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THE CHOSEN FEW

The Chosen Few The chosen few are the few who choose to realise their true reality. Many believe they are the way they are; a fixed self identity that cannot change. A few look at that fixated self identity and … Continue reading

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WE BECOME CAUGHT AND HELD

We Become Caught And Held When our attention is caught and held, we cling we believe we become the dream, the illusion. To awaken is to see and recognise this illusion.

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HOW DO WE KNOW WE ARE EVOLVING?

How Do We Know We Are Evolving? We are happier. We are happy for no reason. Why is that? No idea! Pure consciousness does nothing, as it is purely aware. Just sit and see. Physically and mentally, we have to … Continue reading

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INFLUENCES IN SOCIETY

Influences In Society As the universe is governed by the three principles of attraction, repulsion and inertia, so is the human mind and therefore, so is society. We are all subject to desire, aversion and indifference. When walking into a … Continue reading

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What Is Being Sociable?

What is being sociable? Society is an interesting phenomenon; it ‘self’-regulates. Being sociable sounds like a nice thing, doesn’t it? It’s being friendly, getting on with other one another, fitting in to the way of things … we are part … Continue reading

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You See

You See Carrying on from yesterday about expansive view being the clear view of pure consciousness, the recognition of this is the moment you see, you see. There is no meditation present, as meditation is doingsomething, whereas the clear view … Continue reading

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WHY IS EMPTINESS SO IMPORTANT?

Why Is Emptiness So Important? Emptiness is just a word: there are many words for the nature of spirit or mind, the nature of our being: rigpa, mahamudra, sunyata, maha ati, dharmakaya, luminous awareness … but they all mean the … Continue reading

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APPEARANCES AND EMPTINESS

Appearances and Emptiness This is the key to letting go, and genuine freedom All that we encounter, we make real, relating to everything, and giving our ‘value judgements’. We become attached to all these appearances, and that binds us to ideas … Continue reading

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FORGETTING AND REMEMBERING

Forgetting and Remembering Methods and Liberation The techniques and the destination There are two views of a spiritual path; one is how we travel along to get somewhere, and the other is, on having arrived, realising that there is nowhere … Continue reading

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WE ARE NOT A SET OF IDEAS

We Are Not A Set Of Ideas It just seems that way. It is the ideas -the running programme that we carry around with us – that sets us in a quagmire of limited views of what life is all … Continue reading

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AS LONG AS WE ARE LOOKING, WE WILL FAIL TO SEE

As Long As We Are Looking, We Will Fail To See Although we are ultimate reality, we still look for ultimate reality. What a joke! How can I be the ultimate reality? What we think of as ‘me’ is not … Continue reading

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THE PRACTICALITY OF NEGATIVE EMOTIONS BEING WISDOM

The Practicality Of Negative Emotions Being Wisdom … really! Q. How is this practical? A. It brings a situation back to sound health, rather than making it worse. This question was asked: “How do we recognise the unity of negative … Continue reading

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NEITHER GOD NOR THE BUDDHA CAN FORGIVE US

Neither God Nor The Buddha Can Forgive Us This is not in their power. Forgiveness comes from our own realisation through grace. Grace is being pleased, thankful and grateful for realising that the past was the past, and now is … Continue reading

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WORRIED ABOUT EGO?

Worried About Ego? If we observe something, share an experience or have a poo, none of these are ego-orientated. Ego is the fixations that govern our entire life. On meeting someone, there is an impression, a momentary view. We may … Continue reading

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IN RIGPA, NOTHING STICKS

In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks Rigpa, in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition, is the word for pure awareness: it is pure, empty conscious space, the very nature of mind. It’s what we are – we are pure mind essence. When we wake … Continue reading

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THE MOMENT GOD WAS CREATED

The Moment God Was Created The moment God was created was the moment we became divided and enslaved, given rules and rulers. “God created everything!” In an infinite universe of time and space, why was this planet and its inhabitants … Continue reading

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STILLNESS OF MIND AND STILLNESS OF ESSENCE

Stillness of Mind and Stillness of Essence The seemingly real and the reality This is vitally important to understand and realise, in order to get out of the ‘system’ and beyond. In Shamata meditation, we focus and control the discursive … Continue reading

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OLD MIND, NEW MIND

Old Mind, New Mind “Why do I see things differently to the way I previously saw them?” “Why isn’t anyone seeing what I’m seeing?” Carrying on from the box analogy, the stuffinsidethe box is our old ideas, traumas and collective … Continue reading

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX HAS ITS PROBLEMS

Thinking Outside The Box Has Its Problems A moment outside the box could lead to a sense of superiority and narcissism, and we are back in the box of self gain. Outside the box is but a stepping stone to … Continue reading

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THINKING IS ONLY OUTSIDE THE BOX

Thinking Is Only Outside The Box whereas thoughts are inside. Imagine a box full thoughts that we carry around with us; it’s our ‘workings’. Heavy, isn’t it? Thinking is whatever is relevant to us right now and comes to the … Continue reading

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WE HAVE TO COMPREHEND BEFORE WE CAN SEE…

We Have To Comprehend Before We Can See … … only then we can recognise. In order to come to any kind of decision about what is taking place in our mind, we need to have already comprehended the nature … Continue reading

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‘I’ AM CONFUSED

‘I’ Am Confused ‘I’ am confused. ‘I’ have always been confused. ‘I’ will always be confused. But what is it that recognises this confusion? What is it that has always been there, recognising, knowing, being aware, being conscious? Confusion is … Continue reading

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UNSTUCK

Unstuck The complete teaching Recognising that all dissatisfaction is fleeting and that recognition is constant, travelling around and arriving at the starting place, nothing has changed, and yet there is a feeling of completeness. In completeness, recognition and dissatisfaction are … Continue reading

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IT’S ALL WE KNOW – SO WE THINK

It’s All We Know – So We Think We live in a collective consciousness, wound up like clockwork toys. It’s all we know. We don’t actually think; we repeat. If something comes along outside our repetitious life, either it doesn’t … Continue reading

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CALLING ON THE ENLIGHTENED ONES FROM AFAR

Calling On Enlightened Ones From Afar We all need inspiration from someone or something that we consider more profound than ourselves. It is psychological, but also inspiring, and is something to aim for. This sense of deep appreciation or devotion … Continue reading

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A TERRIFYING SHOCK

A Terrifying Shock Ignorance: not recognising. How is that a shock? How many people on Earth recognise their true nature of pure awareness of ultimate being? They may be aware of their job, family, interests, church or being Buddhist, but … Continue reading

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SEEING GOOD, SEEING BAD

Seeing Good, Seeing Bad Good = beneficial Bad = harmful Both have an effect on us. Finding fault is easier than seeing good. Seeing good needs the complete picture. The complete picture is seeing both benefit and harm. In finding … Continue reading

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“PLATO’S CAVE IS NOTHING TO DO WITH ME!”

“Plato’s Cave Is Nothing To Do With Me!” Oh, really? Plato and Buddha Saw The Same Reality Plato knew that we are prisoner to illusions, and that we mistake appearance for reality. Plato’s shadow images are not merely philosophical speculation … Continue reading

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BEING CYNICAL

Being Cynical Cynical: believing that people are motivated purely by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity. We aren’t cynical, are we?! How do we counter being cynical? We only have to hear the words ‘religion’ and ‘politicians’ or a particular name, and … Continue reading

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SOMETHING REALISED IS SOMETHING DESTROYED

Something Realised Is Something Destroyed Knowingness destroys ignorance. Confidence destroys doubt. Inner peace destroys agitation. When we have knowingness, confidence, and inner peace, we value these. This deepens our appreciation for the transmission of these qualities. Those transmissions come from … Continue reading

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SPIRIT IS ALWAYS FREE

Spirit Is Always Free It is pure emptiness itself. We are empty spirit. Concepts (karma) that enslave us are empty of any true reality. Nothing is real. Pure spirit is free in the moment of seeing. All we do is witness. … Continue reading

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BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

“Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder” On a conventional, relative level, this refers to our individual taste, which is formed by our individual understanding and opinion, and will be limited. On an ultimate level, beauty is seen as … Continue reading

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WHO RULES THE WORLD?

Who Rules The World? Actually, this is the wrong question. Before we can ask, “Who rules the world?” we must ask, “What rules the world?” All sentient beings – and the entire universe – are governed by attraction and repulsion. … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM

Thoughts Are Not The Problem Thoughts are not the problem. The problem is fixating on thoughts; this fixation can last a lifetime, creating our persona, our mask, our act. In being fixated, we prolong a feeling; we hold on to … Continue reading

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WE WILL NEVER FIND REALITY OR TRUTH…

We Will Never Find Reality Or Truth by thinking about reality or truth Reality – or truth – is the pure consciousness that is aware of the thinking. Pure consciousness never changes, whereas thinking does. This is not theory; it … Continue reading

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IN RIGPA, NOTHING STICKS

In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks Rigpa is a Tibetan Dzogchen word for naked awareness – pure consciousness. It is the very nature of mind. It is cognisant emptiness. It’s what we are. Thoughts arise in the naked awareness of mind, and … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD BE THE FINAL TEACHING?

What Would Be The Final Teaching? . . Just to clarify: Sit and realise pure awareness. Exhaust all fixations on self. To clarify even further: Whether we’re listening to someone else or the thoughts in our own minds, we no … Continue reading

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WE NEED A SHOCK TO WAKE UP

We Need A Shock To Wake Up People are devolving rather than evolving. Humanity is dumbing down. That is the shock. We are all suffering and do not recognise it. If we don’t recognise suffering, then we remain in our … Continue reading

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IS GOD BUDDHIST?

Is God Buddhist? ‘Bud-dha’ means awake and pure. Buddhism unveils our pure, cognisant, compassionate consciousness. Sentient beings are sleeping buddhas. When we awaken to our true consciousness of pure cognisant compassion, we realise our supreme being. As a lie can … Continue reading

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ILLUMINATING DARKNESS CAN BE DEPRESSING

Illuminating Darkness Can Be Depressing When we see clearly what we and others have done and are doing with our lives, it’s bit of a shock. It can also be depressing, as we realise that love is not all around … Continue reading

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ANTIDOTE: A TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL MEDICINE

Antidote: A Temporary Spiritual Medicine  An antidote is something that counteracts an unpleasant feeling, as in ‘laughter is a good antidote to stress’. But this does not get rid of the cause of the stress. Chanting, singing, praying out loud does relieve … Continue reading

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QUIETISM

Quietism “What is Quietism?” It is a level above Noise-ism. Quietism teaches that spiritual peace, and even perfection, can be achieved through quiet, inner contemplation. The practitioner of quietism seeks to subdue desire and become totally passive, spiritually. This is … Continue reading

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LIVING IN A BRAINWASHED WORLD

Living In A Brainwashed World (by consent) To wake up to reality, we first have to clear our minds of all the opinions and fixed ideas that we have collected and hold on to. We must acknowledge that these ideas … Continue reading

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THE LAMP THAT DISPELS DARKNESS

The Lamp That Dispels Darkness Dispelling Spells Dispel: to make disappear Spell: a state of enchantment This is a synopsis of the precious teaching,“The Lamp That Dispels Darkness”, write in 1906 by Mipham Rinpoche. This teaching is for those who … Continue reading

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LACK CERTAINTY, LACK IMPACT

Lack Certainty, Lack Impact If we lack certainty about what we understand, we will lack the impact needed to achieve and realise our objective. Uncertainty leads to a lack of inner peace. Of course, certainty has many levels so, conventionally, … Continue reading

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STOP BELIEVING IN GOD TO KNOW GOD

Stop Believing In God To Know God Our highest part is pure consciousness, absolute consciousness, ultimate consciousness, God consciousness. Hebrews 13:5 God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Apart from not knowing who said God … Continue reading

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POSITIVE DISSATISFACTION

Positive Dissatisfaction Dissatisfaction is being no longer content or happy with something. When evolving – rather than just looking for a change – positive dissatisfaction is our stepping stone to the next level. The level we are at is not wrong; it has just worn … Continue reading

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WHAT IS MEDITATION, REALLY?

What Is Meditation, Really? Meditation is the direct recognition of the nature of mind, and whatever obscures it. And that which obscures it can the method of meditation itself! In the moment of recognition, there is no meditation. So, if … Continue reading

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THE NEXT STEP

The Next Step Read “Starting From The Beginning”: the teaching is all about the beginning. We doubt, so more text was created. Remember, “Beginner mind, Zen mind.” The very recognition that we are dissatisfied is the meaning of the unity … Continue reading

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STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING

Starting From The Beginning We ask ourselves, “What’s it all about?” What is ‘it’ ? Is ‘it’ the world, or our life? If we are asking these questions, it means that we are questioning the collective consciousness, the collective karma, … Continue reading

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