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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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DON’T WANT TO MEDITATE?

Don’t Want To Meditate? Then realise that liberation is just seeing, and be at ease with whatever happens. If we forget, we meditate. Meditation is just seeing, being pure awareness. Liberation is freedom from karmic reactions, and lightens our load. … Continue reading

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WHEN WE STOP BEING NAIVE

When We Stop Being Naïve When we stop being naïve, we can start being naïve. There are two meanings to the word naïve; “showing a lack of wisdom” and “being natural and unaffected”. When we stop regarding the news as … Continue reading

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WHAT ABOUT ‘ME’?

What About ‘Me’? We are not automata. We have a side to us, a temperament, a peculiar personality. We are definitely animals, and not vegetables ;D and we do not have to keep feeling guilty for having a ‘me’. Once … Continue reading

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STIRRING UP EGO

Stirring Up Ego Books do not stir up ego: raw experience does. We need the reaction to see the reaction, to realise the meaning of the two truths. This neutralises the reaction of ego clinging.

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BELIEVING IN GOD IS A DISTRACTION FROM GOD CONSCIOUSNESS

Believing In God Is A Distraction From God Consciousness Disproving God or believing in God are both a misunderstanding Whatever we want to call ultimate reality, or whether we try to disprove reality or believe in reality, none of these … Continue reading

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DOES SPIRITUAL PROGRESS REALLY MATTER?

Does Spiritual Progress Really Matter? Does it really matter how much we care about our spiritual reality? The only time we are in reality is when we cut the code in our programming, our habitual view of life that was … Continue reading

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COMPASSION – DOES IT WORK?

Compassion – Does It Work? Well, we are not going to change the world – not in its current mindset of over reaction and aggression. So what’s compassion all about, then? It’s all about remaining tranquil within one’s own mind, … Continue reading

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“BE HAPPY!” WHAT’S HAPPINESS?

“Be Happy!” What’s Happiness? Isn’t it annoying when someone says, “Be happy”? When we are not certain of what happiness really is and how to achieve it, we become confused. Happiness cannot be having material possessions or doing things, as … Continue reading

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SOUND IN SILENCE

Sound In Silence This says it all Everything that is seen, heard, smelled, tasted, touched is perceived in the mind: it takes place in the mind, because that is when it is noticed! Then, we make a comment – a … Continue reading

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OTHERS FEEL THE SAME WAY

Others Feel The Same Way This is the power of empathy and compassion. Merely saying that we shouldn’t – or should – be a certain way is the creation of religious conformity. I don’t want to be like you, and … Continue reading

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THE WORLD IS A SETUP TO UPSET

The World Is A Setup To Upset Of course, you will have noticed how violent films and video games are. Of course, you will have noticed that, in daily life, violence and aggression are on the increase. Of course, you … Continue reading

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TRUTH SEEKERS AND TRUTH FINDERS

Truth Seekers And Truth Finders … and finders, keepers! As truth seekers, we look at this approach and that approach, and “Oho! What they doing over there?!” We are offered things to wear, wave and chant, with books to read … Continue reading

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“I’M RELUCTANT TO BECOME ONE OF THOSE ‘SPIRITUAL’ PEOPLE”

“I’m Reluctant To Become One Of Those ‘Spiritual’ People” We’re talking about the promotion of pseudo-spirituality People behave oddly when it comes to religion, in the way that they act, talk, and carry ‘their self’ 😀 . Some Buddhists would … Continue reading

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FEEDBACK

Feedback It is always interesting to hear what others have to say: in fact, it’s a teaching and an opportunity see something from another’s point of view. Feedback is the circuit of our output and input. Whatever you are feeling … Continue reading

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MAINTAINING TRANQUILLITY

Maintaining Tranquillity requires a change in life-style. This means going from calling everyone a ‘Pillock!’* to pure observation without comment. Of course, in every situation, we have reactions in the mind, but we can delay the response, unless there is … Continue reading

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THE MOTIVATION FOR COMPASSION

The Motivation For Compassion Everyone, without exception, wants and needs happiness. Unfortunately, we are mistaken and confused in our endeavours to be happy, because we do not know exactly what happiness is. We are constantly creating the wrong conditions for … Continue reading

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PEOPLE ARE DIFFICULT TO TALK TO

People Are Difficult To Talk To As there are many levels of perception, so too, there are many levels of ignorance. When there is a shift from pure perception to conventional perception, a degree of bias is produced. On a … Continue reading

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THERE ARE A LOT OF GURUS OUT THERE

There Are A Lot Of Gurus Out There There are therefore a lot of methods Do we choose a teacher, or does a teacher choose us? If whatever happens is due to karma, then everything is timely and synchronistic, and … Continue reading

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REALISATION IS LIBERATION

Realisation Is Liberation to a certain degree or level As there are many levels of realisation, so too, there are many levels of liberation. Those levels are levels of stability. We may have realised the truth – that our true … Continue reading

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ENLIGHTENMENT IS REMEMBERING NEVER TO FORGET

Enlightenment Is Remembering Never To Forget Simple, but not easy. A Buddha never ever forgets what they are, which is pure conscious awareness that has completely purified all effects of karma/attitude. It is not a matter of remembering the moment … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL = EGO = CLINGING = ENSLAVEMENT

The Devil = Ego = Clinging = Enslavement Use a word too much and it becomes meaningless, but the word ‘clinging’ is very important. Clinging means that we identify very strongly with an idea that colours our perception, and therefore … Continue reading

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SWITCHING THE ‘LIGHT’ ON!

Switching The ‘Light’ On! Turning the mundane into the supramundane … Transforming not knowing into knowing … Changing human awareness into spiritual awareness Making impure consciousness into pure consciousness … It’s all the same. The student becomes the Buddha. God … Continue reading

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THE DIFFICULTY OF COMMUNICATING

The Difficulty Of Communicating on a conventional level and on an ultimate level. We humans are a diverse lot 😀 … but what we do have in common is confusion, and the potential to end that confusion. Being confused, we … Continue reading

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WHAT CAN WE TRUST?

What Can We Trust? Good things happen to us, bad things happen to us, horrid things happen to us: there is no escaping this fact because it’s actually happening. That is what we can trust – that things happen. What … Continue reading

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IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT

It Doesn’t Matter What You Call It Psychological event Buddha nature God God consciousness Dzogchen Kabbalah Advaita Enlightenment Oneness The real me Pure consciousness The nature of reality … Names are endless, and they divide. Calling it something is not … Continue reading

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REVERENCE FOR OUR OWN SANITY

Reverence For Our Own Sanity Reverence for our lucidity of mind, and reverence for our body and speech, takes back responsibility and control, ascending to the dignity of our full potential. Reverence is not self indulgent excess: it is just … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL IS A PICTURE OF OUR SELF

The Devil Is A Picture Of Our Self We are shown a picture, and we consent to believe that it is true. The exoteric is for the general public, but we’re always free to go round the back to see … Continue reading

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THE KABBALAH AND DZOGCHEN

The Kabbalah And Dzogchen All religions have their esoteric side and their exoteric side. Esoteric – understood by the few (within) Exoteric – intended for the general public (outside) Why? This might relate to interest and capacity, or it could … Continue reading

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AS BUDDHIST, CAN WE BE FUNDAMENTALISTS?

As Buddhists, Can We Be Fundamentalists? Unfortunately …  yes. Fundamentalist: a person who believes in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture. This is not the same as realising the compassionate heart of scripture, where we deal with each situation accordingly. We can either take the teaching … Continue reading

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ADOPTING A TRADITION

Adopting A Tradition Tradition: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation. This could also be called programming. Traditional, practical values of decency and compassion are important for a society, as long as this is not abused by corrupting powers: programming … Continue reading

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WE ALL PRACTISE SOMETHING

We All Practise Something We all adhere to certain ideas or beliefs about life; what we think is important to us. The questions are, “Where did these ideas come from?” and “How do we shake free of them?” Because of attachment and … Continue reading

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THERE ARE NO NEW TEACHINGS

There Are No New Teachings Just look more closely at the ones we have … repeatedly. To refine is to purify.

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THE PURPOSE OF MIND TRAINING

The Purpose Of Mind Training is to clear the mind of nonsense thoughts. Unconsciously, we bought into collective thinking, and so, abandoned free choice. Even though we may recognise this, if this information is not turned into practicality, we remain … Continue reading

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PURIFYING ANGER

Purifying Anger Anger is either destructive (on a relative level) or focuses attention (which destroys on an ultimate level). There are injustices in the world – deliberate lies, false assumptions, ignorant gossip. Anger is a moralistic emotion where we feel fully justified, … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BUDDHIST

You Don’t Have To Be Buddhist You don’t have to be Buddhist to realise the Buddha’s Teaching. You don’t have to be Christian to understand Christ’s teaching. You don’t have to be Buddhist to have compassion. You don’t have to … Continue reading

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WAKING UP AND STAYING AWAKE

Waking Up And Staying Awake is coming to our senses. Coming to our senses is being mindful of whatever is taking place. Mindfulness leads to awareness, and awareness leads to pure consciousness. At every moment, we have a choice, and … Continue reading

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THE LOVELIEST TRICK EVER PLAYED

The Loveliest Trick Ever Played Spirituality is a process of progressive realisation. It is our experience and personal realisation, rather than something that we hear or read about, and then think we know. If there was just one path, then … Continue reading

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