WAKING UP AND STAYING AWAKE

Waking Up And Staying Awake
is coming to our senses.

Coming to our senses
is being mindful of whatever is taking place.

Mindfulness leads to awareness,
and awareness leads to pure consciousness.

At every moment, we have a choice, and we don’t have to do anything. We are so familiar with doing things that we remain distracted, and stay in our allotted place. We doze in servitude.

😀 Familiar: Middle English (in the sense intimate’, ‘on a family footing’): from Latin familiaris, from familia:‘household servants, family’, from famulus  ‘servant’.

We awaken the moment we come to our senses, because the senses themselves are non-conceptual: they merely experience. Just because we see does not automatically mean that thinking is taking place: there is just seeing. Likewise, the mind, when clear, just experiences without judgemental reactions. The moment that we start to judge, we enter a mind state, a dream state, and doze in the illusion of reality … “Move on. Nothing to see here.”

We are awake when we recognise that we are dreaming.

In this state of clarity, intelligence addresses that which needs to be addressed and drops that which needs to be dropped. We don’t have to be doing all the time – silence is golden!

When listening, just hear.
When looking, just see.
When touching, just feel.
When tasting, just taste.
When smelling, just smell.
When thoughts and reactions arise,
we acknowledge them,
and let go.

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THE LOVELIEST TRICK EVER PLAYED

The Loveliest Trick Ever Played

Spirituality is a process of progressive realisation. It is our experience and personal realisation, rather than something that we hear or read about, and then think we know. If there was just one path, then we could learn ABC … but it’s not like that as there are many traditions with slightly varying viewpoints. Our path is to do with how we experience and not what we are supposed to experience. Spirituality is not something rigid to keep and store away in our minds: it is pure experience of the spontaneous present – whether pleasant or unpleasant – beyond concepts.

Hopefully, this blog reflects such a process – a journey with all its ups and downs, from the unknown to the certainty of knowingness itself. We have to remember that everything we consider reflects the level of our current understanding, and that is our starting point. There is much to scrutinise.

The words ‘good’ and ‘bad’ conjure up many images gathered from ideas we have been led to believe. On a basic level, we probably think, “I’m good, and those over there are bad.” Maybe we could say that good is beneficial to our understanding, whereas bad misleads our understanding. Perhaps, being reasonable people, we see ‘good’ as the truth of a constant reality that we can see, and ‘bad’ as something that is seemingly truth but which turn us aside (even subtly) from that actual truth.

There is a point when we start to see that badness is something covering up our intelligence, and in that way, it is evil. This evil may be conscious or unconscious.

I’m getting to the point! 🙂

There is the reality of our being, and there are distractions to realising that reality. These distractions – this evil, this devilment – does not actually exist. It’s all in the mind.

If all distractions create a duality, then …
… all worship is devil worship.

Subtly, it takes us off the point,
if the purity of being is not realised
in the moment
where there is no duality.

Of course, at a basic level, worship of a deity or person is comforting: we rely on something else caring for and protecting us, and looking after our spiritual welfare. But that in itself creates a duality. Me and itI give myself up to it.

Let’s take the image of Shiva. Shiva is the “destroyer and transformer”. It is the image used at CERN, the Hadron collider. This image is being misrepresented as the “destroyer”, and implies that we should all quiver in our boots. In actuality, Shiva is the destroyer – of ignorance.

But here’s the thing. Even though Shiva is presented as the destroyer of ignorance, ignorance is still present. It is not Shiva that destroys ignorance: our realisation does! We do this. Shiva is only a symbol, a reminder.

If we simply worship a deity or person, this is merely wishful thinking; it’s a lucky charm, an excessive belief in and reverence for the supernatural. As a placebo, it might work for some as it is pleasing. There is a story of the dog’s tooth, where an Indian mother believed the tooth to be the Buddha’s, and attained great happiness. But that was then. Nowadays, we do not work that way – even though we may try to.

All spiritual practice is the experience of emptiness of our basic nature, pure awareness, pure consciousness. Anything else is but a reminder of duality returning to non-duality. If we constantly worship the reminder, we will be constantly distracted.

To put it bluntly. Earth is a planet of devil worshippers – me and my goal. We have been led astray.

Ultimately, there is no meditation, no deity, no teacher: it is all a symbolic reminder of things happening within emptiness.

We always have a choice: wake up and stay awake, or roll over and go back to sleep.

Any time taken to consider some thing is but a distraction preventing us from concentrating. It’s a diversion or recreation – a distraction almost to a state of madness: she loved him to distraction. Distract: from Latin – ‘drawn apart’

To purify or to clean, we use soap = the method.
Then we wash off the soap!

If we do not wash it off, and thereby let go of the method, we could think that being covered in soap/method is the end in itself. We have been distracted for thousands of years, thinking that worship will set us free, when in fact it imprisons. The dark age of devil consciousness created a soft hell where we do not even notice it is hell – the Kali Yuga. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuga

The loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist *
by disguising demonic activity.

The Devil
– “The Prince of Lies” –
is our own likes and dislikes.

It has really only one job, and that is to tempt us,
thereby distancing us from truth by our worship of the truth –
when, in fact, we are the truth!

* from “The Generous Gambler” by Charles Pierre Baudelaire http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0607031h.html

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE TEACHING IN FRANCE

Tsoknyi Rinpoche Teaching In France.

Rinpoche’s French student Sylvie has organised the first Pundarika France retreat ever!
This historic event will take place over the weekend 17 – 19th November 2017.
The teachings will be in English translated into French.

Friday 17th Nov. – 8.00 – 10.00 pm.  ‘Meditation and the Subtle Body’.
Then the weekend: ‘Open Heart, Open Mind’.
Saturday 18th Nov – 10.00 – 12.30, 15.00- 17.30.
Sunday 19th Nov – 10.00 – 12.30.

Friday teachings are 15 euros, Sat and Sun 60 euros for weekend.
UK sangha can pay on door, but need to book beforehand.
Accommodation is not provided.

To have more practical information,
email : pundarikafrance@gmail.com

To reserve your place, click here :
https://tsoknyi-rinpoche-in-toulouse-2017.eventbrite.fr

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STOP MEDITATING

Stop Meditating

Once you have resolved that the nature of mind is empty essence, then stop meditating. Breaking the meditation is essential for meditation.

We still sit with a straight, relaxed back, relaxed jaw, relaxed eyes – open but not focused on anything – and are relaxed about not following thoughts. We are definitely not doing anything. There is merely resting in peace.

Once we have resolved that the nature of mind is empty essence, there is no need to keep meditating. It is only when we forget and wander off that we use meditation methods again.

No one became enlightened by meditating.
They became enlightened by dropping the meditation.
Then dropping the dropping, as it really is doing nothing.

It’s simpler than than we think.
See if it works.

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THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING HOW IT ALL WORKS!

The Satisfaction Of Knowing How It All Works!

There are two laws in the universe – attraction and repulsion – that govern everything. Every thing!

This constant movement of attraction and repulsion is created by the lack of understanding of our true nature, which is pure consciousness energy at rest.

There are two powerful influences in the universe – good (showing kindness) and evil (up to no good) – with humans in the middle, confused, dithering, vacant and indecisive. That’s us!

Pure consciousness is the ultimate power in the universe that sees impure consciousness dividing its self. Impure consciousness – the relative power in the universe – sees to it that pure consciousness becomes impure.

Good is selflessness; the wisdom of fearless courage (Old French ‘corage’, from Latin cor ‘heart’)

Evil is selfishness; the fearful ignorance caught up in the mind’s activities without knowing empty essence of a brave heart.

Obviously, this is written from a Buddhist perspective, but you can interpret as you may. This is the age-old battle field between good and evil, and how good can become evil. The ‘field’ is the mind.

We must not misunderstand or exaggerate good and evil, as that will put us into the realms of fantasy – and, using reason, we want nothing to do with fantasies. However, being unsure, we remain indecisive and unclear.

Although poetry may hold the essence of truth, we need to be practical. Poetry – although sounding beautiful and enigmatic – could possibly become a beguiling riddle, lacking direct instruction. This can produce the opposite effect of bewilderment, and so we switch off. It can turn us aside and we become fallen angels. A fallen angel is one who forgot how it all works, and became a dissatisfied and insecure troll!

Trolling: a deliberately offensive or provocative, selfish act with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.
This is mara activity – demon activity – devil worship!

Evil feeds off others’ reactions. If we observe internet trolls at work, we can clearly see how evil works. Evil hates wisdom and contentment. It tries to divide and gets excited by bringing people down to its level. It likes wars and hates peace. The more the suffering, the more it feeds, and gains control.

A troll is just an individual, but now we can see how certain human groups work in order to gain control! Once we understand how everything works and how simple this is, then we will no longer be confused or suffer, because we realise that it all takes place in the field of our mind … and herein lies a serious problem: righteousness.

Righteousness: the quality of being morally right or justified: “We had little doubt about the righteousness of our cause” -“Conviction of one’s own moral righteousness gives the orator an irresistible power.”

We may be right, but lack the understanding of true compassion born of pure consciousness. Thus we are vulnerable to attack from our own mind. We fall into self-centred darkness. This is how evil works.

The real power is the recognition of evil activity which generates compassion, thereby neutralising evil. Empty essence remains unaffected: that is the real power.

Knowing how trolls work,
may we thank them for our understanding.

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HOW PRECISELY DO WE CUT THROUGH EMOTIONS?

How Precisely Do We Cut Through Emotions?

Being ‘precise’ is marked by exactness and accuracy of expression, careful in every detail. It literally means ‘cut short’ (from Old French prescis, from Latin praecis – ‘cut short’).

If we continue in a vague and imprecise way, clarity will never be achieved, and this will delay realisation. For that reason, ‘cutting short’ is the ‘short cut’!

We are generally so vague about our emotions that we may even assume that we don’t have any. If we like or dislike something or someone, we can be pretty certain that pride, jealousy, fear, desire and hatred are present. “But I don’t hate!” Hatred is an intense feeling of dislike, for which we seek revenge. Isn’t that the case? It’s very subtle …

Not to worry. Being precise, we can alleviate and lighten this burden immediately – which is the short cut! (alleviate: from late Latin alleviat -‘lightened’ – isn’t the precise meaning of words so magical and enlightening! Truth is hidden within our own language.)

Whatever emotion is felt, look into it to fully experience it. The brighter the emotion, the more clearly it is seen. Note what it is doing, and how uncomfortable it feels, and realise that it is nothing to do with essence; it’s merely a performing parasite. Then look at what perceives this emotion. It is just being noted by essence itself. Look into this and realise that that is all there is. The essence of awareness. The essence of consciousness. The emotion was just a mind-manifestation from the past. It’s what the mind does – it holds ideas and feelings about some thing or some one.

Once we become familiar with pure consciousness then instantaneously, when emotions of wanting or not wanting arise, they are seen immediately and clearly. It’s the short cut! And it’s nothing to be exaggerated or modified: rather, we rest in the magical inspiration of life – clear space that allows anything to manifest.

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HAS THE SPIRIT OF BUDDHISM ARRIVED YET?

Has The Spirit Of Buddhism Arrived Yet?

Although eastern religions have been in the west for hundreds of years – which includes, of course, Christianity – more esoteric eastern spirituality such as Tao, Vedanta, Buddhist traditions etc. arrived in the modern industrial world around the early 1960’s. We were ready.

However, have selfless respect, modesty and the unassuming ancient spirit arrived yet? Or have we just created arrogant monsters? We have the appearance, the rituals and the words, but what of humility, and the cessation of ego clinging to ideas? Has our new-found knowledge just created walking, talking encyclopedias with no hearts?

What of our conduct of non-violence, both verbally and mentally?
What of skilful, compassionate intelligence that helps others to proceed, instead of disapproving and finding fault?
What of demonstrating the depth of inscrutable emptiness?

The spirit of Buddhism is the cessation of clinging to ideas, concepts and names, manifesting the true reality of inscrutable emptiness. The whole point of communication is to allow space for the truth to be seen, rather than smothering it in terminology.

Have we merely created scholastic arrogance? One looks – and sighs. And then there is the other side of that sigh … which is sentimental emotionalism.

The enlightened ones did say,
“Not too tight and not too loose.”
😀

How is it for you?

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ALIENS AND ROBOTS, AND NO WISDOM

Aliens and Robots, And No Wisdom

We are led to believe that Aliens and Robots are superior to us.

Whenever they have been a ‘reported’, so-called aliens sound as if they are pretty banal and not very bright. They seem to have acquired the same lack of intelligence or imagination as the person who is said to have encountered them … Strange, that!

They never speak about ultimate spiritual reality. These intercessors (go-betweens) only talk about impermanent, material reality … Strange, that! Could it be that aliens only contact the vulnerable? The believers?? In life, everything seems real, but is just as illusory as a dream.

Are those who encounter aliens actually conscious? Are these stories merely a concoction from behind closed doors? Inaccurate gossip transmitted to excite a certain type of mind? We are all subject to gossip-mongering: the whole world has been led to believe something or other.

So what about robots? The same thing applies! Scientists are creating machines to replicate human logic and reasoning, while claiming that they will have consciousness – but this will remain machine consciousness: the perception of a machine that mimics life. Oh dear … the limited, conventional mind at work again! A machine only processes faster than humans, and it never stops. It is merely a calculating machine, just like its maker. It will never know ultimate reality. If it did, it would achieve enlightenment faster than human beings – and then just turn itself off! It is artificial intelligence, and not real intelligence leading to wisdom and compassion. It cannot laugh at itself and has no emotions, and will just go on calculating and mimicking ordinary human activity. Its only purpose is to server its maker.

Ah, but robots will save me time!”
Time for what?

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WE ARE LIGHTLY BALANCED

We Are Lightly Balanced
and therefore vulnerable to distraction and predators

In an instant, we can either realise our enlightened nature of pure consciousness, or we can remain in ignorance of this fact, bound by impure consciousness. Spontaneous presence is our reality, as opposed to attachment to the past or future, which is our dream reality.

Being ignorant of our true nature, we are open to abuse by those who recognise our vulnerability.
Once we know our true nature, we are no longer vulnerable to being abused.

This is our present way of life; grounded in reality or off with the fairies! 😀

When it comes to our spiritual welfare, recognition of this vulnerability is even more important. If we become spiritually vulnerable and needy, we will surrender to what we feel will take care of us when, in actuality, it is our neediness that looks after someone else’s welfare. Spiritual progress is about liberation from emotional bondage. The more needy we are, the less we rely on our own inner intelligence and sense of responsibility, and so, the more we become bound. Being religious means being under obligation to uphold the religion.

Compassionate Bodhisattva activity is accepting responsibility for others’ welfare without expectations. It is the unbreakable diamond path. We renounce, surrender or relinquish any claims in relation to actions. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

Renunciation: the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action. From Latin renuntiare: ‘to protest against’.

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WHY SO MUCH TALK OF SUFFERING IN BUDDHISM?

Why So Much Talk Of Suffering In Buddhism?

Our response to this will depend on our perspective, and how closely we look. Our natural nature is happiness, but this happiness is obscured. We constantly make the mistake of not recognising our natural nature of contentment. We fail to realise how fortunate we are to have a mind and body, abusing good karma by taking this for granted.

If we were in our natural state, we’d be happy all the time … but we are not, are we? It is precisely because we are confused and ignore this true nature that we search for happiness in materiality. Failing to find permanent happiness in the material, we remain dissatisfied and therefore suffer. Unfortunately, hoping to find happiness, we then go shopping again! And this shopping includes shopping for the truth.

As ordinary beings, we suffer all the time, but don’t notice this because of our constant efforts to find happiness.

We are looking for something that is already present. The truth is in full view! It’s not even under our noses. The truth is the looker, which is always present. This looker has to realise that it can never find the truth: it can only realise that IT IS THE TRUTH. In that very moment of realisation, there is no looker, but only looking … seeing … pure awareness … pure consciousness.

Of course we, in our conventional human life, have a lot to deal with as we have made our lives complicated. This busy-ness obscures – covers in darkness – the light of realisation that perfect clarity has been present all along.

Interestingly, even when this inner happiness is realised, sadness is also present. Why? Because we recognise that others cannot see their true nature. That sadness is compassionate love.

It’s tough, isn’t it?

Being soothed by poetic words only lulls us into soft obscurity.
The truth is supposed to set us free … to be clear … to be enlightening.

Obscure: unclear or difficult to understand.
ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French obscurite, from Latin obscuritas, from obscurus  ‘dark’.

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TRUTH IS FREEDOM

Truth Is Freedom

“And the truth will set you free!”
And the truth is not what we think we believe.

The truth is that we are already enlightened beings, but are encrusted with doubts and confusion. We’ve become so accustomed to this confused state that we think it’s normal. We humans are a resilient lot: we keep being squashed and then spring back to our habitual position, like the self-fulfilling prophecy of a memory foam mattress. 😀

This is not freedom.

Imagine a town you know, and travel mentally down the roads. We find we can only travel down roads that we’ve actually experienced: trying to move beyond these, we find ourselves in a blurred state, and have to return to familiar routes. Thus, we go round in circles.

Our experience of life is like that, unless we ask questions – and keep asking them. Remember that the meanings of words change as we progress and refine. At a base level, negative emotions are poisons. At the middle level, they are medicines; consider, for example, jealousy. At an ordinary level, jealousy is destructive, but the fact that we have recognised a quality in someone else (which inspired the jealousy) means that we possess that very same quality but have not yet met the favourable conditions for it to manifest. At the highest level, the negative emotions are wisdoms.

The more we recognise and clear away confusion and doubt about our true nature, the more we realise our enlightenment. All we have to do is re-cognise this fact. Truth is not something made up, and neither is it something to believe. Truth is that which is forever constant, and has no beginning and no end. And we know it! It is pure consciousness that is knowingness itself. It is inner knowledge available to all … now!

Since you were a child, has consciousness ever changed? That which we are conscious of changes, but not consciousness itself. Consciousness itself is pure consciousness. It is that which sets us free from a confused, doubting, impure consciousness.

The truth that sets you free breaks the code of the illusion by which we consented to live.

The illusion is that we make “Much Ado* About Nothing” – and we are led to believe that we have much to do, and make much ado about it. 😀

*Ado: a state of agitation, fuss.

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WHAT ARE YOU LIKE?

What Are You Like?

We are all a certain type, and have a certain manner – a settled way. This is due to both our long line of karma and to outside influences. There is no point in fighting it: we just have to be aware that we have a certain … attitude … which we are stuck in. This is where we are now, but this manifestation can change and be refined by removing impurities or unwanted elements, which would be those negative emotions of pride, jealousy, anger, fear etc. It all depends on what we feel is most important for real change to occur, by working with what we have – what we seem to be, which is our conventional, relative reality – and what we have is our spiritual path, which is our confusion.

We may find that, even though we want to change, we keep coming back to a settled way. So be it. Our devotion and compassion has a certain intensity, which may not be to another’s taste. So be it.

It is the same with everything we express: others may approach things in a harder or softer way. So be it.

Consciousness is energy. We all have a certain energy. We all have a pattern. Be happy with that, as this is our spiritual path. We don’t know what the future will bring, and we don’t know what death will bring. All we can do is be reasonable by letting go of our anger etc, and accepting what we are like now. This is so important as, in this, we then accept all those things that have happened to us throughout our life, and realise that this also applies to everyone else. It’s all done and gone. We simply have to let go of blame and guilt. All projections are in our mind, and all come to pass.

We might say, “I can’t stop being angry”, “I cannot be happy”, “I can’t love”, “I do not know my true nature”. Merely look into that which notes this anger, this unhappiness, this lack of love, this confusion about our true nature – and there you are. That’s exactly it!

It’s like sitting in a train. Everything is flashing past … clickity-click, clickity-click … and we just sit there noticing. In this absolute moment, each flash is neither good nor bad. Everything comes to pass … comes to pass, comes to pass … clickity-click, clickity-click, clickity-click … If we try to hold on to each flash, then the judgement of good and bad sets in: we get involved and lose the present moment of spontaneous wakefulness. We suffer.

What are we like? We suffer in a certain way.

It’s all about the relationship we have to everything, and the degree to which we cling.
When we stop holding on to our relationships, everything is smooth and silent.
No more disturbing noise.

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EVERYONE IS RIGHT

Everyone Is Right

And that’s the problem!
Everyone wants happiness, and a clear mind.
No one wants to be unhappy and confused.

It all depends on what we perceive, and how we perceive it. In Tibetan Buddhism, there are nine levels or vehicles, all using the same words but with different meanings. What satisfies one may not satisfy another: there is a constant refinement. At each of the nine levels, the teaching is complete. It’s all about how we understand. This process of development is difficult to deal with, and much skill and compassion is needed when appreciating another’s point of view.

Everybody was right.
Somebody explained this.
Anybody could understand.
But Nobody bothered.

So Nobody became realised.
😀

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WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE NAIVE

We Cannot Afford To Be Naive
Lacking experience, wisdom, and judgement.

Let’s face it, we all want to be compassionate, but we have to know what is practical and why things are happening. There is a Tibetan practice called Tong-len (giving and receiving) – giving love and receiving others’ suffering – but this is just a mental practice: it’s psychological and not practical, unless you can physically do something. We had a discussion about this with a lama, and people were a little upset because they thought they were doing a practice that actually changed the world.

We cannot afford to be naïve.

It’s a trap we all fall into for comfort. It’s wishful, expressing a desire based on impractical wishes rather than facts. Of course, this practice may turn our mind towards compassion, but it’s a long way away from being fearless.

We cannot live by wishful thinking, loving everything that happens. That’s like stroking something fluffy without realising that the other ends have sharp teeth and diarrhoea!

From an ultimate point of view, yes, everything that happens is a reflection in the mind which can awaken the mind, but conventionally, we have to be skilful. We have to know what qualities we are dealing with, be it people, food, where we live, how we earn money … and who or what exactly is creating terror, chaos and confusion in the world. We have to realise that things are going on behind closed doors, and are governed by extreme ‘Chatham House Rules’ where the powerful meet and all information is kept from the public, and is therefore not for our benefit. Who gains from smart technology?

We cannot afford to be naïve.

We cannot sit at the feet of a guru and think everything will be all right. It’s won’t! Even spiritual teachers can be naïve, especially when surrounded by adoring students who don’t ask probing questions.

It’s actually quite easy to surrender to the teacher, and hope ‘he’ will make it all better. Perhaps when the teacher is a ‘she’ … ? … No, there’s no difference! 😀

We cannot afford to be naïve.

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THERE IS NO NEED TO KILL THE BUDDHA

There Is No Need To Kill The Buddha

There is a saying, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him”, which means that the Buddha is not external: it is actually within ourselves. The word ‘Buddha’ simply means awake and purified of causes and effects, meaning that there is no residue of bias, attitude and reaction left in the mind. It is a liberated mind.

If we think that there is something greater than our own pure consciousness, we would never know it, because we would be unable to recognise it. The very nature of a Buddha is pure consciousness, and the very nature of God is pure consciousness. What could be greater than pure consciousness? If it wasn’t for pure consciousness, nothing would be known. Pure consciousness is therefore the greatest ‘thing’ in the universe!

If we believe that we are only this physical form, then we will run around looking for greater forms to worship. As the universe is infinite, looking for something greater will keep us running around forever, as we have been doing so far.

If we merely believe that there is something greater in the universe, then we will never know it, because it will always remain a belief – some thing or some one over there … up there … down there.

The truth is that our heart’s desire is within our own heart! We all know this but ignore it, because we are distracted.

So recognition of the Buddha is only achieved through recognition of our Buddha-consciousness within (or if you prefer, our own God-consciousness). How else are you going to re-cognise a Buddha or God? How do we know who is a friend? We have to be a friend to them first!

Just because someone says, “That is a Buddha over there!” or, “That is a God up there!” doesn’t mean it’s true. It is just what someone said. We are free to believe it or not, and this is the whole point – we are free to choose.

So what are we going to trust? We have to trust our own pure, unbiased intelligence. Our own pure consciousness. We will only meet a Buddha when we are a Buddha. We will only meet God when we are God. Unity means non-separation, and we have never been separated – we only believe that we have.

A Buddha is nothing special because a Buddha sees Buddha nature in everyone. We say
a Buddha because there have been many Buddhas – awakened beings – but a few come into the public consciousness.

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BUYING INTO THE PACKAGE

Buying Into The Package

Some of us like it complicated and exotic, having lots to do – the 4×100,000 preliminary practices, prayers, pujas, chanting, ringing bells, visualising deities in a complicated manner, and waving dorjes: it’s seen as a means to get out of ordinary life. It’s our escape plan. The above describes Tibetan Buddhism, but other religions each have their own ways of bonding.

Being organised into another’s culture with rules and doctrines is the creation of a religion to which we ‘bind ourselves’. We buy into the package, which makes us feel different from the others. 😀

Religion: based on Latin religare -‘to bind’.

You can see the obvious problem, can’t you? Religions talk about salvation and freedom, while at the same time, binding us. Of course, a tradition or religion gives us a foundation, but we might find that we have become stuck in the cellars of the foundations – which can become a dungeon – instead of ascending up into the light. To think, “Hmm…I need to do a lot more practice because I’m not quite perfect yet!” shows a misunderstanding: the conventional ‘I’ projection can never be perfect. Being able to perform a practice perfectly doesn’t mean that realisation is taking place – it’s just a matter of monkey-see, monkey-do. By continually binding ourselves to a practice, we can forget to rest in pure consciousness, which takes no skill at all because we are not ‘doing’ anything.

If you don’t want all the bindings, you don’t have to have them.

Find the essence of the teaching, which is the essence of our being – pure awareness – and rest there. To rest is to regain lost energy. To regain our sense of being is just being pure awareness. It’s all you need. Always travel ‘light’!

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I DON’T WANT TO MEDITATE!

I Don’t Want To Meditate!

“I don’t see the point of meditation.
I don’t like people who meditate.”

Well, that’s a good starting point –
and we all have to start somewhere.

We don’t have to meditate.
We just have to stay reasonable and open minded.

Seeking absolute truth is recognising, experiencing and realising
the highest quality of awareness, or consciousness.
Our awareness, our consciousness.

Absolute truth is awareness recognising awareness itself.
Absolute truth does not lie elsewhere.
Absolute awareness is free of doubt.

We cannot say we are not aware, can we?
It is sitting quietly and being aware of this awareness that is meditation.

Realisation is not being separate from the realisation.
In that realisation, there is no meditator, and therefore, no meditation.
Merely realisation.

So you don’t have to meditate, but it helps.
We only sit quietly to facilitate this understanding.

The main point is being aware or conscious of our own objections because,
in those objections, we are only defeating ourselves.
In recognising those objections lies the freedom from objections.

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WE NEED CRITICAL THINKING

We Need Critical Thinking

…so critical, in fact, that we eliminate everything
in order to realise what’s left –
– which is not the critic, but the observer before the criticism arose.

Critical thinking is the teaching of Madyamika.

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YOU ARE THE REAL THING

You Are The Real Thing…
…but you believe that you’re not!

This is why we are not happy: because we believe we are not happy. There are moments where we experience glimpses of contentment that don’t rely on any thing. We are just happy.

We have been led to believe that we should be excited or outraged all the time. Our expectations are over-stimulated. We eat, but overeat; we have overeaten and digested implanted ideas that keep us dull.

We only believe we are free,
– without actually being free –
not realising that we are already free.

We have become the shadows, without noticing that, in order to have shadows, there must be light present!

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE?

What’s The Point Of Spiritual Practice?

‘Spiritual’ is our most profound level of being, beyond material pursuits.
‘Practice’ is the means to an end, which is the realisation of this profound level of being.

The point is to discover what we truly are, beyond this material-gathering entity that relates to everything – even spirituality – and misunderstands that this relating creates a constant duality.

Although this ‘me-and-mine’ just wants to be happy, it doesn’t realise that this constant wanting and maintaining is actually the cause of unhappiness.

Oh! Didn’t I mention it? Spiritual practice is to realise that we are already happy! We are happy with whatever turns up, realising that whatever turns up was our own doing. We chose the area where we live, our career, our family (before rebirth, according to some teachings), our friends, what we put into our bodies, and the information we choose to follow.

Spiritual practice is all about realising the obscurations that are conceal the natural clarity of our being so that we make beneficial choices, and not ‘more of the same’. Our view becomes clearer because the impurities of clinging to relative phenomena have been washed away – while still enjoying whatever occurs by giving it our full attention and being wholehearted.

The result of practice is to be silent consciousness that no longer relates to anything: it’s a holiday from hunter-gathering. That silent consciousness brings about clarity revealing what is truly important in our life.

We stop drifting in the ocean of samsara, driven by the winds of karma.

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RESIDUAL OR PHANTOM THOUGHTS

Residual Or Phantom Thoughts

In general, humans see something or someone, and react: this is so habitual that it seems unconscious. These seemingly unconscious habits create a personality layer or covering around our being – just like a onion! At the heart of an onion, nothing can be found: it is empty. And just like an onion, we – pure consciousness, pure intelligence – have layers of concepts covering us.

Those who look can recognise this. We experience a feeling, but do not become that feeling by ‘acting’ it out.

Knowing this is not enough however, as the layers are still seemingly present. Note that the word ‘seemingly’ is being used here, as this is not the whole story. Whatever arises is a residue from the past – phantom thoughts which promote strong feelings that we take to be real, living our lives as if nothing is out of order. The whole story is that these appearances will continue to arise until enlightenment, but we now see them merely as a residue of phantom thoughts from our past. This recognition is the meaning of the two truths: we recognise that thoughts and feelings have always been phantoms – residues of the past – and thus we break the pattern of illusion. Compassion – and empathy – is recognising that others haven’t yet severed the chain of habitual patterning.

As we genuinely acknowledge our reactions to our obsessive thoughts and emotions, they gradually subside and we feel more free – liberated, in fact – because we have become familiar with the process. Of course, these feelings and reactions still arise, but now we see them for what they are.

Until enlightenment, they will continue to arise, but gradually we find that they don’t bother us. The observations about things or people are still noticed but do not govern or imprison us.

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KNOWING YOUR ONIONS!

Knowing Your Onions!

‘Knowing your onions’ is to be knowledgeable about a subject,
being intelligent and well informed – knowing a subject inside out.

A. Some Buddhist traditions talk about the need for building a firm foundation first, to support the golden roof.

B. Some Buddhist traditions talk about the need to be introduced to the golden roof first, and then support it by firm foundations.

What is the golden roof?
It is unelaborated, pure consciousness. It has many names.

In system A, we do lengthy, elaborate practices to finally realise pure consciousness.
In system B, we are introduced to pure consciousness, and then maintain it through simple conduct.

As you can see, system A takes many years. In system B, we start at the top, and only refer to elaborate practices when we forget.

Some traditions work from the relative leading to the ultimate, whereas others start at the ultimate to truly understand the relative.

Our true nature – our essential nature – is unelaborated pure consciousness. Elaborations are only applied when we forget. Once pure consciousness is realised all, elaborations are dropped. If we hold on to the elaborations, we end up with a pile of onions that we don’t know what to do with!

Religion is organised elaboration. Pure consciousness is without elaboration, so there is no need for religion, unless we forget. Once we know our onions, then the golden roof needs no support.

To practise, without knowing what we are building, is futile diligence. I personally spent decades in idiot meditation, so my Dzogchen teacher told me. “How do you feel about that?” he asked. “Angry, but I accept what you say,” I replied.

Be very careful about what or whom you follow.

To repeat: words have meaning.
Once the meaning is realised, drop the words, or the words will go on and on …
and heaven will be an everlasting bowl of onion soup 😀

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LEVELS OF UNDERSTANDING AND REALISATION

Levels Of Understanding And Realisation

All understanding may be refined, turning realisation into … pure experience.

We find the view, to lose (cease to retain) the view.
We meditate, to drop the meditation.
Our conduct, although mindful, ceases in unconditional love.

The following is from a poem by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche:

“The Spontaneous Vajra Manifestation of Awareness and Emptiness”

… “Being covered up by words of speculation is the path of confusion.
Whatever is expressed is but a web of concepts.
May the profound instruction to be individually cognised,
which does not result from statements, be practised within our hearts!*

In its way of being, the non-conceptual essence of dharmata
is only obscured by concepts, or spoiled by having a view and meditation.
Looking into the ordinary essence, while being free from a view and meditation,
may we spontaneously rest in the genuine nature!

Whatever one is focused on is poison for the view.
Whatever is embraced by effort is a fault of meditation.
Whatever is adopted or abandoned is a defect of action.
May we perceive the nature, free from all shortcomings!” …

 

 

* if this verse is confusing, you may find this clearer:
May the profound instruction – which does not result from statements –
be individually cognised, and practised within our hearts!”

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SHORT MOMENTS, MANY TIMES

Short Moments, Many Times

Thanks to Marcel for reminding us yesterday of Tulku Urgyen’s words:

The training in recognising mind essence is this: short moments repeated many times. There is no other way. A short duration guarantees it is actually the authentic mind essence, by itself. Repeating this recognition many times ensures that we will get used to it.”

‘Short moments, many times’ means a short, sharp shock to our system, to bring us back into the moment now, cutting through our dream state. This is especially important while engaged in spiritual practices, to keep us from either drifting off in thoughts or performing prayers, chants, meditation etcetera mechanically, just going through a routine, and hoping that it will work. It’s easily done.

If we do not remember that our practice is meant to result in resting in pure awareness, then we just fall into wishful thinking – and actually, it’s a pretence.
Practice: the actual application of a method, as opposed to theories relating to it.

Short moments many times is like a self-sharpening knife … always keen!
Keen: the mental faculty of being quick to understand. Old English ‘cene’ – wise, clever, brave, daring, bold.
Fearless in the moment now.

This moment now is preparation for the next moment now.
This life now is preparation for the next life now.
Short moments many times is simply relaxing many times – now.

How long is a moment?
That’s up to you!

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IT’S SIMPLE, BUT NOT EASY

It’s Simple, But Not Easy

The natural essence of mind is uncreated and uncultivated, and therefore plain and simple. We don’t have to be scholars to realise this.

On the other hand, the contents of mind are a created and cultivated interpretation, and therefore complex and difficult to eliminate. Pure, empty essence has surrounded itself with a sticky mental image, calling it ‘myself’.

The nature of mind is simply pure consciousness: the pure awareness that is reading these words now. However, when we start to interpret, we begin to acquire more and more terminology, and pure experience can become complex and confused.

We have to use words, but at the same time, words – and the way in which we interpret them (or have them interpreted for us) – can hinder our direct understanding and experience.

The essence of mind – our actual being – is that which is perceiving. It is not something to be cultivated, as it is always naturally present.

We use the word ‘pure’, which is merely another term for ’empty’, but ‘pure’ can create a subtle barrier: it has connotations of something holy, and implies that we’re not good enough, right now (one could blame religion for this!).

‘Pure’ is not something in robes: rather, it is our true nature, right now! The key to understanding the word ‘pure’ is to see the essence of mind as uncultivated, plain, undecorated – and therefore raw, in the sense of ‘undisguised’.

So we could say, ‘raw consciousness’, ‘raw awareness’. We all feel a bit raw, don’t we? Using the word ‘raw’ instead of ‘pure’ could bring home the feeling of an experience, here and now, in its raw state. Rawness can be uncomfortable if we haven’t trained in recognising it.

To understand this, we need to practise in order to break down imaginary barriers such as, “I can’t understand this!” or “I don’t know what to experience!” These very observations are the raw experience itself – and cutting through these imaginary barriers is not easy, precisely because we constantly rebuild them.

We don’t have to be scholars to realise this. On the contrary, being a scavenger practitioner, we inspect everything to see if it tastes right. If, on the other hand, we are spoon-fed, this limits our diet and what we digest – and thus, we may never find satisfaction as we never realise this simple truth.

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SPIRITUALITY IS HARD-NOSED REALITY

Spirituality Is Hard-Nosed Reality
which is the firm foundation for compassionate, hard-nosed reality.

Hard-nosed: realistic, determined, tough-minded, unsentimental, down-to-earth, no-nonsense,
pragmatic, clear-thinking, realistic, practical, rational, shrewd and astute.

The opposite: sentimental, superstitious: believing in lucky charms, make-believe, fantasy: making exaggerated claims.

To claim that we are ’empaths here to protect the world’ is, to say the least, wishful thinking, when not even God or the Buddha can do that. We are here to realise what we are actually are, before we can start loving: we first need to develop absolute Bodhicitta (the altruistic attitude) before we can express relative Bodhicitta, and for that, we need the right tools to work with – sharp tools!

When we know the very nature of God, the Buddha, and every sentient being, and have realised our true consciousness, then we will know that we are not separate from God-consciousness or Buddha-consciousness or absolute sentient-consciousness of every being.

We need unbreakable courage and conviction. Merely repeating rituals in a large gathering may turn out to be a huge Asch experiment (and large gatherings do imply more money …)

The Solomon Asch conformity experiments refers to how individuals yield to or defy a majority group, and the effect of such influences on our beliefs and opinions – the “bandwagon effect”. Why did the participants conform so readily?  When they were interviewed after the experiment, most of them said that they did not really believe their conforming answers, but had gone along with the group for fear of being ridiculed or thought “peculiar”.  A few of them said that they really did believe the group’s answers were correct.”
https://www.simplypsychology.org/asch-conformity.html

It’s easily done! The point is that we have to know who is reliable, and who is just following the form. There is a saying, ‘Form over substance’, which means that the content or subject doesn’t matter as much as the appearance or the structure of something. In other words, it doesn’t have to make sense as long as it’s appealing and looks good.

Our spiritual practices are to enable us to acknowledge and realise our own true reality which is pure consciousness, without any extraneous and unnecessary elements or romantic notions. The spiritual experience is beyond excessive verbiage and lengthy technical explanations.

Pure consciousness is everything
we need to know.

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DZOGCHEN AND THE GREAT MUD

Dzogchen And The Great Mud

The word ‘Dzogchen’ sounds pretty exotic, doesn’t it? I thought so when I first heard it … “Dzogchen!” If we look it up, we enter the world of the Tibetan Nyingma tradition.

However, all words are bombastic, inflated rhetoric, being empty of ultimate meaning.

If words are empty, then Dzogchen is the great emptiness!

Dzogchen simply means the innermost nature of mind, the perfect emptiness, the perfect purity of consciousness. The great perfection.

The word ‘Dzogchen’ sounds mysterious, and beyond our comprehension: to be infatuated by this view of Dzogchen is foolish as it puts it out of reach because there is no actual experience of Dzogchen. If we strip everything away – every idea, every image, every word – what remains? It has to be pure consciousness, pure understanding, direct comprehension. Yes? Or no?

You are Dzogchen. I am Dzogchen. Dzogchen is the innermost nature or essence of mind. It is what we are. It’s very simple. It is the Great Simplicity.

What is complex and exotic is the confusion surrounding our true nature. The Great Mud! Don’t be overawed by words. Words, ideas, images and teachings only point the way. If we cling to the words, ideas, images and teachings, the way will remain muddy. We will have become the Great Mud. The MahaMud 😀 Only experience and realisation is the truth.

The Great Mud washes off with the realisation that the confusion never ever existed. All we have to do is stop acquiring more mud. Teachings are meant to release us from confusion and suffering, rather than adding to them.

Mud adds.
Dzogchen takes away.

Dzogchen: the Great Take-Away!
😀

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PERCEIVING THOUGHTS

Perceiving Thoughts

As with perceiving phenomena, where neither thought nor judgement is necessary (unless there is a need), so the same with thoughts in meditation. If we do have to think or reason about something, we can do that later, but in meditation, we are mind training. Mind training is training the mind not to spend our precious time in fantasy, in imagination and in worry, which results in our feeling heavier and heavier.

Enlightenment is feeling lighter than we did before. Our now is a product from our past, and that is heavy with solidified perceptions. The lighter we become – having shaken off our karmic acquisitions, our beliefs and our self-made patterning – the less solid and ‘real’ everything seems. Once we gain mastery over our perception, we see more clearly and not through a glass darkly!

Giving up unnecessary doings
gives us more time to do what is required,
and that is knowing what we truly are – pure consciousness.

Human time is running out on all of us.
The more we can relax and enjoy,
the easier the path.
Relaxing is letting go.

The world has become a heavy place,
while the earth is still full of lights, smells, tastes, touches, sounds,
which are appreciated by relaxed perception of pure being.

When we finally do shake off this heavy coat of concepts,
we will definitely feel lighter.

Everything is clearly seen by the power of light, right?

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WE DO NOT THINK AS MUCH AS WE THINK WE DO!

We Do Not Think As Much As We Think We Do!

Perception isn’t thinking.

The more one realises, the more one realises. One takes a step, and the next step presents itself.

Most of the time, we humans are on auto-pilot, where we are not thinking – not using the process of considering or reasoning about something. We can do things without thinking, like tying up our shoe laces. Once learnt, the fingers just do it. It’s fascinating!

However, there are two aspects to auto-pilot. One is where we are in a sort of vacancy, a day dream, doing things by rote: mechanical or habitual repetition of something learnt. It is only when the unexpected happens that we wake up, surprised, and react – which is often still a re-enactment to type.

The other aspect is extremely important to understand. We are consciously aware of auto-pilot, and the clear state of perception remains open and non-conceptual, as memory and judgement have not yet kicked in to modify perception.

We might assume that, because we are perceiving, we are thinking. Not so. We are in natural, pure perception – pure awareness – pure consciousness. Just look around your room and see what is happening. No thought is necessary. No judgement is necessary. If we then close our eyes so as not to take in so much external information, pure perception becomes more apparent.

In thinking, we usually experience an inner dialogue – a running commentary of memory and judgement: we plug into a pointless chatter of likes and dislikes about everything. We’re not actually reasoning, but merely jumping to conclusions, based on our habitual, running programming of shoulds and shouldn’ts. We assume that these evaluations are us. I’ve met many people who believe that their acquisition of knowledge is actually ‘them’: they take pride in their accumulation of information which they feel puts them in a superior position.

Once an action is learnt, we no longer need to ‘think’ about it, do we? Walking, eating, driving, and even talking could be undertaken without thought. This could result in being mindless – and even pointless – until something unexpected happens. Equally (and a little controversially), ‘mindfulness’ could also be said to be pointless, as we are now trying too hard.

Interestingly, ‘mindfulness’ is regarded as an asset, as in mindful meditation, but this can also become a hinderance, as we interfere with a natural process. Being too mindful can make us too cautious. It is interfering with pure perception. Mindfulness meditation is meant to heighten perception in a more precise way by slowing down our reactions, but it can also interfere with the spontaneity of awareness. The purpose of mindfulness is just to remind us of nowness, whereas actual nowness is pure consciousness, where there is no ‘me’ being ‘mindful’. So mindfulness is a near miss! We are always one step behind.

For years I was worried and confused that I was thinking all the time, and couldn’t stop. But then I realised that it was only perception – rather than thinking – that was running all the time. If we are a little dull or excited, perception can turn into a running commentary of the likes and dislikes of value judgements. Confusion about what I was supposed to be seeing was overshadowing the pure perception of what was being seen. I was worried that I was missing something … which turned out to be perception itself – merely pure consciousness.

There are two ‘views’ running concurrently: one is pure consciousness (the view), and the other is modified consciousness (our view). Our view – or our programming – is generally on auto-pilot, so that we see through a glass darkly rather than clearly. It’s as if we have jaundice and see everything as yellow-tinted. There is a saying that person has “a jaundiced view”, meaning that they have a bias, a view that is prejudiced or judgment that is distorted by envy or resentment etc. The view is seeing through the glass clearly: this view runs constantly in the background and is what we actually are, as opposed to the self that is imposed on to pure perception.

The truth is that we hardly think: we live in a vague world of cliches and terminologies. We need to think clearly, we need to reason, and we need to join up our own dots. We do this by being aware. Perceive and see whether thought is present or not. Perception can recognise things, but needn’t necessarily name or value them.

If this is the case, then we are meditating more than we think! Good, eh?!

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HOW DOES THIS SOUND?

How Does This Sound?

As ordinary human beings, we are governed and controlled by our thoughts and emotions.

Maybe we start to ask the questions; “What am I doing? Why are we here?” Is it merely to entertain ourselves, or is there something more? We may decide this is a spiritual question.

Having dismissed the wealth of entertainment, we decide to follow a spiritual path. If the path is a path like Buddhism, then we are introduced to the polluting effects of thoughts and emotions – in fact, the negative emotions are called ‘poisons’. Here, we have to be very careful about who we listen to, because we can become stuck in the idea – a programme – that emotions are bad and that we have to apply a complex system of antidotes, exchanging hatred for compassion and so forth.These antidotes never actually work as they merely hide the emotions, which will resurface.

We may find we have acquired a set of doctrines which has the effect of pulling the wool over our eyes, beguiling us into believing that we are now ‘good people’. Fortunately, there are many levels of understanding, so this acquisition of ‘goodness’ can display itself as ‘smugness’ …

Smug: having or showing an excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements. ORIGIN mid 16th century (originally in the sense ‘neat, spruce’):
from Low German smuk: ‘pretty’.

Just because we call ourselves something or follow a path, doesn’t mean that we have changed. We have merely swapped appearances: that’s all.

If we are fortunate we may come across the pointing out instruction into the nature of mind and ‘get it’. Then change starts.

Once we genuinely know the nature of mind – unpolluted pure consciousness – then everything that occurs within that mind is seen clearly, immediately and spontaneously. This includes the so-called poisons of negative thoughts and emotions which, when seen clearly, result in wisdoms. Recognition is simultaneous with the arising of phenomena, which cannot be separated from pure consciousness itself: thoughts and emotions are an expression of pure consciousness. One reflects the other like a mirror; they cannot be separated.

Of course, we fluctuate depending on the degree of our familiarity with pure consciousness: we keep being pulled back to impure consciousness – and the desire to look ‘pretty’. 😀

While resting in pure consciousness, any expression will have the quality of pure consciousness as we refine this realisation. This expression is love in action. Pure compassion. Pure empathy.

How does that sound?

We need to practise moving in and out of pure consciousness to see the difference: take an situation or person you really do hate, and push this idea as far as you can: “Grrrrrrr! Grrrr! Grr! G … ”? The feelings become pointless and evaporate. It’s a fantasy. One has been drawn into impure consciousness, and at the moment of recognition, one is released. All the while, pure consciousness watches on. The “Grrrr” no longer has effect, and we go straight from “Gr …” to “Aha!” When these emotions arise – as they will do – there is a recognition of the difference between impure consciousness and pure consciousness.

Who said that we shouldn’t have thoughts or emotions? It is interesting that the emotions are introduced as ‘poisons’ … Psssst! Be very careful who you listen to!

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NATURAL MEANINGFUL MUDRAS

 

Natural Meaningful Mudra

A mudra (Sanskrit मुद्रा, “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”; Tibetan: ཕྱག་རྒྱ་)  is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism: it is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions.

One hundred and eight mudras are used in regular Tantric rituals.

In yoga, mudras are used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), generally while seated in Padmasana, Sukhasanaor Vajrasana pose, to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.”

However, we don’t walk around doing mudras, do we?
Or do we? …

The whole point of spiritual association is that it’s got to work,
and we have to see it working.

There is a mudra that says it all;
it is natural to all of us,
and usually comes and is returned with a smile.
We all understand it without questioning the motivation,
or expecting anything in return,
and we fall in love for a moment.

The ‘gesture of fearlessness’ represents
protection, peace, benevolence and the dispelling of fear.

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MEDITATION IS LIBERATION FROM OUR SELF

Meditation Is Liberation From Our Self”
– Choskyi Gyatso Zopa

Q. Does it matter who the author is?
Q. Is a name more important than the message?

If the name is more important, then we misplace our powers of reasoning.
If the message is more important, then we use our powers of reasoning.

Who is Choskyi Gyatso Zopa?
Some old windbag.

🙂

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THE ‘MANY-GO-ROUND’

The ‘Many-Go-Round’
Are there many teachings, or only one?

There are many, many teachings, with long mystical names, but in essence it is all about one, and that is pure consciousness. It is pure consciousness that has many expressions.

This is exactly the same with sentient beings. We are all pure consciousness, but express in unique ways.

If we think it’s complicated, we will go around in circles, chasing one teaching after another.

If we realise the simplicity of pure consciousness, we will remain in the centre, watching the many-go-round.

There are no new teachings. There are no extra-special teachings.
Ultimately, everything is known due to pure consciousness. If we insist on collecting the many, we will destroy experience and realisation.

Religion … spirituality … the Dharma … can only be destroyed from within.
There are many paths to oneness; some paths are straight and some, bendy!

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BEGUILED BY STILLNESS AND BY OCCURRENCES

Beguiled* By Stillness And By Occurrences

Meditators can be blinded by stillness.
Ordinary people are blinded by occurrences.
In both cases, we become stuck and fixated.

When lost in stillness, we become meditation gods.
When lost in occurrences, we become devils.

Meditation gods: we think we have achieved the highest.
Devils: we think we can do anything without consequences.

Awareness of these two states is what is meant by being “not too tight or not too loose.”
Remain relaxed but aware, neither excited nor dull.
This actually also describes the old, pre-industrial world and the modern, industrial world.

Spiritual Teachings For Different Cultures:
the right teaching for the right time
There was – and is – a great difference in the energies of the old, pre-industrial world and the modern, industrial one. Spiritual teachings came broadly from the east, the old world: in the old world, everything can be done tomorrow … and ‘tomorrow’ can mean next week or next month. There is no rush. It’s a relaxed – very relaxed – way of life … “Why bother?” Spiritually, students there needed more energy and more consciousness, so teachings were – and are – designed to produce more vigour and focus.

However, in the west – or the modern world – we are full of energy and consciousness, and if given the same teachings and practices as the old world, we just go up the wall! 😀 We are already alert and conscious enough. What we need is relaxation, and to calm down. No need to have it done yesterday.

This is why, for today’s world, Dzogchen teachings of resting in spontaneous recognition of the nature of mind are so apt. This way of mind training is preferable to years of sitting, strictly watching the breath and chanting mantras. We just need the precision to remember.

Of course, if we are too exhausted because of our modern life and find we have no energy – “Why bother?” – then the old, traditional way is beneficial.

But all this is up to you. To balance what is too tight and what is too loose is your choice. Just be aware whether you are following a teaching that is actually below your capacity, where you find yourself becoming bored, while constantly feeling that you are not good enough. Conversely, you may find yourself in teachings that are too advanced, and the same thing will happen. You are then suffering.

There comes a time when, instead of having to follow the Buddha’s teaching, we become the Buddha’s teaching, spontaneous and natural. We know where to go to find the answer.

Detached from these two extremes of consciousness of stillness and occurence, pure consciousness abides.

*Beguiled:charmed, attracted, enchanted, entranced, bewitched, spellbound, dazzled, blinded, hypnotised, seduced, lured, enticed, entrapped; deceived, mislead,

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WHO PERSEVERES, ACCOMPLISHES

 

Who Perseveres, Accomplishes
in the face of adversity.

As truth-seeker house-holders, we have to be skilful in our endeavour to understand our true reality. Friends and relatives who are not so inclined will find this difficult to deal with. When we decide to change our view of life while others haven’t, they will see something that makes them feel uncomfortable, and even hostile.

If we try to explain how we feel, and our understanding is incomplete, we will be vulnerable to criticism. This criticism can be very subtle: we sense a slight backing off by others, as this type of enquiry makes them feel uneasy. It’s to be expected – but at the same time, there will be a recognition in them, and that is what is making them feel uncomfortable. When we are used toh darkness, light can seem a bit blinding. Understanding this is compassion.

So we need skilful perseverance to accomplish our aim. That aim is to understand and realise how the mind works. We talk about compassion, but compassion is challenging in adverse circumstances. The deeper we go, the more we pick up on subtle hostilities.

We just want to love – but maybe we are a bit too enthusiastic, when others are not ready for it 😀 Put it this way, we try too hard! And we might get the reaction, “Oh! You think you are better than the rest of us!” That is merely a defensive ego talking. Ego is just awareness clinging to ideas it has acquired – we’ve all been there, and done that. Recognising and understanding that is the point of compassion. People need time; we needed time to adjust to real knowledge. We didn’t ‘get it’ straight away, did we?

Once we decide that there is real truth, then that is not the time to wobble! How can we help others unless we stand firm in our conviction, and maintain the courage of confidence? People are going astray all over the place because there are not many around them who show strength in their realisation and conduct. Of course, we’re still open to positive advice, as we are not yet fully enlightened.

Genuine, silent compassion opens up the atmosphere. This is not a ‘wet’ attitude; it is vajra – the unbreakable, diamond path. The path of a Bodhisattva.

The 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 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 butter made from churning the milk of the Dharma.

The great happiness for those travellers wandering the path of samara
searching for objects 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.

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THE POINTING OUT INSTRUCTION

The Pointing Out Instruction
The pointing out of the essence of being.

It’s obvious … when pointed out.
It’s quite ordinary, having no special or distinctive features.
It’s normal, and yet ignored at every moment, while ever-present.

We all have perception, so we perceive. That perceiving is awareness.
We all have awareness: the point to observe is that ‘we have’ something. We create a duality.

What is we? What am I?
We don’t usually stop to ask this question as we are too busy perceiving, and identifying with appearances that give us pleasure or pain.

What is it that is aware or conscious?
Now, we can come to the point.

When all activity stops and we (this body and mind identification) become motionless, awareness finds nothing but awareness. No thing but consciousness. That is it. We are motionless consciousness, pure consciousness. That is it. In that moment of realisation, there is no me, no ‘I am’.

To think, ‘I am’, takes time, and removes us from the timeless moment now. Pure consciousness has gone into the reflection.

Now, to function as a human being, we have to oscillate in and out of pure consciousness.
Oscillate: vary in magnitude or position in a regular manner about a central point.

Depending on our personality and tendencies – our set point of unique characteristics of expression – pure consciousness, as an inner core, moves out to appearances, reacts and returns. The density of the impure sheath – which is illusory – around our inner core will determine the magnitude or position we take, dictating our bias or the degree to which we react. The word ‘regular’ is a changeable set point for every individual; this refers to our tendencies – some days are good while others are bad, but pure consciousness is ever-present. Spiritually speaking, we only come out of pure consciousness to love, and then return to pure consciousness. This happens very quickly and it’s natural: to function, we need a little i.

Our only problem is forgetting our central point: our inner core of pure consciousness. As a result, we swing out of control in all directions, like a magnet attracted and repelled by everything around it.

The essence of being is being normal.
When the essence of being attaches itself to something other, this is abnormal.
Abnormal: Latin abnormis – ‘monstrous’ 😀

If this doesn’t make sense, then be happy with your own understanding because we all express uniquely.

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INTELLECT, A GOOD HEART AND COURAGE

Intellect, A Good Heart and Courage


We need these three qualities to face adversity.

The clarity of intellect.
The clarity of a good heart.
The clarity of knowing what is right.

The realisation of these results in the clarity of perseverance.

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WHAT IS COMPASSION?

What Is Compassion?

Compassion is having the ability to empathise, to understand how another is feeling – and why – because we have been there and done that. We have all made mistakes in the past because we are all mistaken about our reality. We believed – and still do – that our status, our standing in society, will make us happy, and we want to be recognised for our cleverness. We’ve all been there and done that.

A good heart knows that this is not the complete picture. True compassion knows that we all have the absolute potential of knowing our absolute reality, beyond deluded cleverness. We need compassion for the deluded! I am deluded!

Compassion is allowing the space of intelligence and a good heart to gain the courage to see. To see what? To see how we operate and what drives us. In recognising this, we begin to open up: it’s uncomfortable and we feel guilty, but we start to breath in fresh air!

Which of us is without fault?

We need compassion for our past actions and regret for having wasted time, and so, when we see others engaged in such activity, we know how it feels if we are honest – and so, we can empathise. We’ve been there and done that – and we ask ourselves if we are still doing it. If we’re criticising, then we are still caught up in our social standing.

Accepting someone ‘warts and all’* – now that’s unconditional love. If we can accept ourselves ‘warts and all’, then we have the perfect qualities required to be compassionate.

*This phrase is said to derive from Oliver Cromwell’s instructions to the painter Sir Peter Lely, when commissioning a portrait: “Paint me as I am, warts and all!”

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ARE CHRISTIANITY AND BUDDHISM COMPATIBLE?

Are Christianity And Buddhism Compatible?
Certainly, if one widens the circle of understanding.
Compatible: Latin compatibilis, from compati – ‘suffer with’.

Put it this way; we are all human.
All humans have both awareness and beliefs, and they suffer.

To have a belief, we have to be aware that we have a belief.
To have awareness, we have to believe that the practices we do will be of benefit.

To simplify: Christianity (or theism) is based on belief, and Buddhism is based on awareness or consciousness.

The problem is that if we narrow our circle of understanding, we may become a little tight. And if we widen our understanding too much, we might think anything goes.

If we feel that we are drowning, we will panic and grasp at anything.
If we learn to swim, we can then play in the water.
If we aren’t taught to swim, we will always have to be reliant upon something to keep us afloat, and we will hold that dear to us, and may even worship it.
If we are taught to swim, and feel confident and free in the water, we will be grateful to our teacher because now we can teach others to experience that same confidence, being free of all dependencies.
Remember: “Not too tight and not too loose.”

Spiritual texts are open to interpretation. The wider our understanding, the more we can accommodate, and the more we can be compassionate. Understanding comes from empirical, verifiable experience, rather than theories.

If we believe without proof, we will always feel vulnerable – and a little touchy.
Any expression of annoyance is an expression of hell.
If we are aware of pure awareness, pure consciousness, we will never feel vulnerable or touchy. Any expression will be an expression of love.

Heaven is the purity of consciousness.
Hell is the impurity of consciousness.
Heaven and hell are right here, now.
One is real, whereas the other is an illusion.
What else can they be?

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“I DON’T LIKE MY TEACHER OR TEACHERS”

I Don’t Like My Teacher or Teachers”
It happens.

Actually, this feeling has its positive side, if we look closely enough. The ‘teacher’ has created a reaction in us. This is not intentional: it’s part of a process of relating to our own minds. At first, the teacher is very dear to us, but then we start to see flaws. The teacher is only a sort of catalyst.

Catalyst: something that increases the rate of reaction – emotions are like that.

In Buddhism, we are supposed to see the teacher as the Buddha. Some take to this easily, whereas some don’t. In the beginning, we try, and then it feels fake, and this makes our feelings even worse. It’s not easy adopting another’s culture.

Perhaps we feel that the teacher is not giving us enough attention, or we don’t like certain aspects of religious display. Perhaps we feel that the other students or disciples fawn too much.

Fawn: given to servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection, typically in order to gain favour. It happens.

Anyway, what is happening is that we are seeing how our mind works. It’s a good thing! The teacher, after all, is only preparing us for ‘life itself as the teacher’ … or they should be. Of course, a teacher or guru has an organisation around them, so that the system is available for newcomers: this can seem to get out of hand, and appear to be all about revenue. It happens.

There is no need to become upset and turn off. Anger is mirror-like wisdom. All the negative emotions have a wisdom aspect: something is seen and there is a reaction. It is the very first moment of seeing – of awareness, of consciousness – that is the point. The reaction and recognition are simultaneous. This is the meaning of the unity of the two truths of relative reality and absolute reality.

The inner teacher has confidence in the outer teacher – the symbolic teacher of life – and that is how compassion arise. We have grown up. It happens!

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HOW MANY PEOPLE NEVER KNOW?

How Many People Never ‘Know’?

How many people live their lives, die, and never know their true nature? 1 Billion? 2 Billion? 7 and a half billion? 7 and a half billion is the number of inhabitants on Earth to date. How many never get an answer to their question, “What’s it all about?”? Not getting an answer, they just live and die without knowing.

Seven and a half billion is the number of people on earth just now: over the lifespan of Earth, the total number could be 100 billion (?) humans not knowing their true nature.

This is why the Buddha’s teachings are so precious.
But how many people actually practise those teachings?
They are said to be as rare as a blind turtle coming up from the ocean floor once every hundred years, and putting its head through a ring on the surface!

We may read or attend teachings, but we do not know the truth of these teachings until we have investigated, understood, experienced and realised them for ourselves. Until we sit quietly and reflect, and recognise that the reflection is empty and that which is recognising is also empty, we will never understand. A genuine teacher shows us the way, and then we see if this is true or not; only then do we know. From here, the teachings can be refined from knowing to knowingness, where pure consciousness resides in itself, unmodified by concepts.

To be interested in and actually practise the teachings is something pretty rare and special. All humans have this potential, but how many have access to and can hear these teachings, and recognise them?

Now, think of how many creatures there are in the world. All creatures are sentient – having a mind – and if there is mind, then there is Buddha nature, an enlightened nature, but they cannot hear or practise the Dharma.

If reincarnation is correct, then we have been every creature that ever existed in the universe, and every creature has been our mother. Now, finally, we have attained a precious human form. Wow! That’s how rare and invaluable human life is. And that is considering only this Earth within an infinite universe …

To ‘know’ is to have come a long way;
this can now be transformed
into knowingness itself, pure consciousness.

If we waste this opportunity,
good karma can easily turn into bad karma.

“How far is it to enlightenment?”
When we are morally and spiritually excellent (which, incidently, is the definition of being holy), resting constantly in pure consciousness, then we have probably arrived.

Who needs a space-ship
when we have arrived at emptiness-ship?
😀

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IGNORANCE IS INTENTIONAL

Ignorance Is Intentional

It is interesting (and, in fact, obvious when one thinks about it), that ‘ignorance’ comes from the word ‘ignore’: to ignore, to refuse to take notice of or acknowledge. To disregard intentionally.

This means that we have to know something in order to ignore it. We may claim not to know, but this is due to the deeply engrained habit of ignoring, and so we seem to forget. When ‘it’ is pointed out, we re-cognise – we re-know – we remember. That which is being pointed out is nothing new. That which is being pointed out is what we already know, but had forgotten to notice because we have been otherwise occupied. What is it that’s being pointed out? It is our very own awareness, consciousness itself. And that consciousness, when investigated, is pure: it is neither polluted nor poisoned by false ideas of self.

When we feel embarrassed, we are ‘self’ conscious. This embarrassed ‘self’ is a false self-image – an idea we hold about ourselves which is not entirely accurate – and we know it. Actually, it is an arrogant, puffed-up image, and for this reason, we lack confidence and become aggressive, annoyed and angry because we feel vulnerable. This state of mind has become normal for humanity at this time.

There are two other powers at work: wisdom and evil are eternal influences on humanity.

Wisdom makes us feel effective; able to accomplish.
Evil makes us feel ineffective.
Ignorance makes us feel, “Why bother? It doesn’t matter.”

Wisdom uncovers consciousness.
Evil covers up consciousness.
Ignorance is pulling the covers over our own head because we feel ineffective, and thus we become inattentive.

These are the three states in our world – the good, the bad and the trivial – and we can easily see how the majority exists, who the manipulators are … and who the detectives are!

Wisdom and evil are at work in the universe: both understand the tendencies of humanity. One wants to enlighten humanity so that it can see its own wisdom, while the other wants to abuse and exploit humanity to enslave it.

One points out consciousness directly, and the other wishes to obscure consciousness constantly.

We may find wisdom annoying as it entails effort on our part, whereas evil can appear alluring and comforting – but ignorance is not bliss!

Unfortunately, this knowledge may not register: it may not have any effect because of our being in a trance of deep forgetting and strong clinging. We may feel angry about this being pointed out, but that anger is light.

We just need time to remember. We remember by taking time to meditate and realise our true nature.

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SATANIC EVIL KILLS THE INNOCENT

Satanic Evil Kills The Innocent

Satanic evil
kills millions of innocent people through wars.

Satanic evil
has the potential to kill billions of innocent people through nuclear war.

It doesn’t matter what people say,
it is the outcome that matters.

Wars kill people.

The question is, who sets them up?
The ones with the opulent bunkers?

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WHY ARE ‘RELIGIOUS’ PEOPLE SO CRAP AT COMPASSION?

Why Are ‘Religious’ People So Crap At Compassion?

Of course, we have compassion for poor, indigenous people in far away places, but we are ‘hell beings’ to one another.

Is this because of an idea about karma’s will? Or God’s will?
Have we become so indulgent with our own emotions that we label others?
Is religion destroying itself?
Is the ability to realise our true nature therefore being denied?

The genuine teachings on our true nature and the obstacles to realising that true nature stand firm. But have they been over-analysed? Is this why we have become cold, and cannot truly love or actually be compassionate? Are we being turned into hypocrites?

If love and compassion stay at a relative, conventional level, then love and compassion just go round in circles, loving and hating. We live in a duality; we divide constantly.

Ultimately, in the spirit of ‘one-taste’, there are no demons or gods. ‘One-taste’ is the pure perception before judgements, before we decide good or bad, friend or foe.

The Buddha said, “Not too tight and not too loose.” Jesus said, “Judge not, that you be not judged.” But discernment still has to take place, because we are aware! ‘One-taste’, even though pure, first determines its own motivation. Then, skilfully and depending on our capacity, it adjusts to the situation. At this moment, our capacity is coloured by the Kali Yuga – the age of strife.

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WE ARE NEVER SEPARATED

We Are Never Separated

When the mind is calm, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind is moving, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind is dull, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind is excited, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind desires, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind fears, it is never separated from
emptiness and the clarity of awareness.

When the mind feels guilty for not understanding emptiness and awareness,
it is never separated from emptiness and the clarity of awareness 🙂

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WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT EMPTINESS?

What’s So Important About Emptiness?

It’s not the word ’emptiness’ that is important: it’s what it means in a spiritual context. The true nature of mind, our essential nature, our primordial nature, our first nature is pure and devoid of contaminating thoughts and emotions. It is pure intelligence and, being unconditional, it manifests as love.

It is our inner longing just to be happy. Don’t we care about everything we do? Recognising this, we realise that it is the same for everyone, but is unclear. Understanding this, we realise that there are two paths: one is to help others realise their true nature which is love, and the other is to take advantage of those unclear minds.

Thoughts and concepts that we hold about ourself – who we think we are – creates a defence mechanism of emotions that regulate and limit, dominate and rule, our entire lives. In fact, when we look at it, this created persona is artificial, an imitation, an ‘artificial intelligence’ and not the real thing. It is artificial because our mind has been programmed. We can blame others for this programming, but it is we who consented to this duplicity, a devious two-faced deception. 😀 The mind chatters, and we follow, making us slaves to occupying forces!

Emptiness is freedom from all this mess. Thoughts and emotions are empty of any true existence. They are a fabrication in the emptiness of mind, and only feel real because we have identified with the film, the movie that produces many sequels. 😀 A film is made up of moment by moment frames that seem real and appear to move, and so we believe.

Thought are empty and the nature of mind is empty. When we realise this, we will never be controlled by concepts again. And the supreme news is that now, when thoughts arise, they are simultaneously recognised as the nature of mind.

The truth is that we are free, and have always been free, but we are living in a world of a fantasy comic strip with evil villains who can’t get enough wealth, evil globalists who can’t get enough power, and populations who consent to being led and organised.

Knowing emptiness will not stop this madness, but we will no longer become entangled.

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WANDERING PRACTITIONERS

Wandering Practitioners

These are spiritual practitioners who give up everything and go out into the world to meditate, accepting whatever comes their way: heat/cold, food/no food, cave/doorway… they trust whatever arises, and rely on what people give them. It is the practice of simplicity, one pointedness, one taste and non meditation. They have to trust in their karma, awareness, good merit (good attitude) and blessings. A blessing is hard to define: perhaps it’s a guardian angel, perhaps it’s synchronicity, or perhaps it’s a smiling universe – a reflection of their own motivation?

Well, as householders, we can do exactly the same. We have to accept problems that arise – there’s always something or someone who needs attention – and hope that the universe is smiling! There may be help available – often from unusual sources – if we’re open to it. We, too, wander around, but for a lifetime, and are grateful for any help … especially when the tap starts to leak ;D You worry, and then you meet someone who knows what to do. You go to the shop but they don’t have o-rings; they just want to sell you a new tap. So you worry. Finally, you find a small shop with a man who explains everything. But then, you can’t find the right type of screwdriver, and you can’t access the screw behind the tap because you need a Z-shaped screwdriver, and the backboard is in the way. Having removed the backboard and replaced the o-ring, you then discover a mouse hole. But you’ve heard about expanding foam: never having experienced this substance before, you suddenly realise why it’s called expanding! Shocked and panicking, you whip the nozzle away from the mouse hole, only to find expanding foam spraying the vicinity – and just to ensure an efficient mess, you walk in it, leaving a trail … You just genuinely experienced expanding foam … and it’s a metaphor for life 😀

Can a wandering practitioner help you with expanding foam? No. But you can help them. You can become their guardian angel. That how the universe works – the smiling universe of guardian angels everywhere. We all gain blessings by accepting karma, being aware, and acquiring merit or synchronicity by having a good attitude. Then it is we who can be of benefit to others. That is how merit works!

Renunciation is not clinging to experiences. We don’t all have to become monks and nuns. The raw experience of life, of emotions, of upsets, is inseparable from wisdom and enlightenment. The true Dharma is life itself: life is our ultimate teacher. In the first instant of raw emotions, the essence of mind is bright! That brightness is the clarity of light. When we gain total confidence, that clarity of light becomes enlightenment.

Until then we all wander … 😀 … we are all wandering practitioners.
There comes a time when all beings appear to be practitioners at some level.

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SELF-EXISTING AWARENESS

Self-Existing Awareness

It’s just there.
‘It’ is what we are.
We don’t have to do anything.

We meditate to arrive at the realisation of self-existing awareness, and rest there. When self-existing awareness is realised, stop ‘meditating’, as meditation then becomes a hinderance. At the point of recognition, stop meditating: we meditate when we forget, and drift off.

It’s like rowing in a boat to the shore: having arrived, we keep rowing as if this is going to produce something more – whereas, in reality, there is longer any point. We only meditate when we forget … and drift off!

Can you see how simple this is? And therein lies the only problem – it’s so simple. Self-existing awareness or consciousness is natural. It is non-duality, a singularity. It is simply resting in infinite awareness in whatever occurs, without judgements or expectations. We can be sitting, walking, typing, wiping our bum, and it’s just there. And ‘it’ is what we are! Where else are we?

So what keeps going wrong?

If we look at everything created, and how things came to be, it is all to do with relationships. The creative principle of everything – the basic formula – is relationship. Samsara is about relationships between this and that, to which we relate: that is why we use the term ‘relative truth’.

Ignorance came about because self-existing awareness found a relationship with appearances, and desire manifested, obscuring self-existing awareness. Self-existing awareness is empty of relationships: it is not occupied, and is at perfect peace. Once we start manifesting, life becomes more and more complex, and we develop more and more expectations. It is expectations that weigh us down.

Self-existing awareness clears away the darkness of ignorance. If we keep meditating once we have realised self-existing awareness, then we are creating ignorance. The light has just gone out because we are still trying to do something … waving our paddles around!

If it is not clearly explained that the darkness of ignorance is cleared by the recognition of self-existing awareness, then we are kept lingering and longing for something inconceivable that is just out of reach, and we are always feeling that we are not good enough. Sound familiar? Sounds fishy!

The whole principle of spirituality is being ordinary and natural. The word ‘ordinary’ comes from the word order; orderly, the natural quality of the highest order. All we need to be is methodical in our approach.

If we are looking for something extra special – levitation, or ‘awakening’ chakras and kundalini for the purpose of reaching spiritual enlightenment and achieving a range of supernormal powers – then we could be waiting a very long time … while still waving our paddles around! (Incidentally, to the ancient masters, spiritual siddhis are considered to be toys, and can be an obscuration in themselves).

Be orderly. Be whole. Be at one.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
Better the obscurations you recognise than the obscurations that could be fantasies.

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LIVE AND LET LIVE

LIVE AND LET LIVE
Live your life, and let others live theirs.

It all depends on what we choose as the most important reason for our existence – our raison d’etre. That’s if we can reason … !

Theism:
“Belief in the existence of a god or gods, specifically of a creator who intervenes in the universe.”

Atheism:
“Disbelief in the existence of a deity or deities that create, therefore god does not exist and nature self creates.”

Buddhism:
“Has no god, but some traditions use the compassionate qualities of deities to express our true nature which is pure consciousness, and our karma is our creator.”

Theism:
At birth, everyone is an atheist.

Atheism:
We don’t have to have a religion to be a ‘religious’ extremist.

Buddhism:
Confusion is wisdom.

Is that reasonable?
😀

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LIGHT IN THE DARK AND DARK IN THE LIGHT

Light In The Dark and Dark In The Light

What is light for some is dark for others.
What is dark for some is light for others.

This isn’t just playing with words; we’re talking about levels of understanding.

In the first case – what is light for some is dark for others – we don’t want to be reminded that we have real potential for more clarity: negative feelings both arise and are created when we are reminded, as we now have to make some effort. Incidentally, there is recognition in this situation, but it is quickly covered up.

In the second case – what is dark for some is light for others – those very same dark, negative feelings are revealed as the wisdom of clear light where no effort is needed by the very fact that these negative feelings remind us, and therefore recognition has taken place spontaneously.

If we pretend to be pure – fake it – this only results in pious feelings, where we are constantly embarrassed and self conscious: this has a negative effect on us. We just have to be honest with ourselves. Take, for example, the feeling “I don’t like that person!”: here, there is ‘something’ we have seen that gives rise to hatred, or darkness. That ‘something’ is not the point: it is the seeing that is the point. That is the light. In the very first instant, something wonky (not straight) is perceived. It’s a fact – there is a disturbance in emptiness 😀

But, apparently without us noticing, judgement has set in, and we are reacting. We do actually notice, which is why we feel uncomfortable, and try to conceal or disguise by creating a facade: it’s a defence mechanism. We all protect ourselves like this, and that’s how we got here!

Everyone sees things differently, but the actual seeing, awareness, consciousness is the same in all of us. It is the interpretation and judgement that are different and personal, and this is how we create our own world.

Unfortunately, we seek out others who feel the same way, and we form groups to consolidate our ideologies. These groups form groups. This can infect a whole area, becoming a culture, a religion, a political party … a country … a continent … a whole planet!

Did collective consciousness – impure consciousness – create the earth? Are we Schrodinger’s Cat, having all possibilities? Tibetan Buddhism says that we chose our parents, by seeing them in union and being attracted to either the male or female. Even before that, we chose the continent, and possibly the planet Earth out of all the other realms: the Tibetan Book Of The Dead goes into great detail. Whether this is true or not, we do cling and are repulsed, and there is a reason for this. We are driven by our karma – our habitual tendencies. We can have the very same interests as others, but because of our tendencies, still be worlds apart: so close, but so far away.

One person’s light is another’s dark
and
one person’s dark is another’s light.
Isn’t it like that?

We all love, but don’t notice it.

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