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SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE IS USELESS WITHOUT MEDITATION

Spiritual Knowledge Is Useless Without Meditation Meditation is the experience of knowledge, and experience leads to realisation. Meditation is sitting erect and relaxed, being aware of the thoughts taking place in the mind, not following or being driven by them. … Continue reading

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ONE BIG BANG? ONE GOD? REALLY?

One Big Bang? One God? Really? There are many theories, twists and turns. Critical thinking is thinking outside the box. Thinking outside the box – outside our programming – isn’t at all easy. It isn’t easy to even acknowledge that … Continue reading

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THE BUDDHA LEFT A CODE

The Buddha Left A Code The word ‘code’ means secrecy, and also instruction. The code of the Buddha is the profound instruction, “Don’t take my word for it; see and test for yourself”. A secret – from the Latin secretus, separate, to … Continue reading

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TIBETAN NEW YEAR!

Today Is The Tibetan New Year 16th February Happy new year! If we have forgotten to make a new year’s resolution to tame the mind we can have another chance today. Tashi Delek! May this year be an especially auspicious year … Continue reading

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CAN A SOUL BE CAPTURED?

Can A Soul Be Captured? Soul: the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. Buddhism does not accept the word ‘soul’ because of the second interpretation: a person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity. Confusing, isn’t it? Two opposite … Continue reading

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RELIGION IS WATERED-DOWN SPIRITUALITY

Religion Is Watered-Down Spirituality It is acting, instead of being. Religion is the act of walking the path. Spirituality is realising that there is no path. This morning, my wife said, “I’m not sure if I’m Buddhist”, in the light … Continue reading

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FINDING WHAT YOU WANT

Finding What You Want There are over 2000 articles on this blog. If there is something you’re particularly interested in, go to the bottom of this page and type in a word in the search box. It will give you … Continue reading

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WHAT CAN I TRUST?

What Can I Trust? We may experience doubts, cynicism and fears, and even forget names but, all the while, these occurrences are being experienced by consciousness. Experiences come and go, but consciousness is constant. We may think that we know … Continue reading

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NON-REACTION DOES NOT MEAN INDIFFERENCE

Non-Reaction Does Not Mean Indifference We live in a toxic world of harmful chemicals and ideas: a subversion of science and psychology. Subversive chemicals harm our bodies and minds. Subversive ideas divide us and harm our inner awareness. Is this … Continue reading

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A FULFILLING LIFE

A fulfilling life is a matter of waking up to one’s tendencies, accepting them while not being driven by them. Even though we know we are consciousness itself, we still have to acknowledge our habitual reactions until we no longer … Continue reading

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IS LIFE A REHEARSAL?

Is Life A Rehearsal? If we are not spiritual practitioners, then to say that life is not a rehearsal makes sense, as we are saying this is the only life, and we should make the most of it. If we are spiritual … Continue reading

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WISDOM IS ASSIMILATION

Wisdom Is Assimilation Realising the truth doesn’t come from being told something; it comes from assimilation. Assimilation is the process of taking in and fully understanding information, turning it into knowledge (which is knowing it) and wisdom (which is being it). This is the process of becoming similar to, or the … Continue reading

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TALKING TO OTHERS CAN BE CHALLENGING…

Talking To Others Can Be Challenging… …stressful, difficult, taxing, demanding, tough, hard, heavy, pressured, testing, frustrating, fraught, traumatic, arduous, gruelling, tiring, fatiguing, exhausting, hellish… “What world are they living in?!” And therein lies the answer to “What world are they living in?” It’s their personal world, of course, and because of that, there aren’t … Continue reading

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THE PHANTOM SELF

The Phantom Self and a tender heart A ‘phantom’ is a figment of the imagination, an illusion in reality. We have an imaginary friend called my self; it entertains us and we take it seriously as it’s with us all … Continue reading

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WHAT IS AUTHENTIC, GENUINE, VERIFIABLE PRACTICE?

What Is Authentic, Genuine, Verifiable Practice? It’s not meditation, chanting mantras, saying prayers, waving vajras and bells, doing prostrations, listening to teachings, holding retreats, shaving your head: neither is it in flags, Buddha statues, tanka paintings, shrines, beads, cords, robes, … Continue reading

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IN AND OUT OF NOW

In And Out Of Now Now is always present, whether we notice it or not Tulku Urgyen’s phrase describes the moment now as “spontaneous presence”. but what is spontaneous presence in actuality? We can say words such as Dzogchen, Mahamudra, … Continue reading

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DISTURBING THE PEACE

Disturbing The Peace… and the intellect We have been given the image of St. George (the good) who fights against a dragon (the evil). This presupposes that there is a dragon to fight: who – or what – is this … Continue reading

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WHY ‘THE MOMENT NOW’ IS SO IMPORTANT

Why ‘The Moment Now’ Is So Important The guru is not the teacher. The moment now is the teacher. The guru can only tell us about the moment now. The moment now is consciousness. If we are not in the … Continue reading

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THE ALL-SEEING EYE

The All-Seeing Eye  Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of God? Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of a sinister, dominating power? Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of pure consciousness? Without consciousness, nothing is seen. With consciousness, everything is … Continue reading

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I FINALLY FORGIVE MYSELF

I Finally Forgive Myself I recognised that, as long as I stayed in a spiritual centre, there would be a sense of guilt and dissatisfaction: this was because of being surrounded by ‘jobsworths’. Jobsworth: A person in authority (esp. a … Continue reading

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WHY GO GENTLY

Why Go Gently Go gently. Speak gently. Think gently. This is dynamic equilibrium Thoughts create emotions. Emotions release chemicals. Chemicals affect the body. This is dynamic metamorphism: a produced by mechanical forces. Who controls, wins. 😀

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LIVE PERFORMANCE OR REHEARSED PERFORMANCE?

Live Performance or Rehearsed Performance? A live act is conscious, feeling the situation: there is a knowingness beyond knowing what might happen, having the courage to listen to a situation that is telling us something new. That is the scary … Continue reading

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YOU ARE I ARE NOT HUMAN

You And I Are Not Human If we take transmigration as a reality where, at death, consciousness leaves the body to travel on with its karmic guide, then it stands to reason that we are not human :D. In this … Continue reading

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PRAYER FOR REBIRTH IN THE PURE LAND

Prayer For Rebirth In The Pure Land “May I take rebirth in the pure land.” It doesn’t matter whether we fully understand these words, it is the inner sentiment that matters. We call on the Buddha Amitābha, Lord of the … Continue reading

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SELF-KNOWING AWARENESS

Self-Knowing Awareness We are automatically (without conscious thought or attention) spontaneous awareness/ consciousness. Nothing creates this: it works by itself without human control. A human is merely consciousness that became confused and attached itself to certain ideas which, driven by karma, … Continue reading

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NO EMPATHY; KNOW APATHY

No Empathy; Know Apathy Without empathy there can be neither compassion nor love, and so we remain in apathy. When we talk about spirituality, we want to be inspired and uplifted and think only good things, but we have to … Continue reading

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WE HAVE TO ADMIT TO BEING FOOLS …

We Have To Admit To Being Fools … before we can be masters Thinking we are already masters, we merely dress up our reality. It’s what humans do; we maintain appearances. From a spiritual point of view, this is foolish … Continue reading

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE’S 2018 UK RETREAT

Bookings for Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s 2018 Easter retreat in the UK now OPEN. The theme  ‘Dreamlike Enlightenment’ – Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective’. It will run from March 23-29. FOR DETAILS http://www.pundarika.uk.net/uk-easter-retreat-2018/

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THERE’S NOTHING MORE TO SAY…

There’s Nothing More To Say… about our ultimate nature, consciousness. To say more would suggest that there is more; there’s isn’t! We merely test what we hear and read, seeing if it stands to reason, and then relax in confidence. … Continue reading

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IS DEATH TERMINAL?

Is Death Terminal? Well, life is terminal. Death going to happen, because it’s normal! It isn’t ‘normal’ to go consciously through the whole process. There are many teachings about what might happen to us after the death of the body, … Continue reading

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THE CONCLUSION IS GARAB DORJE’S THREE WORDS

The Conclusion Is Garab Dorje’s Three Words “Recognise. Resolve. Have Confidence.” Recognise: the direct introduction to consciousness itself. Resolve: decide that there is nothing else. Have confidence: in liberating whatever arises within consciousness.

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THE FINAL CONCLUSION

The Final Conclusion We are consciousness itself. We know this truth inherently, but due to the obscuring indoctrination we’ve experienced in life, we are unable to express it, and so we cling to a partial view: the resulting diversity divides … Continue reading

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CONSCIOUSNESS CANNOT BE TAUGHT

Consciousness Cannot Be Taught It can only be pointed out (that’s if it’s actually pointed out) and then realised. Consciousness is what we are. Why is this naturally-occurring consciousness so dressed up and ritualised? We, as humans, are fascinated by … Continue reading

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JUST EXPERIENCE AND PUT DOWN

Just Experience And Put Down “There is nothing wrong with desire; it’s clinging to desire that causes heart ache.” -Milarepa “Nothing bothers us as much as our own mind. Others may seem to bothers us, but it is actually our … Continue reading

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SOCIAL MEDIA, THE DOPAMINE HIT AND MINDFULNESS

Social Media, The Dopamine Hit And Mindfulness Social media gives us feedback and validation … fast! It’s what we live for, and so it actually controls us. We don’t see it, because we are in it. This is demonic intent. … Continue reading

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MEET THE FOOLISH

Meet The Foolish! “I’m not suffering!” 😀 The foolish, lacking wisdom about their true nature of consciousness, cling to their fancies, falling deeper into confusion. Acknowledging that I am the fool is the recognition of suffering, and therefore the path … Continue reading

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BEING WISE

Being Wise “Being wise, we suffer fools gladly.” 2 Corinthians 11:19 If we claim to be wise, we would not fall out with the foolish. That’s if we were wise. The way of the Bodhisattva starts by testing, stretching, energising, … Continue reading

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UNINTENTIONALLY UPSETTING PEOPLE

Unintentionally Upsetting People My one supreme talent! When we see life differently from others, what do we do? We may decide, “Well, I must change”. But change into what? “Why can’t I just be ‘normal’?” What’s normal? “Should I keep … Continue reading

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WE LIVE IN PARALLEL REALITIES

We Live In Parallel Realities One reality is our physical, human form of body, speech and mind, while the other is consciousness, our ethereal reality. Ethereal: extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world, from Greek aithēr ‘upper air’, from the base of aithein ‘burn, shine’ It’s a … Continue reading

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WHY WE INVESTIGATE OURSELVES

Why We Investigate Ourselves We investigate ourselves to understand ourselves. In doing so, we will understand others. And don’t we already know such a lot? 😀 Affection Anger Angst Anguish Annoyance Anticipation Anxiety Apathy Arousal Awe Boredom Confidence Contempt Contentment … Continue reading

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VALUING GRATITUDE

Valuing Gratitude We appreciate everything that happens and – especially – everything that doesn’t happen! Gratitude enriches life. May our futures bring us closer together. . . .

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THE DEEP ENTRAPMENT

The Deep Entrapment We are not our true selves because we are born into a great deception. We are confused and distracted because this state is acceptable to us. The historical formula of deception is divide and rule. We are … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICE IS TRANSFORMING ENERGY

Spiritual Practice Is Transforming Energy from gross to subtle By refining our energy through awareness, the right causes and conditions are created for the clarity of consciousness to shine: we become more intelligent, and eventually, enlightened. We do this by … Continue reading

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CAN WE START AT THE BEGINNING?

. . Can We Start At The Beginning? Where Science And Spirituality Meet Energy is neither created nor destroyed. Matter is neither created nor destroyed. Space is neither created nor destroyed. Time is neither created nor destroyed. Truth is neither … Continue reading

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INSPIRATION IS BOTH MAGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL

Inspiration Is Both Magical And Psychological Inspiration can seem magical, in the sense of seeming to come out of the blue, but it is actually a reminder of something we always knew: “Why didn’t I see that before?!” We didn’t … Continue reading

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BLIND GOODWILL

Blind Goodwill Trillions of dollars are spent on designing weapons to deceive, harm, and kill people. Blind Goodwill says, “If those same trillions of dollars were used to enlighten the world, wars would not exist.” But wars are designed to … Continue reading

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CONSCIOUSNESS IS THE PROTECTOR

Consciousness Is The Protector When we acknowledge conscious awareness – the heart of our being – we realise that conscious awareness is present before any thought of hope and fear. In other words, knowingness is already present: we innately know. … Continue reading

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ARE WE CREATING A WORLD OF NARCISSISTS?

Are We Creating A World Of Narcissists? Lacking empathy  Narcissists may fail to show any interest in other people’s lives, or become bored when the conversation is not about them. This means narcissists are often bad listeners: instead of listening in … Continue reading

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DETACHMENT MEANS SEPARATION

Detachment Means Separation As spiritual enthusiasts, we may have the idea that we should be detached from life. Of course, in meditative absorption, there is no identification, and so there is neither attachment nor detachment. ‘Attachment’ and ‘detachment’ are relative … Continue reading

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IS ‘PURE CONSCIOUSNESS’ TOO COMPLICATED?

Is ‘Pure Consciousness’ Too Complicated? Does this purity feel too distant and something to be attained, with the effect of actually putting you to sleep? There is only consciousness. There are times when we review how something is expressed, and … Continue reading

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