogstad

Understanding the Law of Causality

Try not to cling to things or situations that we see in the present. The persons who you always want to get rid of now or hate the most may one day become the ones who bring you the greatest accomplishments. Whereas the ones you love and do not want to separated from may be the enemies of past lives. If we understand, and are deeply convinced of the law of causality, we will naturally know how to create positive karmic affinities with others, accepting the changing and impermanent nature of life, and thus stay at ease under all circumstances.

~Khenpo Sangpo Rinpoche ~

Avoiding the Trap of Hatred

When someone harbors resentment, he or she is creating the causes of suffering, and is even unaware of the painful consequences of negative karma. Therefore, we should be compassionate to that person and not fall into the same trap of hatred.

~ Khenpo Sangpo Rinpoche ~

Liberation in Overcoming Attachment

Overcoming your own attachment is the most difficult, but how should we deal with it?

By understanding that everything in the world is impermanent, forever changing. The cause of attachment is ignorance. Attachment is also the starting point of trouble, the root of pain. The more we are attached to things, the more we can’t control them, and the more troubles and pains we will create.

Therefore, when you let go of selfishness and your attachments, there is liberation in the moment, and you can be happy in that moment.

The Real Value of Life

If we only use money, wealth, fame, status, and power to measure the value of life, then if one day when some of these external material are changing and lost, we will be stuck and feel great pain. This is bound to happen because all things are constantly changing. Not understanding this, will be a cause of pain.

The real value of life is not only money. The real value of life lies in developing the heart, grow inner strength, to develop compassion and gain wisdom. This results in a life existence with real meaning.



Giving is the first of the important practices of The Six Paramitas. In our daily lives, we should learn to eliminate the ego by giving. Fearless giving helps us develop compassion, and makes us feel richer.

With what state of mind should we practice giving? Giving should be done with a loving heart. It is important to develop joy and happiness, and therefore I encourage to give within our abilities.

Giving is not a competition. It is an action of the heart, and there are many ways to give. Giving true meaning and happiness, will return true merit.

Remember that the action of giving also will benefit the giver in great ways. The giver will be more compassionate and wiser, relieve sentient beings from suffering, and develop towards a supreme Bodhisattva.

No matter how much we give, if only a candle, will give big returns and incredible benefits.

– Sangpo Rinpoche


Seeing Through the Fog of Ignorance

All suffering is caused by ignorance; people inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their happiness or satisfaction.

Yet true happiness comes from a sense of peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved through the cultivation of altruism, love and compassion, and the elimination of selfishness and greed.

The root of all our suffering in samsara is ignorance. Ignorance, until we free ourselves from it, can seem endless, and even when we have embarked on the spiritual path our search is fogged by it.

However, if you remember this, and keep the teachings in your heart, you will gradually develop the discernment to recognize the innumerable confusions of ignorance for what they are, and so never jeopardize your commitment or lose your perspective.

-Sangpo Rinpoche (reposted quote from Sanam Yalmo)


Real courage when encountering difficulties

When we encounter a setback, embarrassment, or receive contempt or verbal abuse, how should we handle it?

Firstly, we should not let our ordinary mind react for us. Instead, we should calm down, thinking with our heart: “If I were a teacher, or if I was a Bodhisattva, how would I act to  deal with it?” By having such second thoughts, we are sure to reduce negative psychological setbacks by half!

Think that even the Buddha did received such insults, even evil and vicious, and that the Buddha heart were able to calm down impatience.

If we allow ourselves to react with an ordinary mind, it may be like volcanic eruptions of retaliation or counterattack to vent an angry heart.

Real courage is the courage to not kill, the courage of shame, the courage of retreat, the courage of forgiveness, and the courage of compassion.