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STICKING ONE’S HEAD IN THE SAND

Sticking One’s Head In The Sand Sticking one’s head in the sand is refusing to look at unpleasant facts, despite their influence on our life. The first noble truth of the Buddha is to recognise that we are dissatisfied and unhappy. … Continue reading

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HAVE DOUBTS, BUT DOUBT THE DOUBT

Have Doubts, But Doubt The Doubt Doubt: a feeling of uncertainty, lack of conviction, questioning, lack of faith in something. WE SHOULD DOUBT! Never believe what you are told. The Buddha said. “Do not take my words for truth: test them … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH REALISATION

The Problem With Realisation The problem – or complication – with realising the nature of mind (pure consciousness) and that which obscures this is finding the right words for a specific occasion. We can, of course, generalise, but that isn’t … Continue reading

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OLD BRAIN FOR NEW BRAIN

Old Brain For New Brain Old brain is a programmed memory response that governs our life = vertical thinking. New brain is spontaneous presence, and is how we can consciously conduct our life = lateral thinking. Old brain gets upset. … Continue reading

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POLITICS

Politics Politics is the control of human resources. “Never give a sucker an even chance.” – P.T. Barnum Politics is a game of sides, each side creating problems for the opposition to blame them – or for them to blame … Continue reading

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NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS

Nothing Is As It Seems We are … deceived into consenting born into illusions driven by ignorance and our desire arguing about projections. All forms are a distraction. The science of fiction is to make us believe as in Plato’s … Continue reading

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MONKEY MIND AND MONKEY MEMES

Monkey Mind And Monkey Memes Monkey memes are monkey see, monkey do. We all have a chattering monkey mind. The solution: through meditation, slowly, slowly catchy monkey.

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THE WORLD IS BOTH LOTUS AND MUD

The World Is Both Lotus and Mud The lotus symbolises purity; its roots are in the mud that nourishes the lotus. They are inseparable, and there cannot be one without the other. This unity signifies the connection of appearances and … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATE PRIZE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

The Ultimate Prize Is Consciousness  Consciousness is either your prize, or the prize of influencers. When we realise consciousness, we realise that we are nothing other than consciousness. If we do not realise that we are consciousness, we will simply … Continue reading

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TO TELL THE TRUTH, YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BELIEVE YOU

To Tell The Truth, You Don’t Want People To Believe You You want them to know, themselves.

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WHAT IS HELL?

What Is Hell? Hell is – our inability to drop our reactions. Heaven is freedom from hell – we are able to drop our reactions. Note: there is still a reaction! Hell is the vicious cycle of existence in which … Continue reading

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DO WE USE SPIRITUALITY TO ESCAPE LIFE?

Do We Use Spirituality To Escape Life? Spirituality is not about hiding away from desires and adversities. Spirituality is living life to the full – making life fruitful. When we face the music, we are facing the consequences of our … Continue reading

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UNFORTUNATELY, WE’VE BEEN ASSIMILATED

Unfortunately, We’ve Been Assimilated “Resistance is futile.” “We are Borg”. The Borg are TV aliens in Star Trek’s sci-fi series. Borg is a collective that thinks as one through the process of ‘assimilation’ transforming individual beings into drones by injecting nano-probes into their bodies, and … Continue reading

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YOU ARE ALREADY ENLIGHTENED

You Are Already Enlightened That is what realisation means. Wow! We are led to believe that enlightenment is something at the end of a long journey. This is because we hear the word ‘path’, but the concept of a ‘path’ … Continue reading

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OMNISCIENT INDIFFERENCE: IT DOES MAKE ONE WONDER

Omniscient Indifference: It Does Make One Wonder At this moment, the world (its ordinary people) is unable to function properly because it is in the grip of a variable pandemic of fear. Through fear, we seek help – but from … Continue reading

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THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT TIME

This Is Absolutely The Right Time This is absolutely the right time. We all go through a process of worry and wondering, and come to a certain point of dissatisfaction. This moment is important, and time to move on. We … Continue reading

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THE DHARMA IS BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS

The Dharma Is Beyond Our Expectations and our wildest dreams. The Dharma is blown out of proportion into something spectacular … and unattainable. That keeps us in a state of poverty. We hear fantastic stories from the past, but none … Continue reading

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ACCEPTING OTHERS’ LIMITATIONS IS LOVE

Accepting Others’ Limitations Is Love Accepting others’ limitations is love. Seeing others’ limitations is compassion. Feeling others’ limitations is empathy. Taking advantage of others’ limitations is selfishness. Conditioning others’ limitations is evil. Limitations = suffering. Love is blind to limitations … Continue reading

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BECOME AWARE, NOW

Become Aware, Now “But I am aware!” That’s the mistake we all make. We are aware of our surroundings and that’s all. Being aware is realising that we are that awareness. Consciousness! Through familiarity with our true nature, whatever needs … Continue reading

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MAKING LIFE MEANINGFUL

Make Life Meaningful Don’t settle for anything less than your own perfect reality. Who are we trying to impress anyway? If we do not see evil coming, we are, unfortunately, already part of it. Our lives are becoming more restricted. … Continue reading

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CONTROLLING OUR MIND CONTROLS OUR BEHAVIOUR

Controlling Our Mind Controls Our Behaviour If we cannot control our mind, we cannot control either our reactions or our behaviour. This becomes a habit, and our acquired behaviour now controls our mind. We go round in circles and become … Continue reading

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WE HAVE TO BE OUR OWN PSYCHOLOGIST

We Have To Be Our Own Psychologist Ordinary psychology just wants us to be ‘normal’, to fit in to the collective. I once spoke to a psychologist and asked, “What your job, really?” She replied, “To get people back to … Continue reading

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WHAT IF WE ARE ALL CAPTURED BY CULTURE?

What If We Are All Captured By Culture? We are all born into a cultural programme, aren’t we? There is truth and there is deception: these are a unity, like yin and yang. Everything has two purposes. To the unenlightened … Continue reading

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WE ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS

We Are Divided Into Two Groups We are divided into two groups:flexible spirits and inflexible spirits. A flexible spirit is pure consciousness.An inflexible spirit forgets its purity. A flexible spirit takes no sides.An inflexible spirit takes sides. Flexible spirits are … Continue reading

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CLEARLY SEEN; FEW SEE IT

Clearly Seen; Few See It Clearly seen: pure consciousness just sees. It doesn’t do anything. Few see it: because we’d rather do something. Realisation isn’t something fabricated. Realisation is disappointing … “Is that all there is?” If you met me, … Continue reading

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LOVE IS THE MOST ADVANCED PRACTICE

Love Is The Most Advanced Practice We are not alone in our loneliness. Hiding behind a veil of fears, unsure of what we are,we dress ourselves in hopenot to be found out. Recognise this psychology:in forgetting that we are pure consciousness,we are divided … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING COMES ABOUT THROUGH CAUSES AND CONDITIONS

Everything Comes About Through Causes And Conditions Nothing just happens. When humans intervene, nature adapts. Natural law is indestructible: Attraction, repulsion and indifference. Consciousness is just here for a temporary ride. Its natural law is desire, aversion and indifference. When … Continue reading

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMPASSION

The Psychology Of Compassion What makes us the way we are? Our attitude is our karmic load. Where did that attitude come from? Attitude: an individual’s predisposed state of mind. Where did the predisposition come from? We have an abstract attitude … Continue reading

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NEURAL PATHWAYS AND OUR FIXATIONS

Neural Pathways And Our Fixations Neural pathways, comprised of neurons connected by dendrites, are created in the brain and are based on our habits and behaviours. These pathways get stronger with repetition until the behaviour is the new ‘normal’. Brains can be trained … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES “BEYOND BIRTH AND DEATH” MEAN?

What Does “Beyond Birth And Death” Mean? Taking that saying literally implies something supernatural – that life goes on elsewhere (which may be possible). Another way to see this is to realise that pure consciousness is always present, and is … Continue reading

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WE NEVER NOTICED THE SWITCH

We Never Noticed The Switch Do we own our minds and bodies? Where did our ideas come from? How long have those ideas been there? Our mind is full of ideas acquired since birth. Just as the name given to … Continue reading

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MASTERS OF PROCRASTINATION

Masters Of Procrastination We all know when we procrastinate but we still do it, with excellent excuses. The more we are presented with distractions, the more we become diverted. We need some sort of discipline … but we don’t like … Continue reading

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I WANT FREEDOM FROM MYSELF

I Want Freedom from Myself This is both possible and ridiculous. Our self is consciousness that identifies with a collection of ideas that we call ‘I’. It is that identification which is ridiculous as this ‘I’ is a temporary arrangement … Continue reading

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STOP SEARCHING FOR TOGAL

Stop Searching For Togyal Stop worrying about words. Realise the meaning. Togyal is direct seeing (‘leaping over’) when thoughts are cut through as they arise, which is Trekcho. If we fantasise about Togyal visions – our vision quest – we … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL INFANTILISING

Spiritual Infantilising Infantilise: to treat people like children which denies their maturity in age or experience. Spiritually, this is something we all go through, by just following the others. We, as students or disciples, turn into children when confronted by … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS AND THINKING

Thoughts And Thinking Thinking is not the same as already having pre-existing thoughts. Thoughts are the fixations which cloud our minds and are our evil jailer. We need a shock to wake us up in order to be free. The … Continue reading

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100% SURE THERE IS NO REINCARNATION?

100% Sure There Is No Reincarnation? If we are absolutely 100% certain that there is no reincarnation, what are we doing with this absolutely one-time life? If, however, we consider that there may be even a 0.005% possibility of some … Continue reading

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“WHAT LUCK … ” ADOLPH HITLER

“What luck …” – Adolph Hitler “What luck for the rulers that people do not think.” – Adolph Hitler Whether he said this or not, it’s what evil relies upon. It is just the same as Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister … Continue reading

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MEDITATIVE DOUBT

Meditative Doubt The word ‘doubt’ probably isn’t correct; it’s more like awareness that is feeling a situation. A meditative life is a life of subtle doubts – “Is it or isn’t it?” “How is it?” “What is going on?” If … Continue reading

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HAS ANYTHING CHANGED FOR YOU

If you’d like to talk privately, write to Buddhainthemud@hotmail.co.uk– even if it’s just to say hello.  Clear doubts, gain confidence.All confusion dawns as wisdom,when we (pure consciousness) recognise confusion,realising that we have never been confused! For modern times, we need spiritual, scientific … Continue reading

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DZOGCHEN, MAHAMUDRA, RIGPA, TREKCHO, TOGYAL, ZEN, MAHA ATI, TAO, GOD CONSCIOUSNESS …

Dzogchen, Mahamudra, Rigpa, Trekcho, Togyal, Zen, Maha Ati, Tao, God consciousness … If we are still chasing after words, we are branding ourselves with yet more concepts that separate us. These terms all mean direct seeing of pure consciousness. There is … Continue reading

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KNOWING THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUTH

Knowing The Truth About Truth Knowing about truth isn’t the same as knowing truth. One is speculation, and the other is direct, scientific experience. One is exoteric, and the other esoteric. One is relative, and the other absolute. Here is … Continue reading

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WHAT GUIDES US?

What Guides Us? What guides us? Conscience? Karma? Consciousness? They say, “Let conscience be your guide.” Well, that will depend on several things … Our conscience tells us whether what we are doing is right or wrong. When we’ve done … Continue reading

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PROOF IT’S NOT ALL OUR FAULT

Proof It’s Not All Our Fault Throughout history, humanity has been exploited, and we’ve agreed to choose not to notice. Our problem is that everyone is all right with this. Things are learnt from history, and renamed, repackaged and consumed. … Continue reading

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YOU REALISE … WE’RE ALL BONKERS

You Realise … We’re All Bonkers! Bonkers: affected by obsessions, or being vacant. When we realise we are all bonkers, that realisation is the path to enlightenment. Realising that everyone has the potential to realise that they are bonkers is … Continue reading

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WANT TO KNOW ABOUT TRUTH?

Want To Know About Truth? Do we want to know about truth?Or do we want to know truth? We start our journey by wanting to know about truth.Few actually know we are that truth. May the hell realm become an … Continue reading

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WE BECOME SO UNCOMFORTABLE, SO QUICKLY

We Become So Uncomfortable, So Quickly Why do we become so uncomfortable so quickly when we feel ‘our’ view of life is threatened? We use perceived threat as an excuse to blame and attack. The more we fixate, the more … Continue reading

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SEEING OTHERS’ POTENTIAL

Seeing Others’ Potential For the best outcome,we should see others as we want them to see us– to see our potential. We can take others at face valueor look more deeply. In looking more deeply, we see our true potential.

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MEDITATION BREAKS THE SPELL

Meditation Breaks The Spell Meditation breaks the spell of concepts– hope/desire, fear/aversion, indifference/ignorance –under which we live.In meditation, we clearly see them and, in seeing, we are freed. It only takes a moment. The more we become familiar with this,the … Continue reading

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SPOON-FEEDING OR REALISATION

Spoon-Feeding Or Realisation It doesn’t matter what scientists, philosophers or gurus say, their findings are theirs, not ours. Because we hear something doesn’t mean that we know; accepting what others say is merely hearsay. It is we who have to … Continue reading

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