THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER…

The World Is Getting Better …
“What?!”

When we meditate, it seems as though our thoughts are getting worse. We are getting worse! But what’s actually happening is that we are noticing more: we’re seeing what is going on. Although we are constantly trying to cover up our defects, the light of clarity is witness to this. That is the purpose of meditation.

Likewise, with the terrible things that are happening in the world, it seems to be getting worse. Human beings have been exploited and abused for thousands of years by those in power, but now, it’s right in front of our faces. It cannot be ignored: due to the ease of communication, this – and what is behind it – is clearly seen. There is nowhere to hide, even though those in power constantly try to deflect our attention. Being told, “Move along – there’s nothing to see here” doesn’t work any more 🙂 They don’t see that we see! We no longer trust them. It’s glaringly obvious that it will all fall apart.

Clarity is light. Where there are the darkest shadows, there is the brightest light.

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HOW CAN I BE HAPPY?

How Can I Be Happy?

The question should be, “What is it that’s making me unhappy?”

If we recognise that we are not happy, we must innately know what true happiness is. Not knowing that we are intrinsically happy causes problems. The important point is that these problems – or impurities – can be removed. It is actually our hanging onto these impurities that is the problem, rather than the problems themselves. Life can be pure and simple, with every moment enjoyed, even in adversity.

The word ‘happiness’ can be misleading as it has two connotations: pleasure and contentment. These are not the same as each other: one suggests a bubbling and the other, stillness. The bubbling gives us a feeling of excitement, which doesn’t last and so we keep looking for more. Stillness – or rather, contentment – is the flatline of stability in which we just see.

All we want is to return to something we innately know. True happiness is an unshakeable, objective reality, especially under adverse conditions.

We are addicted to the fizz however, and ignore our natural joy of contentment. We don’t have to feel guilty about this; it’s a lifetime’s work. We are being pulled this way and that, away from happiness. We panic and are confused, and life becomes complicated: this is not a happy place in which to be. When we ignore inner values, we can become destructive.

At every moment, knowingness has a choice
either to look for happiness,
or to be happiness.

You are your own master.

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THE DHARMA IS LIKE A NEW COLOUR…

The Dharma Is Like A New Colour …
… one that we never saw before

Our understanding of reality depends on our wish to understand, and the amount of effort we are willing to put in. There comes a point in life, however, when we think we know everything that we need to know, so we don’t – or can’t – look any further.

In Aldous Huxley’s insightful book, “Brave New World”, world reformers eradicated religion, monogamy, and individualistic traits. They stabilised society by indoctrinating young minds into being a certain type; it was a class system to which a person felt they belonged and knew their place. The pleasant narcotic “soma” prevented people from thinking and speaking freely.

We can see this taking place now. Our mechanical minds are programmed to function, without any interest in evolving. Talk about consciousness to most people and we are met with a blank look: “I cannot understand it, so it’s not worth understanding” or “I’m smart enough already, so I don’t need it.”

All the Dharma is saying is to look at awareness – which is consciousness – and that’s what we truly are. We are our own reformer, and not a set of restrictive ideas. The Dharma is not a religion, and neither is it a philosophy: it is spiritual psychology that is provable to any individual, if they make the effort.

The Dharma is about being aware of the workings of the mind. It’s realising our make up to wake up!

If we are brought up in a culture where the Dharma has been longstanding, then, as a natural process, it’s a way of life because there are many inspiring influences. The spiritual way of life is more important than keeping everything clean and tidy.

In the modern world, there aren’t many mahasiddhis to inspire us … but we are very clean and tidy!

We have to want to understand. Wanting to understand is a rarified place in which to be, and it can feel lonely. However, the more closely we look, the more interesting Dharma and colourful life becomes, so there’s no time to feel lonely.

It may come down to being fed up with living within such a limited palette.

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BODHISATTVA

Bodhisattva
😀

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IT TAKES TIME TO REALISE OUR REALITY

It Takes Time To Realise Our Reality

The essence of the Dharma cannot be comprehended by the conventional mind. Hearing or reading about the Dharma is immediate, but that’s just information: to experience and realise the Dharma, we need a still, open mind in order to see clearly. If we think that we know the Dharma, then we’re just fooling ourselves. The realisation is that there is nothing to find – we are what we seek.

Our true reality takes time to process; it’s the great ‘double take’ – to look at something and then look again because you suddenly realise that something unusual is happening. We are not what we see. This isn’t something we can cleverly work out: it is the seeing itself that is realised … “Oh!?”

All we have to do now is remain in the “Oh!?” It solves everything. It knows everything about you and what you need. Call it rigpa. Call it the inner god. Call it advaita. Call it whatever you want. It’s a mystery only to the thinking mind.

The practice is to be … !

Some comment on text and teach about form, method, procedure, ritual, convention and outward forms of religion. And some bring to light the inner essence.

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GURUS AND OLD PRACTITIONERS

Something To Be Aware Of: Gurus and Old Practitioners
The subtle problem of spiritual achievements

We all fall into the trap of wanting to make our life comfortable but, spiritually speaking, this is where the devil gets its teeth in! Here, we have to remember that the devil is our own internal, ordinary mind that clings to desires and loathings – that which we call ‘ego’. As attachment to spiritual achievement, it’s a problem at the highest level, but it can also be that which tips us over the edge 😀 It’s why the devil can never win, because the devil is an illusion.

There are certain characteristics and behaviours that we notice in others that may give us an uneasy feeling … before we experience and admit it within ourselves.

Old practitioners do not get angry because they know it won’t make them feel good. Desire gets worse when we know the Dharma makes things good for us. We understand that jealousy and pride will rob us of the comfortable (and complacent) attitude that we have: being stuck on our fixation – our attachment to bliss and happiness – our desire hasn’t actually diminished at all.

We learn not to be proud because people will put us down, and we will feel bad. There is a genuine confidence with the teachings because we have been practising them for a while and they make us happy. This confidence is mixed with pride that we know so much: we’re not harming people because we can deal with our emotions, and we secretly think we are special.

We have learned to control ourselves and our environment in order to be ‘happy’.
We are in a ‘feel good’ Dharma.

It’s possible that we have come more intelligent, but somehow we are more self centred – we are the great Samsaric masters. This is easily done, and so we have to be honest about our basic wounded-ness, and everything we are covering up. It isn’t easy to be that truthful.

If we feel bad about such matters, it will only complicate the issue; it’s just good to be aware. We see that we put a spin on everything. We hear the teachings in the way we want to hear them, and we indulge ourselves. Becoming caught up in the culture of entertainment, we do whatever we want, but this is not ‘freedom’. Ultimately, it’s a relief to find and admit our hidden flaws, but that takes courage. Question everything.

All human organisations are subject to being … well, human. Spirituality is all about the reality of consciousness rather than acquiring a culture of ‘self’ respect and superiority. This is where spirituality moves into a religious organisation, which turns into politics and power. Old Tibet was a form of feudal system in which people had obligations to the guru – and nowadays, gurus still have their own kingdoms. We should not just follow a guru blindly and accept everything he or she says as everything has to be examined by us. Teachers are not to be adored: they are merely a reminder of the essence of the teaching because the essence of the teaching is what we are, and is within us all the time.

We shouldn’t blindly follow others, but at the same time, we shouldn’t dwell too long on what we might perceive as a mistake otherwise we will be in danger of corrupting our inner peace through a self-indulgence of criticism. We can choose to stay or move on. We may not all on the same path, but our inner wisdom essence is the same.

The Dalai Lama explains about Lamaism and its problems:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wP4rsM7AZQ

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THE MIND REACTS; IT’S PROGRAMMED THAT WAY

The Mind Reacts; It’s Programmed That Way

Liberation is being aware of what is happening when our mind is calculating and reacting. We need to be aware when a reaction is about to start, and also when a reaction is full blown. Reactions take time – mili-moments – and so they are observable. They don’t just happen, but to be aware of this, we need an uncluttered essence.

Only an advanced meditation practitioner’s mind will remain silent because they are practised, and therefore well aware of this process, so we shouldn’t be alarmed if our mind still reacts. We are town yogis after all, and have things to do, but we can remain balanced and less overwhelmed. This, of course, does not mean we do nothing, but now we work from wisdom and insight … hopefully!

The mind reacts because it holds on to memories, and therefore holds on to judgements. It is a calculating machine. The solution is to acknowledge the reaction and be loose and then at ease with it. By letting it be, this releases us from the overwhelming power of the emotions.

Even though we may have ‘practised’ spirituality for years, we still react – or rather, the mind still reacts. We may be very knowledgeable about spiritual matters, and have attended long retreats, but those likes and dislikes still show themselves.

As town dwellers, this is to be expected, but there comes a time when we genuinely want to end the contagious effects of samsara: the fixated attachments that bind us, driving us mad with ideas :D.

The mind reacts, but that does not mean consciousness then has to act it out. That reaction comes from the old brain network – the programme (and the programmers!). Once we stop acting out, karma starts emptying, which means purification is taking place. The programme is no longer running us.

There are two approaches to this enlightened attitude:

Once empty essence is acknowledged, a feeling is experienced before the reaction takes place. It’s a sort of unidentified, uncomfortable or pleasant feeling that hasn’t yet taken form, and it’s believed to occurs within the subtle body. It’s a residue from the past. The Buddha in the mud acknowledges.

In the other approach – when we’ve missed that first feeling – we are suddenly aware that a full blown emotion has taken place, and we have a choice whether to act on it, or let it be. The shock of the emotion, in the very first instant, reveals clarity. The emotion and wisdom are, at this point, simultaneous. The Buddha in the mud acknowledges.

In the first case, the emotion is about to happen. In the second, it has already arisen.

When we look around, we can see the programme that drives most of us: this, if recognised, will be an inspiration, and is a major factor in our wish to engage in recognition, experience and realisation.

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WE DESPERATELY NEED TO TUNE INTO OUR CONSCIOUSNESS…

We Desperately Need To Tune Into Our Consciousness…
…now!

In the world in which we live, we are constantly being de-tuned. This reduces our performance and efficiency on a spiritual level, as all our efforts are focused on increasing our performance and efficiency on a conventional level. The result = exhaustion. We’ve turned away from our dynamic, peaceful, enlightened potential, and have become unconscious of the disturbances taking place in our minds. We are constantly being fed sickening fantasies; life has become devalued and cheap. People are being allowed to die – and being killed – to prove a Machiavellian two-faced point, which is merely to gain more control of our lives: situations deteriorate to implement a preplanned solution.

All ordinary people want is to live a peaceful life, and do their thing, but there are those who are opposed to people following their hearts. They hate unconditional love while arousing an exaggerated, sentimental conditional love with hand on heart, generating feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia in an self-indulgent way. These power-crazed demons want it all, and they want us to want more than we need. This is impure consciousness maintaining impure consciousness.

The way in which we perceive consciousness will dictate our view. One person may see something as normal, while another sees it as insanity. We are put out of tune every day; demons fear sanity, and love confusion. This disruption has to be maintained as it is so easy to be re-tuned to sanity because we have innate perfect pitch: we can use our ‘Get out of jail free’ card of just being aware of consciousness. Realising reality does not cost anything – just awareness.

Our understanding depends on the sort of path we choose to follow. The title of this article could have been, “Tune Into Consciousness” or “We Need To Tune Into Our Consciousness” but I chose the more urgent, “We Desperately Need To Tune Into Our Consciousness”. How much do we value the reality of consciousness? We start to realise that there are levels of alarms that ring out to us about what is taking place … code green, code orange, code red!!!

This blog has only one message – that we are pure consciousness: the words may be arranged differently in each article but it’s always the same sentiment. If you go to teachings, it will be the same essence, more or less. There may be exotic practices involving chanting and recitation which are goal-orientated, and were devised for the type of person who is sleepy. These are more to do with the old world, but in the modern world, as we are more alert, our path should be oriented towards direct liberation.

To date, I have written 1984 articles, which happens to be the same number as George Orwell’s book entitled “1984”. His theme, ‘control by fear’ is just as applicable today as then. We have been got at!

Whatever is going on to delude us, we can still maintain pure consciousness by being in tune with our true reality. The more we recognise the effect of fear and hope, the more the realisation that these emotions are a fantasy. It’s obvious when you look!

The Buddha’s first noble truth is the recognition that we are suffering. In fact, we should return to this constantly, as the recognition of suffering refines. It’s all about having a bloody good look :D!

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CAN WE CHANGE OUR BRAIN?

Can We Change Our Brain?

If we can change our mind, we can change our brain.
But changing our mind isn’t as easy as we think!

Neural pathways are set up when we’re young
and that is our programme, our way of seeing.

We can change the way our brain works by being aware of the corruption within it. Our judgements are based on memory – the software on the hard drive – and that influences the whole process of perception. This programme is developed in our early years when we are at our most receptive, and thus we live a certain way of life. Most of us believe that’s the way we are, and we accept our place in life.

If we feel that we cannot change, then perhaps we can agree that we can refine our ideas – or at least be aware of our bias. First we have to be prepared to investigate how robotic we actually are. You cannot have a discussion with a robot. Being robotic is being unable to process new information that we hadn’t previously considered: we find that not only are we not interested, but we actually turn our gaze away.

“I’m not a robot!” Can you change your approach? Not easy, is it?

There are three approaches to changing our mind, changing our brain, changing ourselves. Wisdom meditation is the first way. It’s being aware of awareness, conscious of consciousness. In order that we don’t become robotic in our meditation, we destroy the meditation – short moments many times. This ensures that we turn our ‘self’ off. Wisdom is the clarity of mind essence. This the first influence of change.

The second approach is deep appreciation for the teachings about the nature of reality, to the extent that we now value this knowledge which makes our life meaningful, beneficial and happy. We become devoted to the genuine teachings and the genuine skilled teachers who make sure that we understand. This the second influence of change.

The third approach is a genuine, sympathetic kind heart towards those who are experiencing levels of suffering from the gross to the very subtle. That is compassion. This the third influence of change.

All three approaches take an idea of self out of the picture.

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DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH?

Do You Feel You Are Not Good Enough?

This feeling can be disheartening, and can have an effect on whatever we do. Unfortunately, it also delays the realisation of our natural birthright of enlightened potential – and sanity :D. Being half-hearted clouds clarity, when we already have all that we need to succeed in realising our goal – whatever that goal might be – and that is awareness.

The feeling of not being good enough can give rise to all sorts of unnecessary negative emotions, which we then justify. That is delusion. That is the cause of our suffering. We simply lack confidence in the essential simplicity of a subject.

This feeling is even more evident when we are talking about spirituality and spiritual establishments or traditions. It’s quite understandable that such a feeling might arise: there are so many ‘good’ people, ‘scholarly’ people, ‘holy’ people, that we don’t have chance to keep up with them. It is as if we have to sign on the dotted line, and never look at anything else ever again. It happens.

Once we are hooked into others’ enthusiasm, we become fundamentalists, leaving our humanity at the door. The problem with learning ‘about’ something is that we feel that we are superior, and act in a superior way. It happens.

Modifying our manner does not mean that we are spiritual: we’ve just become something that we are not. Mannerisms become a weight around our neck. If we fall into that trap, we will never feel that we are good enough, and will be critical of others as a result. It happens.

It is not a question of being aware of how we act. It’s about the awareness itself. Being taught something is an introduction: it gives us a way in, so that we can have our selfie taken at the door to the path … Big smile! Big pout! But we only actually pass through the door and set foot on the path when we let everything go and just be ourselves, warts and all. People fear being honest: they feel vulnerable, and that’s why they stay outside, despite believing that they are inside.

For those of us who aren’t ‘good enough’, experiencing all those doubts, uncertainties, confusion and dissatisfaction is, in fact, the path. It is these very qualities that keep us looking, rather than ‘finding’ something to do, or talk about.

The feeling of being ‘not good enough’ is disheartening, but with it comes the realisation that that is the way we are at this moment. In that, everything drops away and there is a sense of relief and release. That is honest openness – and it’s good enough.

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DHARMAKAYA, SAMBHOGAKAYA AND NIRMANAKAYA?

Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya And Nirmanakaya?

Simple!

Dharmakaya:     finding nothing – emptiness.
Sambhogakaya: awareness of finding nothing – the brightness of clarity.
Nirmanakaya:    the inseparability of the two – clear light – unconfined compassion.

Why is this compassion? Because we now know the nature of absolute reality, and that which prevents the realisation of this.

We lack compassion simply because we forget the emptiness of clarity of our being, which then allows concepts to fixate and cloud our minds. It is because we obsess about our concepts that hope and fear are created.. The result is a miserable world that we maintain, which makes genuine compassion challenging.

The outcome of realisation is confident joy … but also, sadness as we realise that beings have to find their own way, in their own time. We can help to show the way, pointing out the obstacles.

Gently does it.

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THE DARK AGE OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING

The Dark Age Of Social Engineering
‘The guiding hand’

Where do our ideas come from? We can all be accused of racism and intolerance, but what is behind the recent speed of change in demographics? Of course, people will react. Are our natural cultures losing their uniqueness? Are genders being squeezed together to confuse? Are town shopping centres all looking the same? Are authorities becoming heavy-handed? Are more people in debt? Why is there music/noise everywhere? The list goes on and on …

Ideas and distractions are constantly circulated into the population via the media through fashion, music, science, religion, sexuality, education … the list goes on and on. These ideas can have an immediate or long term effect.

The people who propagate these ideas are the gossips, the busy-bodies, the trolls, the fear-mongers, the jobsworths spreading the ‘news’. Unwittingly, we become part of smear campaigns, quick to point the finger away from where ideas originated.

To understand the ‘news’, we have to read between the lines, looking beyond explicit statements to see their effect, and ask ourselves where our ideas came from.

The Establishment is a dominant group or elite that holds power or authority in a nation or organisation. People come and go, but the Establishment constantly secures its place and looks after its own. This is the same in any organisation: once on top, they want to stay on top.

“All that glitters is not gold” is a well-known saying, meaning that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so: this can apply to people, places, things and ideas that promise to be more than they really are.

Tainted information contaminates purity. Our minds are tainted with concepts. We only have to recognise them to be released from them, to become free and ultimately enlightened. If we don’t, we stay dumb and subservient.

Authentic meditation is reality, and not just mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness may make us better at whatever we are doing, but it can enslave us because we become enthralled, captured by fascination. So near, yet so far.

Authentic awareness meditation reveals the effect of social engineering: it uncovers all those hang ups we have about ourselves and what, in fact, this manufactured self is made of. We see what is going on.

When does this social engineering start?
When we are young!

From the film “South Pacific”:

You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAZ8yOFFbAc

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WE LIVE IN A WORLD OF TWO IGNORANCES

We Live In A World Of Two Ignorances

These are known as ‘co-emergent ignorance’ and ‘conceptual ignorance’:
We ignore our true nature, and we maintain that ignorance.

Because consciousness forgets its true essence of uncontaminated, pure clarity, when it looks out at the universe, it fixates on everything as being real and permanent. Being attracted or repelled it (we) creates in our mind a seemingly permanent reality.

This is a limited, frozen reality of confusion; it’s a dumbing down of intelligence. If things were, in fact, solid and unchanging, nothing could be created or destroyed. There would be no movement, and our understanding would never change. If this was indeed true, life would be a worse nightmare than it is now. But that isn’t the case (thank goodness :D).

We live in a world where the populace is ignorant of their true essence – and desperate to maintain this ignorance in order to provide a (false) sense of security. This is the illusion in which we live, causing a hell of misery in the world. There is a children’s saying, “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Nowadays, because of super-sensitivity, we have become vulnerable and paranoid, and therefore believe that we can be attacked by words.

True security lies in our true nature.
We are not what we see or believe.

That which sees is the pure clarity of essence.
It is the only certainty that never changes.
It not a physical ‘thing’ and can never be harmed.

It can only be ignored.

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TOGAL = FIVE LIGHTS OR RAYS

Togal = Five Lights Or Rays

The light that shines

These rays are the five wisdoms that are the natural display or manifestation of pure, empty awareness: “mirror-like wisdom”, “wisdom of all-encompassing space”, “wisdom of equality”, “discriminating wisdom” and “all-accomplishing wisdom”.

Pure light prisms into colours. These represent the five Buddha families in their pure aspect of a Buddha-type but, when ignored, they also represent the five defilements or negative emotions.

There are extensive descriptions easily available on the internet. Here, we are merely clarifying the terminology of Togal, especially with regard to Dzogchen – pure awareness. Of course, there may be deeper meanings to the one presented here, but we need steps in order to demystify. The experience will be unique to the individual.

When talking of visions, this is a cultural experience, and translated as such. If we see shapes and colours when closing our eyes, this is the ‘inner light’ of ‘phosphenes’: atoms constantly emit and absorb tiny particles of light, or photons, described as ‘coloured snow in the dark’. This may be experienced according to our karma: we may see Buddha images or just coloured snow in the dark, but the source is pure awareness. Even the notion of pure awareness may have many names.

Tibetan monasteries are very colourful. They are a reminder of emptiness that is within: the clear light (Trekcho) and the outer colours (Togal). The external vision of the monastery attracts: that is skilful means.

When we start to understand the light that shines, we are talking about our purest aspect that has downgraded into a gross appearance of self deception. We have solidified all appearances and created samsara, a vicious cycle of existence of ignorance, dullness, excitement and therefore, vulnerability and unhappiness.

We do not all have visions, but we can turn mental occurrences into anything that is beneficial. All appearances are projections in the mind. Ultimately, there is only clear light. There is no mystery. Mystery occurs when we doubt knowingness, which is our natural being of pure awareness, pure consciousness. We are Dzogchen, Trekcho and Togal.

The light that shines is skilful means … is love.
Pure and simple.
It’s the same in any language, tradition, universe or dimension.

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BUDDHISM IS SELF INVESTIGATION

Buddhism Is Self Investigation

Seeking the truth is not about going to a teaching, being told something, and believing it. The Buddha’s teaching has many levels: the same words are used, but the meaning changes as we investigate. Gradually, we see differently, and we live differently. We see the story behind the story. The problem is that we are investigating something that never existed in the first place – a self image.

The more we try to find our ultimate nature, the more we realise that there is nothing to find. Our ordinary mind is not subtle enough for this investigation as we are using impure consciousness, which judges from memories, and is thus defective programming. We have to be in the moment now in order to experience accurately, and that means having an open mind, without any active programming!

Everything that we perceive is based on confusion. We believe what we see to be real, having a permanent, true existence. As we investigate, we find answers that perhaps satisfy initially, but gradually, that becomes no longer the case. We need to question everything, until we realise what is investigating what. Unfortunately, ‘religion’ can obscure our search for reality. Come to think of it, so can science!

The Dharma is not facts to be learnt. It is information to experience. Through experience, we gain knowledge – inner knowledge – which ultimately becomes wisdom – unshakeable wisdom about the emptiness of ultimate truth. The kingdom of heaven is not a place; it is just waiting to be realised. Of course, we may start by believing that there may be an ultimate truth, but we won’t know that until it is experienced and realised … now!

We will not find something that meets the definition of our true nature, as anything we find is subject to change. Nothing truly exists: if we investigate thoroughly, we come to understand that anything we find never existed in the first place – even our confusion!  We realise that whatever we discover through our ideas is empty of any inherent existence of its own. Everything – matter and ideas – are subject to causes and conditions, and are part of the collective programme.

The Dharma is not something we can write down and learn, and then move on to something more interesting. It’s finding, letting go, dropping, finding, letting go, dropping … it’s like that.

The reason that there are levels is because, at certain times, the ordinary mind has to be convinced, and so we settle for one particular idea at a moment in time. This does help as part of the process of making us decent, mentally-healthy human beings – and we could just stop there. We may, however, find that something is missing. We are still holding on … to terminologies.

According to contrived prophesies, the world is going to end either today or tomorrow. It’s already tomorrow in Australia and nothing has happened 😀 Don’t believe everything you read. Don’t take stories to be literal.

There is always a level of consciousness beyond confusion.
The moment you think you’ve got it figured out … you’re wrong!

😀 😀 😀

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IS HUMANITY STUPID, EVIL OR JUST GULLIBLE?

Is Humanity Stupid, Evil Or Just Gullible?

Why are we functioning on such a basic level, when we have so much hidden potential? The funny thing is that this potential is NOT hidden. This potential is “awareness”, which is functioning all the time, except when we are asleep, unconscious or distracted. And it is that awareness which is reading this now – pure consciousness, pure being. But a moment later we forget, and go about our business. We have forgotten what we are.

We may appear to be intelligent and sophisticated, but we are actually running around in circles chasing our tails, doing and saying the same things, day after day. We live in a programme of responses. No one ever says anything unexpected, do they? Scary isn’t it?!

The ‘news’ isn’t news: it’s programming that repeats the same lines, decade after decade, and we’ve become so used to this that it seems normal. If something important is actually happening in the world, they’ll either show you fashion and celebrities, or create fear.

It is precisely because we are programmed that our ‘button’ can be pushed to react to type, and in so doing, we get to press others’ ‘buttons’. We go to war over belief systems; “You don’t believe what I believe, therefore I shall turn away from you … or kill you”. What a scary world!

If we take a step back from humanity, we see that we are very dangerous beings. The more stupid we become, the more dangerous we are.

The moment we step back from the programming is the moment we wake up.
Meditation is awakening from this nightmare: we realise that we aren’t machines!

The sweet smile of recognition
brings tears of joy of oneness.

41 seconds…!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNS_SUmCJm4

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SIMPLY WATCHING THE BREATH

Simply Watching The Breath

Sitting quietly, not following thoughts, focusing on the inhalation, pausing, exhaling, aware of the breath is resting in the clarity of stillness. This is basic meditation, and helps us to concentrate. Being able to concentrate means that we don’t get distracted. This, of course, influences everything we then do, and can change our life. That’s how important it is.

A quiet space is preferable, but we can do this anywhere, at any time. All the senses are open, but inactive. We are coming to our senses! Being is awakening.

Although we may be keen to do advanced practices, we can miss the whole point. Stability and calmness of the mind/brain is vitally important; it is the foundation for the golden roof. It is but a quantum hop from being aware of the breath to being aware of pure awareness.

Quantum: a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of the radiation it represents.

In returning to this simple practice every day, we can see if it is different or not.

In watching-the-breath meditation (shamata), we sustain effort, and try to maintain concentration so that no thoughts are let in: this breaks our habitual patterning. We can review ‘problems’ later, with a calm mind.

In pure awareness meditation (rigpa), it is short moments many times. We deliberately break the meditation. This is so that we let go of ‘doing’ meditation: there is no longer ‘me’ doing ‘something’. That is pure consciousness. We are pure consciousness.

All sorts of inspirations can occur in meditation, but if we are not careful, we can become hooked by them – and this is a huge trap. It is for this reason that returning to shamata is so important. We can review the inspiration … later!

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WHATEVER PATH WE FOLLOW

Whatever Path We Follow

Whatever path we follow, whatever we believe, whatever we think we know, it is essential to realise that pure perception is taking place, through the haze of the brain/mind’s chattering.

We don’t have to recall special teachings: we merely have to be aware that awareness is taking place. That is the beginning of waking up to our reality. This pure perception has many names, but in essence, it is pure consciousness, empty as a clear sky. They do say that inspiration comes out of the blue! 😀

This is neither about the seer nor the thing seen. It is the absolute seeing itself – pure awareness, pure consciousness. That is what spirituality is all about: it is the transformation of the natural (in conventional, human terms) into the super-natural (spiritual awakening).

There is no mystery to be solved, but merely awareness being aware of itself and coming to rest in that realisation. There are no lofty ideas, no rituals, no incantations, no clever sayings, no teachings, no teachers and no Buddhas. We have arrived. In that emptiness, there is nothing to solve, except the acceptance that whatever takes place in our lives is a product of our previous conduct – whether pleasant or unpleasant – and we have to work with that, with genuine love. We are not embellishing ourselves with spiritual terminologies as our true essence is beyond all that chatter.

Realising absolute truth, we don’t suddenly become wonderful people, as there is old luggage to be disposed of. We have to live out our relative existence, but now there is a rightness about it. It’s our lot and our confusion … and our path of discovery.

Being skilful about whatever we do, we take care not to overlay or modify ourselves by reinforcing obsessive, limiting ideas that we have acquired. A clear mind is open to all possibilities.

We work with where we are now. We don’t have to envy others’ immaculate lifestyles, although they can be very seductive. We don’t need pride in our lifestyle, thinking it’s better than that of others; their path may be simpler.

Whatever path we follow, it all comes down to pure perception – not better perception than others. Just pure perception – and that is a good heart!

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OUR CONDUCT IS CONTACT…

Our Conduct Is Contact …
with others or things

The inner view of emptiness – intelligent clarity – is simplicity itself. We are just aware, barely conscious. Our conduct or expression, however, has to be skilful and is therefore complex: anything we say or do – positive or negative – has a tremendous effect on others and on a situation. This is love in action, which can take many forms.

Our conduct is the same as ‘merit’:

Merit: Middle English originally in the sense ‘deserved reward or punishment’: via Old French from Latin meritum  ‘due reward’, from mereri  ‘earn, deserve’.

Thus we can see that our conduct or merit is … karma! Our conduct is the way in which we clear the path to enlightenment. There’s no point in having lofty views while still being obnoxious, smug or antagonistic 😀

Conduct is feeling the situation, and being at one with the thing or person, at that level. When in the jungle, think jungle.

Having said this, there is always a moment of inspiration to uplift, to heal. Being skilful is proceeding carefully, neither smothering nor ignoring.

We cannot buy our way into an enlightened heaven; intention is what counts!

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ALPHA AND OMEGA

Alpha And Omega

Jesus,“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by its gates.…”

We start with ‘I am’, and then wash the mind of contrivances and realise just am-ness. From awareness to pure awareness. The antidote to being contrived is being uncontrived.

Contrived: deliberately created, rather than arising naturally or spontaneously. Artificial and unrealistic.

Uncontrived: natural and spontaneous.

The way is the light of clarity, and we are that light. Without the light of clarity nothing would be known would it? The moment we behold “I am”, the reward is that which is aware of “I am” – pure awareness, pure consciousness. Once the light is on, its nature is to shine.

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SEEING AND THE SEEN ARE INSEPARABLE

Seeing And The Seen Are Inseparable

This is the meaning of the two truths of our reality.
Ultimate and relative reality.
Pure consciousness and that of which pure consciousness is aware.
The real and the seemingly real.
That which is constant and that which is impermanent.

In just seeing – pure consciousness – there is neither concepts nor duality. Duality begins when consciousness forgets its pure state of emptiness, and comments on whatever is seen.

Of course, ‘to-ing and fro-ing’ is happening all the time: in one moment, we are empty essence (pure consciousness) and in the next, we are totally caught up (impure consciousness). Spiritual practice is just being aware that this is taking place. No one is saying, “Hold your breath and stay in purity”; just be aware and recognise our own obstacles of doubt, worries etc. That recognition is perfect purity itself, being awareness, being consciousness. The main point is not to feel guilty about occurrences in the mind because they are merely programmes from the past.

These doubts and worries are our illusion, but we have to be aware of collecting others’ illusions as well. Being detached is de-hypnotising ourselves, avoiding being caught up in others’ history or geography. How many times have we taken part in something that wasn’t of our own making? And probably assuming that this is reality – and that have to stay in that illusory reality?

Spiritual traditions are like this: they are only a guide, a map. When we know the direction in which we are going – which is the here and now – the map will not experience all the obstacles for us. We do that at every step we take.

When we are confident of our direction – direct experience – we can put the map down and watch our steps. Seeing and the seen are inseparable.

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WHAT IS TOGAL?

What is Togal?

It’s a secret!
Or is it?

In Dzogchen, there are two aspects: Trekcho and Togal. We can read up on the meaning of these words, and still be confused. At some point, we have to come to our own conclusion – and that IS the point! Whatever is said about these strange words, they are natural to us, so they aren’t really a secret, are they? They have just gone unnoticed: when seen, they can be translated into our own language.

I started writing about this subject yesterday, and it got to four pages in length … and then just stopped. That’s the Dharma for you – fully comprehensive and confusing!

The Dharma is complete, as it can take a person from the recognition of suffering to enlightenment. It can accommodate all sorts who are willing to look. But it can also appear to be pedantic – excessively concerned with minor details or rules – and over-scrupulous. I love it, but terminology obscures the direct view!

Trekcho and Togal is the light that shines: it is the light and its shining. The mechanics and the vision. Craft and art. If we become obsessed by the light/the mechanics/the craft, we may forget to have fun! If we become obsessed by the shining/the vision/the art, we may forget the clarity of emptiness, our origin.

There is, however, a good reason for so-called secrecy, or limited explanation. Togal has to be a natural-outcome-realisation, an effulgence, literally shining brightly; the radiance of a person or their expression, emanating joy or goodness.

If we try to shine without a steady flame, our light may flicker and even fizzle out. We need to realise and have confidence in the light of emptiness first, in order to have a steady flame! The shining is dynamic presence = spontaneous presence.

We all have this shining light: we are this shining light, but it gets obscured by our thoughts and emotions. Once we become confident and stable in the clear light of empty essence, thoughts and emotions become expression – a display, an ornament – of creative compassion.

Togal shines naturally and cannot be disturbed – or put out 😀

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REGRET, BUT DON’T KEEP REGRETTING

Regret, But Don’t Keep Regretting

Conventionally, it is good to regret what we may have said or done in the past that caused hurt, because at that time we knew no better. If we learn something from regretting our past actions, then we can move on. Now, when our button is pressed, our reactions based on the past are not so excitable.

To keep regretting will only create guilt, barriers or even traumas in our mind, which will affect our behaviour, and how we deal with life and others. This is a hinderance to our spiritual progress and mental stability. We simply cannot keep blaming ourselves … or others. Ultimately, we must let go. Then was then, and now is now. We either live in the continuity of ignorance, or in the continuity of liberation. Release sometimes just happens spontaneously; I’m still wondering at that.

If we think that dwelling on the past will improve things for us now, we will live forever in cloud cuckoo land.

cloud cuckoo land”: to think that things that are completely impossible might happen, rather than understanding how things really are.

As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.”

The good news is that we always have a choice.

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MIND THE CRACK!

Mind The Crack!

Thoughts give the appearance of being a solid flow, but between those thoughts there is a gap – the crack of light that is the essence of our true nature. This constant flow of thoughts seems real enough, but it is precisely because these thoughts come and go that we see they are impermanent, having no inherent reality of their own.

Reality, as perceived by most humans, is actually a simulated reality. How do we know? Through familiarisation, which is called meditation, we recognise that we are not our thoughts, as those thoughts are observable.

As the crack grows, more light pours in. The light has always been there, but was obscured by the appearance of thoughts and ideas about our self, which is our simulated reality. That light, that luminosity, is awareness. When the light of awareness realises itself, then our true nature is realised simultaneously. We are that light. It’s what we are – clear light, clear awareness.

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DHARMA CHAT

Dharma Chat

I love discussing the Dharma but, on reflection, the Dharma is about what is going on in our own mind right now. We can go to teachings and listen to enlighten our path. We can ask questions of the teacher, and the teacher will reply from their own tradition and in their own style – but the Dharma is still about our own experience, rather than what’s written in a book or, in fact, what someone else says. As the Dharma is our own experience, discussing the Dharma with others is little precarious as we each have our own experience and leanings. Discussion may clear up a point, but it’s sometimes like talking to aliens 😀

It all comes down to what is looking, and that is pure consciousness, hidden behind various veils.

Personally, I’ve never met a Buddhist – or any other religious person – that I can talk to (come to think of it, it’s just as difficult to communicate with family members!). We have to talk in generic terms, and not get too close. This is why retreats are silent and we practice in solitude, as we each have our own rituals and ways of practicing. A meeting of minds in momentary – and that’s fine.

The Buddha’s teaching isn’t about doing this and that. It refers to consciousness itself that is aware in its purest form – emptiness. There isn’t anything to say about emptiness, except that it is called Shunyata in Sanskrit! 😀

The Buddha’s teaching is about realising our true nature, and the hinderances that confuse that realisation.

Still, having said this, if you want to discuss anything – there are always niggling questions – you can write to buddhainthemud@hotmail.com You will always get ‘an’ answer; it may not the best answer, but it will be supportive! Questions clarify, and any answer that you get back can then be reflected upon. It’s up to you whether to agree or not.

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LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Levels Of Consciousness

The levels of consciousness are determined
by the levels of diminishing obscurations

We may have assumed that consciousness is just one level – we are conscious – but consciousness has many levels as we have many levels of fixated concepts. We perceive through ‘dark glass’, through karma.

Our level of consciousness is determined by how, as an individual, we perceive the mental obstacles that obscure pure consciousness of clear seeing. Are there obstacles or not?

At street level, we are not aware that we have consciousness; we just constantly react. Consciousness perceives, and positive and negative emotions arise, causing us some sort of suffering.

At another level, consciousness applies an antidote to these emotions – such as compassion for anger. We are applying a positive to counteract a negative, but in doing so, we are reifying the emotion, thus causing more emotions such as pride to arise.

At yet another level, those same emotions are perceived as brightening the mind, and therefore become, or are inseparable from, wisdoms.

At the highest level, there are no emotions – or even consciousness, for that matter – as pure consciousness abides within itself.

It’s not a contest.
It is just noticing the mind,
hopping back and forth.

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WHEN A SPIRITUAL TEACHER CALLS STUDENTS LAZY

When A Spiritual Teacher Calls Students Lazy

This shows a lack of understanding on the part of the teacher, and says more about them than about the student.

If a student doesn’t ‘get it’, then it’s up to the teacher to show the way so that they do ‘get it’. The student must be able to reason and be interested – and so must the teacher – but this is not the same as just following a pattern and becoming enlightened. If such a pattern worked, we’d all be enlightened, but we aren’t, are we?!

In the recognising of what it is that obscures our true nature lies the very recognition of our true nature. Being happy with that is enlightening enough. Believing in some form of ‘extra-omniscience’ is hearsay; nice idea, but it keeps us dissatisfied and needy.

Learning a worldly subject requires repetition of a sound method, but in a spiritual context, the method has to be personally investigated and felt. Spiritual teaching is about why I am, how I am and what I am. It is not a mechanical subject, as it is personal, spiritual psychology. Instead of being told something, it is we who are investigating, by using reason: the more we become interested, the closer we become to realising that we are the truth that we seek.

If we appear to be lazy or jaded, there has to be a reason. We became a student to find the truth about ourselves and the world around us, and then to make an effort to clarify for ourselves by practising what is taught. If the teacher is alert, they should, in turn, adapt to the situation to make the teachings clear and practical. They must show the way: it is not just a matter of following their light. The teacher lights our lamp, and then we can see that we do know.

The teacher has to understand the peculiar cultures in which we live, as these have a heavy influence on our behaviour. Unfortunately, teachers do not always realise that they have a style – a culture – that is different from that of their students. The student is expected to follow the teacher’s style: this can have a psychological effect on us, by splitting our reasoning. As a result, we either fawn over the teacher through a servile display of exaggerated flattery or affection and thereby create an inner circle, or we find ourselves, through necessity, on the outer perimeters. It’s not easy for everyone to conform. Some can and some cannot; it’s not that they don’t want to, but it’s just not in their nature or education.

The teacher may call us ‘lazy’, but this could be their misunderstanding of our apparent lack of outer enthusiasm. We may have become bored, because we either think that we know it all or we find that the teachings aren’t sharp enough. As a result, we’ve lost a sense of urgency, and are perhaps not aware of the harmful influences that distract us.

Or, could it be the way in which the teachings are taught that is the problem?

‘Jaded’ means being bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something … too much cake! Could it be that too much teaching takes the initiative away from the student? We may do as the teacher (guru) says, but our heart may not be totally in it. Doing 4 x 111,111 practices of the Ngondro mechanically in order to be able to do Vajrayana practices – and just accepting that is what we have to do – can dull our mind, when it is actually suppose to create merit. We’ve just given our mind away to someone else.

Our spiritual welfare depends on us taking responsibility – it’s quite simple 😀 All we have to do is be aware of what it is that’s stopping us from realising our true nature … and that is our own mind!

Don’t give your mind away.
You are not lazy.
Just distracted.

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WE NEED TO KNOW

We Need To Know

Before we can have action or devotion – bhakti yoga and karma yoga – we need to know jnana yoga (the path of knowledge) which ask questions such as “What or who am I”?

Knowledge leads to wisdom. This is the Dzogchen approach of direct seeing and dropping into emptiness. Emptiness is uncontaminated, pure consciousness. It is then that we can truly engage in devotion and action.

When emptiness is realised, the dualistic patterns of ordinary consciousness are no longer able to function. Without this realisation, ordinary consciousness continues to express itself in a dualistic way. In emptiness, nothing lingers. Everything that arises in the mind is not frozen, and so, is liberated.

The substitute for emptiness is ego – a memory bank of automatic programming that comes into play at every moment. Constantly referring to memory creates dualism which, in turn, creates reactions. These reactions reinforce the memory bank, building a fixated personality.

Without the realisation of emptiness, there can be no freedom, because dualism means that the mind is focusing on something else, reacting to it and adding to the memory bank, thus accumulating a source for further reactions. That is karma at work; we do this to ourselves.

With the realisation of emptiness, karma cannot be reinforced because, for karma to be created, there needs to be a reaction.

As we progress, Samsara (this crazy cycle of existence) is emptying, and the memory bank of reactions is becoming bankrupt! In non-duality, the programming is not being supported; we have time and space to simply stop and stare.

William Henry Davies

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Normally, a thought appears in empty mind essence: we see it, follow it and believe it; it becomes ‘real’, it becomes part of us, it is now our karmic programming … so now we don’t see it.

We believe we are the accumulation of all our thoughts, and so the more thoughts we have, the more superior we feel. This is the usual pattern of sentient, human behaviour.

Conversely, from an ultimate point of view, in the moment of seeing a thought appear in empty mind essence, it is liberated – gone!

That is the value of meditation.

Try it.
Introduce a thought and just see it.
It is in that moment of seeing that we have a choice: to hold on or let it dissolve naturally into emptiness.

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FREE SPEECH

Free Speech

Free speech comes with the responsibility of not causing harm, or deceiving. Any subtle move to ban free speech is nonsensical and dangerous, because it puts thoughts into hiding.

You cannot ban people thinking. You cannot ban beliefs. You cannot ban realisation. Love is expression!

The organisation of political correctness seems to want to curtail communication under the guise of avoiding offence – but the very act of talking conjures up concepts and reactions. This is normal.

Most speech is merely exaggeration: because people do not know their true nature, they just project ‘self’ importance. This is normal human behaviour. To an enlightened being, such talk is childish but, having compassion, it is also understandable as human beings have different levels of capacity.

Hate speech says more about the person speaking than whatever they are talking about. To an intelligent person, it is easy to see what’s occurring. If we take everything literally, then our minds will be full of conflicts.

Who is going to dictate what we should or should not say? We need thoughts to be brought out into the open for us to scrutinise them, and see whether they are true or not. We need intelligent debate. That is not going to happen however – never has and never will – because we are caught up in a conceptual world.

We have to be aware that there are those who choose to be deliberately offended, and who demand that we believe what they believe. This is bullying. We hear politicians talk. Do we believe them? We hear corporations making claims. Do we believe them? The mouth reveals everything we need to know!

Every time a mouth opens to speak, it induces limitations and dreams (incidentally, spiritual retreats are usually held in total silence: this can be hell for the thinking mind, but in absolute terms, it’s such a relief…).

In society, we need free speech, otherwise we become draconian. We also need free speech in spiritual centres – which, unfortunately, is something that is lacking.

But here is the rub: being realistic and honest, we can never have truly ‘free’ speech, can we? We have to be careful with everyone we meet, as all our understandings are different. Just mention pure consciousness and see them back off ! 😀 😀 😀

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INNER CIVIL WAR

Inner Civil War

Dividing a community is the cause and condition to conquer that community. This starts with creating conflict in the mind – an inner civil war of confusion.

If the unity of emptiness and awareness – an extremely subtle level of consciousness – is tampered with, then emptiness and awareness are divided. Our pure state of emptiness is forgotten and we are left in ordinary awareness; this downgrades us into conventional mind. Conventional mind can be manipulated and manoeuvred into believing whatever we are told to believe.

If we can accept that the word ‘devil’ is merely a word to describe something that creates obstacles, then we need look no further than our own cluttered minds. When we cling to or fixate on something, it is we who create the conditions for hopes and fears to arise. In this way, the ‘devil’ is our own ego.

There are, however, those in powerful positions, elected by us, with extraordinarily large egos!

They remain in power by diverting our attention, which separates us from resting in our true nature. This is where we lose our freedom. The world is becoming increasingly hostile, and people are being wound up – us against us. Crazy!

All that we read is not the complete truth … ever! Even reading the Buddha’s word is not the truth: it is the experience and realisation of those words that is the truth. This is the extremely subtle level of consciousness without any tampering.

All we need to do is realise a clear mind. Then, when any thing is placed in that mind, pure consciousness lights up. See?

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WE NEED TO BE CERTAIN ABOUT OUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

We Need To Be Certain About Our Spiritual Practice
otherwise our progress may become slow
– or even go into reverse

If we are uncertain, we become frivolous and half-hearted. Not having any precise purpose or value about what we are doing, our mind and bodies wander and become prey to tangible hostile forces – mara demons. We may want to know the truth about our reality – what we actually are – but we fall back into our routine, our rituals, simply because we have become used to them: these hostile forces create a system for us to enjoy ‘dark freedom’.

We need to be clear about the direction we are taking, and who we are listening to: “All that glitters is not gold.” The attractive external appearance of something or someone is not a reliable indication of their true nature.

We need the teaching that suits our temperament, and that cuts through our ritual routines. The sleepy need to speedy up, and the speedy need to slow down.

There is a tremendous precision in the Buddha’s words, “Not too tight and not too loose.” Mindful of this aphorism, we become spiritual engineers who can adjust their lives and behaviour, because they know the essence of the teachings.

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THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF SPIRITUAL PATHS

There Are Two Types Of Spiritual Paths
– one ‘loose’ and the other ‘tight’

In this context, ‘loose’ means relaxed, and ‘tight’ means having little room to manoeuvre. One could say that ‘loose’ is accuracy in skilful practice, and ‘tight’ is accuracy in liberation.

We could even say that ‘loose’ is the beginning of the book, and ‘tight’ is the realisation of the end of the book.

Starting from the beginning of the book, we gradually build a firm foundation.
Starting from the end of the book, the realisation is pointed out and we use skilful practice to sustain it.

Here we have to remember the Buddha’s words, “Not too tight and not too loose.” The path that happens to come our way – or the path that we lean towards – will be dictated by our temperament and background ie karma, including the practices we engaged upon in previous lives.

In Buddhism, the ‘loose’ path is the Mahamudra; it is safe, steady and gradual, and builds a firm foundation (although if one is fortunate enough to meet a precise teacher, that path can be swift). The ‘tight’ path is Dzogchen; it is direct and clear, but is only for a certain type of student as the onus is on us to sustain it.

The aphorism, “Not too tight and not too loose” is extremely important in order that we avoid becoming too fixated on either of these paths: we have to know how to adjust our practice according to whether we feel sleepy or speedy.

All spiritual traditions have their exoteric and esoteric aspects (and this can, unfortunately, create misunderstandings).

Both Mahamudra and Dzogchen lead to the same point of pure consciousness.
The methods are just different.

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WE CAN ALWAYS CHANGE OUR MIND

We Can Always Change Our Mind
but pure consciousness can never change

It is vitally important to know what we are.
It is the only thing to know.

Philosophy is love of wisdom; the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. This is something that ‘we’ study. Philosophy is not the real thing; there are many philosophies.

Genuine wisdom is pure consciousness realising itself: that is our true nature.

If pure consciousness is our true nature, then why is it studying philosophy, which is not the real thing?

Pure consciousness is not confused but, like a child, it is easily distracted. The ever-changing mind is constantly making judgements, finding interests and criticising, and all the while, pure consciousness just sees. ‘Just seeing’ is clarity, as there are no contaminates, and all comments have ceased.

The universe is the teacher. Pure consciousness is the student. When pure consciousness realises itself, it realises the nature of the universe because all impermanent phenomena is made from particles (created by causes and conditions) within in empty space. All beings have the potential of an enlightened nature but are confused. The whole purpose of our existence is to know our true nature, and be it.

Of course, the mind will still have judgements, find things interesting and criticise, but now we remain unaffected.

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IS EVIL THE CATALYST FOR ENLIGHTENMENT?

Is Evil The Catalyst For Enlightenment?

Catalyst: a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

There will always be good and evil in the universe, with confused beings in the middle choosing to lean one way or the other.

In realisation, there comes a point when we need a boost, and there it is … evil! Be it gross or subtle, it gets us going – one way or another. We can thank the evil in the world for sustaining our path to enlightenment. Why? Because it makes the obstacles obvious.

I’ve spent over four decades on spiritual paths, trying to find out what the path was. We are given lots of things to do … sit, sit, sit … and lots of answers to acquire … smug, smug, smug … It wasn’t until I realised that suffering wasn’t just my own fault, but that there are those who are working against us (and that got my dander up) that my motivation to practise went sky high.

The Buddha’s first requirement is that we recognise suffering; otherwise, it’s business as usual. This means recognising and experiencing that we are suffering. Like others, I started my spiritual quest by joining an organisation that had a particular view of life and offered answers to my questions that were more expansive than my own. For me, however, it turned out to be just a club – a sticky club – and I found all the subsequent groups to be the same. We learn new terminologies and practices, and become more and more adept and involved, and in a way, this sustains us. But for me, it all felt artificial; something was missing.

Probably like you, I saw the world as mad, becoming dumber, and more aggressive. Chaos was everywhere. Then I realised that this was maybe intentional! Suffering makes money, and strengthens power and control. There is an establishment – an old boys’ network – that holds onto power. This is sheer evil as it uses the people to maintain dominance. Wow!

So while we ‘spiritual’ people are giving money to the ‘poor’ in far away places, and feeling good about it, those in power are creating more of the same all over the world under the guise of globalisation. Wealth does not filter down, it filters up!

Feel-good teachings are not totally satisfying: they overlay suffering, merely putting a dressing on the wound. Even though the cause of suffering is ignorance of our true nature, we have to realise that we live in a world of suffering, and it is we who are unconsciously propagating it through our consent to go along with the crowd (or any club/tribe to which we choose to belong).

Now that we know, what can we do? Well, now the teachings are relevant!!! The stupidity of evil is that it doesn’t realise what great work it’s doing in opening up our minds, because now it is obvious that suffering IS present. Before this realisation, the teachings were merely a philosophy and theory.

Recognising evil at work,
evil is obsolete.

This can, however, be refined. All relative consciousness is a barrier to ultimate consciousness: from an ultimate viewpoint, all obstacles being a barrier to the reality of ultimate truth is an evil. But the very moment that evil (in the form of external or internal barriers) is recognised is the reality of the two truths as a unity – they are inseparable because they are recognised simultaneously. So thank you, evil! 😀

Even meditation becomes an obstacle to enlightenment: nobody became enlightened by meditating, but only by breaking the meditation by not holding on. We need help in breaking attachments to everything. The moment before the Buddha’s enlightenment, he was attacked by demons and seduction, symbolising fear and desire.

It’s like perceiving a imaginary, ferocious dragon which, of course, scares the daylights out of us. If we turn our back in fear, this image gets larger and larger in our minds. If we step forward to investigate, it becomes smaller – so small that we can place it on the palm of our hand and blow it away. As long as we live in a dream world, there will be dragons everywhere.

It is said that Buddhism can only be destroyed from within. The idea that Buddhism can be eradicated through bad practice is a misunderstanding: it is Buddhism that has to be destroyed to realise the essence of Buddhism, which is pure awareness, beyond any names or methods. We have to disconnect all the software and hardware: that is going beyond the alaya (the reference library of karma).

Break everything and step outside.

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WHAT IF OUR SUFFERING WAS A BUSINESS MODEL?

What If Our Suffering Was A Business Model?

The standard technique of privatisation:
defund, make sure things don’t work,
people get angry,
and you hand it over to private capital.”
Noam Chomsky

Today in the UK, Professor Steven Hawking criticised the Government for landing the NHS ‘in a crisis’ by ‘underfunding and cuts, privatising services, the public pay cap, the new contract imposed on junior doctors, and removal of the student nurses’ bursary.

This is happening in every walk of life, where we allow others to run our lives while making money out of us. We are taxed on our earnings, taxed when we spend, taxed when we save, taxed when we die … while constantly obliged (indebted) to ‘upgrade’. We are ‘cash cows’.

We live in debt. We need insurance. If we do not comply, we are fined. It is a prison world, and we are too dumb to see it, as we are too busy being angry and confused. Even religion and spiritual teachings cost us a great deal of money, and put us under pressure.

We suffer because we do not understand how free we actually are. Of course, we have to conform to a certain degree – unless we live in a cave – but we needn’t be so gullible.

From a spiritual point of view, the reason that we suffer is down to our ignorance of the reality of what we actually are – pure consciousness.

This pure consciousness is a governing, autonomous, independent, sovereign, self-ruling, self-determining, self-sufficient being that is and has always been free and liberated. It is enlightened, but we do not realise it because we are busy right now. The line’s engaged!

From a conventional, relative point of view, we suffer because we believe we are just a body and mind, and that’s all. We have ignored the obvious: the actual consciousness that is aware of this body and mind. Because we want to protect this body and mind, we are subject to fears and hopes and so, ignorance, hope and fear are our weakness.

We have to know our own mind, and what’s behind it. Don’t let anyone else take it over.

When we fall into others’ gossip,
we fall into hypnosis – their dream.
True compassion is being aware.

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GROSS MEDITATION, SUBTLE MEDITATION, VERY SUBTLE MEDITATION

Gross Meditation, Subtle Meditation, Very Subtle Meditation

Gross meditation is watching the mind, being mindful and aware.
Subtle meditation is awareness that the mind is still and empty of thoughts: there is, however, a me and there is awareness, so there is a duality.
Very subtle meditation is the realisation that there is nothing but awareness. There is no me. No meditator. That is non-duality.

In ordinary life, we can, of course, go the opposite way: gross mind, subtly gross mind, very gross mind.

Gross mind follows rules of do’s and don’ts, and has tantrums. 😀
Subtly gross mind is sophisticated and proud, and has superior tantrums. 😀 😀
Very gross mind is a narcissistic psychopath who has totally lost the plot and has global tantrums. 😀 😀 😀

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THIS MAY SURPRISE YOU

This May Surprise You…

An interview with Jim Morrison. James Douglas “Jim” Morrison (December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, and poet, best remembered as the lead singer of The Doors.

This is Dharma…

Lizzie James: I think fans of The Doors see you as a saviour, the leader who’ll set them all free. How do you feel about that? It’s kind of a heavy burden, isn’t it?

Jim Morrison: It’s absurd. How can I set free anyone who doesn’t have the guts to stand up alone and declare his own freedom? I think it’s a lie–people claim they want to be free–everybody insists that freedom is what they want the most, the most sacred and precious thing a man can possess. But that’s bullshit! People are terrified to be set free-they hold on to their chains. They fight anyone who tries to break those chains. It’s their security….How can they expect me or anyone to set them free if they don’t really want to be free?

Lizzie: Why do you think people fear freedom?

Jim: I think people resist freedom because they’re afraid of the unknown. But it’s ironic … That unknown was once very well known. It’s where our souls belong … The only solution is to confront them — confront yourself — with the greatest fear imaginable. Expose yourself to yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power, and fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

Lizzie: What do you mean when you say “freedom”?

Jim: There are different kinds of freedom — there’s a lot of misunderstanding … The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your senses for an act. You give up your ability to feel and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.

You can take away a man’s political freedom and you won’t hurt him — unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him.

Lizzie: But how can anyone else have the power to take away from your freedom to feel?

Jim: Some people surrender their freedom willingly–but others are are forced to surrender it. Imprisonment begins with birth. Society, parents; they refuse to allow you to keep the freedom you are born with. There are subtle ways to punish a person for daring to feel. You see that everyone around you has destroyed his true feeling nature. You imitate what you see.

Lizzie: Are you saying that we are, in effect, brought up to defend and perpetuate a society that deprives people of the freedom to feel?

Jim: Sure … teachers,religious leaders-even friends, or so-called friends — take over where the parents leave off. They demand that we feel the only feelings they want and expect from us. They demand all the time that we preform feelings for them. We’re like actors-turned loose in this world to wander in search of a phantom … endlessly searching for a half-forgotten shadow of our lost reality. When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. It’s a subtle kind of murder … the most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces.

Lizzie: Do you think it’s possible for an individual to free himself from these repressive forces on his own — all alone?

Jim: That kind of freedom can’t be granted. Nobody can win it for you. You have to do it on your own. If you look to somebody else to do it for you — somebody outside yourself — you’re still depending on others. You’re still vulnerable to those repressive,evil outside forces, too.

Lizzie: But isn’t it possible for people who want that freedom to unite — to combine their strength, maybe just to strengthen each other? It must be possible.

Jim: Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to — letting a person be what he really is … Most people love you for who you pretend to be … To keep their love, you keep pretending — preforming. You get to love your pretence … It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act — and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image — they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forgot all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it — they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.

Lizzie: It’s ironic — it’s sad. Can’t they see that what you’re trying to show them is the way to freedom?

Jim: Most people have no idea what they’re missing. Or society places a supreme value on control — hiding what you feel. Our culture mocks “primitive cultures” and prides itself on suppression of natural instincts and impulses.

Lizzie: In some of your poetry, you openly admire and praise primitive people — Indians, for instance. Do you mean that it’s not human beings in general but our particular society that’s flawed and destructive?

Jim: Look at how other cultures live –peacefully, in harmony with the earth, the forest — animals. They don’t build war machines and invest millions of dollars in attacking other countries whose political ideals don’t happen to agree with their own.

Lizzie: We live in a sick society.

Jim: It’s true … and part of the disease is not being aware that we’re diseased … Our society has too much to hold on to,and value — freedom ends up at the bottom of the list.

Lizzie: But isn’t there something an artist con do? If you didn’t feel you, as an artist, could accomplish something, how could you go on?

Jim: I offer images — I conjure memories of freedom that can still be reached — like The Doors, right? But we can only open the doors — we can’t drag people through. I can’t free them unless they want to be free — more than anything else … Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything — not just wealth. All the bullshit he’s been taught — all society brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren’t willing to do that.

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“YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL IT’S GONE”

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got –
‘Til It’s Gone”

Life is very precious, but we forget this fact as we are so busy acquiring wealth and status that we never take time just to experience our precious original nature.

“Yeah, yeah, can I go out and play now?” 😀

We accept everything that is going on around us as normal, and can’t wait to join in when, in reality, we are being bullied by influences that use strength to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. While these influences claim to give us freedom, we are actually losing freedom.

“Big Yellow Taxi”
by Joni Mitchell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWwUJH70ubM

“They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

“They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

“Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

“Hey, farmer, farmer,
Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til its gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

“Late last night I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man

“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

“I said
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone?
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

“They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot”

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DHARMAKAYA, SAMBHOGAKAYA, NIRMANAKAYA

Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya, Nirmanakaya

Doesn’t that sound mysterious? Nothing to do with you?

When you look into the mind, not-finding an observer, that is Dharmakaya – emptiness.
Being aware of not-finding an observer is Sambhogakaya – clarity.
Nirmanakaya is the unity of emptiness and awareness which results in compassionate action.

The only mystery is, why do we ignore this?
Because are too busy looking for a mystery,
when the three kayas are the seeing.

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THE SUBTLE TRAUMA OF RELIGION

The Subtle Trauma Of Religion

There is no wish to upset anyone, but it’s worth pointing out that religion can traumatise, by creating fear and hope. We can be easily misled into believing that ‘doing something’ will free us from our suffering, when in fact, it is recognition and realisation that will achieve this. This misunderstanding may be unintentional, but that is what we get by being in a dream state, not seeing the actual reality of our being in the now, the non-dual present moment (of course, everyone has the right to their view – if indeed, it is their view!).

On a relative level of samsara – which is our everyday comings and goings, our ups and downs relating to this and that, making judgements, being happy and then unhappy – we also have a belief in a deity/deities, a God, or superior beings. On a relative level, Buddhists are no different.

This deity (or deities) is a mental idea of an absolute quality that we wish to emulate, or be one with; it is a useful approach which helps us to ‘draw near’.

Approach: ecclesiastical Latin appropiare ‘to draw near’.
This would mean that we are near the target, but not on target.

Religion is an approach to our spiritual dimension. The trauma arises when we become attached to the ‘approach’: we are then stuck in the manifestations of dogma and miss the whole point.

Dogma: a set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true: from Greek ‘dogma’ – ‘opinion’, from dokein ‘seem good’.

We all fall into the trap of believing in the manifestations and the trappings – the paraphernalia, the language, the terminology, ‘the look’ – and we go no further. We become mentally traumatised and imprisoned, and so fear stepping outside. If we do step out (lose the look) we risk being ostracised, excluded or banished. It makes one wonder what they mean by love and compassion! Certain spiritual leaders do seem to create kingdoms around themselves, with inner and outer circles, and a pervading wish to please. It’s quite traumatic!

The whole point of spiritual awakening is our own realisation that we are actually pure conscious essence, beyond do’s and don’ts. We transcend any ideas both of our own imagined self identity and that of any entity out there.

In the very moment ‘now’, there is no time to relate, and no thing to relate to. There is no relating, relative consciousness. In our relative existence, however, we have to use a little ‘i’ in order to function, but this doesn’t dominate.

By resting in pure, conscious awareness, the spiritual healing can start: ‘pure’ means absolute, uncontaminated purity of consciousness. That is the point to aim at: it is the centre with no circumference. If we miss the point, the trauma just festers; better to be an ordinary human being with a kind heart and ordinary trauma.

If we believe there is a target, an arrow, an archer,
it gives us something to do.
We may become efficient in that,
while missing the whole point.

In reality, there is no target, no arrow, no archer.
There is nothing to do.
Darn it.

😀

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THERE IS NO SELF, THERE IS NO GOD, THERE IS NO BUDDHISM

There Can Be No Self, There Can Be No God, There Can Be No Buddhism

Ultimately,
there can only be
pure uncomplicated consciousness.
Nothing separate.
That is non-duality.

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“ORDER OUT OF CHAOS”

Order Out Of Chaos”
How we are ruled

The unfailing, ancient teachings on truth have an unlimited light side and a limited dark side – and there is a lot of confused, mischievous behaviour in between.

The symbolic sentiment, ‘Order Out Of Chaos’, has many interpretations, and on the face of it, this sounds magnificent – to put in order things that are out of order. Of course, this applies to people as well as things: it’s what spirituality is all about, moving from the gross to the subtle to the very subtle.

However, what if the ‘chaos’ was created to make a new type of ‘order’ for the world? It’s easily done, because the ancient teachings on truth are unfailing. These ancient teachings explain that we are pure spiritual awareness embodied in a form succumbs to hope and fear. Hope and fear are our weaknesses. When we are ignorant of these facts, we live in confusion = chaos.

People fear the unknown, and thus relinquish their right to govern themselves: this is an infamous sentiment from those who rule. If an unknown is created – in the form of potential disaster or potential enemy (even a jealous god) – we might want to seek salvation.

Manipulating fear to create hope is the way to control others’ minds, and is an abuse of divine teachings. It is a limited view, and therefore not a complete picture; blind men touching a elephant all give different descriptions, and none has the ultimate view. As long as we are blinded, we will never see clearly: the blind lead the blind, and ignorance pervades.

Is it possible that our minds are being manipulated by some who wish for total control? Consider the term “Supranational: having the power or influence that transcends national boundaries or governments.” In popular terminology, this would be ‘the elite’.

Look at every walk of life and see how – through fear – we have less freedom, and are willing to give up our privacy in the hope of being protected. We allow ourselves to be watched, while forgetting about this intrusion. That is the dark side.

The light side is awareness: through meditation, we move from gross to subtle to very subtle consciousness – pure consciousness. Meditation is also order out of chaos. It is freedom from the tyranny of the obsessive ideas currently running through the world, and straight into our minds.

Do we, in fact, fear freedom? Even though we claim to want it? Freedom means that we have to do something about our dissatisfaction and suffering, and stand on our own two feet.

How?

By realising that we are not this body and mind:
we are pure awareness, beyond body and mind.
This is the key to breaking the deception.

Order can be seen as a state in which the laws and rules regulating public behaviour are observed, and authority is obeyed – but that is not freedom. Freedom is putting one’s own mind in order – in order to see clearly. Our true state is pure conscious awareness that sees all!

If we can see for ourselves, then we don’t need others to do it for us!

The idea of the unknown source of the ‘All Seeing Eye’ creates a sense of fear – we are being watched! The idea of a God as being the all seeing eye to control the populace – ‘God fearing’ – has evolved into the internet being the all seeing eye.

The truth is that we are the all seeing eye – limitless conscious awareness, wrapped up in karma. If we are unaware, we smother our true nature in more and more conceptual coverings.

Untruth only succeeds because the majority is oblivious, and once that majority is divided, chaos can rule with impunity because profit and power are more important than compassion.

To the purveyors of dark truth, the spiritual awakening of the public is dangerous, as we wake up twice: once to our own reality, and once again to the unreality of the illusion being forced upon us.

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REALISING YOU ARE CRAP!

Realising You Are Crap!
Crap: something of extremely poor quality, nonsense, rubbish

Realising you are not as good as you first thought is such a joy! 😀 I’ll explain. This realisation means that we have moved on. We have seen and learnt something. It’s so boring seeing things in the same old way, doing and saying the same old things and not investigating any further. Learning or realising is invigorating: it’s like breaking out of a cosy nest that we hadn’t realised was actually our dungeon. Of course, there is a little inner pain involved, but oh, the relief! The first step to enlightenment is realising that we are dissatisfied and suffering, and we want to do something about that.

I pity (have compassion for) those who follow a formula dogmatically: formulae work, but they are set pieces that get us through life, while lacking freshness and vigour.

The whole point to life is moving from the gross to the subtle, counteracting the fact that we have moved from the subtle to the gross.

We are wisdom light, clear light, empty luminosity, pure conscious presence. The ‘not-crap’! Light – although apparently colourless – contains all the wavelengths of the visible spectrum. The white light prisms into visible colours. In Buddhism, pure light ‘prisms’ into the coloured lights of the five Buddha families which are associated with the five wisdom qualities: if these five wisdoms are not recognised, they turn into the five disturbing emotions.

There is much written on this subject, but I’ll try to keep it simple. When we forget our true nature of light – clarity – we enter the mental realm. This is the cause of us taking on a physical form. We then identify with the senses and enter the material, physical realm. This was the move from the subtle to the gross. The ‘crap’! 😀

We also realise that we don’t have to be great at whatever we do. We don’t have to acquire so much wealth or prestige. We no longer need to impress anybody. We need enough to sustain us to allow ourselves to practise the path to realisation of our true nature.

The genuine recognition of the crap is such a joy because we have not only recognised the path, but understand that we are actually on the path to discover our way back! And all the obstacles on that path are merely mental fabrications.

We aren’t merely following formulae:
we realise that we are actually on the path
and that is the most important thing to us.
It is no longer wishful thinking.

What could be more joyous than that?

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WHEN WE KNOW, WE CANNOT UN-KNOW

When We Know, We Cannot Un-know

When we know – or recognise – the true nature of our being, which is pure awareness, a challenging problem arises. It is extremely difficult to talk to people who don’t know. It is also difficult to talk to people who believe that they do know, as we all know in different ways.

Hearing or reading teachings on the nature of mind is not the same as personal experience resulting from personal enquiry. Organised teachings are not the same as raw, painful experience: remembering that the first noble truth is the recognition of suffering. Teachings are only a travel brochure! If people have not experienced the rawness of life, then they cannot empathise, can they? If they cannot empathise, then they cannot have compassion. This is merely (as Chogyam Trungpa would say) grandmother’s compassion – to sweeten and win over.

Even when we know or experience the nature of mind – empty essence – we still have the rawness of life to deal with. The closer we look, the more we come into contact with the basis of our karmic makeup. Mine is doubt. Even if we actually meet someone who knows the essence of mind (such as a genuine spiritual teacher), their karmic makeup will be different from ours, so they can only generalise. They know, but in their way.

Dogma is a set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true. Dogmatic people are inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true, but without having insight into another’s understanding, these principles are ineffective, and we are back to a grandmother’s approach of feeling good for a while.

So it turns out that silence is golden as, in silence, lies pure awareness.


“Speech is silver, Silence is golden
– or rather,
Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.”

Thomas Carlyle

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THE ANTAGONIST AND THE PROTAGONIST

The Antagonist and The Protagonist*

The negative and the positive
– the devil and the divine –
know everything about us.

Both are within:
all we have to do is look.

We know what is going on.
We have always known what is going on:
we just didn’t dare to look.

It is uncomfortable to look.
Even when we look,
it is difficult to express.
Once we look, however,
all those negative feelings dissolve
and we become the hero – the protagonist.

It is like permanent space and impermanent matter made of parts:
we are so used to looking at matter
that we do not notice the space that matter occupies.

When we notice the emptiness of space,
then the emptiness of matter is revealed.
Everything is emptiness.

*Antagonist: the opposer = I
Protagonist: the main principle = emptiness of pure awareness

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WHY ARE PEOPLE SO DISAPPOINTING?

Why Are People So Disappointing?

If we are disappointed in others, then maybe they are also disappointed in us. We can either be disappointed that something we expected to happen didn’t, or we can be disappointed when something happens that we didn’t expect. In our conventional life, everything is disappointing.

Expect disappointment 😀

As ordinary humans, we desire, we hope, we believe, we make assumptions and we expect. When what we want doesn’t happen, we feel disappointed. Being disappointed, we can become angry and depressed. Disappointment – or any other negative emotion – is merely an idea, an occurrence in the mind of empty awareness. We are that empty awareness or consciousness: it is pure and simple. But when this awareness or consciousness forgets its pure and simple nature, it identifies with occurrences in the mind, and poison is released in the form of negative emotions and actions, and so we lose our true ‘self’ – the realisation of inner peace and pure consciousness.

The saving grace is that, all the while that these poisons are active, pure consciousness of whatever is taking place is always present. That is the key to being released from the darkness of impure consciousness. We know what we are doing, but we cannot stop ourselves as we are not practised in mind training.

People talk the talk,
but make little attempt to use the key
– the light of conscious awareness, –
to escape the darkness.
They prefer to sit in comfort in the dark – it’s homey.

The opposite of disappointment is joy; the joy of clear seeing.
Seeing things just as they are,
whether wet, dry, disappointing, agreeable.

We are not wet, dry, disappointed, agreeable:
we are the final consciousness of pure awareness.

We can wish the world to be at peace, but it’s not going to happen. My glasses have a piece missing from the lens on one side, and a huge lump of duct tape holding the lens in and the frame together on the other side – but I can still see! Nothing is perfect; only clear seeing.

PS New glasses are on the way …

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HOW MUCH CONTROL DO WE HAVE IN OUR LIVES?

How Much Control Do We Have In Our Lives?

This blog could be considered thought-provoking: in fact, we need our thoughts to be provoked 😀 That’s probably the devil consciousness and god consciousness in me! And that’s the point: we are governed by two consciousnesses – impure and pure. Devil/Mara consciousness is our impure mind that is controlled by our likes and dislikes, obscuring our god or pure consciousness.

God has to be pure consciousness, has it not? And we are pure consciousness, are we not? Well, we are from a Buddhist point of view.

So how much control do we have in life? The world is run by devil consciousness – and has been for thousands of years. Long ago, ‘someone’ twisted the story to create the belief in external forces when, in truth, these forces are within: that was the beginning of our loss of control.

Just look at our lives. They are run on addictions. Addictions to sex, work, family, shopping, news, technology, gaming, sports, drugs, alcohol, art, ‘high’ music, ‘rock’ music … these are all worms in the mind. We think we have choice, but it’s only a choice between this and that. We never stop. Robots never stop.

The choice comes when we can pause ourselves, and stop our programme. It’s hard to meet anyone who can come out of their programming, and have an open mind; people merely repeat a pattern of speech and behaviour.

From cradle to grave, we are bombarded with assumptions about what being a ‘decent’ person is – someone who follows the ‘rules’ – rather a genuinely decent and kind person, ready to communicate with clarity.

Who wants wars? Not ordinary people. It’s our leaders who want war: they convince us that war is good, and we go along with it. They convince us that restrictions are good, and we go along with them. They convince us that taking pills is necessary, and we go along with it.

Take control back, and see that we have a choice. We can just be, without being something. We can enjoy the simple things in life that do not cost anything.

We start by meditating. Meditation is a psychological method to clear the mind of programming. We de-format the cluttered mind. When we see clearly, then we have a choice to express that clarity.

There is a myriad of choices in this modern world, but these choices are so boring – and they all relate to something outside our self, which distracts us from looking within. Political movements, advertising, poets, song writers, social media … they all talk about freedom – but that is still the freedom to get involved in this and that.

Clutter is controlling us.
True freedom is disengagement … releasing the clutch 😀

“Oh! But you’re out of control then!”
Exactly.

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TRUTH IS ALWAYS THE SAME

Truth Is Always The Same

The truth never changes. If it did, then it would not be the truth: it would be a convenient truth with time limits. Absolute truth is constant, and may be expressed in many ways.

Unfortunately, the expression of truth seems to divides us, but looking deeper we see that it all comes down to one thing – purity. Purity is not contaminated by any thing or any thought. Space is like that; it is infinite and never changes. It does not matter what takes place in space, the space itself never changes.

The essence of mind is also exactly like that.

There is one other aspect to purity: it has to be observed, otherwise it would be pointless. There has to be conscious awareness present to acknowledge purity, and that conscious awareness has to be pure in order to recognise purity as such.

There is no point in a deity if no one is present to appreciate it. So what comes first? The deity or awareness? Pure conscious awareness must come first. We can be told something, but that doesn’t mean we know it as an experience. When we seek the truth, in the final analysis we realise that we are it! If we believe in a ‘me’ and ‘something out there’, that is a duality. It is the same as the relationship between thought and pure conscious awareness: before a thought arises, there must be pure, conscious awareness present.

Absolute truth can never change. It is always the same. The essence of authentic spiritual teachings is like that: there is no ambiguity (being open to more than one interpretation). Ambiguity comes from the style of expression, creating a variety, where we find ourselves being diverted while claiming that the expression is the one truth. We have then gone astray into impure consciousness, into darkness.

The absolute truth is very simple and pure. We are pure, conscious awareness – pure and simple. Whatever occurs in our human life is the result of the past. Some days are a mess and some days are clear. We will get old, slow down, become ill and die, all the while being at ease with whatever happens.

Some have DNA that gives rise to long-living bodies, whereas others have DNA that gives rise to short-living bodies. It is said that, with the right conditions, DNA can change, but the odds are stacked against us.

We can only do what we can do about our physical bodies, but we can remain at ease with whatever happens.

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IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

 

It’s Your Responsibility

…to remain in moment by moment awareness,
to be more positive and conscious of negativity
and to feel the progress.

Being positive is feeling confident, unshakeable, genuinely kind, and aware of what is taking place in our own mind.

Being negative is being controlled by emotions of pride, jealousy, fear and hatred, while ignoring our true nature of being confident, unshakeable, genuinely kind, and aware of what is taking place in our mind.

Learning exotic terminologies will not achieve this. Doing lots of meditation will not achieve this. Experiencing the rawness of a situation – looking into it, feeling it, understanding it, and realising that it is all an illusion, a mental fabrication, wishful thinking – will teach us what is of value.

We have to ‘get it’ by realising that we are responsible for our own mental welfare. We become responsible when we become honest: we are able to respond to whatever takes place in our mind, and remain at ease.

 

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