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HOW TO BECOME KIND, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING

How Do We Become Kind, Compassion and Loving Through sadness. The true reality of what we are is pure consciousness that has been obscured by distractions, causing suffering. Sadness arises within our heart because the realisation of this pure consciousness … Continue reading

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WHY I’M CRITICAL OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Why I’m Critical Of Religious Beliefs Our spiritual reality is beyond beliefs Religions are organisations that support our spiritual practice, but they also add a few beliefs– which are cultural – that make people feel inadequate and inferior. Here’s one … Continue reading

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OUTRAGED OVER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

Outraged Over Absolutely Nothing People tell lies. As a lie, it’s untrue, and we get outraged over nothing. “But they are telling lies!” The effects of a lie do not go unnoticed: whether one engages on a conventional or ultimate … Continue reading

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THE THIRD EYE

The Third Eye It is not a physical thing. The third eye is pure consciousness. The highest plain of perception. The clarity of emptiness. Turning the third eye inward is turning consciousness inward. Turning the third eye outward is turning … Continue reading

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I AM A MIRACLE!

I Am A Miracle! Something created out of nothing. 😀 The I is a conjured-up, fictional image in the mind, recognised by the reality of pure consciousness.

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EMPTINESS – SHUNYATA

Emptiness – Shunyata When we drop everything, emptiness is realised. Emptiness is our true nature. Emptiness is the pure state of consciousness resting within itself. That is perfect inner peace. Just look, see, and drop. So why do we constantly … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM: COLD HEART OR WARM HEART?

Buddhism: Cold Heart or Warm Heart? Clinging to a tradition? Or genuine, human kindness? I’ve been in spiritual groups for nearly 50 years and have encountered the very same problem in all of them: attachment and fear = insecurity = … Continue reading

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WAKE UP, OR DREAM ON

Wake Up, Or Dream On If the designs on our mobile phone are meant to trick us so that we become addicted to staring at a screen, just review everything else in life. Psychologists know all about us because they … Continue reading

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WHY DOES BUDDHISM TALK ABOUT SUFFERING?

Why Does Buddhism Talk About Suffering? Understanding and realising our true nature of pure consciousness is easy and natural: it is that which is aware of this page right now. Clearing the habitual, mental obstacles that obscure that realisation is … Continue reading

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HOW ARE WE UNIQUE?

How Are We Unique? We are a mixture of pure consciousness and karma. Karma is the accumulation of habitual ideas which gives rise to re-actions. We usually express ourselves through this karmic mist. This expression or manifestation isn’t unique as … Continue reading

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IT’S NOT A MATTER OF BECOMING ENLIGHTENED

  It’s Not A Matter Of Becoming Enlightened It’s a matter of seeing! We are already enlightened: we just don’t know it, or we’re not convinced. ‘Enlightened’ is to be illuminated – seeing clearly. ‘Benighted’ is to be ignorant – … Continue reading

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TURNING EMOTIONS INTO WISDOM: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Turning Emotions Into Wisdom: A Practical Guide Literally ‘being free in the moment of seeing’ In the moment of seeing a thought or emotion (which is a strong thought), a gap occurs – and we are free of that thought … Continue reading

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

The Devil Knows We Are ‘Free In the Moment Of Seeing’ That’s why we are kept busy: the devil makes work for idle hands! Of course, there is no literal ‘devil’; the devil is an expedient images for our own … Continue reading

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NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

 No Need To Keep On Meditating In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is the clear … Continue reading

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All KNOWING SUPREME BEING

All Knowing Supreme Being This concept is usually associated with God: the divine being who is omniscient. Well … 🙂 Everything that we know, see, hear, touch, taste or smell is only – only – perceived in the brain-mind, and … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP ON MEDITATING

There Is No Need To Keep On Meditating In being “free in the moment of seeing”, we drop the meditation. Seeing is the spontaneous presence of pure consciousness. In the moment of being free, all elaborations drop away. That is … Continue reading

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DYING TO BE ME: ANITA MOORJANI

Dying To Be Me: Anita Moorjani I came across this video and it sounds very much like a description of the Tibetan Bardo, and the experience of pure consciousness. We are all pure consciousness: call that God if you wish. … Continue reading

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HOW DO I SEE GOOD IN ALL THAT I SEE?

How Do I See Good In All That I See? This is an extremely important question and goes to the heart of our being: we don’t have to be ‘spiritual’ to acknowledge this. Of course, when we look at the … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BUDDHIST

You Don’t Have To Be Buddhist To Realise The Buddha’s Teaching The Buddha wasn’t! The reality of pure consciousness is non-denominational. It is beyond religion, culture or language. It is natural being. Extremists cling to their religion, culture and language, … Continue reading

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

Tulku Urgyen: “Free In The Moment Of Seeing”­ A month ago, Marcel kindly put a transcription of Tulku Urgyen’s teaching on this blog. I have to admit that I find the transcription a little difficult to read, and the audio … Continue reading

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NO MUD, NO ENLIGHTENMENT

No Mud, No Enlightenment First; recognise the mud of confusion. Second; realise that the mud never existed. Third; have good laugh!

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THE ESSENCE OF DZOGCHEN

The Essence of Dzogchen Dzogchen is a Tibetan word for ‘the great perfection’, and the ‘great perfection’ is simply pure consciousness/empty awareness. In Sanskrit’ it is called Maha Ati. If any more is said about this, it will just sound … Continue reading

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CONCENTRATION

Concentration The power of focusing all one’s attention. Spiritual practices/methods are all about concentration on awareness, rather than on an object. The reason to focus on concentration is so that we do not become distracted and ‘go astray’. We need one-pointed attention to stay in the … Continue reading

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BELIEF IS NOT SPIRITUALITY

Belief Is Not Spirituality Belief is an idea, a story that we repeatedly imagine and accept without proof of reality. Spirituality is the direct experience of sustained resting in pure consciousness, realising ultimate reality beyond belief. Nothing and no one … Continue reading

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THE DEEPER WE GO, THE MORE INTERESTING IT GETS

The Deeper We Go, The More Interesting It Gets … The deeper we go, the more interesting it gets … The deeper we go, the less ‘interesting’ it gets … … and the less time is wasted. Every moment counts.

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THE TRUTH IS OBVIOUS WHEN POINTED OUT

The Truth Is Obvious When Pointed Out Everything is known, takes place only in the mind, and is observed by consciousness. There is no Hell. There is no Heaven. Hell and Heaven are states of our own mind; they are the way … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS?

What are Authentic Spiritual Teachings? Authentic: Undisputed origin – not a copy or adaptation. Origin: The point where something begins. We are talking about an extremely subtle aspect of our being, being diverted. What is our origin? First, we must ask, … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM IS …

Buddhism Is … … recognition … and the realisation of that recognition. All appearances are temporary occurrences in the churning-mind-machine. Consciousness recognises these appearances, and realises that are they recognised by virtue of consciousness itself. We are that consciousness. Through … Continue reading

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THERE’S NO TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE

There’s No Talking To Some People Most people believe in their persona, and nothing else. Persona: the character presented to and perceived by others. A role, a mask, played by an actor. We hide behind a persona, a self image, in a belief that whatever we … Continue reading

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POTENTIAL IS EVERYTHING

Potential Is Everything All beings have the potential of enlightenment. Realising that potential is compassion. Enlightenment: never forgetting our true nature of pure consciousness. Never forgetting means that all obstacles have been cleared.

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CAN’T BE BOTHERED

Can’t Be Bothered Recognising that we live in a world where people are not bothered about their actual reality – and therefore live within an idealistic self-made dream – is sobering. The moment we recognise that we are also caught … Continue reading

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LOVE IS CONFIDENCE

Love Is Confidence Confidence is complete certainty about the truth, through experience. Empathy is confidence bursting with compassion.

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A TRANSMISSION MEANS WE ‘GET IT’…

A Transmission Means We ‘Get It’ … …it is experienced, and realised Telling someone something does not mean they get it, experience it or realise it. They may agree or disagree, or even be indifferent, but getting it means a … Continue reading

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REALISE REALITY – REALISE THE DREAM

Realise Reality – Realise The Dream Realise Reality – Realise The Dream Realise The Dream – Realise Reality This is the meaning of the two truths – relative truth and ultimate truth. One reflects the other. All traditions have their … Continue reading

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PAVLOV’S DOGS

Pavlov’s Dogs* Conditioned Reflex, Psychic Secretions, Dopamine, Addiction, Virtual Reality = Mind Hack! Exploitation of the vulnerable is demonic activity: it uses spiritual teachings to profit from human frailty, utilising the three poisons of hope, fear and indifference that govern … Continue reading

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GOD IS LIFE, AND LIFE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

God is Life, and Life is Consciousness So what’s the problem? God is life, life is consciousness, and we are consciousness. We, as humans, are rational beings able to reason for ourselves. To the ordinary ear, to hear that we … Continue reading

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BUDDHISM CAN ONLY BE DESTROYED FROM WITHIN

Buddhism Can Only Be Destroyed From Within This is something that has been stated many times. It seems to have two opposing meanings but really, on analysis, it’s clear that there is only one. The first (naive) meaning is to … Continue reading

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DISPROVING GOD TO FIND GOD

Disproving God To Find God Believing Is Not Seeing. The great deception is the great disappointment, and can be the greatest joy. Once we see, we no longer have to rely on belief. Enlightenment is seeing, and not believing. Seeing … Continue reading

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“I DON’T LIKE MY SELF”

“I Don’t Like My Self” Or we might mean, “I don’t like my life.” If we are confused about who or what we are, this will cause us suffering in life. Our problem lies in not noticing that we have … Continue reading

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YOU’RE NOTHING SPECIAL!

You’re Nothing Special! Everyone has Buddha nature. What is special is recognising this, as most do not. Buddha nature just means being awake to the reality of consciousness, no longer believing in and identifying with appearances in the mind. We … Continue reading

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE ULTIMATE TRUTH?

Are You Looking For The Ultimate Teaching? Or rather, are you still looking for the ultimate teaching? The secret teaching with the deepest insight? Something really complicated that only a few can understand? The one truth? The ultimate truth is … Continue reading

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WHY SHOULD I MEDITATE?

Why Should I Meditate? To feel better If we are wanting to feel better about ourselves, we recognise that things aren’t quite right, now. This could mean that our battery has run down, our precious energy is being wasted, or … Continue reading

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THE PRESSURE TO CONFORM

The Pressure To Conform Social Compliance This video explains the pressure we are under to conform in a society. These pressures are all around us, in every walk of life. Derren Brown, the illusionist, demonstrates how we can be convinced … Continue reading

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KNOWINGNESS IN NOT KNOWING

Knowingness In Not Knowing We don’t have to tie ourselves in knots If we take a quick look at Buddhism in the west, it can appear complex, intellectual, white and middle class. There are rituals, regalia, terminologies and attitudes, like … Continue reading

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IS THERE SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME?

Is There Someone To Watch Over Me? This is down to our personal opinion, or school of thought. Are we being watched by a God? Gods? Those who have gone before? Aliens? We can’t limit our appraisal, can we? 🙂 … Continue reading

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IS GOD HIDDEN IN BELIEF?

Is God Hidden In Belief? If we question our beliefs – the psychological arisings in the mind – we may realise the reality of freedom itself. The battlefield of the imagination has no reality. The age-old subject of evaluating what … Continue reading

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CURLY AND THE BUDDHA

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

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ARISTOTLE’S DICTUM

Aristotle’s Dictum “Give me a child until they are seven, and I will show you the adult”. In 360 BC, the Greek philosopher Aristotle was aware of how the mind is programmed. This was more than thinking, “Well, that child … Continue reading

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LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE?

Looking For A Miracle? Don’t miss the real one. It turns ordinary beings into Buddhas And awakens those who are dreaming. A miracle is a welcomed consequence. A miracle needs evidence, something obvious to our eye or mind. If we … Continue reading

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SO NEAR BUT SO FAR

So Near But So Far Don’t miss the complete picture. You do not have to keep on meditating – you know! Just recognise being aware. We have a choice about what we believe; that’s if we know we have a … Continue reading

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