HOW TO BECOME KIND, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING

How Do We Become Kind, Compassion and Loving

Through sadness.

The true reality of what we are is pure consciousness that has been obscured by distractions, causing suffering. Sadness arises within our heart because the realisation of this pure consciousness has gone unnoticed: from that sadness, kindness, compassion and a loving attitude arise naturally.

The more we realise the joy of reality, the more tenderhearted we become. The more generous, patient, tenacious, disciplined, focused and wise we become.

There is no point in finding fault with others. We acknowledge their suffering and unhappiness, because we all experience the same collection of emotions – both positive and negative – that throw up barriers and divisions.

Joy and sadness are the two wings every angel needs.
🙂

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WHY I’M CRITICAL OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Why I’m Critical Of Religious Beliefs
Our spiritual reality is beyond beliefs

Religions are organisations that support our spiritual practice, but they also add a few beliefs– which are cultural – that make people feel inadequate and inferior.

Here’s one example:
In Tibetan, the word for ‘woman’ is ‘inferior birth’; this is, of course, upsetting.
If we believethis, then we will feel inadequate.
If we do notbelieve this, then we can realise our full potential, right now.
All because of a belief. Daft, isn’t it?

It’s not just women who are seen as ‘inferior’ or ‘low quality’ – most of us are! There are ‘secret teachings’ that are not available to the ordinary student because of them not ‘being ready’. Whatever happened to, “We all have Buddha nature, right now!”?

If we do not accept this beliefthat we are inferior, then we can realise our full potential, right now! This is a fact.

Why is there an honorific language for the elite in Tibet? There is only one reason: it separates ‘us’ from ‘them’. As a consequence of feeling inadequate, we may not trust ourselves, and won’t practise with full enthusiasm. We may feel, “It doesn’t matter what I do, I’ll always be unworthy.” This can’t be right, can it? Not on my watch.

If we confuse and conflate spiritual teachings on the reality of our being with another’s culture, confusion and doubt may arise in the mind – and the effect of that is disastrous, and affects our whole life.

Pure consciousness is gender neutral.
Pure consciousness is status neutral.
Pure consciousness is beyond religion.
Pure consciousness is beyond monastic orders.
Pure consciousness just is.

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OUTRAGED OVER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Outraged Over Absolutely Nothing

People tell lies.
As a lie, it’s untrue,
and we get outraged over nothing.

“But they are telling lies!”

The effects of a lie do not go unnoticed:
whether one engages on a conventional or ultimate level
is a matter of personal choice.

From a spiritual point of view
everyone is telling lies.

The first lie was me,
and the second lie was you.

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THE THIRD EYE

The Third Eye
It is not a physical thing.

The third eye is pure consciousness.
The highest plain of perception.
The clarity of emptiness.

Turning the third eye inward
is turning consciousness inward.
Turning the third eye outward
is turning consciousness outward.

First, we gain an intellectual realisation,
and then drop that,
revealing ecstasy for no reason.
The awakening.
The great relief.

But still there is karma to deal with.
Karma: the results of previous ignorance.
We deal with karma through awakening consciousness.

We have two eyes to see outwardly.
We have a ‘third eye’ to see inwardly.

We can believe what we want,
or we can see with our inner eye of pure consciousness.
Pure consciousness is not a physical thing.

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The pineagland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain which produces melatonin, modulating sleep patterns.

The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence its name. The pineal gland represents a kind of atrophied photoreceptor, linked to a light-sensing organ known as the parietal eye, which is also called the pineal eye or third eye.

Some believe the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul” and it continues to have an exalted status in the realm of pseudoscience.

Wikipedia.

The pineal gland can calcify and disturb our wake-sleep cycle for which there are remedies.

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I AM A MIRACLE!

I Am A Miracle!

Something created out of nothing.
😀

The I is a conjured-up, fictional image in the mind,
recognised by the reality of pure consciousness.

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EMPTINESS – SHUNYATA

Emptiness – Shunyata

When we drop everything, emptiness is realised.
Emptiness is our true nature.
Emptiness is the pure state of consciousness
resting within itself.

That is perfect inner peace.
Just look, see, and drop.

So why do we constantly ignore this simple fact?

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BUDDHISM: COLD HEART OR WARM HEART?

Buddhism: Cold Heart or Warm Heart?
Clinging to a tradition? Or genuine, human kindness?

I’ve been in spiritual groups for nearly 50 years and have encountered the very same problem in all of them: attachment and fear = insecurity = subtle hostility. There are claims to have an open heart and loving kindness, but does that actually manifest? No. We are emotionally blackmailed into following another’s cultural tradition without question or we are shunned, which means that no one will talk to us.

It’s important to question everything, and not assume anything. I’ve found that we are only free to question outsidethe group. People will say anything and pray for anything, but when it comes to doing something like listening,they are suddenly deaf because of an inability or reluctance to deal with a challenging situation in front of them. When we meet another ‘spiritual’ person, we feel we have to tread carefully, don’t we?

Buddhism (like all religions) is full of methods, traditions and culture that can obscure just being a decent, genuinely warm and friendly human being. The first ‘perfection’ in Buddhism is generosity, but this generosity seems to extend only to those afar(the guru’s current project), rather than to those close at hand.

I have been a spiritual problem child most of my life ;-). I can’t just accept what people say any more; it’s what they actually do – and how much they shine instead of projecting – that counts.

There is a practice called Tonglen which is the inspiration of “taking and sending”, reversing our usual logic of avoiding suffering and seeking pleasure. In Tonglen practice, we visualise taking in the pain of others with each in-breath, and sending out whatever will benefit them on the out-breath. In the process, we become liberated from age – old patterns of selfishness and we begin to feel love, being able to take care of others and ourselves.

Does it work?
Tonglen is only a mental exercise!

Tibetan lamas talk about an open heart, but Tibetan Buddhism is so complex that there isn’t time to listen to others’ concerns. In my experience, lamas actually lack practicalcompassion. They will spend hours talking about the Dharma, but not about having genuine love for one another, and the importance of taking time to listen and communicate.

Religion breeds competitiveness, divisiveness and smugness. The inner circle is a closed shop. The true inner circle is where we are now.

My wife and I haven’t been to a retreat or a teaching for six years, and we couldn’t be happier. And retreats and teachings cost a fortune to attend. This is why I write a blog: to make the spiritual process freely available.

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WAKE UP, OR DREAM ON

Wake Up, Or Dream On

If the designs on our mobile phone are meant to trick us so that we become addicted to staring at a screen, just review everything else in life. Psychologists know all about us because they made us!

Psychology: the science of behaviour of the mind, including conscious and unconscious  phenomena, feelings, thoughts and emotions.

If we want to be free, either put the bloody thing down, or dream on! That goes for every thing. We need to experience the addition to be able to drop it. When we drop every thing, we are free in the moment of seeing … not in the moment of looking. 😀

The Dzogchen pointing-out instruction is:
Look, See, Drop.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-43758910/the-design-tricks-that-get-you-hooked-on-your-phone

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WHY DOES BUDDHISM TALK ABOUT SUFFERING?

Why Does Buddhism Talk About Suffering?

Understanding and realising our true nature of pure consciousness is easy and natural: it is that which is aware of this page right now. Clearing the habitual, mental obstacles that obscure that realisation is challenging, as we are constantly distracted by wanting something else, such as ‘wanting’ to be happy. We are already happy, but don’t notice it. That ‘not noticing our true nature’ is the cause of our suffering.

This is why the Buddha’s first noble truth
is admitting that we are unhappy,
– not admitting that we are happy.

People think they are happy, but there are two kinds of happiness, one that relies on conditions and the other does not rely on anything. If our happiness relies on conditions, then when those conditions are taken away, we will suffer. The whole point is therefore to recognise the unconditional happiness of pure consciousness.

It all depends on what we think happiness is. If we think, “I’m having a great time, so I’m happy,” that in itself suggests we are referring to a happiness that relies on what we consider to be good conditions. Any condition is a temporary affair.

Funnily enough, this suggests that being unhappy or depressed is the path to realising true happiness. The Buddha wants us to be happy without relying on conditions. If we rely on conditions, then we can be manipulated … and given pills!

We live in a world of mental and physical illusions: we think family, work, status, entertainment are our soul purposes in life. All these things actually cause stress. In reality, we are here to realise what we truly are, and that is pure consciousness. It is where the reality of everything is known.

Or we can remain chasing our tails.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfBG0d5Oj3c

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HOW ARE WE UNIQUE?

How Are We Unique?

We are a mixture of pure consciousness and karma. Karma is the accumulation of habitual ideas which gives rise to re-actions. We usually express ourselves through this karmic mist. This expression or manifestation isn’t unique as it is an acquired programme to which we have consented, due to our culture and upbringing.

As humans, we are a type, a caricature – an exaggeration.

As pure consciousness, we have nothing to express, as pure consciousness is beyond description: it is also not unique as we are all pure consciousness.

So how on earth are we ‘unique’?

It is through the unity of pure consciousness and our karmic accumulations. The Buddha’s aphorism “Not too tight and not too loose” is the key to uniqueness and spontaneous presence.

We have two thought-creating bases: one is our karmic accumulations of past ideas and experiences, and the other is pure consciousness that has the altruistic wish to help others. Together, they are our uniqueness.

As an example; I write from two bases – from pure experience and teachings I’ve heard, and also from my personal, human experiences and my personal agenda. The personal agenda is the horrific state we are constantly being drawn into by propaganda of those who wish to control us by our consent. I get quite angry at this as they use Dharma principles of human frailty for their our end, and so I have these mini-explosions, mini-depressions, mini-Eurekas!, mini smiles, and mini laughs which unleash the energy of unique inspiration to express – culminating in the “Gotcha!” moment of capturing the demon.

Demonic activity doesn’t know how inspiring it is, as it leaves a trail of obvious deceptions. 😀 The demons hope that, if our brains are working either too quickly or too slowly, whatever they are doing does not register with us. Oh, the sillies! Adversity is our inspiration! The first noble truth of the Buddha is to recognise suffering! That is when the change begins!!!

Our uniqueness lies in our inspiration.

Homo sapiens – being able to evolve.
From developing language and the ability to make and use complex tools
– becoming clever humans
– becoming wise humans
– becoming laughing humans
– becoming compassionate humans.

Put it altogether = unique humans.

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IT’S NOT A MATTER OF BECOMING ENLIGHTENED

 

It’s Not A Matter Of Becoming Enlightened
It’s a matter of seeing!

We are already enlightened:
we just don’t know it,
or we’re not convinced.

‘Enlightened’ is to be illuminated – seeing clearly.
‘Benighted’ is to be ignorant – seeing dimly.

We are free in the moment of seeing.
The great matter is our not seeing.

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TURNING EMOTIONS INTO WISDOM: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Turning Emotions Into Wisdom: A Practical Guide
Literally ‘being free in the moment of seeing’

In the moment of seeing a thought or emotion (which is a strong thought), a gap occurs – and we are free of that thought or emotion. It happens in a milli-moment, and then we go into our old routine.

Spiritual practice is remembering and extending that gap. That gap is the emptiness of pure consciousness.

WOW!
It’s that simple, direct and spontaneous!
Try to prove it wrong!

‘Free in the moment of seeing’.
‘Free in the moment of seeing’.’
Free in the moment of seeing’.

Short moments many times.

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THE DEVIL KNOWS WE ARE ‘FREE IN THE MOMENT OF SEEING’

The Devil Knows We Are ‘Free In the Moment Of Seeing’

That’s why we are kept busy:
the devil makes work for idle hands!

Of course, there is no literal ‘devil’; the devil is an expedient images for our own clinging to likes and dislikes. There are two aspects here – our own likes and dislikes, and the likes and dislikes of others. The image of a devil serves to distract us from our own power. Why would anyone do that?

Most people fill their lives with activities and noise; we fear the loneliness of silence. In silence, we start to consider what it is all about. In doing this, we may feel uncomfortable as all we have ever known is mindless noise and chatter. We quickly learned likes and dislikes, and these have coloured the whole of our life, so most of us don’t know what to do with being free in the moment of seeing – the moment of pure consciousness. I know I didn’t.

Depression can be due to unreasonable expectations, and we therefore prefer to follow thoughts of likes and dislikes. This happens even while trying to meditate; spiritual warriors use this as part of the meditation.

When it comes to others’ likes and dislikes, we are looking on a global scale. Corporations and organisations do not want us to be ‘free in the moment of seeing’. They prefer us to be attracted and addicted to their ideas, and their way of life to be our way of life. When was the last time you had an original thought?!

We need to sit back and see what we are doing. We may then notice that we actually have a choice, and are free. It’s only the decisions and actions we took in the past that are tying us down now. Imprisoning us now.

Spiritual escapees understand this and stop reacting. ‘Free in the moment of seeing’ starts the journey of unwinding all our troubles and fixations. Sitting quietly and reviewing our life, we start to see the positive side, because seeing is the start. We cannot put things in the past right, but we can deal with the effect now – to free us, both now and in the future.

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NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

 No Need To Keep On Meditating

In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is the clear light of bliss, the blazing splendour, the all-seeing all-knowing reality of emptiness. The secret reality known to the enlightened ones.

We meditate to remember: once seeing or recognition is present, we can stop doing meditation and just rest and relaxed. In emptiness, anything can occur. All occurrences come and go, but the emptiness of pure consciousness is always present. That is the secret!

To the initiated, all appearances in the mind are but a reminder of seeing being present. It’s spontaneous. This why when an emotion arises, it is clearly seen, and this is when an emotion becomes wisdom. The stronger the emotion, the clearer the wisdom.

Wisdom is the realisation of pure consciousness, which is the heart of every sentient being. Pure consciousness is therefore synonymous with empathetic, compassionate love. There is no separation! It is fear, indifference and desire that separate us. That’s all. That’s it!

There is no ‘God’ but pure consciousness.
The idea of ‘God’ makes us believe, cling, fear and react.
Pure consciousness doesn’t.

God is a concept.
Pure consciousness isn’t.

Free in the moment of seeing. In pure consciousness, even meditation is a distraction. We only meditate when we forget. As soon as we are free in the moment of seeing, we drop the mediation and rest in peace. In fact, it’s quite ordinary. Don’t confuse realisation with culture.

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All KNOWING SUPREME BEING

All Knowing Supreme Being

This concept is usually associated with God:
the divine being who is omniscient.
Well … 🙂

Everything that we know, see, hear, touch, taste or smell is only – only – perceived in the brain-mind, and not out there! The brain is the mechanism and conduits. Consciousness is the electrical energy that connects the mechanism and sets it in motion. The resulting connection is the mind.

It is consciousness, therefore, that is the supreme being of all it surveys in the mind-universe.

The question now is; “Where did consciousness come from?” Consciousness is ethereal – not physical – energy, beyond thought.

All sentient beings have the same setup of body, mind and spirit. That empathetic feeling is none other than the ‘all-knowing supreme being’ … Us!

The only problem is that consciousness became so fascinated with perceptions that it believed them to be itself. If only consciousness looked into itself, it would realise that it is the divine, all knowing supreme being. Anything else is but a graven image in the mind, placed there by external influences.

“You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything….”

Could it be that simple?

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THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

There Is No Need To Keep On Meditating

In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is the clear light of bliss, the blazing splendour, the all-seeing all-knowing reality of emptiness. The secret reality known to the enlightened ones.

We meditate to remember: once seeing or recognition is present, we can stop doing meditation and just rest and relaxed. In emptiness, anything can occur. All occurrences come and go, but the emptiness of pure consciousness is always present. That is the secret!

To the initiated, all appearances in the mind are but a reminder of seeing being present. It’s spontaneous. This why when an emotion arises, it is clearly seen, and this is when an emotion becomes wisdom. The stronger the emotion, the clearer the wisdom.

Wisdom is the realisation of pure consciousness, which is the heart of every sentient being. Pure consciousness is therefore synonymous with empathetic, compassionate love. There is no separation! It is fear, indifference and desire that separate us. That’s all. That’s it!

There is no ‘God’ but pure consciousness.
The idea of ‘God’ makes us believe, cling, fear and react.
Pure consciousness doesn’t.

God is a concept.
Pure consciousness isn’t.

Free in the moment of seeing. In pure consciousness, even meditation is a distraction. We only meditate when we forget. As soon as we are free in the moment of seeing, we drop the mediation and rest in peace. In fact, it’s quite ordinary. Don’t confuse realisation with culture.

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DYING TO BE ME: ANITA MOORJANI

Dying To Be Me: Anita Moorjani

I came across this video and it sounds very much like a description of the Tibetan Bardo, and the experience of pure consciousness. We are all pure consciousness: call that God if you wish. We are infinite beings with a power hidden from us by the confused world in which we live. Listen with an open mind.

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HOW DO I SEE GOOD IN ALL THAT I SEE?

How Do I See Good In All That I See?

This is an extremely important question and goes to the heart of our being: we don’t have to be ‘spiritual’ to acknowledge this. Of course, when we look at the world, it is totally self indulgent, and it’s not possible to see any good, but just partiality.

So we have to look deeper, on a level that is more subtle.

The answer is always in the question. That which is asking the question is actually the goodness itself which is in everyone and everything. We all want to see the good, but we fear communication because others may place limitations on love.

Everything has a goodness and rightness about it – even karma.
It is actually the goodness that is seeing!

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BUDDHIST

You Don’t Have To Be Buddhist
To Realise The Buddha’s Teaching

The Buddha wasn’t!

The reality of pure consciousness is non-denominational. It is beyond religion, culture or language.
It is natural being. Extremists cling to their religion, culture and language, but it all comes down to non-duality. Being at one.

Theists: one with God.
Buddhist: the unity of the two truths.
Advaita: not two.
Ordinary beings: the same inner longing of love.

Being restricted to any organisation or particular religious denomination will cost you money and free will. Understanding and realising our true nature is totally free. Free in the moment of seeing!

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TULKU URGYEN: “FREE IN THE MOMENT OF SEEING.”

Tulku Urgyen: “Free In The Moment Of Seeing”­

A month ago, Marcel kindly put a transcription of Tulku Urgyen’s teaching on this blog. I have to admit that I find the transcription a little difficult to read, and the audio isn’t very clear either (not Marcel’s fault! 😀 ). It’s hard for translators to make spontaneous speech understandable, and this can cause confusion so I’ve taken the liberty of rewriting it, to my understanding. I’ve put the original translation and video at the bottom. I know it may be a lot to get through, but it’s worthwhile, as Tulku Urgyen’s teaching reveals how simple it all is … thank goodness!

Free in the moment of seeing”: our own nature is in the very moment of seeing, which is consciousness. There is no thought present: thoughts come the moment after.

There isn’t anything more profound than to be totally free of thought – to be consciously aware. Nothing will stop thoughts, except conscious awareness.

The very moment we turn our attention towards our own mind, it is evident that there is simply an empty awareness being aware of whatever is taking place. There is no thing whatsoever but empty awareness. It is empty, but also aware. This is the primordial, original unity of emptiness and awareness.

When thoughts occur, however, we don’t believe that this empty awareness is really reality, because it seems too easy. There is nothing more simple than this, but maybe it’s not easy to accept, and so we go on looking for something more, something else – when reality is empty awareness!

Sometimes, we find we are not thinking of anything; we’re not vacant, but just there. There is no thinker – just pure awareness. At the moment of having totally abandoned thinker and that which is thought of, we are only seeing that there is no thinker. The comments come later.

It’s not as if a ‘consciousness’ enters into the mind: consciousness is always present but goes unnoticed. Suddenly, seeing is “one moment makes a difference; in one moment complete enlightenment”. That moment, when everything just drops away, is the unmistaken, Buddha mind.

Don’t project, don’t concentrate, don’t keep a state in-between. Give up any mental effort totally. There is no need to block our five senses at all. This is what is called ‘utterly sheer emptiness’.

Remaining like this, everything is experienced very clearly, but when we start to investigate and label, we are involved in thought again.

This is what Padmasambhava says in the sevenfold supplication; “No matter what appears to the realm, in the field of your vision, before your eyes – the world, the beings, and so forth – even though experienced, just let it be without any fixation; in other words, disown everything. The dissolving of subject and object is the pure form of the deity”.

Whatever moves or occurs in the realm of our ears – any sound, whether pleasant or unpleasant – just let be in the continuity of sound being emptiness because, no matter what the sound, hearing is indivisible from emptiness. The empty resounding beyond arising and ceasing is the voice of the victorious ones, the enlightened beings.

Do not get involved in contests, either leading or following. By leaving your thinking to itself, it dissolves naturally into emptiness. ‘Thinking’ is our thought process about this and that, and if we just let it be, it naturally dissolves.

Don’t do anything to true wakefulness. Neither accept nor reject, hope or fear. Doing nothing is sufficient. Meditation is not an act of ‘meditating’. It is resting in emptiness, without being distracted for even a second. Being distracted is the same as forgetting, and it is said that, “on the path of distraction, the demons lie in ambush” (demons being our likes and dislikes, and our indifference).

The moment we look towards and acknowledge empty awareness is called “having recognised”. There is then the continuity of empty awareness, which we do not need to fabricate in any way, but just remember.

Once we forget and start to think, then the continuity is lost. The moment we look, the empty awareness is seen and recognised. We then allow the continuity of this seeing to be sustained – automatically.

When a thought occurs and we become involved, we remember, “Oh, I forgot”. Acknowledge forgetting and simply recognise, and again arrive back in the state of recognising our natural face – pure awareness.

That doesn’t mean sitting and straining, trying not to be distracted. It’s like ringing the bell once, and the sound continues, rather than ringing the bell continuously. Once the continuity fades, we start to forget, and we become involved in thought. Again, we notice, “Oh, I forgot, I got carried away”. We look towards our own mind, and again we are back, recognising. And again there is a natural stability in a continuous state of empty awareness. It is empty awareness that sees everything that goes on, after all.

We need to train in this, short moments, many times. We have learned to live through training in all the activities of this life; for example, while eating, we taste the food, we start to think about the food, and then we notice, “Oh, I got carried away”. Again, recognise while eating, and in that moment we arrive back, vividly, in the state of empty awareness.

While walking about, we can still recognise Buddha nature, empty awareness. When we lie down to sleep, if we are diligent, we can also recognise Buddha nature.

Actually, there is no time when we are not allowed to recognise the nature of mind, even when we sit on the loo. It is said like this: “In the naked state of empty awareness, which is unimaginable, relax in the impeccable state of awareness”.

Thoughts can come either from ego (a set of clinging ideas), or from an expression of our own essence of empty awareness. Thoughts are then expressed for the benefit of others. It is only when forgetting essence that expression takes the form of ego-clinging.

Recognising our own expression that arises out of empty awareness and dissolves back into empty awareness, we need to acknowledge and experience this inner inspiration, and therefore train in this aspect of our enlightened being. There is nothing more than that, but we forget, becoming distracted and involved in thoughts.

So please train in this. This is the practice. This is what the Buddha taught in the past, and today he has nothing to say besides this.

 

Transcript FROM VIDEO: “Free in the moment of seeing”, means the very moment of seeing your own nature, (in this first and second instance…) there is no thought. Thought has vanished.

There isn’t anything more fantastic than being totally free of thought. Because there is nothing else in this world that can totally bring a halt to thinking…you can blow up nuclear bombs and use forms and techniques and so forth but nothing will stop thoughts. But the very moment that you turn your attention towards your own mind, it is evident that it is simply an empty cognizance with no thing whatsoever. It is empty. But yet there is the seeing of that because mind is also cognizant. These are the primordial original unity that is empty and cognizant. But the thought happens we don’t believe that this is really it because it’s too easy. There is nothing more easy than this. Just like that. OK.

Don’t think of anything. Having totally abandoned thinker and what is thought of, at that moment you’re only seeing that there’s no thinker. It’s not something you gradually approach, like a spirit entering you. This is what is meant by the phrase, “one moment makes a difference, in one moment complete enlightenment”. That moment, like this (drops hand into lap), is the unmistaken Buddha mind. Don’t project outwardly, don’t concentrate inwardly, don’t keep a state in-between. Totally give up any mental effort. (pause) This is what (Buddhist teacher?) called utterly, sheer emptiness. You don’t need to block your five senses, not at all. Like this, but just remaining like this, everything is very clearly experienced. But when you start to investigate a label, you’re involved in thought. This is what Padmasambhava says in the sevenfold supplication, “No matter what appears to the realm, in the field of your vision, before your eyes, the world, the beings, and so forth, even though experienced, just let it be without any fixation, in other words, disown everything. The dissolving of subject and object is the pure form of the Deity”.
Whatever moves or occurs in the realm of your ears, any sound, or the sounding, whether pleasant or unpleasant, just let be in the continuity of sound being emptiness, because no matter what the sounds, in your hearing, is indivisible from emptiness — the empty resounding beyond arising and ceasing is the voice of the victorious ones. Do not get involved in contests, leading or following. By leaving your thinking to itself, it dissolves naturally into Dharmakaya. Thinking means our thoughts of this (5:19 : ?) if you just let it be, it naturally dissolves. (Claps)

So true wakefulness, don’t do anything to it, accept or reject, hope or fear, then it’s enough. That is sufficient. So what you naturally need to train in, is to not image something by an act of meditating but also not to be distracted for even a second. Being distracted is the same as forgetting, and it is said “on the path of distraction, the demons lie in ambush”.
The moment you look towards and acknowledge empty cognizance, that is called “having recognized”. Then there is the continuity of empty cognizance which you don’t need to fabricate in any way, just don’t forget it. Once you forget and start to think, then the continuity is lost. The moment you look, the empty cognizance is seen, recognized. And then allow the continuity of this seeing to continue, be sustained, but automatically. Then for the ordinary person, again a though occurs. Then you remember, “Oh, I forgot”. Then again acknowledge there or notice, “Who forgot?” and simply recognize again and again you arrive back in this state of recognizing your natural face. That doesn’t mean sitting and straining, trying not to be distracted. It’s like ringing the bell once, and the sound continues, it doesn’t mean ringing the bell continuously. Once the continuities fades, that means we start forgetting, and we get involved in thought. Then again, we notice, “Oh, I forgot, I got carried away”. Then, alright, then look towards (your own mind), and again you are back recognizing. And again there is a natural stability in a continuous state of empty cognizance.

We need to train in that, short moments, many times. We have learned to live in this life through training. We have learned how to behave, how to move about, learned how to eat, (Translator states, Oh, sorry, I got this wrong), We have to train in all the activities of this life, for example, while eating, you taste the food, and you start to think about the food, then notice, “Oh, I got carried away”. Again, recognize, while eating, that moment, you arrive back, vividly, in the state of the essence. Then you forget again, you get lost, while walking about, moving in your room; you can still recognize the Buddha nature when you lie down to sleep but if you’re diligent, also recognize again. Actually, there is no time when you are not allowed to recognize nature of mind, even when you sit on the loo. It is said like this, “in the naked state of dharmadhatu, which is unimaginable, relax in the impeccable state of awareness”. If thought occurs, it arises from yourself, it dissolves back into yourself. Any thought that occurs is your own expression; comes out of your own essence. It is only when forgetting the essence that the expression takes a form of a thought. But the moment you recognize your own expression, it arises out of yourself and dissolves back into yourself, meaning into the expanse of the essence, this is what you need to train in, to become used to. There is no other meditation or object apart from that. (Not as much as a dot, even?). But if you forget, get distracted, you are involved in thoughts. So please train in this. That is the practice. This is what the Buddha taught in the past and today he has nothing to say besides this.”

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NO MUD, NO ENLIGHTENMENT

No Mud, No Enlightenment

First; recognise the mud of confusion.
Second; realise that the mud never existed.
Third; have good laugh!

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THE ESSENCE OF DZOGCHEN

The Essence of Dzogchen

Dzogchen is a Tibetan word for ‘the great perfection’, and the ‘great perfection’ is simply pure consciousness/empty awareness. In Sanskrit’ it is called Maha Ati. If any more is said about this, it will just sound complicated – but to satisfy the mind, a little more will be said! 😀

Pure consciousness has three aspects: emptiness, awareness and compassionate activity. If emptiness and awareness are not seen as a unity, we fall into one of the two extremes of nihilism (everything is seems pointless) or eternalism (everything is real and lasts forever). When emptiness and awareness are seen as a unity, then true compassion can arise.

If the essence of Dzogchen is pure, compassionate awareness, then we are Dzogchen.

In Dzogchen, there is no meditation. We only meditate when we forget our true nature of pure, compassionate awareness. Once we remember, we drop the meditation. Dzogchen is not doing; it is being.

This approach, of course, will not suit everyone, and that is why there are different traditions and methods, as we may need more inspiration and understanding in order to be convinced.

We do not need to learn Tibetan or Sanskrit or Pali because our true nature is natural and the realisation is beyond language.

Dzogchen is not at all complicated. If we doubt the great perfection of our authentic being, we will feel the need to keep returning to the monastery time and time again to be told the same thing.

What is needed is personal time to reflect and acknowledge this truth. Spending years and money on retreats and teachings does not make us more realised. The levels of realisation come from deeper reflection and acknowledgement. All we need is a cushion … if that!

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CONCENTRATION

Concentration
The power of focusing all one’s attention.

Spiritual practices/methods are all about concentration on awareness, rather than on an object. The reason to focus on concentration is so that we do not become distracted and ‘go astray’. We need one-pointed attention to stay in the moment now, where we are not constantly relating to phenomena.

The world is full of distractions. If we are always distracted, we will always be … taken!

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BELIEF IS NOT SPIRITUALITY

Belief Is Not Spirituality

Belief is an idea, a story that we repeatedly imagine and accept without proof of reality.

Spirituality is the direct experience of sustained resting in pure consciousness, realising ultimate reality beyond belief.

Nothing and no one can take us to the enlightened state of self-realisation. It is we who undertake this investigation; that is why it is called self-realisation.

A teacher cannot make us enlightened – but karma can!

A teaching, a teacher, can only show us the way, and the way – the path – is our own accumulated confusion and doubt about reality. We have been confused – and still are confused – by theatrical ritual, be it secular or religious, and so we miss the whole point.

In prayer, puja and mantra, I talk and consciousness hears. It is pure consciousness that is the reality.

Reality is not in a prayer, puja or mantra. It is consciousness being conscious during the prayer, puja or mantra. The prayer, puja and mantra are just reminders, but these can easily become beliefs in themselves. And belief can become sentimentality, which is exaggerated and self-indulgent tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Once we understand, we can go away and practise to gain realisation. We do not have to keep trying to understand, as understanding is still a mental process, and it is only through experience that realisation takes place.

Whatever makes us feel uncomfortable is our teacher: this is ‘karma’, which is whatever life presents.

When we no longer feel uncomfortable with karma, we have gone beyond belief.

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THE DEEPER WE GO, THE MORE INTERESTING IT GETS

The Deeper We Go, The More Interesting It Gets …

The deeper we go, the more interesting it gets …
The deeper we go, the less ‘interesting’ it gets …
… and the less time is wasted.

Every moment counts.

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THE TRUTH IS OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

The Truth Is Obvious When Pointed Out

Everything is known, takes place only in the mind, and is observed by consciousness.

There is no Hell. There is no Heaven. Hell and Heaven are states of our own mind; they are the way in which we see things. We are sovereign beings of pure consciousness, possessing the ultimate power of self determination but, unwittingly, we give this power away to others’ beliefs.

There is nothing spiritual about belief. Spirituality is actual experience and personal realisation of the absolute spirit of consciousness. For thousands of years, we have given our power away: the deception is obvious when pointed out.

We are in Hell when angry.
We are in Heaven when seeing clearly.
There is much in between.

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WHAT ARE AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS?

What are Authentic Spiritual Teachings?

Authentic: Undisputed origin – not a copy or adaptation.
Origin: The point where something begins.

We are talking about an extremely subtle aspect of our being, being diverted.
What is our origin?

First, we must ask, “What are we?”
We have to acknowledge that we cannot be what we see: there are two aspects – consciousness being aware of mental or physical phenomena.

Spiritually speaking, we are first consciousness, and second, human. This is obvious as, in order to even look at ourselves as being human, consciousness must first be present to be aware of this human phenomena.

We are authentic beings but without origin. This is mind blowing in itself.We are just consciousness – empty awareness. This is the authentic spiritual teaching, and there is nothing more profound than this.

But what is the origin of our human form?

It is the point where we ignored our pure consciousness and became attracted to being something, to being diverted. That attraction drove us to a certain form in a certain place, at a certain time, and this is still taking place even now – and now is the moment we can be back on track! We became what we are now due to desire; we changed course.

But now, we are here reading this, intending to change course again. Authentic teachings help us realise how to do this through just being aware, which is not easy to do. There are more elaborate teachings if we don’t understand the point of diversion.

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BUDDHISM IS …

Buddhism Is …
… recognition …
and the realisation of that recognition.

All appearances are temporary occurrences
in the churning-mind-machine.
Consciousness recognises these appearances,
and realises that are they recognised
by virtue of consciousness itself.

We are that consciousness.

Through practice,
recognition and realisation become simultaneous.
This is the realisation of the unity of the two truths:
all phenomena is seen by virtue of emptiness.

Consciousness is the reality.
The appearances are passers-by.
Consciousness is the compassionate Samaritan
that does not ignore.

Consciousness is.
Is
is Buddh-is-m.

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THERE’S NO TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE

There’s No Talking To Some People

Most people believe in their persona, and nothing else.
Persona: the character presented to and perceived by others. A role, a mask, played by an actor.

We hide behind a persona, a self image, in a belief that whatever we think is how we are. This persona is merely an adopted programme that has become precious to us, and so we protect our baby through hope and fear. Every single thought that we hold on to in our mind – whether negative or positive – creates the sort of world we persona-lly live in.

The problem is that this persona, this self, is not easy to shake off. We are stuck with our chosen script, and so we cannot leave our stage. Talking to some people is impossible because it is we who have to learn their lines in order to allow them to perform. And it’s a very short play!

If we go off script (their script) we are met with blank looks, and people wander off, looking for another actor to play with.

We are actually living in different dimensions! There is a view that there are beings all around us, in other dimensions beyond our visual spectrum, but we only have to recognise what we are seeing in our own visual dimension – and we are not all on the same wave length, are we?!

Compassion is the ability to tune in to others
for a short while.

It’s only a short while because, given a chance,
they will return to the stage as soon as possible.

“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.”

😀

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POTENTIAL IS EVERYTHING

Potential Is Everything

All beings have the potential of enlightenment.
Realising that potential is compassion.

Enlightenment: never forgetting our true nature of pure consciousness.
Never forgetting means that all obstacles have been cleared.

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CAN’T BE BOTHERED

Can’t Be Bothered

Recognising that we live in a world where people are not bothered about their actual reality – and therefore live within an idealistic self-made dream – is sobering.

The moment we recognise that we are also caught up in a self-made dream, we wake up, and thus detoxify.

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LOVE IS CONFIDENCE

Love Is Confidence

Confidence is complete certainty about the truth,
through experience.

Empathy is confidence bursting with compassion.

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A TRANSMISSION MEANS WE ‘GET IT’…

A Transmission Means We ‘Get It’ …
…it is experienced, and realised

Telling someone something does not mean they get it, experience it or realise it. They may agree or disagree, or even be indifferent, but getting it means a real change happens. A silent shock.

If someone says something, that something has to clarify what is already present but has gone unnoticed – it’s the “Aha!” moment: “So that’s the secret!” “I always knew that!”… “But why didn’t I get this before?”

Once we understand why we didn’t get it before, empathy arises, and now, confidence and empathy can work together. Empathy comes before compassion; we no longer merely repeat words.

Once we get the transmission, we can pass it on. We become a conduit. That’s all. If we claim the realisation for ourself – “How great am I?!” – then we create a blockage in the conduit. In the moment now, we are just an open channel of spontaneous presence.

(I am 71 years old. About 15 years ago, when I received the pointing-out instruction on the nature of mind (which is pure awareness), two feelings came to me – “Is that all?” … and … “I knew this when I was 4 years old.” My life’s problem has been, “How is this expressed? How does one find the right words in the right moment?” Just give up, and it just comes! Aha!)

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REALISE REALITY – REALISE THE DREAM

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream
Realise The Dream – Realise Reality

This is the meaning of the two truths – relative truth and ultimate truth. One reflects the other. All traditions have their own way of expressing the esoteric (ultimate truth known only a few) and the exoteric (relative truth known to all).

In Tibetan Buddhism, there are two methods to the same reality – Mahamudra (the great seal) and Dzogchen (the great Perfection). We can either start with the dream, or start with the reality. We are talking here about the method and the fruition.

The Mahamudra path is to practise and practise until pure consciousness is realised. The Dzogchen approach is to have pure consciousness pointed out from the start, and then use the practices when we forget.

All paths lead to the same point. It all depends on what comes our way and what is suitable for us.

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PAVLOV’S DOGS

Pavlov’s Dogs*
Conditioned Reflex, Psychic Secretions,
Dopamine, Addiction, Virtual Reality
= Mind Hack!

Exploitation of the vulnerable is demonic activity: it uses spiritual teachings to profit from human frailty, utilising the three poisons of hope, fear and indifference that govern all our actions.

It’s not enough that we should like something: demonic activity wants us to be addicted to it, continually grabbing our attention so that we have no time to rest and experience reality, rather than virtual reality. Our lives are spent in anticipation. We give the ‘thumbs up’ to bullshit, while hoping that others will, in turn, give us the thumbs up. This is how we learn to conform.

Who are these demons?
Anyone or anything that fills our precious life with distractions, thus obscuring reality.

What is this reality?
It is the clarity of pure awareness which, unfortunately, is covered up by hopes, fear and indifference.

We are controlled by our desire to be liked, and so we learn to conform and to fear – and adherents to religion and spirituality are no exception. The words and rituals are a virtual reality, while personal experience is the realisation of actual reality, which is consciousness itself. We are consciousness.

And here is our dilemma: we may hear the words ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ so much that they may start to have sentimental connotations – and sentimentality makes us over-salivate! Even the word ‘compassion’, which is merely a word, can remove us from actual compassion in actual practice.

*Pavlov’s dogs created anticipatory salivation; “psychic secretions”. Pavlov presented a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a metronome) and then gave the dogs food; after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the sound of a metronome.

We are all subject to this phenomenon of wanting the ‘thumbs up’, to be liked. In order to be liked, we merely have to play others’ games, and use the right spells. Do we not ‘dress up’ so that others may like us?

Merely being shown the prospect of an upgrade, we salivate. The devil knows its job, and the devil is our own ego.

Our salvation is being aware, to escape this continual process of damnation. As we move through the levels ascending to enlightenment, each level is a liberation from the limitations of the previous level. One person’s meat is another’s poison, and that person’s poison is another’s wisdom.

We have to know when we are being hacked.

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GOD IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

God is Life, and Life is Consciousness
So what’s the problem?

God is life, life is consciousness, and we are consciousness. We, as humans, are rational beings able to reason for ourselves. To the ordinary ear, to hear that we are ‘transmigrators’ may sound far fetched, but to a reasonable person, on hearing that scientists are trying to download consciousness into a machine (with the possibility of uploading consciousness or data into a human), then why can’t consciousness itself be able to transmigrate?

So, it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we are transmigrators. If science is “the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world” – then aren’t we all scientists? If we look, then we know. The only difference between science and spirituality is that, in spirituality, there is a recognition of the consciousness that is aware of the science.

Nature is created by causes and conditions – attraction and repulsion – creating conditions for consciousness to enter a particular body or form. That is the nature of the universe.

At some point, when the Earth – which is inert matter, gases and chemicals – was formed, the first life appeared, and that was bacteria.

(Bacteria are single-cell organisms that are neither plant nor animal: they can be found in soil, water, plants, animals, radioactive waste, deep in the earth’s crust, arctic ice and glaciers, and hot springs. There are bacteria in the stratosphere and the atmosphere between 6 and 30 miles up, and in the ocean depths, down to 32,800 feet.)

Bacteria is the basis of complex life. All life forms are sentient, and therefore conscious.

Consciousness enters a form when conditions are right.

There is an incalculable number of ‘beings’ alive on this planet that have a form. Just consider how many beings there are without form, hanging around waiting to reincarnate! This is just in the vicinity of the planet Earth. Now consider the infinite universe, full of sentient being looking for a ‘home’ … it’s mind boggling, isn’t it?

In the Bardo teachings, it is said that beings can go anywhere and see anything through the power of desire, karma, and deliberate compassion. This is truly, truly mind boggling 😀

All beings have the same consciousness, the same essential nature of emptiness, free from contaminating concepts, but we are ignorant of this essential nature and so are constantly being blown here and there. Life finds a way to manifest, and life can realise its true nature – you can call it what you want.

We are bound to clash because we are ‘bound’ by fixated ideas and so, at some point, we will disagree. This is obvious and understandable, as we are all at different stages of evolution. Don’t some animals have more compassion than humans? Aren’t some humans more aggressive than animals? At least animals kill for food, and not because they don’t like someone!

When, through realisation of our essential nature, we are no longer bound by conditional ideas, then life becomes love. There is only one, true love, and that has to be unconditional.

We do not have to be experts, or wait for experts to tell us how we are. We already know everything! Our bodies are made up of the universe, and our minds have the nature of universal consciousness: there is nothing other than consciousness anywhere, so the universe is within you!

 

From bacteria to enlightenment.
Good, eh?

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BUDDHISM CAN ONLY BE DESTROYED FROM WITHIN

Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within

This is something that has been stated many times. It seems to have two opposing meanings but really, on analysis, it’s clear that there is only one. The first (naive) meaning is to suggest that Buddhism could be destroyed by cherry picking and watering down the teachings to make them more appealing, or by corrupting their meaning.

However, the Buddha’s words are truth itself if they are realised through experience, and truth can never be destroyed. So what is the second meaning of “Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within”?

The essence of Buddhism is emptiness. It’s not ‘Buddhism’. Our feeling and thoughts about ‘Buddhism’ are not the reality of Buddhism. If you see Buddhism upon the road, kill it!

Buddhism is beyond “-isms” and reference points, and therefore, the idea of Buddhism has to be destroyed from within, through realisation.

(The lamas who told me that Buddhism can only be destroyed from within made me feel that I was The Destroyer … perhaps they were right 😀 😀 😀 !)

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DISPROVING GOD TO FIND GOD

Disproving God To Find God
Believing Is Not Seeing.

The great deception is the great disappointment, and can be the greatest joy. Once we see, we no longer have to rely on belief.

Enlightenment is seeing, and not believing.

Seeing is realising pure, uncontaminated consciousness. There is nothing highfalutin about this; we don’t need special clothing or a holy attitude. It is present right now, just in seeing these words innocently.

Not believing is seeing all appearances as illusory occurrences in the mind, without fixating on them, which causes suffering.

The Buddha did say, “Don’t take my word for it; test it for yourself.” He wanted to ensure that we are not deceived by merely believing in his words.

Can we find God in the same way?

God is not a belief about someone ‘up there’. God is the seeing itself, which is pure, uncontaminated consciousness. Any occurrences in the mind about God are merely illusory appearances that limit this realisation, and upon which we fixate. Unfortunately, we become aggressive – and can even kill – to protect that which we are led to believe. That is the great, deceptive excuse.

We have been led to believe by omissions. As long as we are led to believe, we have to rely on a guru or some religious teacher, and we will remain ignorant. Relying on the teacher is lazy and causes us to be subordinate – inferior in rank – when, in truth, we are Buddha consciousness, God consciousness, now.

Spirituality is not worshipping: that is religion. Religion controls most of this planet’s population, even the non-believers who are caused to react against the believers. The devil divides and conquers – and the devil is our own ego, clinging to likes and dislikes.

Religion is full of blazing splendour, and so requires a constant source of money. Acquiring money needs people … a lot of people.

When recognised,
the great deception is the great disappointment.
There is no longer anything to hold on to.

When acknowledged,
this brings about the greatest joy.

We are what we seek.

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“I DON’T LIKE MY SELF”

I Don’t Like My Self”

Or we might mean,
“I don’t like my life.”

If we are confused about who or what we are, this will cause us suffering in life. Our problem lies in not noticing that we have two protagonists – two leading characters – or rather, seemingly two!

‘I’ and my ‘self’.

In this context, we are saying that the ‘I’ is the observer, none other than consciousness; the spirit within this body and mind.

It is only when consciousness becomes aware of its emptiness that it realises pure consciousness, which is our essence (it’s easy to be confused about this point as it’s a matter of semantics).

If we do not acknowledge pure consciousness, then we are stuck with an identity of an accumulated self. The word ‘accumulate’ means ‘heap’ as does the Sanskrit word ‘skandha’. The five skandha are: form/rupa (matter or body), sensations/vedana (feelings, received from form), perceptions/samjna, mental activity or formations/sankhara, and consciousness/vijnana (ordinary consciousness – the word ‘consciousness’ has 2 meanings: faculty of mind and pure consciousness, which is our essence).

These are the aggregates that make up the feeling of ‘me’. Take any one away, and ‘me’ falls apart.

So, back to “I don’t like my ‘heap’!” 😀

When, through meditation and analytical practice, we (consciousness) acknowledge that we are not this mind and body, and that these are merely the product of accumulated ideas, we may feel, “I don’t particularly like this self,” because we have become aware of its limitations.

It’s an uncomfortable feeling – but it is also the path to enlightenment, because we realise that ideas about these limitations are causing us suffering.

Even though we may not have the body of an athlete, the heart of a saint, the mind of scientist, the skill of an artist, we have all we need right now, to become enlightened. And anyway, having all those talents might prove to be a distraction!

We may not like our selves or our life – and may even find it ugly – but what is totally beautiful is the profundity of consciousness itself. It has a great heart. The heap of self does not truly exist as it’s an accumulation, a gathering of parts. What truly is, is pure consciousness. We cannot not like that, as it sees all that there is to see.

Enlightenment is just seeing and not believing.

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YOU’RE NOTHING SPECIAL!

You’re Nothing Special!

Everyone has Buddha nature.
What is special is recognising this,
as most do not.

Buddha nature just means being awake to the reality of consciousness,
no longer believing in and identifying with appearances in the mind.
We don’t have to come over all religious about it.
😀 😀 😀

Just laugh at your self.
We cannot be what is seen.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

Are You Looking For The Ultimate Teaching?

Or rather, are you still looking for the ultimate teaching?
The secret teaching with the deepest insight?
Something really complicated that only a few can understand?
The one truth?

The ultimate truth is not in the looking, but in the essence of seeing
– which is our very own consciousness.

It’s where all the good qualities come from.
And, it’s free … in both senses!

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WHY SHOULD I MEDITATE?

Why Should I Meditate?
To feel better

If we are wanting to feel better about ourselves, we recognise that things aren’t quite right, now. This could mean that our battery has run down, our precious energy is being wasted, or we are seeing cracks in so-called reality. We don’t meditate so that we can keep running at full speed: it’s about slowing down and simplifying, and realising what is and isn’t necessary in our life. We need to take back control, stepping out of running with the crowd in order to be what we really are, which is consciousness itself, rather than the wound-up, stressed-out, super-reactive being we have become.

We want to understand, experience and realise what this precious life is really all about. When and why did we start merely following in the footsteps of others? Life has its ups and downs, and we may decide that this isn’t totally satisfying. The life we are leading can make us anxious and distressed; we feel pain, trauma, sadness, heartache and grief, along with fear of old age and dread of impending death. We get by in life, however, because others don’t seem that bothered, but in fact, we are all suffering to some degree. We live on hopes and fears, and so we go round in circles, looking for happiness which relies on conditions. We are creatures of habit and become easily addicted to things that we are led to believe will make us happy – but that happiness doesn’t last because it is conditional.

Not to worry – all things must pass! And they come back again … 😀 … which points to our path to enlightenment, for without the acknowledgement of suffering of some sort, we wouldn’t be looking for an answer. The question comes before the answer! No question, no answer.

Meditation is seeing.

We use the method of mindfulness meditation to arrive at non-meditation – pure awareness – where we drop the method of mindfulness as we have arrived. That is the most important point; we stop doing anything.

Realisation is pure seeing, which is pure, conscious awareness without distraction. In pure consciousness, there is neither meditation nor meditator, but just seeing. Bare consciousness in the moment now. Relating to meditation and a meditator takes time away from nowness: this relating is an apparent problem because we then form ideas and thoughts, and so, emotions.

This is not a bad thing at all, however – in fact, it’s wonderful! It’s wisdom. There are two truths – absolute and relative. The absolute truth is the seeing, and the relative truth is the reflection with which the distracted absolute relates, thus forgetting its own nature.

Meditation is just seeing all that goes on, without comment. That is freedom. That is liberation. When this is continuous, that is enlightenment.

The manifestation of enlightened activity is love. How? When we realise our true nature of consciousness, which is liberation in relaxed confidence, we also realise that others are still caught in variations of suffering. Sadness arises, but it’s a joyous sadness, which is empathy and compassion.

All thoughts and emotions are an illusion, a play in the mind that comes and goes, while all the time, seeing (consciousness) is present; consciousness that never changes is spontaneously present. This can happen in a moment!

Meditation is the most natural experience in the entire, infinite universe. Meditation is uncovering what is already present … love, and understanding that all things must pass away …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yufsEgTcEOc

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THE PRESSURE TO CONFORM

The Pressure To Conform
Social Compliance

This video explains the pressure we are under to conform in a society. These pressures are all around us, in every walk of life.

Derren Brown, the illusionist, demonstrates how we can be convinced to commit murder. Is this just entertainment, or could it actually happen? There were four participants, and three are persuaded to push a man off a roof. It’s very disturbing.

This is just a trailer, but the whole process can be watched on Netflix.

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KNOWINGNESS IN NOT KNOWING

Knowingness In Not Knowing
We don’t have to tie ourselves in knots

If we take a quick look at Buddhism in the west, it can appear complex, intellectual, white and middle class. There are rituals, regalia, terminologies and attitudes, like all the other religions. It may seem that they just talk about suffering, and the antidote may appear idealistic, aiming unrealistically for perfection.

If you see it like that, it may be that you have come in the middle of a game of Chinese Whispers (also called the Broken Telephone Game) – broken communication! It actually depends on who is telling us something, and who is listening.

I’ve spoken to many Dharma students: they’re pretty uptight creatures, and don’t portray much of the compassionate essence of the Dharma, but just aloofness to outdo one another.

I have been a Buddhist for over thirty years, and often say to myself, “Can they get to the point?” Since the time of the Buddha, much reviewing, introspection, analysis and translation has gone on, adding more and more text. I’ve got books and notes up to here (holding hand above head!): there’s a constant feeling of not knowing enough because there are always additional teachings, which turn out to be more of the same every time, with the assumption that we forget easily. This gets expensive. If people are treated like four year olds, they will to tend to act like four year olds.

I just had to stop searching and start seeing for myself. Having stayed away from it all for the past six years, assimilating and reviewing for myself by asking, “What do I actually know?”, I am aware of not knowing. Oh my goodness, that’s it!!!

There is a natural awareness that is ever present, beyond all those scholarly words and religious attitudes. It doesn’t matter what I know or don’t know: there is always awareness which is consciousness itself … ever present … spontaneously present … and that’s it! Resting in the realisation of consciousness, we find nothing else. No Buddha, no me, no meditation. Nothing to refer to, but just awareness of knowing nothing in particular. That is the emptiness they keep talking and talking about. That is the completion stage.

Whatever we are discussing – whether it’s the sutras, the tantras and the yanas, or whether this or that happened and what people say about it, everything comes down to knowingness in not knowing anything.

 

We can chat about it all later when we come out of pure awareness …

There is a story about Marpa and a fellow student who travelled from Tibet to India to gather texts. On their way back, while crossing a lake in the boat, the fellow student became jealous of Marpa and threw all the texts overboard. After experiencing the devastation of this loss, Marpa realised that the only teachings that were of any value to him were the ones that he had personally assimilated.

Knowingness is what we naturally are.

We are already Buddha nature, which means awakened nature.

Our problem may be that we find it difficult to get our head around another’s culture which can, from our own perspective, obscure the natural realisation of consciousness – and that is how we become unbalanced, in the idea of ‘not knowing’. “Buddhism” can get in the way of just being 😀

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IS THERE SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME?

Is There Someone To Watch Over Me?

This is down to our personal opinion, or school of thought. Are we being watched by a God? Gods? Those who have gone before? Aliens? We can’t limit our appraisal, can we? 🙂

As a Dzogchen student – pure awareness or pure consciousness of spontaneous presence – is the key to realisation, but my introduction to Tibetan Buddhism was Varjrayana – deity practice. I still do deity practice; it’s called hedging one’s bets! 😀

We supplicate deities (I have thirteen) for which we have received empowerments. These deities symbolise certain attributes that reflect part of our nature, and we pray for blessings. Is this real? Is it psychological? Again, this is up to each individual.

The important thing here is the effect that this has, and whether it goes beyond just a belief. There has to be some degree of belief involved but, to sustain us, we need evidence. We create a ‘merit field’ through our altruistic actions, but really it all comes down to having a good heart in the face of adversity and confusion. Like attracts like. Smile and there is a response. We all receive blessings of some sort that inspire us.

We ‘dumb’ creatures can watch over others, and we don’t have to know any Dharma. The real Dharma is a good heart. This video is touching (maybe turn down the music), and the good heart is obvious.

Are we all potential conduits, when open at the right time?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA8VJh0UJtg

Of course, the inverse is also available to us;
we can attract dark blessings if it’s true that like attracts like.

Compassionate consciousness is the nature of all sentient beings,
but some of us find it a struggle to express this.

The evidence is that, when seeing a good heart in action,
we know and we recognise,
and the tears well up.

Seeing is the blessing.

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IS GOD HIDDEN IN BELIEF?

Is God Hidden In Belief?

If we question our beliefs
– the psychological arisings in the mind –
we may realise the reality of freedom itself.

The battlefield of the imagination has no reality.

The age-old subject of evaluating what life is actually about is the birthright of every person, rather than just following the crowd. We do not have to be told what life is about; we can actually see it for ourselves, with a little help from good company.

What is ultimate reality? What created both phenomena and sentient beings? Was it natural evolution? An act of God? Or, have matter and conscious beings always existed within infinite space? Do these constantly change due to circumstances?

Are humans beings the end product, or is there further to go? What is consciousness that is beyond thoughts and matter? You can see these are a huge questions, and each its advocates.

Could it be that the desirous consciousness was attracted certain forms, driven by karma – the results of previous activities? This is the Buddhist view: whatever is known is by virtue of consciousness in the moment now, where even consciousness does not exist.

We are free to believe whatever we want, but we can also look at the evidence for ourselves.

Humans are great creators. We bend nature and we encourage nature, because we have desire. All creatures are creators, building homes, finding food and procreating. Humans are just more indulgent!

We can see that everything is created by causes and conditions, mainly based on desire or attraction. Unconscious consciousness desires, and so creates and manifests – and suffers the consequences. Unconscious consciousness is consciousness that is unaware of its own reality, and so clings to beliefs.

Whatever conclusion we are attracted to, this could only come about due to consciousness. It is pure consciousness that sees clearly and realises that everything is known by virtue of consciousness. That is the one truth. That is the evidence.

What is the reality of God?

Is it possible that reality is disguised within our imagination? Is belief a design by others? How could that happen? If we do not realise the core of our own reality – which is uncontaminated consciousness – but rather, adhere to a belief (a design), then how can we know anything else, let alone what God is?

God cannot be what we think, as that is far too limited. God has to be beyond ordinary, human thought, so it is not unreasonable to suggest that God is beyond ordinary human understanding, so God must therefore be spiritual understanding. ‘Spiritual understanding’ is uncontaminated consciousness itself, is it not? The emptiness of emptiness. What could be more profound than that?

Belief is just rumour. The quotation comes to mind, “And the truth shall set you free.” It’s not easy to get our head around the conundrum that God is hidden in our belief.

When I was young, I believed in God, and it was sort of comforting. Then, as I went through the process of moving from one tradition to another, the word ‘God’ changed to ‘almighty’, ‘absolute’, ‘supreme’, ‘ultimate’, ’emptiness’, but now I see God as spontaneous presence of pure consciousness – my own essential nature, although I have every sympathy with a belief in God. I am it whom I seek (with a few distraction of course! 😀 )

This is the divinity in all sentient beings. That is the big secret, and not what the rumours suggest – that the secret is outside our essential nature. All that does is make us vulnerable, defensive and argumentative, and separates us from one another. What is the point of that? Love – not hatred of others – is our true nature, although others may be challenging at times!

The point of realising the potential of our true nature means being free of deceit and projections. In realisation, there is no belief, but instead, a direct knowingness.

Perhaps there are those who do not want humanity to be so free. It only needs a small percentage of humanity to believe in something in order to control the rest, who are too busy arguing against the few to see that they they are being played. Are there social experiments going on all over the world, testing how far people can be squeezed? Some very strange things are going on, aren’t they?

Has belief always been a tool to confound people?

We all know that there are those who want to rule and maintain that rule, generation after generation. To maintain this control, people cannot be allowed to know that they are already free, and so, beliefs and imagery were created to deceive. It’s extremely subtle. We can easily see how societies are being manipulated day after day through allegations and a twisting of the truth.

We need our assumptions and beliefs to be provoked in order to review whatever controls our life. We should question what we believe, and why we believe it. As long as we stay in a belief, we may not experience the actual reality of the nature of pure consciousness. After all, isn’t it that pure consciousness the very thing that is conscious of our beliefs? Consciousness is our primary source.

What if belief is a deception device – an antidote to knowing? Deception is the art of war and has been used for thousands of years to gain victory. Knowledge is neutral: it all depends on who is using this knowledge and why; gunppowder can create beautiful fireworks, or it can kill people.

The Art Of War is the art of deception, attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu 545 – 470 BC, “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous battles without jeopardy. All warfare is based on deception.” “When using our forces, we must appear inactive. When we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away.”

Sun Tzu lived at the same time as the Buddha.

All wars are spiritual wars, as they are wars on humanity. People have to be convinced that a war is necessary, and so propaganda has to take place. Wars are between those who want power, and those who believe they have no power – the ordinary people. It is the ordinary people who will die, hence the outcomes is always a war on humanity.

The beliefs of having power and not having power are deluded. The real power is in spiritual freedom rather than in imaginary beliefs. The game of deception is between those who believe that they have the right to rule others, and those who do not know they are being ruled.

If we believe that we have no power, then we are deceiving ourselves. Our power lies not in believing but in knowing.

Remember; “The truth shall set you free”. Only the absolute truth shall set us free. As long as we believe and do not know, we are bound by ideas placed in our imagination. Where did all our thoughts come from?

What is this truth? It is seeing for ourselves. That ‘seeing’ is consciousness. The realisation of consciousness can only be done by knowing that consciousness is our primary source – in other words, God, the divine within us all. Once we know that, then we are free of deceptions and mere belief. We are it whom we seek. We always have been.

Sun Tzu said, “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous battles without jeopardy.” This is pure Dharma teaching! If we know our true nature of pure consciousness, we will know our enemy, which is everything that obscures that pure consciousness in our own minds. Knowing wins all battles without jeopardy. The Dharma teachings shows us how to be liberated in ‘God’ consciousness, which is divine, godlike consciousness.

It is a battle between believers and non-believers. Believers want non-believers to believe, which is crazy, and creates wars … “You have to imagine what I imagine!” History shows us how religion can be turned into evil, and used against others.

Can you see how difficult it is to be free from this
imagery-in-an-imaginary-box?
Absolute truth is outside the box.
Whatever you name you want to give it,
it cannot be called anything without consciousness!

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CURLY AND THE BUDDHA

Curly And The Buddha

“Do you know what the secret of life is?”
No – what?”
“This.”
Your finger?”
“One thing. Just one thing.
You stick to that
and everything else just don’t mean shiiit.”
That’s great – but what’s the one thing?”
“That’s what you gotta figure out…”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU

It’s simply a question of elimination.

Recognise that one thing.
Gain confidence in that one thing.
Rest in that one thing.

This is essential at so-called death,
because this guides our life.
🙂

Speaking personally, my ‘one thing’ is karma within consciousness: whatever occurs in the moment now is due to my past actions and reactions, and present reactions have to be eliminated in order to eliminate future karma. This is the process of purification. Gently does it: simply remain in consciousness while aware of reactions taking place so that space or emptiness is allowed to be present. This is my teacher, and in this way karma becomes more and more inspiring – whether good or bad. Karma then becomes a blessing. That’s how I found Curly! 😀

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ARISTOTLE’S DICTUM

Aristotle’s Dictum

“Give me a child until they are seven,
and I will show you the adult”.

In 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle was aware of how the mind is programmed. This was more than thinking, “Well, that child is like this, and will grow up more or less like that.” The question is, “How did that child get ‘like this’ to become a person ‘like that’?”

When we read scientific papers about what makes people act a certain way, this may be understood in one of two ways.
One: “How do people get ‘like this’ and how can we help them?”
Two: “How can we make people become ‘like this’?”

Never forget the two laws of the universe: attraction and repulsion – good and evil.

If society isn’t a safe place to be, with a foundation of inner and outer peace, but is, instead a place of trauma, over-stimulation and indoctrination, then society will be left with deeply confused and wounded people.

Just look at the world today: “Give me an idea from 2378 years ago, and I’ll give you a society in 2018.” 😀

This is why security and kindness in early life leads to a happy life, whereas trauma in childhood leaves a residue in adult life. It is extremely important to understand the causes of suffering because the world seems a very unsafe place at the moment, with more and more idiotic ideas indoctrinating society.

Even though we might have a splendid life, we may be still in poverty, lacking kindness and spiritual awareness of compassion for all.

The most lasting memories from childhood are, “Is the world a safe place?” “Is it a good place?” “Am I lovable?” “Am I valued?” These feelings are a child’s unconscious basis for life.

A child’s ideas are heavily formulated during their early years. Regardless of their potential departure from those ideas later in life, there will always be a remnant of those early, formative ideas lingering in the child’s brain.

By the age of seven, certain ideas and behaviours are already psychologically ingrained and well-established. Programming! We create addiction in children without knowing it (although certain companies know exactly what they are doing and how addiction starts: sweet, sugary drinks and food get the brain used to pleasure, and so we ‘want’ more of this undisciplined rush).

Repeated exposure to an addictive substance or behaviour causes nerve cells in the nucleus accumbens and the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain involved in planning and executing tasks) to communicate in a way that couples liking something with wanting it, in turn driving us to go after it. This process motivates us to take action to seek out the source of pleasure.”
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/how-addiction-hijacks-the-brain

It’s not all our fault; it’s because of the shit we’ve been fed.

Once we are aware of our subconscious patterning,
it become conscious!
Being conscious that it’s not all our fault,
we become kind to ourselves.

 

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LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE?

Looking For A Miracle?

Don’t miss the real one.
It turns ordinary beings into Buddhas
And awakens those who are dreaming.

A miracle is a welcomed consequence. A miracle needs evidence, something obvious to our eye or mind. If we become addicted to the idea of supernatural miracles, we may miss the natural evidence within us: the spontaneous presence of consciousness that realises its enlightened nature.

A miracle is something that is needed; it’s something necessary. Maybe walking on water, flying in the air, or leaving foot prints in rocks actually happened long ago. Or perhaps, stories were needed at that time to capture the imagination.

Physical skills of yoga and exercise decrease stress in the body, and so we feel relaxed and the mind clears. Perfectly relaxed meditation does the same thing.

Some need evidence; others do not.
Without evidence, there can be doubt.
With evidence, there is no doubt.

Being liberated from the collective self obsession seems is a miracle in itself.
Or are we still looking for a ‘better’ miracle?

The greatest plague infesting humanity was the idea of miracles ‘from on high’, as this keeps humanity suppressed and impoverished. The miracle that is necessary today is freedom from deceptions (and if we could walk on water or fly in the sky, the military would soon want to know about it :D!)

Better to realise one’s true nature in peace.
If we look, we shall find.

Don’t miss the real one.
It turns ordinary beings into Buddhas
And awakens those who are dreaming.

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SO NEAR BUT SO FAR

So Near But So Far

Don’t miss the complete picture.
You do not have to keep on meditating – you know!
Just recognise being aware.

We have a choice about what we believe; that’s if we know we have a choice.

Let’s take the mantra of Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig, the lord of compassion: OM MANI PADME HUM. We chant this mantra to remind us to engender compassionate activity, as it is said to be the path to enlightenment. How is this the path to actual enlightenment?

Tibetan Buddhism is exotic and, if not properly understood, can lead to sentimentality and wishful thinking. Wishful thinking isn’t bad per se – it is a good wish after all – but we need more than wishful thinking: we need evidence so we can trust whatever is being explained by the teaching.

The syllables OM MANI PADME HUM symbolise generosity, discipline, patience, energy, concentration and transcendent knowledge, which are known as the six perfections.

Any tradition (or sane person) would agree that generosity, discipline, patience, energy and concentration are important as they apply to being a decent, responsive human being. It is transcendent knowledge that makes the difference, as it turns the other five into ‘perfections’, beyond everyday usage.

Transcendent knowledge is wisdom beyond concepts. What’s that? Transcendent knowledge is the wisdom of understanding pure consciousness – or emptiness – that is naturally present before conceptual embellishments. The manifestation of pure consciousness is compassion for all, and therefore Chenrezig embodies compassion and emptiness.

Transcendent knowledge is natural, pure knowingness, pure awareness, pure consciousness. That is what we are. We naturally care!

If we have to remember the six perfections, then we are making effort; we are practising.

Once transcendent knowledge is realised, the other five are automatically and effortlessly present. In transcendent knowledge (pure consciousness or emptiness), there is no self to hold on to, and so the other five perfections are upgraded and automatically present.

Here is the most important point.

We pray to Chenrezig, the lord of compassion, never to forsake us. As we are already Buddha nature, we are also Chenrezig nature! We are transcendent knowledge. That is why the lord of compassion can never forsake us, as we are whom we seek. That is non-duality.

If we merely pray to Chenrezig, we remain in a duality – me and the great being in the sky. This is the same as a theistic approach. Being realistic is being impartial. We are first and foremost pure consciousness; that is the complete picture.

The mantra is also said to purify the six negative emotions and the six realms as, when resting in non-dual awareness, these negative emotions and realms are spontaneously purified.

“There is not a single aspect of the eighty-four thousand sections
of the Buddha’s teachings which is not contained in Avalokiteshvara’s
six syllable mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” (known as the “mani”)
and, as such, the qualities of the “mani”are praised again and again
in the Sutras and Tantras.

Whether happy or sad, if we take the “mani” as our refuge,
Chenrezig will never forsake us, spontaneous devotion will
arise in our minds and the Great Vehicle will be effortlessly realised.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Do you get the point?  🙂 The lord of compassion is pure consciousness which can never forsake us because it is what we already are. It is the psychological magic to realising reality. Always remember we are applying teachings, rather than adopting another’s culture.

Once we are open to whatever appears,
we don’t have to meditate.

Meditation is only needed when we forget.

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