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WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS?

­What Is Consciousness? Consciousness is a conundrum: it’s both mundane – worldly and supramundane – above and beyond the mundane. Many scientists believe that AI robots could soon gain consciousness. This reveals a limited view of consciousness and is a … Continue reading

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THE INSEPARABILITY OF BUDDHISM AND GOD

The Inseparability Of Buddhism And God It is not a matter of being aware of God; God is the awareness. Without awareness, we would never know, would we? No awareness No God. Inspiration and insight come from the clarity of … Continue reading

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INFORMATION OVERLOAD

Information Overload = mental indigestion = forgetting our essential nature = forgetting how precious this life is = forgetting compassion = unable to make sense of life = unable to see and think clearly If there is no space to … Continue reading

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DOES SPIRITUALITY SEPARATE PEOPLE?

Does Spirituality Separate People? It shouldn’t, but it does. People are people. If we only assume that we are spiritual, then we are in a half way house, with our mind in hell and our heart in heaven. Whether we … Continue reading

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WE ARE BORN MEDITATING

We Are Born Meditating Meditation is just being aware We are always meditating, but this goes unnoticed when we are distracted by events, actions or objects. Being aware is natural and ordinary, so meditation is natural and ordinary. Unfortunately, through … Continue reading

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TSOKNYI RINPOCHE 2018 DZOGCHEN RETREAT UK

Tsoknyi Rinpoche 2018 Dzogchen Retreat UK 23rd – 29th March, Bruton School for Girls, Sunny Hill, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NT. Topic: ‘Dreamlike Enlightenment – Understanding Illusion from a Dzogchen Perspective’. For detail: Booking will open Saturday 20th January at 9 a.m. … Continue reading

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THE EPIDEMIC OF SURVEILLANCE

The Epidemic Of Surveillance keeps us part of the conspiracy. The epidemic of surveillance in our society – evident through CCTV, fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, virtual money, etc – is creating a profile of each of us, and stealing our … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE FEAR OTHERS’ SPIRITUALITY?

Why Do We Fear Others’ Spirituality? The way that others see things may not be the way we see things. That’s okay, as we are unique in our personal path – our own confusion – but there is nothing special … Continue reading

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WE ARE ALL PART OF THE CONSPIRACY

We Are All Part Of The Conspiracy Surprised? Conspiracy: a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. We are metaphysical beings, beyond physical and mental realms. We are pure conscious intelligence, beyond the control of others … or we should be! 😀 … Continue reading

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IT’S THIS SIMPLE

It’s This Simple Because of light, shadows are cast. Shadows reveal forms. Being attracted to forms, the original light is forgotten. Shadows are recognised by light. When light recognises shadows, the two become inseparable. Whatever is seen is merely a … Continue reading

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LIBERATION FROM DEPENDENCY

Liberation from Dependency To be able to ‘read between the lines’ means to perceive or deduce a meaning that is hidden or  implied rather than being openly stated. ‘Independent’ is being free from outer control, not subject to another’s authority, and capable of thinking or acting for oneself. In other words, genuine liberation. We are … Continue reading

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BEING SATISFIED WITH DISSATISFACTION

Being Satisfied With Dissatisfaction As we learn, we have to drop the limitations of our previous understanding. In this realisation, we can feel either uncomfortable or elated, and that determines where we go next – or whether we stay where … Continue reading

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THE TENDERNESS OF ATTENTIVENESS

The Tenderness Of Attentiveness When something is whole, by definition, it’s unchanging and complete. When split into two, this upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. Emptiness and consciousness are two aspects of our being: Emptiness is absolute reality. Consciousness is relative … Continue reading

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BUDDHIST ACCIDENTALLY FINDS GOD

Buddhist Accidentally Finds God God, in reality, is never what we think, as what we think is a concept, rather than the reality itself. What is reality? Reality is not unknowable: it is natural to us, and we cannot be … Continue reading

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MASTERY OVER PERCEPTION

Mastery Over Perception Mastery over perception means that we cease to react to appearances. Karma is therefore no longer reinforced, purifying samsara. And the lighter … and lighter … we feel! You can see where this is going! 😀 Karma: … Continue reading

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IN RIGPA, NOTHING STICKS

In Rigpa, Nothing Sticks This means that ego has nothing to feed on In rigpa* we can clearly see, feel, taste, smell, hear and think, but without attachment; as a consequence, we do not become oversensitive. Mastery over phenomena means … Continue reading

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MISDIRECTED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS

Misdirected For Thousands Of Years We are told to worship a power outside ourselves; to, in fact, give our power away. This abdication of sovereignty has taken many forms: as a result, we have attached ourselves to divisions, keeping us … Continue reading

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IS THERE GOD?

Is There God? This is a dualistic question, and will produce a conventional, dualistic response. There are four possible answers – yes, no, don’t know, don’t care – each of which is a fixated idea. On this relative level, there … Continue reading

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THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD – AUDIO BOOK

The Tibetan Book Of The Dead – Audio Book narrated by Richard Gere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1MZwriqVvw Commentary by Gyalwa Dokhampa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdoes_5Nt-I No Regrets: Dalai Lama’s Advice for Living & Dying

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RECOGNISING THE PROBLEM IS THE SOLUTION

Recognising The Problem Is The Solution Our greatest problem is identifying the problem. Once that’s done, the problem – whether it’s electrical or plumbing or spiritual – can be solved. Everything is solvable once we identify the problem. We may … Continue reading

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THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS ARE NATURAL

Thoughts And Emotions Are Natural We all have thoughts and emotions: it’s what humans do. But what do we do next? These same thoughts and emotions can either: create a fresh, dynamic atmosphere of compassion, expressing clarity = enlightened spirit … Continue reading

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DON’T BLAME THE MEDITATION

Don’t Blame The Meditation We may think that we do not have emotions, or that we do not get angry. Then we start meditating, and suddenly realise that we do. Don’t blame the meditation for being aware. 😀

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO LET GO

You Don’t Have To Let Go Letting go of emotions or ideas isn’t something we have to do: all that is necessary is to be aware. Purely aware. Pure awareness liberates thoughts and emotions naturally. Grasping does not exist in … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO SPIRITUAL MYSTERY

There Is No Spiritual Mystery There never was. A ‘mystery’ occurs to a confused mind when it assumes that it does not know. Confusion arises when our mind is full of concepts and assumptions: these concepts and assumptions obscure pure … Continue reading

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ONE TASTE: IS THERE RIGHT AND WRONG?

One Taste: Is There Right And Wrong? How to argue, and not argue The Buddha said; “Just as the great ocean has one taste – the taste of salt – so also this teaching and discipline has one taste – … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH ‘DOING’ SPIRITUAL PRACTICE …

The Problem With ‘Doing’ Spiritual Practice … … is wanting something, fearing not getting it, and ignoring what is already present. The way to salvation or liberation free from suffering is to see the Lord of Love everywhere, and in … Continue reading

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BEING CONVINCED ABOUT OUR WAY

Being Convinced About Our Way It’s just a matter of seeing. We all have an inner longing, but maybe we’re not clear about what that is. Once we give it a name, this seems to limit the longing, creating a … Continue reading

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ACETYLCHOLINE – PROLONGED FOCUSED ATTENTION cont

Acetylcholine = Prolonged Focused Attention… continued This is a complex subject, and although this is only a consciousness blog and not a medical journal, it’s still important to consider such topics. It seems that our modern, speedy lifestyle is having … Continue reading

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ACETYLCHOLINE = PROLONGED FOCUS ATTENTION!

Acetylcholine = Prolonged Focused Attention! “People are losing this capacity.” Friederike Fabritius: “It’s only when we truly focus that a chemical called acetylcholine is released in the brain. Of the three factors we need for peak performance, focus may be … Continue reading

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WHEN ARE WE AWAKE?

When Are We Awake? When we are aware. When we are solely aware! When the mind becomes attached to a thought, it goes into a day-dream state. This thought may be very profound but it is still a day-dream, and … Continue reading

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CARELESS MINDS

Careless Minds Our mind wanders: it collects ideas, replays and projects. In this state, it is a mischief maker, a gossip, an intruder. It entertains … but whom? The watcher. Contagious mind distracts our enlightened nature. These ideas become a problem … Continue reading

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COMFORTABLY NUMB

Comfortably Numb We can become spiritually numb: numb to our true reality. We can become numb to others’ suffering. We can become numb to being deceived. Ignorance is comfortable … we wish. It’s as if we have a ‘dead switch’ … Continue reading

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I AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH

I Am Not Good Enough I’m not generous enough, patient enough, disciplined enough, or have enough concentration or knowledge. I am, in fact, defective. Should I be depressed?* The answer is NO! The point is that if we know we … Continue reading

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NORMAL OR ABNORMAL MENTAL HEALTH

Normal Or Abnormal Mental Health What happens before the first noble truth is acknowledged? There are four noble truths: The truth of suffering. The truth of the cause of suffering. The truth of the cessation of suffering. The truth of … Continue reading

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EMOTIONS ARE OUR ULTIMATE REALITY?

Emotions Are Our Ultimate Reality? Emotions and thoughts are Dharmakaya. ‘Dharmakaya’ is Sanskrit for ’emptiness’. Emptiness is uncontaminated consciousness = pure consciousness, our ultimate reality. How are emotions our ultimate reality? Likes and dislikes, pride, jealousy, ignorance: all have one … Continue reading

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THE CUSP OF KNOWING AND NOT KNOWING

The Cusp* Of Knowing And Not Knowing is knowingness itself We may either take it for granted that we know, or think that we don’t know: both negate ever-present, exact knowingness itself. Knowingness isn’t a frozen state. Rather, it’s a … Continue reading

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THE DALAI LAMA; MULTI-FAITH YOGA AND MEDITATION

The Dalai Lama; Multi-faith Yoga And Meditation Calming a Disturbed Mind ♡ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUieZeyDLrM Full enthusiasm!

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OUR INNER CORE OF UNEASE

Our Inner Core Of Unease Due to subtle trauma experienced in the past, I worry about everything, and that has left a residue of memories not only in the mind, but also in the subtle body. It didn’t matter that … Continue reading

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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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