ARE WE JUST TREADING WATER?

Are We Just Treading Water?
Making no real progress.

We may do and say the right things, but has there been any real, enlightening change in life? We may go through the right routines, but are we just tread ingwater?

We are all in danger of sustaining diligent indifference that separates us, and it’s when this starts to feel uncomfortable that we need to move up a level. Nice words are okay, but if they become a habit, they may lose their true meaning and then may create irritation – but still, we blindly persist. 😀

At this time, we need to look more closely at what those words actually mean. It is said that there are nine levels, each using the same words but with different meanings. That which we consider our enemy at one level – a negative emotion – is our teacher at another. And, at yet another level, it is our precise path to enlightenment.

Is compassion just a nice idea, or a way of life?
Is it a way of life or is it our teacher?
Or is it our active path to enlightenment?

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THE TENDERNESS OF COMPASSION

The Tenderness of Compassion

(This is for those who cannot afford to go on retreats 😀 )

We all know – in a general way – what “the tenderness of compassion” means, but this not a fixed thing. It is experiencing the moment now with genuine concern for others, and has nothing to do with sentimentality. It is something from which we constantly learn. Compassion for confusion is our path.

A retreat takes several days of silent meditation, listening and reflection, but we still have to go away and practise on our own. A teaching is something that stirs us’; it’s not something that we ‘get’ – it is a manifestation of realisation.

Tender compassion isn’t a sloppy, sentimental, new age idea. It is the powerful medium of true communication. It is the outcome of the realisation of duty, which is the practice of the six perfections (paramitas) or the six compassions: Generosity, Patience, Discipline, Morality, Concentration and Transcendent Wisdom. In other words, it’s pinpoint sensitivity.

Compassion is an atmosphere generated by clarity and empathy. A battered heart has to recognise its own wounds in order to heal itself before it can empathise with others’ pain. We need compassion in understanding how these wounds came about before attempting to help others, and for that we need open tenderness and intelligence. Sentimental affection or kindness is nice but doesn’t last, and isn’t reliable. Platitudes only make us feel good: we cannot tell someone who feels something not to feel it as the feeling is a consequence of their past. How we and they deal with that feeling is the issue.

The tenderness of compassion
is being concerned to listen without judgement
and never feel defensive or annoyed.
This takes practice and honest interest.

The tenderness of compassion
is our teacher.

A prayer for us all:
“May I have the right compassionate motivation and intention
to guide all sentient beings on the path to enlightenment.”

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE UK RETREAT

 Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s Easter Retreat 2020

THE TENDERNESS OF TRUE COMPASSION

Bookings have now opened for this year’s UK retreat led by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

It will run from
30th March – 5th April.
at
Bruton School for Girls, Somerset, UK

Book now for the 2020 Pundarika UK Easter Retreat

 

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INNER HAPPINESS AND OUTER HAPPINESS

Inner Happiness And Outer Happiness

Our inner happiness affects our outer happiness.
If we only look for outer happiness,
then we will have to go on looking.

(Don’t be put off by the word ‘happiness’; read it as ‘sanity’.)

Inner happiness is knowing, experiencing and realising the rightness of everything: this may sound strange to those who believe that everything is real, and want everything to be perfect.

Everything comes into existence through causes and conditions and, through cause and conditions, everything then comes to an end. That is perfect reasoning. Understanding this, we see the world and our lives for what they are – a temporary affair. If we do this and this and this, then we will get that. If we think this and this and this, we will become that. It’s a universal law, but it’s still impermanent.

Scientists know how to change DNA.
Psychologists know the frailties of the human mind.
Religions know about longing.

Is our confusion due to mixing up science, psychology and religion?
If we become confused, don’t we lose our happiness and sanity?
Could it be that the status quo – the state of affairs we live under – creates this insanity?

Being told not to think of a donkey, we think of a donkey.
Being told not to obsess about something, we obsess about that very thing.

It’s a kind of hypnosis. Negative ideas have a stronger effect on us than positive ones – just look at the news!

When we are aware and realise the state in which we live, then we are no longer under the control of science, psychology, or religion.

When we realise our true nature of pure consciousness, we know we are neither this body nor mindset and, at death, we will no longer have this human form. Even if death is the end, at least we can continue a legacy of reasonable sanity handed down to us. 😀

The Buddha saw a musician tightening the strings of an instrument, observing that the strings needed to be not too tight and not too loose in order to achieve the right note, a ‘happy’ note. If we live under strings that are too tight (wound up) or too loose (sloppy), we will never be just right, having satisfactory mental health.

Happiness (or sanity) is the clarity of good mental health; it’s our natural state. What made us move away from this? The promise of a better, outer life? ‘Living the Dream’?

Inner happiness is knowing how everything is.
Outer happiness is knowing why everything is.

Our life may not be hunky dory but it serves a purpose,
conveying us to enlightenment.

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LIFE AFTER REALISATION

Life After Realisation


It’s okay being you!

This me is the conveyance to enlightenment. That which we call me is certainly an illusion as it is a temporary arrangement of body and mindset, but now we see it and use it.

Are there two me’s? There is a real me – the pure light of consciousness – and a temporary, projected me. There is light that casts a reflection: normally, we just project our reflection, and ignore our light.

People will argue over words, but we know what we experience. We (pure consciousness) watch this me reflection projecting itself. Unfortunately, most of us become stuck to the projection. Awakening is becoming unstuck.

This me is the commentator within the still silence of pure consciousness. That is why retreats are in silence, as we are only there to be, rather than to project. Unfortunately the projection still takes over … we can see it coming a mile away! 😀

It is this spiritual projection that turns simple realisation into a complicated matter, when it’s actually ‘Oh, so simple’. We realise that we no longer have to act it out or fake it and make everything sparkle. That’s just a distraction. We are the sparkle. Trying to be perfect in order to realise the truth merely delays realisation. We don’t polish the mud – we clean it off!

To be free is to realise our self-nature
without obsessing about that self-nature.
It’s just something we live with.

With the right intention,
we gradually move from complicity to simplicity.

Realisation
We realise that we are already happy
and it doesn’t rely on anything.

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I CAN’T STOP THINKING

I Can’t Stop Thinking

It’s what an “I” does.

The mind thinks thoughts. It’s what is does. To ask it to stop thinking would be like asking the eyes to stop seeing. Thinking and seeing are natural. The deception is that – and it is a deception – consciousness attaches itself to the thoughts and whatever it sees, thereby making these appearances seem real. This creates an ‘I’-grasping machine, clinging to a self identity, and desperate to defend itself with emotions.

We are bombarded with thoughts, sounds, images, smells, tastes, and physical sensations and, all the while, conscious awareness is present. An ‘I’ was created only when we forgot our true essential nature, and started fantasising. We are not this ‘I’: we are, first and foremost, pure conscious awareness.

Meditation is just seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching – without attachment. Only then are we free to enjoy, without suffering.

Milarepa said, “Thoughts do not fetter us; it is clinging to those thought that binds us.”

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FISH OUT OF WATER

Fish Out Of Water

Trying to conforming to others’ standards,
we may feel alone.

Once we feel alone, we become detached,
and recognise our unique path to enlightenment.

When we feel
that we are not just a human (or fish ;D)
who conforms to others’ ideas,
we are well on our way
to joining the victorious ones,
free of concepts.

Once we evolve out of the sea,
there are no signs saying
“Stop here!”

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NOBODY IS ORDINARY

Nobody Is Ordinary

We are all enlightened essence,
unique in discovering that our path to this realisation
is the recognition of our own confusion.

Thinking we are special,
while conforming to others’ confusion,

Enlightenment is nothing special,
as cognisant emptiness is stripped of modifications.

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ZERO INTOLERANCE

Zero Intolerance

From an enlightened point of view,
zero intolerance means complete
tolerance
generosity
patience
discipline
concentration
and compassionate wisdom.

On the path to enlightenment, there is no place to hold back or hide.

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ZERO TOLERANCE =ZERO COMPASSION

Zero Tolerance = Zero Compassion

This exposes the resident evil in the world.
It starts off to protect, and then technology and memes tighten the net
until we are in fear of whatever we say and think.

We have to be fully aware of the sort of world in which we live.
Physical and mental freedom is an illusion.

Seeing nipples is forbidden.
Seeing violence is encouraged.

When inequality, privilege and entitlement are promoted,
people will react.
Enter … zero tolerance.

The only thing that can protect us is pure consciousness.
Only then are we aware of consenting to jump on the bandwagon.
Zero tolerance knows about our fears and hopes,
and strives to keep us in ignorance.

When looking for the truth, there is only one way;
that is the enlightened wisdom or pure consciousness.

The way and support to enlightenment is through the six perfections:
Generosity
Tolerance/Patience
Discipline
Meditation/Concentration
Morality
(leading to) Transcendent Wisdom.

If these perfections are reduced to zero,
we already live in a prison of our own consent.

Zero tolerance is complete intolerance.

This is why we choose to wake up.

“A zero-tolerance  imposes a punishment for every infraction of a rule. Zero-tolerance policies forbid people in positions of authority from exercising discretion or changing punishments to fit the circumstances subjectively; they are required to impose a pre-determined punishment regardless of individual culpability, extenuating circumstances, or history. This pre-determined punishment, whether mild or severe, is always metered out”. (from Wikipedia)

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A FEELING ISN’T AN EMOTION

A Feeling Isn’t An Emotion
(continued from yesterday)

As we realise something, we realise more.

‘Feeling’ is something actually felt (an intuition) in the first moment of experience, as opposed to our ‘feelings’ that we hold on to and carry around with us.

A feeling is not something we can stop, or cover up.
There is no guilt attached to a feeling; it’s natural.

We – pure consciousness, empty of thoughts – are fully aware. In the first instant of perception, a feeling is generated and an ‘energy’ arises. This happens automatically due to past experiences … we merely have to hear a name, and there is a stirring, an occurrence before a thought or emotion fully develops and we react. If this sequence of events goes unnoticed, it might seem to be spontaneous, but it is merely gross, habitual behaviour.

This feeling, intuition or response is a product of our past – karma – and it is neutral. It does not create further karma as judgement hasn’t stepped in yet.

If we boost this feeling with ideas, however, we create and reinforce an emotion that will manifest again and again at a later dates. Whether this karmic product keeps returning depends entirely on our reactions as, at any stage, we can remember our pure reality and thus cut through this process.

Remember Shunryu Suzuki’s quotation, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.”

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FEELING FLAT OR HEAVY?

Feeling Flat Or Heavy?

There is a reason for feeling flat or heavy, and it’s fine.
The same goes for every feeling we all experience.

In Buddhism, there is an explanation known as the twelve links of causes and karmic conditions in which we find ourselves. This is called The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, or the twelve Nidanas in Sanskrit. It’s a vast subject, and one that can be easily researched on the internet.

Here, we are dealing with the seventh ‘link’ of feeling, and it will ease your mind
no end. 😀

At any moment, we may experience pleasant, painful or neutral situations: in this particular case, we might feel fed up, flat, heavy or a little depressed. It is important to recognise that these feelings represent the inevitable result of past karma. There is nothing to feel wrong or guilty about. We may wish the feelings weren’t there, but they are natural and in accordance with our past behaviour.

In other words, whether a particular experience is felt as being pleasant, negative or neutral, we have no choice in the matter, as that is determined by the karma accumulated in the past. Whatever we experience is the natural and unavoidable result of a multiplicity of causes and conditions that are now coming to fruition, and over which we have no control. The present moment is a product of the past.

It is important to understand that whatever we experience as feelings is a product of karma (the result of our past actions): they are neither right nor wrong and, of themselves, produce no further karma.

This view runs counter to modern thinking. For example, if we have a negative thought or emotion appearing in our mind, we feel that something bad is happening and we are creating negative karma.

This is not so!

The appearance of the emotion at that moment is neutral and, of itself, generates no further pain or karma. Any karmic repercussions depend entirely on how we respond.

If we feel guilty and hold onto these feeling, we generate more of the same for the future. This why we especially need compassion for ourselves: only then we can empathise with others, and pay it forward! 😀

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STUCK IN THE EIGHTH CONSCIOUSNESS

Stuck In The Eighth Consciousness

Different traditions explain this differently

In the Tibetan Buddhist Nyingma tradition, there are eight consciousnesses; five of the senses and three of the mind. There is one more, the ninth, which is pure consciousness. The five sense consciousnesses are straightforward and non-conceptual, as the senses do not think. Just because we are seeing etc, doesn’t mean that we are thinking, as thinking happens in the three consciousnesses of mind – perception, judgement and memory.

They work work like this: the 6th consciousness perceives through the senses, and whatever is perceived goes straight to memory – the 8th consciousness, the storehouse of information. If this entire process goes unnoticed, awareness then drops to the 7th consciousness of judgement and we just react. It’s the 8th consciousness of memory that creates problems for spiritual enthusiasts. This is the “I” consciousness that wants to feel good about itself, and the moment we want to feel good or right, we’ve created the opposite, whereby others are wrong. 😀

In meditation, we may experience stillness and peace, but there is a subtle clinging in the process, an “I” dualistically relating to the experience of being still. This is difficult to give up if we are unaware.

There are two possible endings to this scenario:

1. We simply recognise attachment to stillness, drop it, and rest in the ninth consciousness of pure empty consciousness – actual non-duality. It’s just a matter of seeing. We are free in the moment of seeing. This is the outcome of genuine practice, when we gently move from the 8th to the 9th consciousness. We drop all reference to memories and theories. This movement is very subtle because, at the 8th consciousness, we are nearly there!

It is from the non-dual realisation of the 9th consciousness that true compassion arises, and that activates the four enlightened activities of pacifying, magnetising, enriching, and destroying ego’s games, where we are effective in our interactions with others.

2. The side effect of not dropping the experience is that it is still ‘all about me’. Feeling that we have the spiritual knowledge has an unfortunately effect that fosters the unconscious attitude and behaviour seen in many spiritual groups, of being overly self-consciousness and overly mindful. We become mannered and artificial, stuck in the memories of the 8th consciousness.

We use words such as ‘dukkha’, ‘metta’, ‘bodhichitta’. As long as we hold on to an idea, we will never experience the reality; genuine compassion and loving concern for others’ suffering.

True compassion
includes those who consider themselves
to be knowledgeable.

For that, we need a truly firm foundation.
:D.

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS A SERIES OF REALISATIONS

Enlightenment Is A Series Of Realisations

A series of releases.
A series of diminishing fixations.
A series of emotions transforming into wisdoms.

Emotions flare up, and their brilliance is seen as the spontaneous light of pure consciousness. Emotions and recognition simply become wisdom.

That is the unity of the two truths – relative and absolute.

Relative truth happens when absolute truth – pure consciousness – forgets itself, and starts relating to the external world and ideas.

Feeling uncomfortable when an emotion emerges, we spontaneously look for the source of this discomfort, and realise that this isn’t someone else’s fault but rather, it arises from the instability of our own self-image.

The series of realisations uncovers pure consciousness, illuminating an artificial self that reacts habitually. At each level of realisation, we notice that there is no going back. We no longer retire into the total indifference of mundanity. Even if we take a wrong turn, there is always that which is present that makes us feel uncomfortable, and an inner conflict arises. We know that there is a rightness, but we cannot always access this until karma opens the door – maybe when someone or something annoys us! The shock of seeing what we are doing is never a pretty sight, however we may dress ourselves up.

All we need to do is take the layers off.

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What do we do in the meantime?
We make do and mend.
We don’t have to worry about doing lots of ‘practice’.
We merely have to be barely-aware, rather than super-aware.
In that way, we stay relaxed, and don’t make a big deal out of anything.

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NO ONE IS ORIGINAL

No One Is Original

We are the origin
that transcends all.

Receiving the transmission on reality,
we go out into the world
that shows us our place.

How do we know we have the transmission?
Genuine, interested, empathetic compassion arises.

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LIGHT, COLOURS AND DIRECT SEEING

Lights, Colours And Direct Seeing

A conclusion (so far) about Togal

When we paint a picture, we start off with pure colours – red, yellow and blue – straight from the tube. Mixing these together for the first time, the colours of the rainbow are produced and, on a white canvas, those colours reveal their brilliance. Gradually, through further mixing and modification, we create an image that appears real. We may lose the pure colour on the white ground, but that remains the basis of everything that comes later.

This is the same as pure vision. Even though we may not see pure vision, pure light, we know that all manifestations arise from this.

This also applies to the emotions, which are the pure state of wisdom. Our pure essence has three qualities: emptiness, cognisance and compassion. These manifest as the five wisdoms:

1. All-encompassing wisdom is open and vast.

2. Mirror-like wisdom is able to reflect precise details.

3. Equalising wisdom is un-biased towards appearances.

4. Discerning wisdom is the ability to distinguish clearly.

5. All-accomplishing wisdom sees that everything is already perfectly accomplished.

When we know that everything manifests from emptiness, we no longer believe that manifestations are real. This direct seeing of emptiness is called ‘Togal’ – the clear light of bliss. From this, everything becomes modified into a gross state through ignorance but, like colour, it can all be reduced back to white or clear light.

One could say that everything works like a prism, where clear light enters the prism and is split into the rainbow colours. We may not see true colour – or wisdom – but we know, through inference, that it is there. Whatever we see with our physical eyes is not the real thing: it is the pure seeing or pure consciousness that is the real thing. A drawn circle can never be perfect because it is projected onto a surface, but the maths behind it is perfect. It is the same with pure consciousness; whatever we do, pure consciousness stays the same (but remains, for most, unnoticed).

Togal – the refined state of pure consciousness – is ‘direct seeing’. It is the outcome of analysis and experience but maybe, for most of us, the description of Togal is just inference. We do, however, understand about white light and rainbow colours.

Why is this so important? The five wisdoms correlate to the five negative emotions. When the emotions flare up, their brilliance reveals the pure light of consciousness.

There are many obscure descriptions of Togal that sound like gobbledegook and are not meant for the common mind. These description could be literal or cultural, or simply a clarification of pure consciousness.

I stopped worrying about the meaning of Togal years ago, as everything comes in its own good time, and refines in its own good time. Remember, this process isn’t about learning something and ticking a box; it’s about being – rather than being something. 😀

We may notice that Tibetan monasteries are rainbow-painted to remind us. It’s not just decoration: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche wrote a book entitled, “Rainbow Painting”. When we truly take this to heart, it becomes an ornament: the word ‘ornament’ is the highest level of rigpa (essence love, expression, effulgence and ornament).

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STARTING WITH PRELIMINARIES OR ADVANCED TEACHINGS?

Starting With Preliminaries Or Advanced Teachings?

Do we start at the beginning, or at the end?

This up to the individual teacher or student. We usually start at the beginning in order to get to the end, but this is only true within a culture where we see evidence of where we are going.

Oh! that looks interesting. Where do I start?”
or
Oh! I am that which I seek. And all I have to do is remember.”

To get to the point, we have to know what the point is. If hearsay is enough, then we follow along with what others are doing, hoping to get somewhere – but life is too short to hope that we will realise the truth. Some of us want something more than hope, don’t we? To keep being told that we’re not ready makes us suspicious of cronyism/selectivism/Lamaism. There is no danger in clear, advanced teachings save that of becoming arrogant. This is why compassion is of paramount importance and has to be accurately understood.

We have to know what we’re doing and why, rather than trusting someone else’s view and decisions. It’s up to us to recognise whether something is true and right or not (to recognise is to re-know something already known but which may not be clear).

Here is the advanced teaching:

We are the pure, direct experience of consciousness
that is ever present.
There is nothing else to do but remember.

When we realise this, everything becomes clear.

Drop all attachment to thoughts and realise what sees.
Now, when thoughts arise,
there is a simultaneous experience of pure consciousness.

Any procedure or practice can then be applied
to sustain this realisation.
Ultimately, our teacher is life itself.

That’s it! Not complicated, is it?
Now it’s up to us to value this and remember.

And, most importantly of all,
recognise whatever obscures this clear view.

We may find this rather disappointing as we want something extraordinary: are we looking at the culture rather than the teachings? We already have everything that we need to realise our enlightened state, within our culture and through our upbringing. Others’ upbringing will be different: Tibetan lamas are not brought up in our education system, with rock and roll, biased media and the technocracy of social engineering creating fear, hope and division.

We can either learn to be decent people and then be seen as deserving of advanced teachings, or we can receive the advanced teachings and become decent people. There is no right and wrong about this: it all depends on our past experiences and our present behaviour.

I follow the Tibetan Nyingma tradition of Dzogchen and Rigpa. Doesn’t that sound exotic and complicated? ;D ‘Rigpa’ is simply one Tibetan word for pure consciousness. We are pure consciousness – it’s what is seeing these words now without comment, and it’s quite ordinary – but when we start thinking about these words, we use ordinary human consciousness which is influenced by desire and aversion.

All we have to do is recognise.

There comes a time in our investigations when we encounter something that sounds bizarre, complex and secret, so we either have to find our own way through, or keep on waiting.

In the Nyingma tradition, there are two aspects to Rigpa; Trekcho and Togal. Cutting through and leaping over. Cutting through thoughts and direct seeing. Trekcho is frequently taught, but Togal is not. It’s Togal that sounds obscure, but it’s quite simple (to be continued).

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HOW IS EVERYTHING AN ILLUSION?

How Is Everything An Illusion?
And why is this a problem for us?

The illusion isn’t the problem:
it’s believing and clinging to the illusion that binds us.

We can have fun with illusion
– like blowing pretty bubbles in the air –
without taking it too seriously.

Life is perception. And there you go … that’s where the problem lies! Whatever is perceived isn’t the reality as that constantly changes; that which perceives, however – consciousness itself – is the reality. We are pure, direct, unchanging consciousness.

Consciousness interprets perception by judging, and believes that judgement to be right. Perception takes place in the mind – in consciousness – so reality is in the essence of mind. Everything perceived does not have a permanent, inherent existence and so cannot be said to be real. It only seems to be real … in the mind.

Why is this a problem for us?

It tricks us into a subtle deception under which we then live, basing our existence on the concepts of others, which are no more than pretty bubbles in the air.

It’s like choosing to live in a cinema, or in front of a computer screen. The actual reality is consciousness, rather than what is perceived. If we take one step back, we realise that consciousness is direct consciousness, pure consciousness, and it is here that our life change, and we stop belonging to those bubbles in the air.

The more we believe, the more emotional and unstable we become, until our bubble bursts.

Life is like watching a magician at work. A magician has skill to transfer our consciousness away from the reality. We – the audience – half-believe in the trick while half-knowing it’s a trick. Preferring to be entertained, we go along with this performance, this illusion, becoming caught up in the theatrics. We then come out of the show and back into our show, our ‘business as usual’, chasing the next bubble.

I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air,
They fly so high,
Then like my dreams,
They fade and die.Fortune’s always hiding,
I’ve looked everywhere,
I’m forever blowing bubbles,
Pretty bubbles in the air.”

Our desires are always just out of reach. This creates a false idea, a belief, a longing for an ideal, when we are living the illusion that we are what we think. Our mind is bombarded with pretty music, pretty games, pretty sport, pretty news, pretty politics, pretty religion, pretty education, pretty fashion … all of which we believe are important to us.

And so we get by.

If this is all we want, then we get more of the same, and it becomes our addiction. We obsess about the game show, when the truth is that the only thing that is real about an illusion is that it is an illusion.

Recognising that everything takes place in the mind is the release we seek from the confusion and turmoil of life. We are no longer overrun by thoughts.

Being real is stepping outside collective thinking. Life becomes our teacher, and the lesson is one complete spiritual practice in non-distraction. We can be aware of plays in the mind while not believing in them. Everything comes to pass.

We are that which cannot be imagined.
We have always been beyond imagination.
Even pure consciousness is an illusion.
There is only pure experience,
without an experiencer.

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS ARE TOUGH

Spiritual Teachings Are Tough

They aren’t about feeling good:
they are meant to open our insight.

Whether pleasant or unpleasant,
the eye of wisdom opens to see clearly.

The magic of daily life happens
through close inspection and gratitude.

Compassion arises within
unshakeable, impartial confidence.

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IF WE CAN MANAGE OUR THOUGHTS

If We Can Manage Our Thoughts

If we can manage our thoughts,
then we can go anywhere.
If we cannot manage our thoughts,
then we want to be in a nice, safe place.

The Buddha’s teachings help us to realise
our potential and responsibilities.

If we cannot manage our thoughts and reactions,
then that potential will be lost.
We will only know fear,
and hope the fear will go away.

To repeat constantly the Buddha’s words:
“Do not take my word for it”.
This means that we have to know for ourself
instead of relying on the guru.

Reliance maintains a duality,
an inferior position.
We have to know what we are;
it’s everyone’s birthright.

We are free to choose in the moment when we see:
before this, we are controlled by our thoughts.

When we can manage our thoughts,
then we know what we are doing.

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THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NORMAL

There Is No Such Thing As Normal
Normal: conforming to others’ standards.

Conforming means consenting to others’ concepts and, in doing so, we give away our authority to breakout of this mayhem of strife. Unless we recognise and are obeying the eternal laws of the universe, we cannot govern our gross self, as this gross self is governed by gross universal laws of desire, aversion and indifference. The pure laws of the universe are purity, compassion and consciousness.

When we doubt, we become confused about our reality, and then we create and exaggerate in order to justify our confusion. This confusion is a lack of confidence, and so we act out an illusion. That’s okay – we all do it – but recognising this illusion is literally the path to enlightenment.

Together in our diversity of confusion, we generate the collective illusion in which we all live by ignoring our true reality. We could say that this is ‘normal’ for sentient beings, but our confusion is still individual. If we constantly cling to the past, we will never know now. We may look to ancient history for truth when, in fact, truth is within us. We – pure consciousness – are the truth. So what, if someone was enlightened thousands of years ago? What matters is that we unclothe our enlightenment now. Belief is a subtle trick of deception.

No one is normal: we have each exaggerated ourselves into a confusion and the environment in which we live only supports this confusion. Simply recognise this, and we are on our path to enlightenment. The Buddha’s first noble truth is to admit that we are suffering, dissatisfied, unhappy.

We are pure awareness, the pure light of clarity projected into a small mental self image. We have each created our own path – there isn’t a ‘normal’ path.

We do not become enlightened, en masse.

Spiritual teachings are generalisations, and how we use these teachings is up to us. Just going through the rote of chanting mantras and prayers, doing prostrations and circumambulations, meditation, yoga … these are just reminders to let go. It is we who need to see, rather than be bound to elaborate practices. Practice is seeing that seeing is present, and that is pure consciousness.

Recognising our path is the union of relative and absolute truth.
Seeing confusion!
That non-duality is true normality!

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ONCE WE REALISE THE THREE KAYAS

Once We Realise The Three Kayas

Once we realise the three Kayas,
we understand everything.

These three principles have a positive and negative aspect.
They become negative when we ignore the positive.

Positive:

Dharmakaya = Emptiness
Sambhogakaya = Consciousness
Nirmanakaya = Compassion

Negative:

Dharmakaya is emptiness;
when we desire, we fill this emptiness with concepts.

Sambhogakaya is consciousness;
when concepts manifest, we start to judge, creating aversion.

Nirmanakaya is compassionate activity
created through understanding of the other two Kayas;
when the other two Kayas are ignored, indifference arises.

If we don’t wake up to this truth,
others take advantage of us.
It’s how this world is ruled.

Who is telling the truth?
Who is creating alternative narratives?

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THERE IS ONE, SIMPLE, UNIVERSAL TRUTH

There Is One, Simple, Universal Truth

There is one, simple, universal truth:
we are non-duality of pure conscious.

Our story starts when we admit that we ignore this truth,
and finishes with the realisation of this truth.
Until then, we wander here and there.

When we realise that we are pure consciousness,
we also realise that every sentient being is pure consciousness.

We now notice that all sentient beings ignore this truth,
and wander here and there.

It is because we ignore this simple truth
that we are unhappy.

Recognising unhappiness,
compassion arises through empathy.

What do we do with this empathetic compassion?
We learn to clarify confusion,
not add to it.

This is direct, esoteric teaching.

Without realising our true essence, we wander here and there, seeking happiness that is already our nature. Until we understand the truth of our reality, we create one, and so contaminate our mind with speculation. We become lost in concepts, and mistake pure, uncontaminated consciousness for something mystical. That is the state of duality to which exoteric teachings have brought us.

All beings throughout this infinite universe are pure consciousness. Without consciousness, nothing would be known. When we decide to look at this consciousness, it only takes a moment to find that there is nothing but consciousness. We live in dangerous, troubled times. In truth, ignorance does not excuse us from suffering: we will suffer until we stop ignoring our reality.

Esoteric teachings are uncomfortable for those who prefer to be attracted to the strong identity of exoteric teachings, which are incomplete as they maintain a duality.

We might ask, “What are exoteric teachings?” They tell us all is well … be at peace … go placidly … believe … pretend … fake it … and this is why people don’t trust religion any more.

Esoteric is non-duality.
Exoteric is duality.

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SHOULD WE TALK ABOUT SUCH THINGS?

Should We Talk About Such Things?

Is our intelligence merely received information?
The more we investigate, the more potent the observation.

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

If our intelligence is just received information, then we are programmed through language and thought rather than through observation, so our intelligence only goes so far. There is nothing wrong with thoughts, but when we cling to them and cultivate them, they limit pure experience, and everything becomes second hand.

If we think that we have reason then, at what level of consciousness are we reasoning? Words create thoughts, and thoughts create emotions of pride, jealousy, desire, aversion and indifference. So thoughts are prewritten programming – when did we last have a free thought? When do we actually start thinking for ourselves? And can we?

We are in a Catch-22 situation of being trapped in reactions to beliefs.

Catch 22: the result, from rules, regulations, or procedures, that an individual is subject to, but has no control over, because to fight the rule is to accept it.

We have to go beyond thought into consciousness itself, where perception first takes place. A red car goes by, and we don’t have to think, “Oo! There’s a red car!” We already know. There is no need to luxuriate over the car, or claim that we know what kind it is. Our ‘valued’ opinions come later because of our tendency – our programming – to behave in a particular way, while pure perception is pure consciousness: it is the one taste of perception which is present before first impressions, judgements and reactions arise, controlling us through our acquired pattern of behaviour.

Going beyond intelligence is going beyond reasoning. We need reasoning to survive and to study and, if all we want to do is survive and study, then common reasoning is enough. We are fed information and that can become our life, where we rely on others to write programmes for us to play with. Texting offers predictive text, autocomplete and autocorrect, and we can add emojis that symbolise an idea or concept … all in all, a truly limited existence and experience.

When we can cut through our thoughts and emotions by merely seeing them, we are free. Meditation of the clear view cantake us beyond thoughts, to experience pure consciousness. This doesn’t mean that we don’t know anything: rather, we realise that we are knowingness itself, before anything is known.

Philosophy is the study of the nature of knowledge.
Wisdom is beyond knowledge, just being.

When we stop talking and thinking, we are free.
Free in the moment of just seeing.

We can enjoy everything that we do, but it is nothing special.
What’s special is recognising that all appearances are empty of inherent existence.

Then we just play with illusions.

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FINDING OUR TRUE LINEAGE

Finding Our True Lineage

Returning to our inner intention.
Being happy.

There is a lineage calling within us all: it is our path to enlightenment.
This isn’t an organisation or tradition; it’s an inner longing.
It isn’t hope; it’s more like re-cognition.

We may all be pure consciousness but our path to realisation has its own influences. We naturally see things in a certain way, and this has nothing to do with doing our own thing. Rather, it is an inner realisation, where we learn experientially instead of ‘faking it’. We may follow a tradition (or traditions) for a while, and then we feel that we’re treading water, just going through the routine.

There’s an inner spark that illuminates and connects us to a stream of consciousness. This link is always present, but is lost in our gross hopes and fears.

When we investigate our true reality, we discover that this truth is not separate from the truth of others, but the intensity of flavour will be different.

This isn’t about obsession; it is about re-cognition.
It’s a personal enquiry into consciousness through meditation and study.

We cannot rely on others, as they are following their own lineage, and doing it their way. So what can we rely on? We can rely on “That which is not”. Yes, aversion is a path and attraction is a path. Recognising addiction to gross universal laws is our teacher and, in this way, we see how beings are driven and controlled:

The first gross law is attraction.
The second gross law is repulsion.
Ignoring these two gross laws is the third gross law of indifference.

These gross laws are driven by our self belief, and thus we come under their control. When we no longer hold on to self belief, we realise our perfect state of pure consciousness and have found our lineage:

Attraction becomes emptiness.
Before this, we filled emptiness with concepts.

Aversion becomes consciousness.
Before this, we judged everything through preconceived concepts.

Ignorance becomes compassion.
Before this, we were competitive.

Our lineage is within.
Our happiness is within.
Don’t dismiss this as a cliché.

😀

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CLEAR IMITATION – CONFUSED IMITATION

Clear Imitation – Confused Imitation

We have a choice of two paths in life: one is to follow organised confusion, and the other is to realise our original wisdom. We know what organised confusion is like as we live in it ;D, but what is the path back to original wisdom?

For thousands of years, humans have sought the truth about their origin. Some look to science for an answer, while some look to God. Others look at what it is that is looking at science and God, which is consciousness itself. Is there a relationship – an interdependence – that links all views together?

What if Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and all their variations have a connection to the Vedic tradition of India? And what if that Vedic tradition had its roots in the pre-historic Aryan view of perfection, originating in the Iranian/Persian area, north-west of India? These teachings were called Sanatana Dharma, which means ‘universal’ or ‘limitless principal/law/duty’. Eternal order.

Everything arises from causes and conditions, within universal pure consciousness that has no cause and no end. Universal laws are a manifestation, not the source. It is worshipping the source that causes confusion as it becomes partisan and separates consciousness from its reality, creating a duality.

If we were to put all those ancient texts together,
they merely say,
“We are what we seek. We are pure consciousness”.

We are Dzogchen/Mahamudra/Atiyoga//Brahma/God/Sanatana/Universal Principal …

Deep within all sentient beings is the profound intuition that we are timeless, limitless beings. The real thing. If we stop along the way in order to belong, we delay arriving at where we are destined; the realisation of non-dual awareness.

What is this limitless universal law? It is the law of three, and different traditions describe these in their own ways. Here is the Tibetan view (from the Sanskrit) of the three Kayas, our primordial nature:

Dharmakaya = emptiness.
Sambhogakaya = consciousness.
Nirmankaya = compassionate manifestation.

Pure consciousness is our essence and nature:
as a unity, these manifest as compassion.

When ignored, however, these laws manifest as three negative emotions of desire, aversion and indifference that disturb our mind. In nature, these correspond to attraction, repulsion and inertia – or fight, flight and freeze. These principles affect the choice as to which path we traverse.

Once the three Kayas are realised, when negative emotions arise they spontaneously appear as the Kayas. This is the wisdom aspect – the unity of non-duality. Never feel guilty about having emotions: it is the primary recognition of emotion that is wisdom. It is a lighting up of seeing without attachment, and the stronger the emotion, the stronger the wisdom.

Perfection is the pure insight of consciousness.
It has nothing to do with words.Words create an ‘I’ of confusion and ideologies.

Does the following make sense?

The Father is Emptiness.
The Son is ordinary, sentient consciousness.
When I and my father are one, that is non-duality.

The Holy Ghost is the unity of the two,
which is compassionate atmosphere.

😀

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SOFT AND HARD

Soft And Hard

We don’t realise
how hard and fixated we are about things.

Anything hard snaps easily.

Meditation
– or remembering our true nature –
brings about an unbreakable softness.

We become more flexible.

Wishing you
many transmissions and inspiration for the coming year.

Tony and Kathie

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ALWAYS RETURN TO FIRST PRINCIPLES

Always Return To First Principles

Watching the breath
cuts through circling thoughts.

This brings us back to thought-free now.
We become one with the breath.

Breath is life.
Life is spirit.
Spirit is pure consciousness.

We are this without thinking.

,,It’s not complicated.
We are this, anywhere, any time.

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A SYSTEM IS A GOOD BEGINNING

A System Is A Good Beginning

A system is a good beginning,
but a system can make us passive and ‘samey’.

In a system, we feel good and safe.
We go through our routines
and establish a basis to work with.

But do we actually work (show compassion),
or do we just go through our routine?

The best place to experience real Dharma
is wherever we are.

When we get bored or depressed with our routine …
… celebrate!

Routines cover up rawness.
Rawness is life itself.
Rawness is the strong, undisguised emotions,
uncompromising and realistic in unpleasant situations.

Better to know the truth than believe in a routine.
Then we can die well, with real confidence.

Whether or not there is consciousness after death is a moot question.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel,
or is the light here right now?

As long as we care, we win!

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REALISING EMPTINESS

Realising Emptiness

It is so simple.

Our eyes have tear ducts to keep them clean and clear.
We are so used to this clarity that we don’t notice it, and ignore it
… until the arrival of a speck of dust.

Likewise, the essence of mind is empty, clean and clear.
We are so used to this clarity that we don’t notice it, and ignore it
… until the arrival of an negative emotion.

It is because our minds are filled with thoughts
– which become negative emotions –
that we do not notice our own empty clarity.

Once we realise our own empty clarity,
then the arrival of a negative emotion becomes
a reminder of our true essence.
That is wisdom.

Irritation is wisdom.

😀 😀 😀

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BUDDHISM: LOGICAL CONCLUSIONS

Buddhism: Logical Conclusions

Buddhism isn’t a religion.
It is spiritual guidance for consciousness.
Our salvation and sanity come through our own efforts
to realise the truth about consciousness.

We attain realisation through knowledge, not prayer.
Through knowledge, we recognise the negative effects
of clinging to thoughts and emotions.

There are many levels of ignorance:
Buddhism is the science to realise the goodness of our true nature.

In our internal debate, one part talks while the other listens in silence.
Believing in that which talks relates to the past and causes us suffering,
while silence is the sanity of unprejudiced awareness.

Buddhism isn’t a religion.
There nothing religious about the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness.

Religion binds us to realisation.
It is the purity of emptiness that releases us.

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TOO INTENSE?

Too Intense?

Our ‘self’ is a construct,
a programme received from our environmental conveyor belt.

True spiritual teachings dismantle this self-belief.

Without realising, we have had our minds numbed to our true reality.
The shock of realising the confusion in which we live
– and how this muddle is maintained –
is coupled with the shock of seeing teachings
turned into pampering sessions.
😀

The more we reflect and test those teachings,
the more accurately we realise their essence
and the more we see directly.

It needs a true shock to realise our true being
in order to get out of this beautiful mud.
We abide as pure consciousness
that expresses itself in a unique, compassionate way.

There is no magnificent self present.
We just do what is needed, according to our level of realisation.
Our essence is pure awareness.
In that, we are all the same – neither muddy nor beautiful.
The way in which we express is unique.

Alone,
we decide what gives us confidence,
and tread that path.

When the Buddha said,
“Do not take my word for it; see for yourself”,
he meant do not just follow him.
Look at where you are.

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HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE

How To Make The World A Better Place

See it differently.

The world is a huge illusion
built on cultural ideas and beliefs.
Making an illusion better actually only makes it worse.

We make the world better by seeing the illusion
rather than merely joining in.
To make the world a better place,
we start by seeing what ideas and beliefs control us.

It is that very seeing that will make the world a better place for all.
In just seeing, we ask, “What is it?”
instead of just going through a routine.

We do not accept the status quo – the state in which we live – as reality.
We do accept that we are seeing the illusions.
In the moment of seeing, we are free.

How do we get seven billion people to see that they see?

Some play games given to them,
while others protests all over the world.

Perhaps that’s a start!

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THE SCALES FALL FROM OUR EYES

The Scales Fall From Our Eyes

“Immediately, there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once.” Acts 9:18, New King James Version.

Let the “scales fall from our eyes”. What does that really mean? How are we blind, and then can see? It doesn’t mean we’re literally blind; we are blind to the truth.

We are blind when we are constantly calculating, weighing up and relating to preconceived ideas, and can find no inner peace. While we are calculating, we are blind to pure experience. When the ‘scales fall from our eyes’, we see, recognise the truth and find inner peace. We are no longer deceived by constantly measuring our place in the pecking order. 😀

This perpetual calculating creates pride and jealousy which cloud our mind. Pride and jealousy are created by our desires and fears which are, in turn, created by our ignoring pure seeing, pure experience in the first instant; we are constantly calibrating our worth rather than experiencing our pure essence.

When the scales fall from our eyes we see more clearly.

When we experience pride, we think we are above others, but clarity tells us that whatever we think we know, others will find out in their own good time. There is no race or competition: I’ve received knowledge from spiritual teachers, and babies just born will also find that knowledge in their own good time.

When experiencing jealousy, we think that others know more than us, but we too will know what they know in our own good time. Whatever we actually admire about others means that that very recognition is a quality within us too.

When I first took up seeking the truth, people would say such marvellous things … so I read the books that they read, and went to the same teachings, and now I know what they know. It is the knowledge that is special, not the person. There is no race or competition.

What is this special knowledge that opens our eyes? It is in the pure hearing and experiencing when we realise, in that first moment where nothing else is present, that that is what we are. Spontaneous presence. It has no name, and saying a name detracts from the pure realisation of absolute consciousness.

Have a happy Christmas, and enjoy others’ enjoyment.

Tony

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THE MESSIAH COMPLEX

The Messiah Complex

Hasn’t it caused a lot of problems in the world?

Messiah: The anointed saviour who is said to bring the dead back to life, reuniting them with their souls.

We know that this means different things to different people. Is it a literal or transcendental statement? If it is a spiritual question, shouldn’t the answer be spiritual as well? Do people live, believe and die not knowing what is true? Who anointed that saviour? Is this a passing on, a received transmission? What do ‘bring the dead back to life’ and ‘reunited with their souls’ mean?

As a Buddhist, this may be interpreted another way. Maybe … just maybe … ‘reunited’ is meant in a spiritual way, in the sense of our inner consciousness of pure awareness or spirit: that is what we are. We are awakening from the dream of preconceived ideas, bringing consciousness back to the essence of life itself.

To put it bluntly, we are all potential messiahs. For example, in the Dzogchen tradition, we receive the pointing out instruction into the nature of mind, and the word Kabbala means ‘to receive’. Is that ‘receiving’ a transmission, an anointing, whereby, instead of living a dream, we now awaken to our true reality. To be ‘reunited with our souls’ (even though in Buddhism a soul is not recognised) means we awaken to the unity of a false self that is recognised by pure consciousness.

A messiah complex is a state of mind in which an individual holds a belief that they are destined to become a saviour and are responsible for saving or assisting others; in common usage, it is an accusation of delusion. However, it could be said that Bodhisattvas have a messiah complex! It’s what true compassion is all about! A messiah complex is the result of inner joy and outer sadness at the mental state of sentient beings.

A Bodhisattva works for the benefit of others. This vow is not to be taken lightly, and one’s life will never be the same again. The word ‘Buddha’ means awake and pure. There are nine levels of Bodhisattvas, up to enlightenment.

Bodhisattva Vow

Just as the earth and the other three elements, together with space,
eternally nourish and sustain all beings.

So may I become that source of nourishment and sustenance which
maintains all beings situated throughout space, as long as all have
not attained to peace.

When the Sugatas of former times committed themselves to the Bodhicitta, they gradually established themselves in the practice of a Bodhisattva.

So I too commit myself to the Bodhicitta for the welfare of beings
and will gradually establish myself in the practice of a Bodhisattva.

Today my birth has become fruitful; my birth as a human is justified.

Today I an born in the Buddha family; I am now a child of the Buddha.
Now I am determined to perform those acts appropriate to my family;
I will not violate the purity of this faultless noble family.

Just as a blind man wandering about comes upon a jewel in a heap of refuse so, apparently by chance, the Bodhicitta is born in me.

That supreme amrita destroying death.
The inexhaustible hidden treasure relieving the universal poverty.
The supreme cure for calming the universal ill.

The tree which shelters beings weary of wandering the paths of samsara.
The vehicle for all travellers passing over distress.
The moon of mind which cools the heat of desire.

The great sun dispelling the obscurity of ignorance.
The great happiness for those travellers wandering the path of samara, searching for object of enjoyment.

In the presence of all the Buddhas, I have invited all the Tathagatas
and all beings as my guests. Devas and Asuras rejoice.

It is said that taking the Bodhisattva vow is an expression of making ourselves at home in this world. We expose ourselves confidently for the benefit of sentient beings. We give up our ambition to attain enlightenment in favour of relieving the suffering and difficulties of sentient beings. Nevertheless, we attain enlightenment anyway.

Bodhisattvas and great Tathagatas of the past have taken this step, and we too can do this. It is simply a matter of accepting either this expansive approach to life, or settling for a self-centred, poverty-stricken mentality.

There are no limits to caring.

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TRUE SPIRITUALITY IS PRACTICAL

True Spirituality Is Practical 

True spirituality is practical
because we know how to drop preconceived ideas
and see directly.

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THE REALISATION OF SPIRITUALITY IS PRACTICAL

The Realisation of Spirituality Is Practical

Practical Spirituality
helps us to cope with life
with a sensible and realistic approach
to situations or problems,
by means of clear observation
without preconceived ideas.

In the beginning was not a book:
a book is someone else’s view.
Never take someone else’s word for it.

Being real is being practical.
Real is the realisation of the truth that
clear observation is pure consciousness.
It’s what we are, and we can’t get more real than that.

Those who become involved in the material world
believe that impermanent things are real.
A bit of an oxymoron?
;D

When we cling to ideas, we build up an ego.
If we defend our egotistical ideas,
we become more and more impractical.

Suggestion:
Climb to the top of the ego and jump off!
The more we build up our ego, the more we suffer.
The more we suffer, the more we realise we are suffering.
That is the jumping-off stage to enlightenment.

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS NEVER FORGETTING

Enlightenment Is Never Forgetting

Once we recognise and realise that we are pure consciousness, that is the beginning of our spiritual path. Now, it is up to us to remember. The more we remember, the less we forget. It’s a matter of practice, and becoming more familiar with what is true and what isn’t.

The first stage is to remember and the door opens but, due to the winds of karma, the door appears to close because we forget, and thoughts and emotions return. It is in the very recognition of the door seeming to be closed that it opens spontaneously with a blast of fresh air.

The more we recognise our true nature, the more we gradually realise that the door never existed. There is no inside and no outside and no path. We have been enlightened all along, but were closed to this truth.

Compassion is knowing that others still think there is a door and it’s locked to them; they feel closed in. All we can do is to help them realise the key to their freedom is conscious awareness.

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DREAM CATCHERS

Dream Catchers

We are the dream catchers; we catch others’ dreams. Dreams are what happens in the mind when we are unaware, and we then act out the mind’s thoughts.

It makes no difference whether we are conventional dreamers or spiritual dreamers; we catch an idea, and act out a charade.

Charade: late 18th century: from French, from modern Provençal charrado ‘conversation’, from charra  ‘chatter’, perhaps of imitative origin.

Original pure consciousness is our dreamless state.
It is the space between thoughts.
It’s that simple.

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CONFUSION CREATES FUTILE DILIGENCE

Confusion Creates Futile Diligence

Confuse: To make someone or something bewildered, more complex and less easy to understand. Confusion: The result of making someone confused.

Spiritual texts suggest that we are confused because we ignore our true reality. Of course this is true, but we are not alone in our confusion – we live in a world of confusion and so we find ourselves engaged in a world of futile diligence, seeking everlasting satisfaction, but only finding titbits.

If we seek satisfaction in accordance with conventional standards, we get nowhere and those titbits never last. We just tread water, while feeling that we are doing something. Conventional standards are not set by us; they’re set by the Dream-Team. The dream-machine create all our beliefs and illusions.

“Ignorantia juris non excusat” is Latin for “Ignorance of law is no excuse”.  It is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because they were unaware of its content. This is exactly what karma is: we repay – ­although not in monetary terms – by changing our attitude to get out of the karmic jail!

Spiritually, ‘law’ is about putting a misunderstanding right. Violating or obscuring pure consciousness (our true nature) creates suffering of some sort, and we pay with consequences = karma. The payment required is to realise what we have been doing, and we repay the debt when we stop doing it. 😀

Conforming to others’ standards – however high faluting they are – will result in more of the same confused righteousness. If we don’t understand, or are unaware of the essence of our reality, then we are subject to conventional laws of cultural desires and aversions. We are ruled by our consent, and we hope that all is fair and will turn out right. Unfortunately, the Dream-Team has its own hidden rules.

If we do not know the truth but only believe in truth, this creates a dream state of samsaric existence. Samsara is wanting to find happiness and satisfaction without realising that we are the creators of our own suffering if we settle for conventional happiness. We have fallen into the belief of others and gone along with it, believing it is our belief. Don’t get too close to people: you might catch their dreams 😀

As long as we are ruled by beliefs and never given the full picture (speaking conventionally and spiritually), we will be subjected to abuse, because the picture is corrupted and we join the violation. If we go through the same routine as others, we will get the same result, believing that this is what life is all about.

It is the same with meditation. As long as we feel we are doing meditation, we will never realise what meditation is for – to realise empty awareness.

Confusion creates futile diligence.
Futile diligence create confusion.
That is Samsara.

The natural law in the universe is desire and aversion. It is not a law that we want to hold on to, as this law obscures our reality and causes harm. Fortunately, it also leads to enlightenment! When we recognise what we are being governed by – desire and aversion – we realise that we are free.

If we do not think for ourselves,
then others will do the thinking for us.

I slept, and became a dream-follower.
Following the dream-makers, I became a dream-keeper.
I awoke, and realised the dream is an illusion.

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BEYOND EXTREMES

Beyond Extremes

We are extremists if we believe anything.

Holding onto ideas and beliefs
denies the next moment of clear space.

Without clarity,
the next moment becomes smothered by the past,
whereas the emptiness of clarity
allows wisdom to be present.

This empty clarity is not seeing something; it is the clear seeing itself, before whatever seen is judged. We cannot say this seeing is like this or that as, in clear seeing, there are no reference points.

Beyond extremes is empty nowness; fresh, immediate and spontaneous. When we do not react, we have the possibility of transcending present limitations and ascend, stepping beyond our usual ways. Our usual ways maybe very clever and scholarly, but then we find that we cannot drop our attachment and become bound – in the same as we can be bound by meditation practices.

It is said that there are levels of realisation: the words are the same, but the understanding changes to the extent that it cannot be described or even spoken about. Words are generalisations and hints. In the beginning was not the word: before the word was desire, and before that, forgetting. Not many want to hear – or are able to hear – that we may not be satisfied with our present understanding, and that inability to comprehend is, in itself, an extreme.

From the position of empty awareness, all ideas are an extreme. Beyond extreme is a clean break. Rather than thinking we know what something is, we have to ask: this is the difference between vertical thinking and lateral thinking. Of course, we have memories and experiences, but these shouldn’t impede the moment now.

Just repeating teachings smothers the moment now. Instead, we look at what is truly needed and that may be merely to listen and empathise, and then wait and see. Teachings shouldn’t be an expression of ‘the usual noise’, but should come from the needs of the students.

The middle way is beyond adornments and sophistication. We accept life as it comes, and take no stance unless it involves the whole community. It is true that we need a firm foundation on which to build the golden roof of the temple of realisation, but true realisation comes from the mind-quake that demolishes everything before it becomes our samsaric entertainment.

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IS THERE A UNIVERSAL, CREATIVE PRINCIPLE?

Is There A Universal, Creative Principle?

If so, is that creative principle for our benefit,
or is it a distraction?
Is there more to our reality?

We talk about God, Nature, Love, Self and Consciousness; are they all one? Do we have a preference among them? Or is there something more obvious, staring us in the face?

God is said to be the supreme being which has always existed, and who created us all. If God has always existed, then the same must be said of Nature, because the universe is infinite with neither beginning nor end. Nature is the relationship between attraction and repulsion, which creates causes and conditions for phenomena to form.

It could be said that, for causes and conditions to occur, there has to be a sense of a relationship; a harmony. Is this harmony, in fact, Love? When the ‘right’ karmic harmony is in place, the corresponding karmic consciousness enters.

In an infinite universe, are consciousnesses infinitely transmigrating, looking for a home? For consciousness to survive in a form, it has to obey the laws of attraction and repulsion: in human terms, that is desire and judgement – we have to know what’s beneficial to eat, and what isn’t. This how life seems to run, until we become dissatisfied with this story.

We can realise that we are constantly relating to someone or something and, in doing so, we bind ourselves to a state of mental duality which separates us from others, and we cannot let go. Our body, speech and mind abide by certain standards led by others’ conformity.

Our investigation has to start with consciousness for, without that, nothing would be known. It is this consciousness that is holding everything together – as an individual and as a collective – and we come to realise that this consciousness is constantly being distracted .

Is the universe conscious? Well, is a plant conscious? They both obey laws of attraction and repulsion, and do not and cannot step outside these laws. As long as we are also governed by attraction and repulsion, we cannot be said to be conscious and awake, but are just going through a routine of our own making through ignorance of our true reality.

Is there more to our reality?
Yes. It is the very nature of consciousness itself. When realised, consciousness is non-dual, pure experience. It needs no dualistic ideas relating to God, Nature, Love, Self or even Consciousness, even though these are seductive and comforting. Clinging to any ideas is an entrapment.

When consciousness is realised as pure experience,
then we open up a path to enlightenment.

Enlightenment is passing beyond all opposites.
Darkness is known because of Light,
which is the clarity of seeing.

Within that, there is no darkness.
We are free in the moment of seeing.

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WHEN THE PROGRAMME MALFUNCTIONS

When The Programme Malfunctions

Whoopee!

There are moments when we just don’t feel ‘right’.
Unfortunately, we look for solace
to get us back into the action in order to feel good.

We have been bombarded from cradle to grave
with cultural nonsense and spiritual platitudes
that only seem to be the path to happiness, but are not.
They’re just more programming.

Humans have a naturally decent programme
but are easily influenced,
and become reliant on those influences.
It’s a seductive trap.

In those moments of not feeling ‘right’,
there is a glitch in our programming.
We can’t sustain feeling right,
and panic because we are out of our habitual pattern.

In that moment, we can step out of this programming.
Just fall silent, switching off and pulling the plug out.

There is no software calculating,
and no hard drive to store it on.

Suddenly, life is like a wild jungle full of wild people.
The rawness of life is fine out in the wilderness,
where we have to watch every step, but feel alive.

It might seem that we are falling down a bottomless pit.
A bottomless pit has no limitations
and is perfectly safe.
Whoopee!

No one can now switch us back on.

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IT’S BEEN A CRINGEWORTHY LIFE

It’s Been A Cringeworthy Life

Cringe: an inward shiver of embarrassment when thinking about our past actions.

We follow others. We assumed a posture, but suddenly we don’t believe any of it any more. We remember all those things we did and said that justified our beliefs. This is especially so with spiritual groups that create a culture within a culture, and we follow along blissfully.

Spirituality is the observation of psychology at work within the essential nature of pure mind consciousness. It is not about belonging, believing and justifying.

When we recognise this in our mind, we have to forgive our selves, as we knew not what we did – or why we did it ;D That honest cringe is the shock needed to wake up, and stop following the crowd. Conforming may seem as if it’s going somewhere, but is it going to where we want to go? True understanding.

To wake up, we need to drop our need for fancy dress, fancy names, or fancy traditions. They attracted us at the start and, as such, are useful, but then we need direct experience and realisation. Ordinary people can do this. We just have to realise that we are ordinary pure consciousness, and then the rest of our life merely plays itself out without us re-enacting any fanciness. The more we realise, the simpler it all becomes.

We don’t even need a teacher or exotic texts, or have to study anything. Life itself is both our teacher and text. We are naturally aware because we are natural awareness, pure awareness. Our path is go from cringing to unshakeable confidence.

Don’t cringe for others,
as there is no end to that.

Through empathy,
we can apply compassion.

There’s no end to that either.
😀

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WHY DO WE IGNORE THE TRUTH?

Why Do We Ignore The Truth?

We ignore the truth because,
in knowing truth,
we realise what isn’t true,
and that will change our life.

Because of our habitual clinging to our view on life,
we choose to keep doing and thinking the same things.

It is only when we know the difference
between the truth and what isn’t true that we have choice.

The truth is absolute, pure consciousness.
Whatever distracts us veils this truth.

But when we know the truth
then the veils become a reminder.

Now, we have choice!

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Tony

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IS THE VOICE OF GOD…A NYAM?

Is The Voice Of God … A Nyam?

This isn’t meant to upset anyone; the intention is to clarify, and identify the mistakes that may happen when we become attached to experiences, believe in them, make rules about them and worship them with sincerity. Spiritual texts are translations from someone’s mind, which is tinted through their experiences and their understanding … as this writer is doing now 😀

Whatever we experience, we translate into language. Pure experience of non-duality is corrupted the moment we speak. Language is an approximation as we use generic terms. If we become attracted to this language and attach ourselves to it, we create commentaries which compound and confuse. Enter the mysteries! This is exactly why the Buddha said, “Do not take my word for it.” Secondhand knowledge is not direct knowledge that leads to wisdom and realisation. Secondhand knowledge merely keeps us in the cycle of conventional existence, because it creates subtle doubts about we actuallyexperience.

Our highest achievement is the realisation of pure consciousness – which is the highest achievement in the infinite universe and, in that, there is no special language. This achievement may be experienced right now. Merely fall silent and be aware that awareness is already present, and recognise that we are that awareness, with nothing attached to it. That pure awareness is pure consciousness. It is very simple and has no rules save one; don’t muck it about or add to it.

When we have meditation experiences, we can mistake them for realisation – or the inspiration of God. It isn’t unreasonable that this happens. A ‘Nyam’ is the meditation experience of bliss, clarity or non-thought, and when we become attached to these experiences and make claims, we corrupt purity.

If there is a God, it must be pure consciousness that is before words. Words corrupt. When we realise our true nature as pure consciousness, we are at one. No words needed.

The Buddha realised that Shiva means that which is not.
There is nothing to become attached to.
There is no such thing as spirituality.
Attachment leads us astray.

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CAN INSPIRATION BECOME ENTERTAINMENT?

Can Inspiration Become Entertainment?

We may get – and then seek out – nice feelings of bliss, clarity or absence of thoughts. But it’s never enough and we want more, and thus become attached to these experiences.

In Tibetan, the word ‘nyam’ means meditation experience of bliss, clarity or absence of thoughts. In themselves, these are good experiences, but if we grow attached to them, they become our obstacles. These experiences are not, in themselves, realisation but, if we remain free of attachment and drop them, they become the path to realisation, where we return to the non-duality of pure consciousness.

These feelings are seductive; attachment causes a practitioner to wander away from the true Dharma – the path to realisation – and become a ‘space cadets’, attached to their feelings and easily upset (‘Dharma snowflake’ could be the modern term :D)

Attachment to bliss
can lead into a subtle, desire realm, never being satisfied.

Attachment to the experience of clarity
can lead into heavenly distraction.

Attachment to absence of thoughts
can create an inability to communicate.

When we drop the inspiration,
this, in itself, is the inspiration.

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SPIRITUALITY IS A SCIENCE AND NOT A BELIEF

Spirituality Is A Science And Not A Belief

Spirituality is a science, and not a belief.
As children, are made to believe that we must believe. Spirituality is pure consciousness: we are pure consciousness and without that, we wouldn’t know anything. We know because we are knowingness itself. That is the simple proof. We are not a belief. When we can actually know, why would anyone promote a belief? As children, we’re taught to first believe in Father Christmas and then in God the Father … coincidence? 😀 We live in a topsy turvy world of make believe.

Why would anyone want to deceive us? Because it turns us away from the truth. Why would anyone do that? To gain control over us, and get us to conform and belong. When we do not believe, then we are free to think for ourselves.

A belief is something we cannot explain and so cannot talk about. We just worship and belong. It is a form of self-censorship that keeps us imprisoned in a world of fantasy, and we then pass this story on as we don’t want to be alone in our beliefs.

We are encouraged to belong to something to such an extent that we cannot be alone. We gossip, check our phones, become addicted to news and leave the TV on constantly. Radio air waves are filled with music, and there is music playing in every shop.

In peace and quiet,
we may realise something wondrous.

When we finally recognise that we are pure consciousness, we do not have to belong to or believe in anything or anyone. As long as we belong or believe, we are attached. To be attached means to be tethered and, unfortunately, we like being tethered as it feels safe. Abusive relationships are like that.

True spirituality is the true psychology into the nature of mind. It is not limited to a conventional mind of ideas, beliefs and false harmony.

To realise oneness with others,
we first have to realise the unity within.

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TRUE HARMONY AND FALSE HARMONY

True Harmony And False Harmony

Harmony: a combination that works as one.
Unison: oneness.

Conventional harmony and unison are temporary.
Ultimate harmony and unison are our reality.
True harmony comes from the realisation of inner unison.

Harmony is being at one, but at one with what?
On a conventional level, a harmonious environment is one where people work well together, but this needs a focal point to which all consent. Who chooses the speed and direction of where we are going? It is because of the need for a focal point that this harmony is of a temporary nature, so harmony on a conventional level is being at one – for only a short period of time.

This need to have a focal point is the cause of false harmony, as we may feel in conflict with the conventional focal point but cannot talk about these problems and fears. And so, we have to stay silent and obey the focal point of others’ choosing. False harmony is therefore the cause of subtle friction and division.

At a conventional level, harmony is an illusion that pressurises others to conform. This is especially evident in spiritual groups, and results in false harmony.

On a conscious level, we all make an effort to deal with our emotions, but we haven’t faced them at a deeper level, where they lurk at the back of our minds and we try to avoid them. We evade conflict by refusing to engage in in-depth conversations. As a result, it looks as if people are getting along, but we don’t feel right with one another and the core issues are not being addressed because we are all following a generic idea that has been established. For example, compassion; we can say prayers about compassion for those afar, but can’t deal with those close to us.

True harmony is the unity of non-duality, that can harmonise with everything and is at peace with everything, as inner realisation is the spontaneous recognition of appearances that are simultaneous with that recognition.

Conventional and absolute realities become inseparable. When we (pure consciousness) are at one with our self (this confused mind), then empathetic compassion can work easily in a conventional world.

When we can admit that we have problems, then we will have true harmony. There will be difficulties and distractions up to and until the moment of true enlightenment. As these problems and distractions reduce, they become subtler and subtler.

True harmony comes from the realisation of inner unison.

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