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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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! … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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’ … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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