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CONFLICT CREATES CONTEST

Conflict Creates Contest We may judge things differently, but the seeing is the same. In reality there is no conflict, no incompatibility, no contest. When we burst the illusory bubble of samsara – which is all about me – we … Continue reading

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IT’S THEIR KARMA (PROBLEM), SO WHY BOTHER?

It’s Their Karma (Problem), So Why Bother? That attitude creates our karma (problem). In our ignorance, we mix up relative consciousness (all about me), and absolute consciousness (all about compassion). When we step back from our self centred, clever routine, clear … Continue reading

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THE GREAT DISCERNMENT

The Great Discernment Being original isn’t being different. For discernment, we need clarity, and there is nothing clearer than pure, empty cognisance. To realise emptiness, we meditate. To meditate, we need right instruction. The right instruction is knowing when to drop … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT HAVE COMPASSION WITHOUT EMPATHY

We Cannot Have Compassion Without Empathy We cannot have compassion without empathy, and we cannot have empathy without having suffered. Love is practical rather than idealistic.

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OUR CONDUCT MUST MATCH OUR REALISATION

Our Conduct Must Match Our Realisation Our conduct must match our realisation, otherwise we will become arrogant. Realisation is a “piece of cake” (so easy that we don’t have to think about it), while taming our mind and our conduct … Continue reading

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IS SEEKING THE TRUTH A SIN?

Is Seeking The Truth A Sin? If we seek the truth, we do not accept that what we have been told is the truth. Sin: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. How does one transgress divine … Continue reading

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IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE

It Doesn’t Matter What We Believe What we believe is not what we are. Before belief, there is the spirit of pure knowing that can discern: the openness of pure knowing is the reason we naturally love. We all love … Continue reading

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HAPPINESS IS REALISING THE PROBLEM

Happiness Is Realising The Problem We are never unhappy for no reason. Everything has a cause. We may be unhappy because we wanted something and didn’t get it. We may be unhappy because we didn’t want something but got it. … Continue reading

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THINKING CLEARLY

Thinking Clearly Thinking clearly doesn’t mean we have to be great thinkers: it just means thinking outside the box. Repeating what we’ve been told may make us seem very clever, but this cleverness is still inside the box. Thinking clearly … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT FIND IT

We Cannot Find It We cannot find it because we are it, so there’s no getting away from it. This ‘it’ is pure consciousness, – or God. Truth has to be realised, not worshipped.

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GOING TO HEAVEN?

Going To Heaven? The greatest confidence trick ever played. Heaven, or nirvana, is not in a realm ‘above’; it is where we are, now. Nothing is as pure as pure consciousness. Pure consciousness = heaven = nirvana = paradise = … Continue reading

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THE UNDO BUTTON

The Undo Button The undo button ends all suffering. We merely have to hold it down until we realise that the suffering does not exist, and that there was no need for a button at all. We may think that … Continue reading

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EXPOSING THE TRUTH

Exposing The Truth Exposing the truth is a matter of exposing this pretentious self whichattempts to impress by affecting greater importance than it actually possesses. The truth is exposed in the moment of seeing our unconscious corruption. We are not what … Continue reading

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HOW WE REALISE ULTIMATE TRUTH

How We Realise Ultimate Truth Look into the one who is looking. Look into the one who is questioning. Look into the one who is hearing thoughts. “Surely it cannot be that simple!” Who says? Study and ritual are symbolic … Continue reading

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THE SIX PERFECTIONS = RIGHT ATMOSPHERE

The Six Perfections = Right Atmosphere Sometimes, terms can cause confusion; we may lose interest in their true meaning and therefore don’t value them. The six paramitas (a Sanskrit term) – or six perfections as they are called – are … Continue reading

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INSPIRATION FROM AN INSIDIOUS SOURCE

Inspiration From An Insidious Source Insidious: mid 16th century from Latin insidiosus ‘cunning’, from insidiae ‘an ambush or trick’, from insidere ‘to lie in wait for’. Deliberate memes create our norm. Meme: an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means. We meditate … Continue reading

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EMPTINESS IS ALL YOU NEED, TO KNOW

Emptiness Is All You Need, To Know When the mind is free of bias, the view is clear. In emptiness, my likes, my dislikes, my carelessness are clearly recognised. We can also recognise when others’ are imposing their likes, dislikes … Continue reading

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ULTIMATELY, WE BECOME APOSTATES

Ultimately, We Become Apostates In the moment of pure consciousness, we abandon all claims and beliefs. Apostate: Middle English from ecclesiastical Latin apostata, from Greek apostatēs – apostate, runaway slave. Abandonment of a claim, right, possession, a cause, bad habit, or way of life. Renouncing religious or political beliefs or principle. Ultimately, we become … Continue reading

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LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Levels Of Consciousness As we train our mind, we raise the level of consciousness. By remembering and valuing pure consciousness, the frequency of forgetting shortens, and so we stay in pure consciousness longer. Distractions cause us to wander off, and … Continue reading

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THIS PERSON ISN’T ME

This Person Isn’t Me Person: from Old French persone, from Latin persona; ‘actor’s mask, character in a play’ Later- human being. So what am I? We are not exactly that which is aware of this persona, this mask: that is ordinary consciousness. On a subtler … Continue reading

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THE TWO ASPECTS OT OUR BEING

The Two Aspects of Our Being The pure, empty spirit of cognisant consciousness, and reflections of thoughts and images. Our absolute being is like an clear mirror that reflects everything without comment. When this pure consciousness (absolute truth) attaches itself … Continue reading

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DEALING WITH AN AGITATED MIND

Dealing With An Agitated Mind Simply be aware of that which is aware of the agitation, and rest that clarity. The same goes for all emotions. Knowing that the Sanskrit word for ‘suffering’ is ‘duhkha’ doesn’t help, does it? There … Continue reading

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WAKING UP TO WAKING UP TO WAKING UP

Waking Up To Waking Up To Waking Up First, we wake up to lies and deception. Then we wake up from the pandemonium* of the pontificators** on podiums*** giving us antidotes that only make the lies and deception seem more … Continue reading

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ADAPTABILITY IS THE DEFINITION OF INTELLIGENCE

Adaptability is the Definition of Intelligence If we are not adaptable, then we are fixated. Whatever appears in a fixated mind is a threat. Whatever appears in an open mind is wisdom. Ultimately, an open mind is pure consciousness, empty … Continue reading

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MEDITATION: ORDER OUT OF CHAOS

Meditation: Order Out Of Chaos Mental chaos occurs when pure consciousness (our true reality) becomes obscured by our fixations. That loss of pure, spontaneous clarity creates chaos, confusion and suffering. We become divided when we miss the oscillation between pure … Continue reading

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SPIRITUALLY EMPTY?

Spiritually Empty? Well, you can’t get better than that! Em Ah Ho! (how wonderful) …what were you expecting?! 😀

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IF TRANSMIGRATION IS A REALITY

If Transmigration Is A Reality If transmigration is a reality, then everything we say, do and think will have an effect on our future. Whatever we say, do and think now writes that future plan. If transmigration is no ta reality, then … Continue reading

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IS THERE A UNIVERSAL CREATOR?

Is There a Universal Creator? How did it all begin? We have a distortion in our perception that creates an illusion. Realising this illusion is the path to enlightened wisdom. Most of us don’t bother with the question, “Is there … Continue reading

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NOBODY IS INNOCENT, AND EVERYONE IS PURE

Nobody Is Innocent, And Everyone Is Pure Anyone could realise this, and Somebody did! We all cause harm in some way. Harm happens when consciousness adopts an ‘i’ to project. We are here to reverse the harm this ‘i’ has … Continue reading

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PRACTICE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE

Practice Is More Important Than Knowledge Through practice, we realise the wisdom-knowledge within. Outer knowledge is theory. Inner realisation born of wisdom manifests as genuine empathetic compassion. That is the spiritual litmus test. When stillness walks into a room, we know … Continue reading

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THE NAME OF THIS BLOG

The Name Of This Blog I wanted to call the blog, “Buddhas In The Mud”, in the sense that we are all Buddhas dwelling in the mud of concepts. But when spoken, that could sound like, “Buddha’s In The Mud”, … Continue reading

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THERE IS NOTHING SPIRITUAL ABOUT BELIEF

There Is Nothing Spiritual About Belief Belief is something we accept without proof, whereas spirituality is actual experience: it is realisation of the spirit of pure consciousness. We can do this now. Look and see, and then drop all internal … Continue reading

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WHY DO WE REFER TO GOD AS ‘HIM’?

Why Do We Refer To God As ‘Him’? This is not meant to be funny, politically correct, sexist or anti God. Not at all! Why was man created in God’s image? Did God have dangly bits? We have been fed illusion … Continue reading

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DO WE FEEL WE’RE NOT MAKING SPIRITUAL PROGRESS?

Do We Feel We’re Not Making Spiritual Progress? This is a psychological dilemma rather than a spiritual one. Spirit is nothing more than pure consciousness; it’s what we are, right now. It is that which sees these words without comment … Continue reading

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FINDING WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR

Finding What You Are Looking For There are around 2,360 entries on this blog … probably too many 😀 In ‘Search’ (right at the bottom of the page), try typing a word that comes to mind, and see what pops … Continue reading

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ROBOT TO PREACH AT BUDDHIST TEMPLE

Robot To Preach At Buddhist Temple “Kannon” is designed to attract young people to a Kyoto temple. The question is, “Why?” Is the path of believing a machine the path to believing any machine? And who writes the data? And at what … Continue reading

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THE THREE CAUSES OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

The Three Causes Of The Known Universe We all know them: Positive, negative and neutral. Attraction, repulsion and inertia. Desire, aversion and indifference. The three poisons obscuring spiritual realisation. The Three Causes of the Knowing Universe Emptiness, cognisance, compassion. The … Continue reading

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THERE ARE NO INTERPRETATIONS OF THE TRUTH

There Are No Interpretations Of The Truth There are, however, different levels of the realisation of that truth. So what is the truth? Truth is that which is aware. Truth is that which recognises. Truth is therefore already known. The natural … Continue reading

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TRANSCENDING TRAUMAS, OBSCURATIONS AND SCARS

Transcending Traumas, Obscurations and Scars Traumas are what happen to us. Obscurations are our holding on to those traumas. Traumas are troubling incidences that happened in the past, but they also pertain to a moment ago. Interestingly, it’s the bad … Continue reading

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OUR HIDDEN ASPECT

Our Hidden Aspect It is sometimes difficult to discuss ‘spirit’ or pure consciousness with others as this is something they have either not have considered, or have a vague idea about. Our spiritual aspect – pure consciousness – may seem … Continue reading

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AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ABOUT CONVENIENCE

An Inconvenient Truth About Convenience Convenience: the state of being able to proceed with something without difficulty. From Latin ‘convenientia’: assembling, agreeing. Convenience is the modern way of life; we are fed easy ways of doing things and these conveniences become a necessity on which we rely. The more we give in … Continue reading

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PSYCHOLOGICAL VIRUSES

Psychological Viruses We are attacked daily by a virus of concepts and chemicals that controls our way of life, so we need antibodies to counter the harm, confusion and suffering caused by this. Antibodies recognise alien bacteria, viruses and foreign substances – in this case, … Continue reading

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THE ‘VERY ADVANCED’ PRACTICE OF ONE TASTE

The ‘Very Advanced’ Practice Of One Taste 😀 😀 😀 I don’t know about you, but I was led to believe that “one taste” meant that a realised person had acquired supernatural powers and so, for them, there would be … Continue reading

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THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING THOUGHTS

There Is Nothing Wrong With Having Thoughts There is nothing wrong with having thoughts. It is clinging to those thoughts that creates a fixed personality that controls our behaviour – and our life. Life then become one long repetition. Being … Continue reading

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ONENESS ISN’T TWONESS

Oneness Isn’t Twoness Oneness is non-dual realisation. Twoness is dual realisation. When we relate, that is duality. When there is no relating, that is non-duality. When there is I, there is you. When there is no I, there is only … Continue reading

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REALISING OUR ULTIMATE BEING

Realising Our Ultimate Being Our ultimate being is pure cognisance. What else can it be?

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SO WE THINK WE HAVE FREE WILL?

So We Think We Have Free Will? Free will is beyond acquired thinking. What else can it be?

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A DEITY IS A SYMBOL OF OUR ULTIMATE BEING

A Deity Is A Symbol of Our Ultimate Being Deities are symbols of our ultimate being: pure cognisance. What else can they be?

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS SHOULD BE FREE

Spiritual Teaching Should Be Free Spiritual teachings are telling us what we already are. Why do we have to pay to be told what we are? The whole point of freedom is being unbound.

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IS ‘TRUTH’ JUST ANOTHER IDEA?

Is ‘Truth’ Just Another Idea? Truth is not a mental construct as truth can never change. All things and ideas are changeable because they are constructs, made from parts that come together by causes and conditions, and so they don’t have … Continue reading

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