Judy Lief

Judy Lief is a Buddhist teacher and the editor of many books of teachings by the late Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She is the author of Making Friends with Death.


Recent Articles

The Middle Way of Stress

Judy Lief on what Buddhist wisdom teaches us about stress — where it really comes from, how it manifests, and why we may need it on the spiritual path.

How to Grow Wiser with Age

As you age, says Judy Lief, you can discover your true nature — timeless and luminous.

How Mindfulness Can Help Ease Anxiety

Buddhist teacher Judy Lief explains the Buddha’s deep analysis of the roots of anxiety and shows how mindfulness can help us ease the suffering of an anxious mind.

The Wisdom of Desire

Desire in the form of attachment is a cause of suffering, says Judy Lief. But if we can take the ego out of desire, we uncover its joyful, sacred wisdom.

The Power of Tonglen

On the inbreath, says Judy Lief, take in what is bad, freeing others from it. On the outbreath, offer what is good.

Tonglen: Una oración que viaja en la respiración

En la inhalación, dice Judy Lief, tome lo que es malo, liberando a otros de él. En la exhalación, ofrezca lo que es bueno.

Yes, Never, Sometimes?

As many participate in "Dry January" in the wake of party season, we look at the surprising diversity of Buddhist views.

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Glimpses of Awakening

Although enlightenment can seem like an unreachable goal, says Judy Lief, we're actually having glimpses of awakening all the time.

Death: The Greatest Teacher

Buddhist teacher Judy Lief explains why our awareness of death is the secret of life.

La muerte: el mayor maestro

El Buda dijo que la más importante de todas las enseñanzas es la impermanencia. Y su expresión final es la muerte. La maestra budista Judy Lief explica por qué nuestra consciencia de la muerte es el secreto de la vida. Es su giro último.

Destellos del despertar

Aunque la iluminación puede parecer un objetivo inalcanzable, dice Judy Lief, de hecho estamos teniendo vistazos de ella a cada rato.

Desarmando la Ansiedad

La maestra budista Judy Lief explica el profundo análisis del Buda acerca de las raíces de la ansiedad y muestra cómo la presencia mental nos puede ayudar a aliviar el sufrimiento de una mente ansiosa.

Birth and Death in Every Breath

When we practice mindfulness of breath, says Judy Lief, we connect to the reality that birth and death are happening in every moment.

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The Dharma of Distraction

It goes a lot deeper than how many times a day you check your phone. According to Buddhist teacher Judy Lief, distraction is the very foundation of ego.

El problema con los problemas

Entre más crecemos en nuestra habilidad para manejar nuestras propias dificultades, más conscientes somos de que no podemos resolver los problemas de nuestros familiares y amigos. Pero, dice Judy Lief, podemos aprender a estar uno con otro tal y como estamos.

The Problem With Problems

The more we increase our ability to deal with our own difficulties, the more aware we are that we can’t solve the troubles of loved ones.

The Why and How of Lojong, or Mind Training

The teachings on lojong, are an invaluable aid to practitioners. They show us how the wisdom and skillful means of the Mahayana can actually be put to use.

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DIY Dharma: You Have Everything You Need

Interested in beginning a meditation practice but don't know where to begin? You have a mind, body, thoughts, and a natural bent toward awakening. helpful guidelines for the path ahead of you.

Miedo y valentía: Lo que enseñan los budistas

Mucho de nuestro sufrimiento -como individuos y como sociedad- es causado por el miedo. De hecho, de acuerdo al budismo, el miedo se ubica en la mera raíz del ego y del samsara. Cuatro maestros budistas sobresalientes discuten la práctica vital de trabajar con nuestros miedos.

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How Not to Freak Out

If you find all the bad news overwhelming, Buddhist teacher Judy Lief has some meditations to help you relieve your anxiety.

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Three Steps to Making Friends with Yourself

Making friends with yourself is the ground, path, and fruition of Buddhist meditation, says Judy Lief. It starts by dropping your mask and looking at the real you with honesty and love.

No Agenda, No Obstacles

If you’re not trying to get somewhere, says Buddhist teacher Judy Lief, nothing can stop you.

How to Read Dharma

Studying Buddhist teachings is different from learning other subjects. Judy Lief shows you how to read the dharma so that it really changes you.

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How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps

Using the traditional metaphor of the poison tree, Judy Lief teaches us four Buddhist techniques to work with our anger.

How to Read Buddhist Teachings

No matter where you begin, says Judy Lief, or whether you are an independent practitioner or affiliated with a particular tradition, all you have to do is to dive in.

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Is It All My Karma?

When something bad happens to you, it isn’t necessarily the result of your own actions. Judy Lief offers a nuanced understanding of karma.

Fear and Fearlessness: What the Buddhists Teach

So much of our suffering—as individuals and as a society—is caused by fear. In fact, according to Buddhism, fear is at the very root of ego and samsara.

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How to Be a Help

We may not be able to stop someone from dying or suffering pain, but we can still help through the honesty, compassion and presence of mind we bring.

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Kindness to Ourselves and Others

Suffering is more than the first noble truth of Buddhism. To see our own and others' suffering is the first step on the path, the birthplace of compassion. Judy Lief offers guidance on the journey.

The More You Give, the Richer You Feel

Judy Lief looks at why generosity is the starting place for virtue.

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Journey to Awakening

The spiritual path is like any journey we take into uncharted territory—we need a map, a vehicle, and a guide to reach our destination. Judy Lief takes us on the three-yana journey of Vajrayana Buddhism.