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IF WE DON’T CONFORM, WE FEEL GUILTY

If We Don’t Conform, We Feel Guilty If we have done nothing wrong, there is nothing to feel guilty about, but we can still feel guilty. Why? Conventionally, we have to fit into society to make it work, but when … Continue reading

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WE ARE A PATCHWORK OF IDEAS

We Are A Patchwork Of Ideas We are a patchwork of ideas that never quite fit together. Because of events when we were young, we hold ideas about life, and then try to fit everything that comes along into those … Continue reading

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EXPANDING THE DEFINITION OF LOVE

Expanding The Definition Of Love Love is usually associated with desire or affection for particular people we know. This is the conventional love of attachment. It makes the world go round, and so creates opportunities for more beings to realise … Continue reading

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ARE HOBBIES A WASTE OF TIME?

Are Hobbies A Waste Of Time? No, if one is focusing one’s attention, and being mindful. Yes, if it’s an escape from life ‚Ķ but it can easily be turned into mindfulness. Make meditation a hobby! ūüėÄ Mindfulness is the … Continue reading

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COMPLACENCY

Complacency Complacency: a feeling of smug or¬†uncritical¬†satisfaction¬†with¬†oneself¬†or¬†one’s¬†achievements ‚Äď self-approval ‚Äď pride ‚Äď I’m-alright-jack. Complacency is self-complacent, which is a very sad state to be in. Complacency describes our fitting into our own little world that has no room for improvement. … Continue reading

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BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF?

Believe In Your Self? Self-image is the prison we are all in. We make our self beautiful, muscular, clever, witty ‚Ķ It’s a shame it’s all a sham. What we are comes before the idea of self that cause the … Continue reading

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MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Managing Expectations Expectation:¬†a¬†strong¬†belief¬†that¬†something¬†will¬†happen¬†or¬†be achieved. In everyday life, we believe we can achieve a goal, but this has limitations. We narrow experience down to our limited view of life, and are always trying to anticipate and make everything familiar for safety. … Continue reading

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APPRECIATING THE TRUTH

Appreciating The Truth To realise the Buddha’s words in this world of chaos and confusion is both a relief and a comfort.¬†To finally find a true meaning to life after spending decades in anger and frustration is the cause of … Continue reading

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JUDGING AND BEING JUDGEMENTAL

Judging And Being Judgmental We all have to discern whether something is beneficial or harmful. It’s how we get through life; we recognise possibilities. When that judgement becomes a fixation, however, we become narrow-minded, and demons of our own making. … Continue reading

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JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING …

Just Because Someone Says Something ‚Ķ Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true. Even if they say it’s true, it doesn’t mean it’s true. It is for us to decide, through experience, whether something is true or not. … Continue reading

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THE KNOCK-ON EFFECT

The Knock-On Effect Whenever something happens in the world, there is always a knock-on effect, which is the consequence of action. Could it be that the consequence was the aim? Hatred and division have been stirred up in the world … Continue reading

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REAL OR SYNTHETIC?

Real Or Synthetic? Natural is being in harmony with nature. Synthetic imitates nature. We have to realise what is natural to us, and what is artificial and man-made. What is natural? It is our original, essential nature of pure consciousness … Continue reading

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MIND IS NOT YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Mind Is Not Your Own Business It’s quite simple; our mind is what we’ve picked up. ūüėÄ Drop it! You don’t know where it’s been. ūüėÄ Be aware not to be a litterbug: a¬†person¬†who carelessly drops litter in public places. … Continue reading

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KNOW YOUR OWN MIND

Know Your Own Mind Know your own mind. Know your frame of mind. Know your mindset –¬†the mood in which we find ourselves, that causes us to have a particular attitude to something. Know why your mind behaves the way … Continue reading

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT … REALLY?

Fight Or Flight ‚Ķ Really? Here is a perfect example of omitted information. A meme appears in society and, if not questioned, becomes a ‘fact’. Even at Buddhist retreats, I’ve heard the phrase ‚Äúfight or flight‚ÄĚ used many times, and … Continue reading

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SPREADING MISINFORMATION

Spreading Misinformation Information spreads within an echo chamber, and we see this every day. Those who advertise their ideas put a spin on them, showing them in a ‘good’ light. Spin: Old English¬†spinnan –¬†‚Äėto draw out and twist (fibre‚Äô). Anything … Continue reading

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OUR ENEMY SHOWS US OUR STRENGTH …

Our Enemy Shows Us Our¬†Strength¬†‚Ķ Our enemy shows us our strength ‚Ķ ‚Ķ and where we are weak. Therefore through our karmic reactions, our enemy is our teacher. Who are the enemy? Our own likes, dislikes, and indifference. As pure … Continue reading

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WHAT OR WHOM TO TRUST?

What Or Whom To Trust? If the Buddha said, ‚ÄúDon’t take my word for it ‚Ķ ‚ÄĚ, then we shouldn’t trust anyone’s word, because their life is based on trusting others. Trust: firm belief in the¬†reliability,¬†truth,¬†or¬†ability¬†of¬†someone¬†or something. Belief: an¬†acceptance¬†that¬†something exists … Continue reading

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RECOGNISING THE NEED TO RECONDITION THE MIND

Recognising The Need To Recondition The Mind Recondition: bring it back to good working order. ūüėÄ This is the Buddha’s third noble truth. We find a method to undo all the programmed conditioning that we have been through since birth … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONED SELF

Acknowledging Conditioned Self The conditioned self is a mental construct that consciousness has built by relating to conditions and fixating upon those conditions, judging everything. This is how we act as human animals – by our likes, dislikes and indifferences. … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGING CONDITIONING

Acknowledging Conditioning Conditioning: the¬†process¬†of¬†accustoming¬†a¬†person¬†or animal to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances. We are conditioned by others who are conditioned. Being conditioned, we do not have free-will, and so we suffer. Acknowledging this suffering is the … Continue reading

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THE OPPOSITE OF ABSOLUTE IS LIMITED

The Opposite Of Absolute Is Limited The opposite of the word ‘absolute’ is the word ‘limited’. This is why we speak of absolute truth and relative/limited truth. One is our true reality, and the other is our conventional reality. An … Continue reading

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SO WHERE’S THE PROOF?

So Where’s The Proof? Where’s the proof?! Someone once asked, ‚ÄúWhere’s the proof about consciousness? How do you know it is good?‚ÄĚ Wanting proof without looking for oneself is mere laziness. Thinking that words are the proof is intellectualisation. Without … Continue reading

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ARE ‘SOAP OPERAS’ A BRAIN WASHING TECHNIQUE?

Are ‘Soap Operas’ A Brain Washing Technique? As people mistrust the media more and more, notice the messages in TV and radio soap operas. Technic: early¬†17th¬†century¬†‚Äėto¬†do with¬†art¬†or an art‚Äô): from¬†Latin¬†technicus, from¬†Greek¬†tekhnikos, from¬†tekhnńst‚Äėart‚Äô. Brain wash: pressurise others into¬†adopting¬†radically different¬†beliefs¬†by¬†using¬†systematic¬†and often¬†forcible¬†means. Soap … Continue reading

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BEWARE OF THE EXOTIC

Beware Of The Exotic If we are looking for the truth about our reality, we cannot find anything simpler than pure consciousness. If we are mesmerised and obsessed by the exotic, we will make truth something that it’s not. Exotic: … Continue reading

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NON-STICK PANS & MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES

Non-Stick Pans & Memory Foam Mattresses When we get involved with someone or something, it leaves a mark, an experience, a ‘wound’, a little trauma, whether pleasant or unpleasant ‚Ķ a memory. All too often, we hear Tibetan lamas laugh … Continue reading

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HOW TO PROVE DIRECT EXPERIENCE

How To Prove Direct Experience The problem is in the question. Who are we proving this to? Without practice, we (consciousness) don’t notice that pure perception or direct experience has jumped to the mind for a reference by which to … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT BUY TRUTH

We Cannot Buy Truth Absolute truth comes from direct experience and realisation, both of which we have tested. If it isn’t tested, then we do not know. Information tested becomes knowledge, and gradually leads to wisdom and enlightenment. Absolute truth … Continue reading

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ACKNOWLEDGE THOUGHTS, DON’T FOLLOW THEM

Acknowledge Thoughts, Don’t Follow Them When we acknowledge our thoughts and don’t follow them, we remain in equilibrium. Equilibrium is the relief/happiness of not being controlled by thoughts. Relief isn’t gain; it’s release. This is meditation in action. Finally, we … Continue reading

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THE UTOPIAN IDEAL LEADS TO HELL

The Utopian Ideal Leads To Hell It keeps us hoping. The utopian ideal – satisfying¬†one’s concept of what is perfect ‚Äď leads to hell. Why? Because people have different ideas of what a perfect world should be. Physics or physical … Continue reading

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IT’S WORSE THAN YOU THINK, AND …

It’s Worse Than You Think, And ‚Ķ it’s better than you think! At an ordinary level, things look very bad in the world. Stupidity upon stupidity, manipulation upon manipulation, reaction upon reaction, and more stupidity upon stupidity. Trying to keep … Continue reading

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SOMETHING I DON’T LIKE TO THINK ABOUT

Something I Don’t Like To Think About Shunning. Shun:¬†to avoid,¬†ignore,¬†or¬†reject ‚Ķ To dislike, showing a lack of empathy and compassion. For some reason, this applies especially to ‘religious’ people. If someone has problems with the manner of a group, and … Continue reading

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GROWING IN CONFIDENCE

Growing In Confidence As we realise certain truths about our being, doors close on others’ ‘certainties’, and new doors open. We learn sequentially at an individual level. We do not learn en masse; we can hear en masse, but that … Continue reading

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OPEN TO THE PRESENT

Open To The Present Open to the present. Closed by the past. We are closed by our past when we identify with some aspect of life, and become stuck there. In the present moment, however, all identity vanishes, and there … Continue reading

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REALISE THE OUTCOME, RECOGNISE THE JOURNEY

Realise The Outcome, Recognise The Journey Until we acknowledge our confusion, we can never recognise how we became confused. When we acknowledge our confusion, we can then recognise how we became confused. Until we acknowledge that evil wants to control … Continue reading

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EASY DHARMA, DIFFICULT DHARMA

Easy Dharma, Difficult Dharma Dharma: our natural qualities. Ordinary dharma is easy because it’s interestingly complex ‚Ķ Real dharma is difficult because of the simplicity of facing ourselves. Being complex, we have lots of information to acquire ‚Ķ Being simple, … Continue reading

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A GENUINE PRACTITIONER IS PRACTICAL

A Genuine Practitioner Is Practical We all know that the world is ‘off’ in some way. When we only choose one or two aspects of this ‘off-ness’ and identify with them – making us ‘off’ as well – we do … Continue reading

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IS THE WORLD FULL OF BOTS?

Is The World Full Of Bots? Not all bots are machines. A ‘bot’ is short for ‘robot’, and is also known as an ‘internet bot’. It is¬†a computer programme that operates as an agent for a user or other programme … Continue reading

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MEDITATION IS DOING NOTHING

Meditation Is Doing Nothing It’s that simple. Consciousness doesn’t do anything: it merely observes. Even while the body is doing things, consciousness is just aware. An example is fastening our shoe laces; we’re simply aware of the fingers, and no … Continue reading

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EXTREMELY SUBTLE DISINFORMATION

Extremely Subtle Disinformation Disinformation: following the form, rather than the essence. Form: the¬†visible¬†shape. Essence: the essential¬†nature.¬† We are encouraged to look at appearances, rather than what these appearances represent. Disinformation isn’t exactly a lie, but it is selective information. It … Continue reading

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AN EMBRYO OF CONSCIOUSNESS

An Embryo Of Consciousness Embryo: a thing¬†at¬†a¬†rudimentary¬†stage that shows potential for development. That is what is said to reincarnate at conception, and goes on reincarnating at every moment. Our potential depends on our understanding. Some think our potential is their … Continue reading

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MIND: A PERCEPTION & RECORDING MACHINE

Mind: A Perception And Recording Machine We may assume that it’s the mind which thinks. The mind is the software of information-programming that constructs our brain, which is the hard drive. It is consciousness that thinks, and relies on the … Continue reading

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TIBETAN NYINGMA TRADITION

Tibetan Nyingma Tradition This blog is in the Tibetan Nyingma tradition of Dzogchen, Rigpa and the three Kayas. In this age of conflict, these words have to be practical. It’s not a matter of acquiring a different culture; we are … Continue reading

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ATTACHMENT = LOSS OR CLARITY

Attachment = Loss Of Clarity When attachment arises, we do not have a clear view. It is biased by preconceived ideas. Attachment is the conceptual mind fixating on things. Our minds are therefore constantly preoccupied. As long as we have … Continue reading

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NEVER EXAGGERATE DEMONS

Never Exaggerate Demons Demons – our likes and dislikes – are always with us until enlightenment. The images of demons that we’re familiar with are either in illustrations or horror films, and these have nothing to do with demonic activity. … Continue reading

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DEMONS ARE MERELY OUR EMOTIONS

Demons Are Merely Our Emotions ‚Ķ and our path to enlightenment. Once we acknowledge our emotions of pride, jealousy, desire, aversion, ignorance … our path starts to become practical and realistic. This acknowledgement is not a battle; it merely takes … Continue reading

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SHARP OR DULL INTELLECT

Sharp Or Dull Intellect Whether our intellect is sharp or dull doesn’t matter: we all know when the sun is shining. Within us is the ability to realise our true reality of pure consciousness which does not depend on our … Continue reading

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NATURAL IMMUNITY FROM SUFFERING

Natural Immunity From Suffering Suffering: the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. Immunity: lack¬†of¬†susceptibility when something unwelcome or harmful happens. Susceptibility: the¬†state of¬†being¬†likely¬†or¬†liable¬†to be¬†influenced¬†or¬†harmed¬†by¬†a¬†particular¬†thing. As long as we (consciousness) identify with a self-image, that self-image is susceptible to relating … Continue reading

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TRANSFORMATION OF BEING

Transformation Of Being We are encouraged¬†to be over-stimulated. Stimulate: from¬†Latin¬†stimulat-¬†‚Äėto urge, goad‚Äô Our minds are full of agitation, allowing no time for silent, relaxed contemplation. To realise our potential of enlightenment, the ability to focus our mind is essential. The … Continue reading

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THE AGE OF CONFLICT: THE FAST AGE

The Age Of Conflict: The Fast Age If you hadn’t noticed, it is the age of Kali (demons), the age of darkness, the age of misery, the age of quarrel and hypocrisy ‚Ķ and it is also the fast track! … Continue reading

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