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WE DO NOT ARRIVE AT ENLIGHTENMENT …

We Do Not Arrive At Enlightenment … … as we never left! Enlightenment here means realising or acknowledging our true nature of pure consciousness, and that which obscures it; the ideas that we create about our self. Any other definition … Continue reading

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE – THE POINTING OUT INSTRUCTION

Tsoknyi Rinpoche – The Pointing Out Instruction 2020  Pundarika UK Easter Retreat. 30th March  – 5th April. 2020 Bruton School for Girls, Bruton, Somerset. This will be an open retreat, by Tsoknyi Rinpoche on our ultimate reality, where he will point … Continue reading

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TEACHING OR EXPERIENCE?

Teaching Or Experience? This is a strange dilemma. We need both, but remember the meaning of those words, “Don’t take my word for it.” Anyone who ever realised something has had to let go of whatever they were taught, because … Continue reading

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IS OUR INTELLIGENCE WORKING AGAINST US?

Is Our Intelligence Working Against Us? Blinkered by futile diligence, we don’t notice that we are the product. Because we rely on outer knowledge and outer conditions to enhance our lives, we find ingenious ways – with the help of … Continue reading

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JOYFUL CONFUSION?!

Joyful Confusion?! The moment that we recognise we are confused is very significant. That which recognises is not confused. If we don’t know something, that’s okay; we can find out – or not – but, either way, we can realise … Continue reading

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INSIGHT IS WISDOM

Insight is Wisdom Accurate and deep understanding Insight: Awareness by a mentally ill* person that their mental experiences are not based in external reality. The term ‘mentally ill’ is often used as a spurious or false statement in the popular media, suggesting a crazy or insane person, while the dictionary reveals a … Continue reading

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BELIEF SAYS

Belief Says Belief says: “I am the lord thy God. Have no other gods before me. Have no graven images or likenesses. Do not take the lord’s name in vain…” Duality is created. Truth says: Our being is pure consciousness. Belief … Continue reading

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WHAT IS PURE CONSCIOUSNESS?

What Is Pure Consciousness? The one absolute truth about pure consciousness is that it is already pure; we do not have to make it pure. Without knowing this, we remain imprisoned in falsehoods, dullness and guilt. It is the fact … Continue reading

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GIVE UP THE DHARMA TO REALISE THE DHARMA

Give Up The Dharma To Realise The Dharma We will never realise the Dharma by listening or reading about the Dharma. “But I want the original, authentic teaching!” This is why the Buddha said, “Don’t take my word for it; … Continue reading

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THE PLANET OF THE MIND SNATCHERS

The Planet Of The Mind Snatchers We go to sleep, and become one of ‘them’! 🙂 We really do have to keep asking the question, “What is life about?” throughout our entire journey. Is it about being part of something? … Continue reading

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TREATING THE SYMPTOM AND NOT THE CAUSE

Treating The Symptoms And Not The Cause If we use ‘treats’ as a treatment to make us feel better, rather than dealing with the cause of the symptom and thereby bring an end it, we will merely go round in … Continue reading

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THE FOUR COMPASSIONATE ACTIVITIES

The Four Compassionate Activities (also known as the four enlightened activities) PACIFYING, ENRICHING, MAGNETISING AND DESTROYING EGO. Pacifying: There are no problems. There is nothing for ego to fight against, which brings inner peace to ego. Enriching: Brings the light … Continue reading

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BEING KIND TO OUR SELF

Being Kind To Our Self Our self is an immature infant, and likes nothing better than to grab hold and claim everything it sees. It has absolutely no reality, because it is merely a set of ideas. That’s okay, as … Continue reading

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REALISATION IS HOPELESS!

Realisation Is Hopeless! 🙂

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THE SHOW GOES ON

The Show Goes On The word ‘entertainment’ originally meant ‘to maintain’; to maintain our attention. Entertainment has a long term effect on our memories and so, on consciousness, replaying in our mind and captivating us ever after. In this way, … Continue reading

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WE DON’T HAVE TO OBSESS ABOUT DZOGCHEN

We Don’t Have To Obsess About Dzogchen I did … We seek the truth because we aren’t satisfied with the world in which we live, so we join an organisation or become attached to set of ideas. Groups use different … Continue reading

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WE FIRST ACKNOWLEDGE OUR DARK SIDE

We First Acknowledge Our Dark Side What is our dark side? It is consciousness clinging to an acquired, imagined image of a ‘me’ – and that is the cause of all our troubles. “No, no, my troubles are caused by … Continue reading

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THE EFFECT OF FEELING UNWORTHY AND INADEQUATE

The Effect Of Feeling Unworthy And Inadequate The effect of feeling unworthy and inadequate is that we become half hearted and disconnected, and may even give up. Many religious and spiritual set-ups are so theatrical in their appearance that students … Continue reading

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BUDDHA AND SHIVA

Buddha and Shiva Shiva means “that which is not”. Buddha means awakened to “that which is not”.

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WHY ARE WE SO BUSY?

Why Are We Are So Busy? It is not difficult to reason that we have consciousness, and to reason that consciousness has to be pure consciousness in order for us to see perfectly clearly. This consciousness is, in fact, our … Continue reading

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WANTING TO BE ON THE TOP OF THE PILE

Wanting To Be On Top Of The Pile “The pile of what?” – Sadhguru “If we want to be better than others, then we want them to be worse.” – Sadhguru “What is the most sophisticated machine on the planet? … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO NEED TO BE CONFUSED AGAIN!

There Is No Need To Be Confused Ever Again! There is no need to be confused ever again! There are merely different names for the same non-thing. Our interpretation of how we think others think may be biased: there is … Continue reading

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IF WE JUST DO WHAT IS NEEDED

If We Just Do What Is Needed If we just do what is needed rather than what we like, our problems would diminish and contentment increase. Our likes and dislikes are products of our past. Assessment of what is needed … Continue reading

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TRUTH: SIMPLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE, EASY TO FORGET

Truth: Simple To Acknowledge, Easy To Forget That which perceives through the senses is consciousness. That which perceives consciousness is consciousness itself. Finding nothing but consciousness, it is realised as being empty of other. It is pure consciousness. That is … Continue reading

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CONFUSION = PERFECT MATHS = REALISATION

Confusion = Perfect Maths = Realisation Confusion is beautiful: the geometry of mathematical properties and relations. An ice crystal is a unique, geometric design, but if we ignore this icy condition, we will slip in a certain way and break … Continue reading

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FIRST THE INSPIRATION, AND THEN THE REALITY

First The Inspiration, And Then The Reality When we first seek teachings on truth, we hear positive language to inspire us, offering things we like to hear and associate with. But then, there comes a moment when we realise that … Continue reading

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WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT WE ARE, NOT WHAT WE KNOW

What Matters Is What We Are, Not What We Know Once we know what we are, then what we know matters. Once, we had bits of information that we believed in. Now, we have bytes of information that we believe … Continue reading

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EMPATHY IS NON-DUALITY

Empathy Is Non-Duality Empathy is yoga; yoga means union. Empathy is union with another. Empathy is the reason we have the ability to be compassionate. No knowledge is needed, other than pure awareness. Just being aware tells us everything we need … Continue reading

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TEACHERS SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO THEIR STUDENTS

Teachers Should Be Devoted To Their Students Teachers should be devoted to their students, rather than expecting students to be devoted to them. Teach by example.

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DO WE KNOW AND HAVE ENOUGH?

Do We Know And Have Enough? If we know we have enough, we are rich. If we think we don’t have enough, we are poor. This applies to both the material world and spirituality. When we know we are pure … Continue reading

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HOW DO DEMONS THINK?

How Do Demons Think? How do demons think? You know. And you know you know 🙂 Demons aren’t something over there; they’re right here. Demons are our own desire, anger, fear, jealousy, pride. Our demons are created the moment when … Continue reading

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DEAR OH DEAR, DON’T THEY MAKE IT COMPLICATED?

Dear Oh Dear, Don’t They Make It Complicated? Complication can hide the simple truth that we are pure consciousness; the truth that we seek. It is from that, that everything flows. There is nothing in inner peace but inner peace.

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THE FUN OF REALISATION

The Fun Of Realisation Realisation is neither entertainment, and nor is it to be taken seriously. Realisation increases life satisfaction and general happiness. Realisation is being fully aware that only pure awareness is true. Realisation is amusement about what obscures our reality. Realisation of … Continue reading

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FROM ABSURDITIES TO ATROCITIES TO REALISATION

From Absurdities To Atrocities To Realisation It is truly amazing that we can all see things differently while ‘clear seeing’ itself remains the same. We are all the same Buddha nature, Christ consciousness, original consciousness of purity. Ignoring this pure … Continue reading

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OBSCURANTISM

Obscuratism Yes, it’s actually a word, so it must describe something that actually happens! Obscurantism: the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known. From Latin obscurant – ‘making dark’. The Dark Esoteric Forces When we look at the … Continue reading

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WHERE DO THOUGHTS COME FROM?

Where Do Our Thoughts Come From? Or rather, where does our programming come from? When we perceive anything, this perception takes place in the mind, and we end up with a reservoir of information, causing the brain to wire in … Continue reading

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ARE WE GHOSTS IN HUMAN FORMS?

Are We Ghosts In Human Forms? A ghost is merely consciousness lost in not knowing its true nature; because of this, it drifts around due to karma. The realisation of our true nature is both the purpose of life and … Continue reading

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WE ARE NEVER SEPARATE FROM THE TRUTH

We Are Never Separate From The Truth Whether we are happy, sad, busy, dreamy … the truth – pure awareness – is always present. How can we deny that? Without this uncontaminated awareness, nothing would be known clearly. Truth is … Continue reading

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BORED? SAD? MELANCHOLIC?

Bored? Sad? Melancholic? Look more closely; there is a longing there. We all know something. Our quality of progress in anything is due to the quality of awareness. This is why meditation is so important; to be able to concentrate … Continue reading

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ULTIMATE NOSTALGIA

Ultimate Nostalgia Nostalgic for what? We all have this longing to be in the right place. But what is this right place? If we look, we will realise that the right place is in that recognition. The right place is not about a place … Continue reading

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HOW WE SENTENCE OURSELVES

How We Sentence Ourselves Whatever views, thoughts, concepts, opinions and fixations we hold on to at this moment will be the basis of our next moment and, for most of us, our entire lives, unfortunately. Holding on to thoughts that … Continue reading

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SEEING, AND THEN I SEE

Seeing, and Then I See Seeing, and then I see. Perception, and then I perceive. There is an extremely subtle difference here. When consciousness does not realise its own nature of purity and instead perceives something, consciousness starts to narrate about whatever … Continue reading

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THE DILEMMA OF KEEPING TEACHINGS SECRET

The Dilemma Of Keeping Teachings Secret Teachings can easily be misunderstood, misread and misused, which can then play on an individual’s mind. Due to human frailties and obsessions, these teaching may become a way of controlling others psychologically, using desire … Continue reading

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TEA, NOT THE CUP

Tea, Not The Tea Cup “When we want tea, we aren’t bothered about the cup it comes in. Likewise, the Dharma we want is the teaching on the nature of reality: the culture it comes with does not matter. We … Continue reading

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WHERE DO I FIND A TRUE GURU?

Where Do I Find A True Guru? What shows us our faults at every moment? Having been shown, what recognises those faults, those fixations, thereby relieving us of suffering? Is a guru someone who tells us stories about their culture? … Continue reading

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LEARNING TO BE HAPPY

Learning To Be Happy Whatever happens, we always think, “Well, it could be worse”, and so, we are grateful. Maybe happiness is just being grateful.

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OM MANI PEME HUM IS A MNEMONIC

OM MANI PEME HUM is a Mnemonic Mnemonics are an aid to memory The mantra, OM MANI PEME HUM, represents compassion within wisdom. This compassionate wisdom is directed towards what is happening in our own minds, and the minds of others. … Continue reading

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SOLVING A PROBLEM IS ALSO…

Solving A Problem Is Also … The solution to the problem is also the knowledge to create the problem. Humans have two potentials: to be selfless, enlightened beings or to remain narcissistics. There are two forces of good and evil. … Continue reading

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HOW EVERYTHING IS PERFECT

How Everything is Perfect How is everything perfect, when the people are ignoring reality? If we do not sharpen our tool, the cut will not be clean. We know that a blunt tool will produce a ragged edge: this is … Continue reading

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CAN’T MEDITATE?

Can’t Meditate? Simply rest in whatever takes place in the mind, in whatever happens. In the very moment of recognition of being aware lies the moment of empty cognisance, pure awareness, Rigpa. Just note and realise that is one’s true … Continue reading

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